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Win-Win Divorce Solutions is one of the only Long Island divorce mediation firms that offers an impartial co-mediation experience with mediators who have training in both law and social work.

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The Culper Spy Ring is a captivating facet of Long Island history, and many sites integral to this Revolutionary era espionage effort remain on Long Island today. For example, history enthusiasts still visit the lighthouse at Execution Rocks off Sand’s Point, where British soldiers killed rebels and spies by chaining them to the rocks at low tide and allowing the rising waters to drown them. What is now the Target Rock Wildlife Refuge near the village of Lloyd Harbor was once a training area for British soldiers. Visitors can tour the home of one of General George Washington’s most renowned spies, Robert Townsend, and Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay. The David Conklin Farmhouse in Huntington, built in 1750, was where Sybil Conklin and her family lived while her husband was imprisoned by the British. Sagtikos Manor housed British officers and later, George Washington. Brewster House, in the Town of Brookhaven, was built in 1665. During the Revolution, Joseph Brewster used the property as a pub, serving British officers while his cousin Caleb worked as a spy. The scenic Long Island Heritage Trail follows the harbors and inlets of the Long Island Sound, where Americans risked their lives rowing intelligence to Washington in Connecticut. The efforts of the spy ring helped assure Washington’s eventual victory, and in 1790, the general visited Long Shore to thank these brave American men and women for their courage. The trail, which stretches 100 miles from Great Neck to Port Jefferson, was also used to its full advantage by rumrunners and bootleggers.

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What is Divorce Mediation?

What is Divorce Mediation?

In Long Island divorce mediation, you and your spouse hire a neutral third party, called a divorce mediator, to meet with you in an effort to discuss and resolve the issues in your divorce.

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Benefit of Mediation vs. Litigation

Benefit of Mediation vs. Litigation

Most divorces are long, extensive & expensive. Divorce mediation Long Island by contrast, can reach a compromise in 6 – 8 sessions & for a fraction of a typical divorce.

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Why Choose Us to Mediate?

Why Choose Us to Mediate?

Win-Win Divorce Solutions is one of the only Long Island divorce mediation firms that offers an impartial co-mediation experience with mediators who have training in both law and social work.

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DIVORCE MEDIATION LONG ISLAND COVID-19 SAFETY

For your safety, our divorce mediation sessions are also able to be provided on https://zoom.us.  Zoom is an online digital video meeting, chat & virtual conference room software. It is very easy to use & is very much like meeting in person. You connect to the meetings from the comfort & safety of your own home or office.

Spousal Support – Divorce Mediation

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support or alimony is a legal obligation to provide financial support to your spouse during or after separation or divorce. Many married couples choose a living situation in which one spouse works outside the home while the other raises the children. It’s also fairly typical for one spouse to earn more than the other even when both work outside the home.

When couples divorce, this disparity is addressed through spousal support. If one spouse has made it possible for the other to build a lucrative career by staying home with the children, divorce can leave that person with no source of income and in need of financial help, which is what spousal support provides.

What is Separate Maintenance?

Separate maintenance is financial support paid by one partner to the other while they are still married. It is used by those who wish to remain legally married but live apart and independently.

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How is Spousal Support handled differently in Divorce Mediation?

When determining spousal support or alimony, parties have options. The couple can take the case to family court where, after scrutinizing assets, income, expenses, the length of the marriage, the health and situation of each spouse, and many other factors, a judge will award spousal support to the recipient spouse, while the other spouse is responsible for providing the support payments. Judges award spousal support in much the same way that they order child support–based on state guidelines, financial data, and their own assessment of the situation.

Judges make every effort to reach a fair arrangement, but the situation can still be stressful for the couple involved. For one, your financial information will be discussed in open court. The issues leading to the divorce might be used against either spouse–because in litigation, the job of each spouse’s attorney is to fight for the best deal for their client. The attorney either wants to win the maximum amount of support or, if representing the other spouse, keep alimony payments as low as possible.

It can be a very adversarial process. It can also be lengthy, expensive, and public.

The mediation process handles spousal support differently. Rather than through alimony orders issued by the court, couples determine the amount of spousal support through discussion with each other and the help of an impartial mediator who won’t take sides. The mediator is trained to help reach an agreement that is beneficial to both spouses, and the final decision is yours.

