She wanted the Playstation. But so did he.
The only thing they could conceivably agree on was the fact that it was over.
When couples are faced with divorce little things can escalate into hurdles that they cannot cross alone, from the trivial (a game system), to the profound (Where will the children live?).
In some cases, Divorce Litigation (in-court fighting) is necessary to resolve the couple's dispute. Today, a number of people are opting for a low-conflict alternative: Divorce Mediation.
Read more about my approach to each type of case and feel free to call to discuss your case:
"Morghan Richardson is not only an extremely competent and experienced attorney, she ... was tough and aggressive when appropriate, yet professional throughout. The result was a divorce completed in a dignified manner."
How can we keep our divorce "friendly"?
Divorce Mediation can help you and your soon to be ex-spouse to work through all the issues that must be addressed before your divorce can be completed and help you achieve a "friendly" divorce.
Every divorcing couple must resolve their property, financial, and child-related issues before a divorce can become final. If you can't work out these issues on your own, you need someone to help you. Traditionally, people turn to lawyers -- one for each person. With Divorce Mediation, you only need one mediator, an impartial party who is trained to facilitate your discussions and help you resolve all issues so the divorce can take place.
While mediation is "low-conflict" that doesn't mean that you and your spouse have no conflicts or issues to resolve; rather, you will be working out those conflicts and issues in an evironment that enables you to take control of the issues discussed and, in large part, the time-frame and cost of your divorce.
Uncontested: We Both Want a Divorce
Before you and your spouse can get divorced, you must face the reality of separating all of your property and finances and make important decisions about your children. In most cases, once the spouses agree on the issues in the marriage and how to resolve them, a divorce can be achieved without a court hearing.
In legal terms, if you both agree that divorce is the right path and you have been able to work through all your property and child-related issues, then your divorce may be "uncontested."
For uncontested divorces, we offer a flat-rate (no hidden fee) service. Our total fee includes the Court's filing fees and service of process fees. Much of the paperwork for your uncontested case can be done with as little as one meeting at our office. Note that cases where the division of pensions or retirement accounts is needed may incur additional fees. Contact us to discuss your case or call 212-537-6744.
Richardson Legal PLLC
Office at 31-08 Broadway, Suite 204
Astoria, NY 11106
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Why not just let a judge solve our problems?
Consumer Reports estimated in 2009 that the average American divorce cost $49,000 - $188,000. But, we in New York are not in the average part of the country.
Fighting in court also takes much longer; many years in some cases. Besides the time and expense, studies show that children in high-conflict divorce situations have a much more difficult time adjusting. And who wants to be in a stressful court battle for years when you could be moving on with your life?
Of course, there are some cases that are not suited for mediation -- where the couple cannot agree, or there are complexities that cannot be addressed in such a setting -- must be decided in a courtroom fight.