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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

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{2:42 minutes to read} Here I am, about to leave on a ten-day vacation abroad—something I haven’t done in a really long time. I’m experiencing some trepidation, but not just about taking a long flight. I tried to finish all the work I had, but that is nearly impossible since it comes in every day. Okay, I’m not complaining because I have too much work; it is just that this is the dilemma of a small business owner. One month, the phone doesn’t ring; no email; no text messages. You call yourself once every day or two, to make sure the phones work. The following month you’re inundated by calls and appointments. You are so busy, you don’t know what to do first. […]

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{3:00 minutes to read} Pets play a very important role in our lives. In my life I have a dog. I don’t own a dog, I have a dog and the dog has me. No one really owns a living creature. We live with them and have a relationship with them, and that relationship is very special to us. To pet owners, pets are like children and we grow very attached to them. With a divorcing couple, it is not that unusual to create an agreement where both parties have visitation rights with their pets. It’s good for the divorcing couple and good for their pets. After all, we are divorcing the other spouse; we are not divorcing our pets. Non pet owners may have difficulty understanding the importance of not interrupting the everyday contact with your beloved pet. It matters little if the pet is: a cat, a dog, a parrot, a gerbil, a hamster, or even a horse. Pet owners who have had a long relationship with their pets do not want that relationship interrupted by the divorce. […]

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. […]