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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 with you monthly.

Naturally, I will change the names and some of the details to protect the privacy of 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.

Sam and Jean were married for 12 years. They were both professionals. He was a market research analyst, and she a speech pathologist. They had three beautiful children, ages 4, 6 and 8. They lived in a large home on Sands Point, Long Island. When I received a phone call from Sam, he was hurt and very angry. He left a voice message and wanted a divorce.

During our phone consultation, he told me that his wife was having an emotional affair with his best friend. He found them texting all the time. He confronted both of them and they said he was overreacting. They explained they were friends and nothing more. However, his wife went to his best friend with all her concerns and complaints about her marriage. It just wasn’t how he wanted to be married. He felt betrayed and was not having it. I told him I understood.

We discussed his options. He clearly wanted a divorce and I convinced him going to court was not the answer. Not in his case. He eventually agreed to try mediation if his wife agreed to it. I emailed his wife letting her know her husband had consulted with me about their marital difficulties and inviting her to participate in a free consultation to learn about mediation.

His wife agreed and we had a good conversation.

She didn’t want to divorce her husband. She still loved him but she loved his best friend too! Her husband was right about his suspicions. They had a few painful conversations and she finally agreed to divorce using the mediation process.

They owned a home together valued at $4 million dollars, a vacation home on St. Kitts valued at $875,000.00 and their assets and pensions totaled $ 1.8 million dollars.

Sam then went on to say he wanted full custody of their 3 children because he didn’t want his children living with his wife and his best friend.

Eventually Sam agreed to joint custody. There was an understanding his best friend, for now, would not reside in the home with their children. The properties and assets were all distributed fairly.

If this sounds like you, please know that discussion, compassion, negotiation, and solid legal guidance can solve your divorce problems. Your divorce can be thoughtful, amicable and fair if you consider mediation!

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 Sam and his family, to find a silver lining, using my powerful psychologically-infused divorce mediation method so you can move on with your life peacefully.

All our FREE CONSULTATIONS are conveniently conducted virtually to reduce risk.

I look forward to hearing your story, and helping you find the best possible solution.

Stay healthy and safe!

Warm regards,


Call New York Divorce Attorney and mediator Lois Brenner now to book your Free Consultation. 212.734.1551