What is Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is an alternative to court litigation for resolving disputes that arise as two people separate their lives. A neutral third party called a “mediator” helps the couple to work through the issues of their divorce and reach a mutually agreeable settlement. Please note that mediation may not be safe or appropriate for individuals with a history or fear of domestic violence.
How Do I Find a Divorce Mediator?
Note: The free divorce mediation services previously provided by the Collaborative Family Law Center are being offered by other service providers. Please see below.
1) Ask court staff for a referral to a court-based mediation program, if your case is already in court. Most court programs offer parties a free, initial mediation session, followed by reduced-fee follow-up sessions.
2) Check with your local Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC). Most CDRCs offer free mediation of parenting disputes. For help to resolve financial or other aspects of divorce (e.g., support, property and debt division), couples can ask for a referral list of trained, divorce mediators who can take cases on a fee-for-service basis.
3) Contact the Divorce Mediation Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The clinic offers free divorce mediation to qualifying couples living in New York State. If you and your spouse are eligible, you may get up to four, 90-minute sessions with program mediators (or six sessions, if you have children). Both spouses must agree to participate. Note: Referrals to divorce mediation will not be made in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse or where one spouse cannot locate the other.
For more information about free or low-fee divorce mediation, send an email with your telephone number to Intake.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 790-0875. Sessions are conducted online.
4) Contact NYLAG's Mediation Project. The Project provides free mediation for low-income New Yorkers living in NYC and the surrounding suburbs. Note: Cases where domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse and child neglect/abuse are present are not appropriate for mediation.
5) Check with professional dispute resolution associations.
ADR may not be safe or appropriate for individuals with a history or fear of domestic violence.
How Can I Learn More About Divorce in New York?
Visit Divorce Resources.