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Divorce Mediation

Palm Beach and Broward County Divorce Mediator. Helping spouses separate amicably

Divorce Mediation

If you and your spouse have irreconcilable differences and cannot continue the marriage, you may be considering the process of divorce. We suggest that you consider a divorce mediator. When inquiring about divorce, some people don’t want to get involved in a drawn-out, emotional trial that lasts months and costs them overwhelming court and attorney fees.. Read More

Family Mediation

Palm Beach and Broward County Family Mediation. Guiding families towards a positive co-parenting future

Family Mediation

When spouses have irreconcilable differences and get a divorce, they are not the only ones affected by the drastic life change. Children are often caught in the middle of divorce proceedings. Children can be a highly emotional topic for parents. Read More

Mediation Benefits

What are the Benefits of working with a Divorce Mediator? There are several benefits of mediation to include: (1) control, (2) creativity, (3) confidentiality, (4) speed, (5) voluntariness and (6) cost reduction.

Mediation Benefits

Working with a divorce mediator is one of the fastest growing areas for couples who desire a non-adversarial divorce because litigation can be expensive and protracted. When working with a divorce mediator, the parties become problem solvers with the help of a mediator who is trained to facilitate an agreement.Read More

ABOUT OUR FIRM

OUR HISTORY:

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– 1986-1990

1986  Law Degree of Juris Doctor Cum Laude, Pace University School of Law

Pace Law Review, Senior Staff, 1985-1986 Award Recipient

1986  Admission to the Bar of the State of Connecticut

1987 Admission to the Bar of the State of New York

1988 Admission to United States District Court, District of Connecticut

1990 Admission to the United States Supreme Court of America

– 1995

1995  Connecticut Family and Divorce Mediation, Training

1995  New York State Family and Divorce , Training

– 2014

2012 Florida Certified Family & Divorce Mediator, Supreme Court of the State of Florida

2016 Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, the CDFA®   The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:

  • How Can I Prepare For Divorce Mediation?

    Divorce is a challenge at best!  It is not uncommon to be anxious or apprehensive about sitting down with your spouse and speaking about difficult, unresolved issues with a Mediator.

    The informal nature of mediation, even the setting in which it is conducted, should afford to the participants less stress than would otherwise confront them in a contested divorce process.

    To prepare for your Mediation try to get plenty of rest and eat a meal before you come to the mediation conference.  It is important to be able to concentrate, sometimes for several hours.

  • What Is The Role Of A Mediator In A Divorce?

    As your Mediator my role is that of a neutral, impartial, third party, who has no stake in the outcome of the dispute, to help a couple settle and resolve all disputed issues that are present in a divorce.

    I encourage dialogue and open communication between a couple, in an environment where each spouse is able to express their opinions and voice their concerns.  As a Mediator, I work to help a couple resolve conflicts in their dispute which may involve parental issues such as custody and time-sharing, child support, alimony, and finances including the division of assets and debts.

    My role is to facilitate communication by identifying issues, brainstorming available options, and allowing the parties to reach a voluntary agreement.

    As your Mediator, I will prepare a written Separation Agreement or Divorce Agreement that reflects the agreement reached in mediation, as well as prepare all the documents that are required to be filed in the Court for the parties to move forward to an Uncontested Divorce, and obtain a final Judgment of dissolution of marriage.

  • How Is A Mediated Divorce Different From A Litigated Divorce?

    In a mediated divorce, both parties will be meeting with their experienced family and divorce mediator, an independent neutral party, to settle and resolve all disputed issues that are relevant to your divorce, custody or support matter.   A “mediated divorce” assumes that you will be successful in reaching a mutual understanding through the mediation process, and that all the terms of your agreement will become a part of the final Judgment of Divorce. In contrast, in a contested divorce there is no overall mutual agreement, and consequently, your case will proceed to hearings and a final trial for the Judge to ultimately decide the financial and parenting matters.    Even if your divorce starts out as a contested divorce, that doesn’t foreclose the possibility that during the pendency of your case, and before it goes before the Court for a decision, that you will achieve agreements that resolve one or more issues.  In fact, a great majority of “contested” divorce cases do resolve themselves by agreement rather than by proceeding to trial. A trial can be lengthy and expensive whereas mediation can result in a much faster divorce at a much lower expense.

    A successful mediated divorce becomes an uncontested divorce. Once an agreement is achieved, your divorce will proceed as an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, a judge will review the separation agreement entered into by the parties and if finding it to be fair and equitable and in the best interest of any children, will enter the agreement as a final Order, the Judgment of Divorce or Dissolution of the marriage. Mediation can also be used for post-judgment modifications as well. There are times where parties would like to make a change to the terms of a divorce decree after it is issued. They may or may not agree to those changes. This is where mediation can come in; to assist the parties in making necessary modifications based on changes in circumstances as life evolves.

  • Do I Have To Go To Court If We Have A Mediated Agreement?

    Upon the completion of a successful mediation, the Mediator prepares a comprehensive written Agreement that resolves all relevant issues, such as parenting and custody, financial issues and the equitable distribution of assets and debts, among others.  Finalizing and signing of the the written Agreement, does not mean that the marriage is dissolved.

    To be divorced requires that a court action for dissolution of marriage be instituted and to do that there is the need to file certain documents in Court, which start with a Petition, and that proper notification of the action is given to the other spouse.

    The court documents can be prepared in a number of ways.  One option is to prepare the required forms which are available at the court clerk’s office.  The second option is to have someone prepare the forms for you, such as a mediator, or an attorney.

MEET OUR DIVORCE MEDIATOR

Judith Goldberg

Divorce & Family Mediation

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