The mediator is there to help you and your spouse understand your financial situation: what you’re bringing in, what you spend, the needs of the receiving spouse, and the means of the paying spouse.

What Factors Influence Spousal Support?

  • Income
  • Family size
  • Child support payments
  • Length of marriage
  • Living arrangements
  • Amount and types of assets
  • Physical, mental, and emotional condition of spouse
  • Other circumstances, such as whether one spouse kept up the family house so their partner could go to school, advance their career, or similar
  • Circumstances of the divorce/marriage
  • States have different laws and standards to consider

The key to divorce mediation is compromise. Both parties need to understand that with the division of income, their lifestyles will change. Even couples who make a lot of money should expect to make adjustments when the marriage ends. With mediation, you can determine what is required for maintenance of a spouse’s standard of living, compare that maintenance need to assets, resources, and incoming money, and discuss various formulas until everyone’s needs are met.

Your case, marriage, needs, and financial situation are all unique, and mediation allows you and your spouse to take many factors into account and set an amount of alimony that works for you both–rather than relying on awards from the court. The mediator assists with legal advice, a wealth of experience helping people in your situation, compassion for both spouses, and often, by suggesting ways for parties to reach an agreement that they may not have even considered.

Ending a marriage is difficult and painful. Mediators value a good client relationship, but they never take sides. As you work through your issues, they are there to provide legal and emotional guidance, but the final arrangement is in your hands.

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What Can You Expect When Using Mediation to Determine Spousal Support?

First, each party will gather their financial paperwork so they can get an overview of the situation and begin negotiations.

The purpose of these discussions is to gather information about your family, its income, expenses, and needs. Each party should try to approach the issue as objectively as possible. In divorce, questions of alimony and child support can become emotionally fraught, but divorce mediation helps keep everyone focused. After all, alimony boils down to simple math: What does one party need for maintenance of their lifestyle? What can the other party afford? Is there a way to meet in the middle?

Divorce mediation will help you consider all aspects of your financial situation and your partner’s maintenance requirements. You will have access to staff trained in law and social work for the duration of your mediation sessions. Coming to an agreement about alimony and other financial matters is one of the hardest parts of mediation, but it can also be rehabilitative–and you won’t have to face it alone or feel as though you are constantly defending yourself against attacks.

Part of divorce mediation is an attorney client relationship that is very different from litigation. We are there to help you understand the law and how the law affects you, and to help you reach a compromise, but we are not there to “fight” for our side or “win” by getting the maximum alimony. This fosters a much more peaceful and positive environment.

When you reach an alimony compromise with your ex, that alimony becomes part of your Settlement Agreement, and eventually part of your Divorce Packet, which in our role as mediators, we file on your behalf. When it is approved and the divorce is final, you will be expected to provide the alimony for the duration specified, the same as if the decision was made in court.

NO ADVANCE FEES REQUIRED

By opting to work with a divorce mediator, you not only avoid the hassle of a drawn out divorce, you also save significantly. With Win-Win Divorce Solutions, our clients pay only a fraction of the cost of a traditional, litigated divorce in the Family Court System. There are no advanced fees or retainers. As a more affordable, convenient, and simplified alternative, our service is one of the most ideal solutions available.

Additionally, Win-Win Divorce Solutions is one of the only firms in NYC that offers an impartial co-mediation experience with mediators who have training in both law and social work. Our objective is to help you get through every step of this complex and emotionally challenging process with ease. We want you to have a successful outcome, and we are truly committed to ensuring your experience with us is nothing short of outstanding.

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Visit one of our two convenient Long Island Divorce Mediation locations:

Let us put our divorce mediation expertise to work for you in
Hauppauge Long Island:

Divorce Mediation Long Island Hauppauge Office Location:

Win-Win Divorce Solutions, LLC – Long Island Divorce Mediation
150 Motor Parkway
Center Suite 401-501
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Let us put our divorce mediation expertise to work for you in
Lake Success Long Island:

Divorce Mediation Long Island Lake Success Office Location:

Win-Win Divorce Solutions, LLC – Long Island Divorce Mediators
1979 Marcus Ave.
Suite 210
Lake Success, NY 11042