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Staten Island Divorce Mediation Attorney

Divorce Mediation Lawyer Staten Island, New York – Erin K. Colgan, P.C.

Divorcing couples can find the legal process emotionally and financially draining—and slow-moving! Every marriage is unique, and choosing the type of divorce that works best for the family is important. At Erin K. Colgan, P.C., we educate our clients and coach them to select the type of divorce that best suits their needs, including mediation. 

Marital mediation sometimes offers an easier, faster, and less costly alternative to uncontested or contested divorce. In mediation, a neutral third party called the mediator helps the couple resolve key issues surrounding their divorce and negotiate a mutually agreed-upon divorce settlement.

As a certified mediator, Erin K. Colgan, Esq. offers Staten Island couples the option to divorce legally, more peacefully and privately using the mediation process.

FAQ About Divorce Mediation Staten Island

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is essential in many divorces, especially when significant retirement assets are involved. As your Staten Island family law attorney, we at Erin K. Colgan, P.C., assess whether a QDRO is necessary based on the retirement plan types and the specifics of your divorce settlement. Here are key considerations:

  • Type of Retirement Plan: QDROs are required for dividing qualified plans like 401(k)s and pensions. Plans such as IRAs might need different processes.
  • State Laws and Divorce Decree: New York law and the specifics of your divorce decree will determine how assets are split, and whether a QDRO is the right tool for your situation.
  • Protection of Rights: A QDRO ensures that the non-employee spouse legally receives their share of the retirement benefits, which can prevent future legal complications.

Using a skilled QDRO lawyer ensures all legalities are correctly handled, protecting both parties’ interests.

Erin offers couples an informative initial consultation via Zoom to meet and determine if mediation is a good fit for them. If everyone agrees, then meetings on Zoom or in person can be scheduled immediately and the work can get started. Usually, a divorce mediation lasts between 3-6 sessions, although some can take longer if the issues are more complex. Because the process is collaborative and private, couples who choose mediation can avoid tens of thousands in legal fees.

At Erin K. Colgan, P.C., we understand that the cost of divorce mediation is a significant concern for many of our clients. Here in New York, the expenses can vary widely, but several factors generally influence the total cost:

  • Duration of Mediation: The more complex the case, the longer the mediation might take.
  • Mediator’s Expertise: We bring extensive experience as divorce mediators, which can streamline the process and potentially reduce costs.
  • Additional Expenses: This includes costs for any necessary legal documents or outside consultations.

Typically, divorce mediation costs can range from a few thousand to several thousand dollars, depending on the specifics of your case. As the trusted Staten Island mediation attorney, we strive to make this process as transparent and cost-effective as possible, ensuring you are never in the dark about your financial commitments.

The length of divorce mediation can vary, but at Erin K. Colgan, P.C., our Staten Island mediation attorney aims to make the process as efficient as possible. The timeline largely depends on:

  • Complexity of Your Case: Issues like property division, child custody, and alimony can extend the duration.
  • Cooperation Between Parties: The willingness of both parties to negotiate and compromise greatly affects how quickly we can reach an agreement.

On average, divorce mediation in New York can take anywhere from a few sessions over several weeks to several months. As your Staten Island divorce mediation lawyer, we are committed to guiding you through every step, ensuring the process is handled with care and efficiency.

Divorce mediation is highly effective for many, but it’s not the right fit for everyone. At Erin K. Colgan, P.C., we consider advising against mediation in certain situations:

  • High Conflict Relationships: If there is a significant imbalance of power or unresolved hostility, mediation may not be effective.
  • Non-Disclosure of Assets: Transparency is key in mediation. Hidden assets can undermine the process.
  • Domestic Abuse: In cases involving abuse, a more structured legal intervention might be necessary.

As experienced divorce lawyers, we assess each situation with sensitivity and professionalism to recommend the best approach for your unique circumstances. As your Staten Island family law firm and mediation attorney, we aim to ensure that the path you choose offers the best outcome for your future.

In all these aspects, Erin K. Colgan, P.C. is here to help. Whether you need a Staten Island divorce mediator, a family lawyer, or advice on divorce law, our team is ready to assist. Call us at (718) 981-5505 to explore how we can support you through this challenging time.

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Experienced Mediator Guiding You Through Staten Island Divorce

Let’s face it: Divorce is a stigmatized word. It evokes a range of emotions that commonly include fear, anger, and painful feelings. Divorce is generally not a positive experience but one that must happen if a spouse or both spouses want to end the marriage. At Erin K. Colgan, P.C., We often suggest divorce mediation to alleviate the sting and uncertainty of the divorce process.

When opting to mediate a divorce, both partners have consciously chosen to participate in a collaborative process that can result in a full settlement with the assistance of the divorce mediator. As the divorce mediation attorney, Erin guides divorcing partners and parents through the process with a goal in mind and in a way that encourages them to process their emotions and thoughts collaboratively. Thereby streamlining the divorce process in a way that minimizes hard feelings or added conflict. The process is designed to manage expectations for each spouse individually and identify shared goals for everyone.

Throughout the mediation process, Erin coaches both partners and connects them to any needed additional professionals and resources needed to support them throughout and as they step into their next life chapter. Since 2004, Erin has successfully mediated hundreds of divorce cases in Staten Island.

Divorce with Minimal Conflict: Is Mediation Right for You?

Although many divorcing couples have benefited from mediation, it is not for everyone! Mediation generally works when both partners want to end the marriage quickly, privately and with the least amount of conflict and family disruption possible.

As the divorce mediation lawyer, Erin works to help parents through a difficult time and ameliorate their children’s lives to be more peaceful throughout the divorce transition. Because she has seen the harm sometimes caused by overly aggressive and high-conflict divorce cases, Erin seeks opportunities to “dial down” any contact that could damage a child. In fact, she became a trained and certified mediator for this very reason!

The indelible mark of divorce is something that a child will carry permanently. Keep in mind that a child has no role in the family unit splitting apart, so to respect the children’s mental and physical well-being by thoughtfully and thoroughly pursuing a peaceful divorce is something we always propose for evaluation during initial consultation to identify those who might benefit.

Richmond County Divorce Mediator Prioritizing Children in Divorce

Erin is a former prosecutor in Richmond County and a trained litigator with many years of advocating for her clients in the courtroom. She has parlayed the knowledge and skills acquired, and transferred them to helping couples, step-by-step, to discuss division of assets and transition fairly and equitably to a post-divorce family. Throughout the divorce mediation process, she reminds couples of their continued role and obligations as parents and advises her clients to hold the children’s best interest as the highest priority in resolving many difficult parenting issues.

Staten Island's Premier Divorce Mediator: Start Your Consultation Today

Are you facing the difficult decision of divorce? Don’t navigate this challenging time alone, speak with a Staten Island divorce mediation attorney today. At Erin K. Colgan, P.C., we understand the emotional and financial strain divorce can bring.

Mediation offers a faster, more cost-effective solution compared to traditional litigation. It allows you and your spouse to make important decisions regarding child custody, property division, and spousal support in a respectful and controlled environment.

If you are considering or deciding upon divorce, schedule a consultation with Erin K. Colgan, Staten Island’s premier divorce lawyer and certified mediator, today to discuss your options. Call our office at 718-981-5505. Or, Request a Consultation using the below form.

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