Divorce Mediation & Couples Dispute Resolution in Katonah, NY

We divorce crazy in this country. The adversarial process often takes an already difficult situation and makes it worse. It is enormously expensive, emotionally brutalizing and in every way depleting. It is by definition a win-lose model that strives to “win” by demeaning the other parent’s competences. Since adversarial divorce almost invariably intensifies the conflict and polarizes families, it is nearly impossible for parents to shield their children from the deleterious effects of divorce. Further, adversarial divorce makes it even more difficult for the divorcing couple to successfully co-parent during and post divorce.

Why Divorce Mediation is Better Than Litigation

  • Separate and divorce without going to court
  • Reach a fair comprehensive settlement
  • Much less expensive
  • Results achieved in much shorter time
  • Much less conflict
  • Helps protect emotional well-being of children

Divorce mediation is an alternative, non-adversarial method of divorce focused on reaching a fair and comprehensive settlement in an efficient and cost effective manner. Mediation is generally completed in a fraction of the time, is far less expensive and avoids much of the conflict and pain so common in litigated divorces. Financial, legal and accounting consultants are brought on board as needed depending on the requirements of each individual case. Dr. Schrag will personally ensure that the process is respectful and fair to both sides while helping you protect the emotional well-being of your children. Where appropriate, he will educate families on the latest divorce research so that divorcing couples can make informed decisions that protect their children and the sanctity of the home and family they jointly built.

How Divorce Mediation Works

At The Center for Divorce Mediation, couples meet together with Dr. Schrag who facilitates discussion and skillfully helps couples successfully negotiate a complete agreement. He melds his specialized training in divorce mediation with his expertise as a child and marital therapist to produce a unique and structured method of mediation that strives for an agreement that is sensitive to individual needs while simultaneously honoring the family and home the couple jointly built. When children are living at home, the agreement is generally “child centered”, guided by the current research to help parents achieve agreements that are truly in the best interests of their children.

The main topics addressed during mediation include, but are not limited to Parenting Plans, Holiday Schedules, Child Support, Maintenance (Alimony) and Equitable Distribution of Property. Couples need not be educated or have any knowledge about these topics prior to coming to mediation. Though couples are free to separately consult with whomever you wish, Dr. Schrag will recommend mediation friendly expert professionals who understand the goals of mediation and will work in concert with each person’s goals. Neutral financial and tax experts are consulted and utilized on an as needed basis.

Why Choose Dr. Schrag As Your Divorce Mediator

Since Dr. Schrag is also a seasoned clinical psychologist, he will be happy to discuss your children and share his insights on such topics as the latest divorce outcome research, minimizing the negative impact of divorce on children, helping children successfully adjust to divorce, methods for effective co-parenting after divorce, etc.

Divorce Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method that avoids any need to go to court. If you would like to discuss whether this option is right for you, please feel free to call for a consultation at 914-232-8000.