These days, as a divorce attorney and mediator, I help clients virtually
using my mediation process, which, especially now, helps clients save
money, time and maintain safety. Two weeks ago, I helped a divorced couple
with what is by far one of my most unusual mediated cases.
Originally, I worked with this couple to complete their divorce mediation
process about 14 months ago. Their mediation went smoothly, they were
amicable, agreed to a fair settlement, and made some liberal visitation/co-parenting
decisions for their 14 and 15 year old children.
With the recent coronavirus pandemic the ex-husband was faced with an unexpected
situation. His wife had recently asked her new boyfriend of 8 months to
move in with her and the kids. The boyfriend, over the last 8 months,
had quickly become part of the family and the ex-husband and the children
were all on board with this arrangement.
Now came the ex-husband’s dilemma. His wife has residential custody.
Generally, the children go back and forth between the homes of both the
mother and the father. The father wanted to be with his children as much
as possible during this pandemic, but did not want his children traveling
back and forth between homes. He was concerned for their safety. The couple
decided to contact me to help them find a solution.
We had a frank, virtual conversation and we discussed everyone living together
to meet the current needs of the family. We talked about the father moving
in with the ex-wife, boyfriend and the kids. The family home is a large
six bedroom home in Scarsdale, so there is plenty of room. We discussed
that these days, it’s time for some families to be open to creating
“a new nuclear family” in order to co-parent their children
We decided together after a few discussions that everyone living together,
even with the new boyfriend in the mix, would work. Obviously, this type
of arrangement won’t work for everyone. But the magic of mediation
is that it gives you room for open discussions and creative decisions.
In addition, we setup some guidelines for everyone living together, discussed
financial contributions to the household, and how child support would
If you find yourself in a difficult or unusual position, whether you are
already divorced or thinking of divorce, I can successfully walk you through
the options, and help you find solutions.
My unique mediation process really works, especially now!
As a psychologically-trained divorce attorney and mediator (physician
assistant as well), I am uniquely prepared to address the emotional, as
well as legal aspects of divorce. I know how to think “outside of
the box” to find solutions for couples having marriage/family difficulties
at this most difficult and unusual time - what seems to be our “new
During this medical crisis our
FREE 1 HOUR CONSULTATIONS are conducted virtually by telephone or TeleDivorce by Skype or FaceTime
to reduce risk and to continue to maintain safety for everyone!
Call now to book your free consultation. 212.734.1551
I look forward to working with you, and helping you find solutions for
you and your family.
Please continue to Stay Home, Stay Healthy & Stay Safe!