A “contested divorce” is a divorce in which both parties disagree on matters surrounding their divorce, such as spousal support, property allotment, child custody, etc. This type of divorce may call for divorce litigation. An “uncontested divorce” is the opposite. Both parties are in agreement that divorce is imminent, and are not fighting over property allotment, child custody, etc. But they do require some guidance in bringing their divorce to fruition. In an uncontested divorce, divorce mediation is a better alternative to divorce litigation. However, it is important to note that many couples may contest on certain issues, but a divorce mediator can still help guide them through resolving these issues.
In a divorce litigation, private situations are aired out in the courtroom. In a divorce mediation, these matters can be discussed between both parties and a mediator in privacy.
It can be traumatic for a child being drawn through a custody battle. If the divorce is uncontested, and both parties agree on the matter of child custody, a child doesn’t have to be involved in the process.
Divorce mediation is generally a much quicker process than drawn-out divorce litigation.
Divorce mediation is much more cost-effective than divorce litigation since it involves both parties working together. This can cut fees down dramatically. The cost of divorce mediation is, on average, 40% – 60% lower than divorce litigation.
At Suffolk County Divorce Mediation Services, we allow you to schedule your own sessions and will work with you through your divorce at your own pace, giving you the time you need to absorb and make informed decisions regarding matters of your divorce.
A mediator is an unbiased 3rd party who can facilitate the communication between both parties, help them overcome the obstacles of separation and make informed decisions regarding their divorce.
Both parties can express their views in a cooperative atmosphere. Sessions are usually held in a conference room or an office. Our mediators will never speak with one party individually. This is in order to maintain transparency and impartiality for both parties throughout the mediation process.
Our Divorce Mediators will draw upon their vast experience, often thinking outside of the box, in order to suggest creative and unique agreements that tailor to both party’s needs and desires.