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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

Do Grandparents Have Rights in New York?

{2:18 minutes to read} The short answer is, “Yes. Grandparents have visitation rights in New York.” Every divorce agreement that I’ve seen specifically spells out that grandparents in New York have the right to see their grandchildren, and those rights won’t be denied. So that sounds great, and very legal, but how does that really work? Even though the parents are getting divorced, it’s important for kids to maintain relationships with parents, grandparents, and extended family. Settlement Agreements will often contain language about grandparents and extended family being able to see the children even after the death of one of the parents. Maintaining family relationships in the children’s lives is important. Extended family usually includes grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc; however, grandparents have a legal right to see their grandchildren. […]

Are You Ever Too Old to Get Divorced?

{2:42 minutes to read} A couple from Eastern Europe had been married about 65 years. This was their second marriage. They had a bunch of kids who were now in their 60s, and mom and dad decided it was time to get divorced. They had been unhappy for the last 25 years. Their attorney called me and said that he knew this was a little unusual because of their age, but he had spoken to both of them and they really needed to get it done. He said, “I was wondering who makes a career out of doing unusual mediations, and I thought of you.” […]

An Advisory Schedule for Spousal Support: What Does That Mean?

{2:00 minutes to read} For years, divorce professionals, attorneys, mediators, judges and lawyers have all been asking for spousal maintenance (formerly called alimony) guidelines. Cases which had the same facts were getting different alimony awards from different judges. In some cases very, very different: Disturbingly different. After the Miller Commission conducted hearings, the law revision committee spent 5 years trying to arrive at a formula of spousal maintenance, while special interest groups exerted their influence. Toward the end, Judge Sunshine and Eric Tepper, whom we all admire, were involved in the final phase of review. […]