Collaborative Divorce and Mediation
Hello, I am Melissa Goodstein, a collaborative attorney and mediator practicing exclusively within the area of divorce and family law. I am here to be your personal advocate during this time of transition. My clients are ready to move on with their lives but want to end their current relationship with integrity and build the foundation to have a good relationship with their ex post divorce. I encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation. Your new life is waiting, let me help you get there the right way.
Virtual Divorce and Family Mediation Services
Our office offers virtual divorce and family mediation services using video and telephone conferencing technology. Occasionally, clients live far apart from each other which poses significant logistical challenges whether clients are considering mediation or litigation. This distance may also have contributed to the decision to divorce. Sometimes health or safety issues preclude in-person mediation sessions. Other times, like due to the COVID 19 outbreak, in-person meetings are not possible given federal, state and local directives. Virtual mediation enables parties to participate and engage in the mediation process.
Melissa also uses Family Law Software enabling parties to enter data electronically to prepare statements of net worth including child support, spousal support and property division analysis. In this way, clients can input the data prior to a meeting focused on finances and the information can be shared during the mediation session. No court appearances or judicial intervention are necessary and all divorce papers can be filed electronically allowing parties to move forward with their lives in the most cost effective, private and dignified manner possible. In this way, assets and relationships are protected by mutually agreed upon terms. Meetings are scheduled by appointment at times most convenient for all parties.
For prospective new clients, the office of Melissa Goodstein offers a 30-minute free video or telephone conference to discuss the virtual mediation process.
Contact our office to schedule your 30-minute free consultation.
Divorce mediation is an alternative to courtroom litigation for couples contemplating the termination of their marriage. It gives divorcing or separating couples an opportunity to focus on planning their lives rather than worrying about the complexities of the judicial system. A mediator facilitates discussions in an impartial manner and helps resolve differences between the parties. The ultimate goal of the divorce mediation process is to establish agreement on all open issues. Once that is accomplished, a settlement agreement is drafted. Learn more…
Unlike mediation, which is facilitated by a single neutral third party, the collaborative divorce process requires that each spouse retain a specially trained attorney to represent their interests. In some cases, other professionals are involved as well, e.g., financial planners, child advocacy specialists, mental health professionals. Attorneys trained in collaborative divorce adhere to principles that promote non-court resolutions. They believe in the process because they know it can work without the hostility that often comes with litigation. Learn more…
Marital mediation is a viable alternative for couples who realize their marriage is in jeopardy and want help but one or both spouses are reluctant to commit to traditional therapy. A wide variety of issues can be effectively addressed through marital mediation. A couple can learn to identify and lessen disruptive behaviors and communication styles that can result in the preservation of their marriage. Divorce becomes an option of last resort rather than first resort for couples in unresolved conflict. Learn more…
“I’m divorcing, what do I do first?”
During an in-depth interview this question is addressed. We talk about the pros and cons of mediation, collaborative law, and litigation. Click / tap this link or the audio icon on the right to go to soundcloud.com to listen to this informative podcast.