Cyndy Rochford is a divorce lawyer in Rochester, NY and the Finger Lakes region who specializes in divorce mediation. Cyndy compassionately guides couples through creative problem-solving and open communication in negotiating the amicable dissolution of their marriage.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial process for couples who seek to dissolve their marriage as respectfully and painlessly as possible. The divorcing partners commit to working together, with the mediator as a guide, to resolve their disputes in a way that benefits the whole family.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
As a specially trained lawyer specializing in divorce mediation, Cyndy acts as a neutral facilitator (a mediator) to assist couples in arriving at a fair and equitable agreement. Discussions are confidential, in a private setting and are guided by the mediator. The participants are empowered to make decisions, and any agreement must be acceptable to both parties.
Divorce mediation addresses the development of a parenting plan, the distribution of assets and liabilities, and a plan for financial support. Upon the successful conclusion of the divorce mediation, Cyndy, as a lawyer in NY, will prepare the Separation Agreement and the legal divorce documents can then be drafted and filed.
How do I budget for Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation takes significantly less time and is significantly less expensive than the traditional court-based divorce. An agreement can be mediated in approximately three to four two-hour sessions as opposed to the months or possibly years it may take for a litigated divorce.
Although it is not required that either party have an attorney, it is recommended that each party consult with an independent attorney during the divorce mediation process to review the terms of the mediated Separation Agreement.
When to choose Divorce Mediation:
If you are a couple with a cooperative approach, and:
- do not necessarily know the law, but are willing to listen;
- are willing to work together to find the best solution for the entire family;
- are comfortable with full financial disclosure;
- can be honest about needs and preferences;
- are self-aware, and confident about making decisions;
…then Divorce Mediation may be right for you.