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Divorce Story


As a divorce attorney and psychologically-trained mediator, I hear all kinds of diverse divorce stories. I have decided to share some of these stories monthly with you.

Naturally, I will change the names and some of the details to protect my clients. The purpose of sharing these divorce stories with you is to let you know you are not alone. There are peaceful, rational solutions available to you. You really can have a happily-ever-after.

Erica and Steve were married 23 years. They had raised three children, ran a highly successful family business, and have been settling in to life during a pandemic. When Erica called me a few months ago she was in a lot of emotional pain and actually cancelled a few appointments before we finally spoke.

Erica told me she had finally had enough of a husband who cheated throughout their marriage. Initially she ignored his cheating because they had three small children; then she ignored his cheating because she was afraid to be alone; then she ignored his cheating because he was ill; and she took care of him.

But now during the pandemic, she had given his behavior a lot of thought. He was busy spending lots of time on his computer in the study chatting with friends, or so he said. Erica saw conversations in emails between Steve and a woman that were a lot more than “friendly.”

Erica finally had enough of the cheating, and decided to speak with me about her options. I have heard Erica’s story many times before. It is an ongoing dialogue that rears its ugly head during many of my divorce consultations.

We discussed the finances, property issues, spousal support, and their family business, a highly lucrative and well-known maple syrup franchise.

Erica told me she did not want to serve him with a summons, drag him to court, or have the family business tarnished in the tabloids.

We discussed mediation, and I gave her some suggestions on how to approach the subject of divorce with Steve.

After a few weeks I heard back from Erica, and Steve agreed to a discussion about mediation. We are mediating their matter now and discussions have been angry, sad, productive, and progressive.

I have provided guidance and solutions to some very complex business aspects to their divorce. They are moving forward and mediation has given them the opportunity to heal and find closure while providing them both with what they are entitled to and deserve from their divorce.

If this sounds like you, please know that discussion, compassion, negotiation, and solid legal guidance can solve your divorce problems. The untapped magic of mediation can really help.

If you would like to share your story with me, call me. I will give you common sense answers to all your divorce questions. I will help you, as I did with Erica and her family, to find a silver lining so that by using my powerful divorce mediation method, you can also move on with your life peacefully.

Call me now at 212.734.1551. Let me help you find some peaceful solutions!

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Warm regards,


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