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Mediation works as it fosters cooperation and problem solving instead of accusing the other spouse, which is the basis of a litigated divorce.

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Seven Deadly Mistakes in Divorce!!

Sinkov-7-deadly-mistakes-1-DPLIC_Popular These 7 Mistakes may sound outrageous, ridiculous, or just plain common sense, but people make […]

What’s This Nesting Thing All About?

Whats-This-Nesting-Thing-All-About? In client meetings, the issue of custody is often a very difficult conversation. Even with […]

Change the Agreement? Yes We Can!

As life is ever changing, sometimes events evolve in a couple’s life post-divorce that affect […]

Should Mediators Draft Legal Agreements?

For years, I’ve heard that some non-attorney mediators write their own settlement agreements. When […]

The Cost of a Legal Separation or Divorce

Hiring opposing counsel (attorneys) to “win” your divorce, no matter how you slice it, is […]

Dividing Net Equity Using the “Magic of Math”?

A while ago, I wrote a blog article about “The Magic of Math,” which had […]

Why Must I Read My Divorce Agreement?

How often have I received a phone call from divorced spouses asking questions about their […]

If I Ignore You, Will You Change Your Mind about Getting Divorced?

One spouse is often the initiator when getting divorced or separated. The other’s attitude is, “Let’s […]

My Income Has Changed. Does the Child Support Change? !

What happens if you already have an Agreement in place, where support levels were based […]

Frequently Asked Questions

A couple choosing to Mediate their separation and/or divorce, are opting for a highly cost […]

About Divorce Mediation

Separation and divorce are among the most painful and disruptive events an individual or family […]

Mediation: Last Resort, or First Choice?

A couple had been in litigation for a little over 6 months and were running […]

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I’ve been a divorce lawyer for over twenty years. When my wife and I decided to divorce, we did not want litigation to use up the money we had saved for the children’s college education. We chose mediation with Don Sinkov because of his reputation as a consummate professional. The entire divorce process took two months and although we are divorced, my ex wife and I can still effectively parent our children together because we chose not to fight but to mediate. Don was amazingly effective in bringing us the closure we needed. We both thank you very much.

S.G. Manhattan

Recent Blog Articles

Dividing the Marital Assets in Half—Part 2

{3:42 minutes to read} There was a big response to my last blog, I’ll Divide the Marital Assets in Half as Long as My Half Is Bigger, mostly from attorneys. They said horrible things like: “You don’t know what you’re talking about. We don’t always divide the assets in half. Where did you get that idea?” I said, “Okay, so if I’m wrong, tell me why I’m wrong or what you do differently.” “We don’t always divide the assets in half. We add up all the assets and then try to figure out what the value was at the date of the marriage, and the end of the financial interest is the date of commencement.” […]

Thank God for Collaborative Lawyers!

{2:48 minutes to read} Collaborative law has been around since the 90s. It was initially marketed as something like mediation, but often clients call me and say they have been to collaborative lawyers; you know, mediators who are lawyers. That is totally wrong. The other day I had lunch with a principal in a law firm, and I said, “You practice family law, but I’m sure some of your clients would benefit from mediation. I’m thinking I could offer divorce mediation to your clients, and you and your law firm can do the legal paperwork and filings.” I further explained, “It would go like this: I’ll write a memorandum after the clients agree to terms. You write the Settlement Agreement and file the judgement in court.” […]

Why Don’t Lawyers Know What Mediators Do?

{3:06 minutes to read} Recently, I returned from a 3-day annual conference of the New York State Council of Divorce Mediation. The speaker was Eric Tepper. The training was about the new NYS Spousal Maintenance guidelines and advisory schedule. Eric had worked with Judge Sunshine in creating the guidelines and schedule. Shortly thereafter, I attended the Divorce Economic Institute training by MatLaw in Westchester County. MatLaw provides an ongoing review of case law each year that is usually attended by members of the Westchester Bar’s Family Law section. I have attended the MatLaw trainings every year for the past 13 years. I believe it is incredibly important to keep current with the seminal cases in equitable distribution and matters relating to divorce, business valuations, marital interest, etc. […]