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Mediationpic20Zoomwomanmandonscreenintie-300x200Ending a marriage is never easy. It’s not just the emotional turmoil that makes the process difficult to manage. You also have to handle everything from negotiating outcomes with your soon-to-be-ex partner, to presenting agreements and requests to the courts if litigation is the chosen process.

As a family law and matrimonial attorney, I have been through the litigation process many times and still offer residents of Brookyln (Kings County) the guidance and support they need to navigate the litigation process if they choose to take their case to court. However, I often find that divorce mediation offers a less stressful, and more streamlined approach to dispute resolution for many New York-based couples.  Nowadays we are doing divorce mediation by Zoom or in person making our services convenient for people wherever they are situated.  There is no longer the need to travel to see this divorce mediator. Continue reading ›


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Divorce can be a complex and emotionally exhausting experience for any couple. Even if two people decide mutually to end their marriage, there are various challenges to overcome before each party can move on with their separate lives. One effective way to minimize the stress and complications of a divorce, is to consider mediation – a collaborative method for dispute resolution.

Divorce mediators like me, Mr. Darren M. Shapiro, can support parties throughout regions of Long Island and New York to help people address everything from equitable distribution to child support issues. For residents of Manhattan, a reliable divorce mediator can offer an excellent combination of support, guidance, and insight, tailored to suit your specific needs. Continue reading ›

Mediationpic12lawyersmanglassesblondewoman-300x200Marriage is more than just a commitment, it’s a legal contract, tying your life and assets with that of another person. Unfortunately, this means if you decide to split ways with your partner, there are sometimes complications in navigating how to unravel the threads you’ve joined together in matrimony.

For many, the simplest, and most painless approach, involves working with a divorce mediator, to come to important legal agreements with your soon to be ex. The right New York divorce mediator can be an incredible resource in a difficult time, offering expertise, guidance, and direction when you need it most. From my office in Nassau County, I aim to offer the specialized service residents across New York need to navigate their divorce with relative ease.

For decades, I’ve dedicated my practice to serving the citizens of Long Island and the New York City area, from couples in Brooklyn (Kings County), to Manhattan, Queens County, Bronx County, and Staten Island (Richmond County). Continue reading ›

Mediationpic20Zoomwomanmandonscreenintie-300x200Divorce is never a simple process, no matter how amicable you and your partner’s decision to end a marriage might be. It’s crucial to ensure you have the right guidance and support during this journey, which is where a divorce mediator that services Queens County residents steps in.

From my office in Nassau County, I strive to offer both a personalized and professional level of service to every client. Here are some of the reasons you may consider working with my office when navigating your Queens County divorce mediation.

Flexible Mediation Options

In today’s world, flexibility is crucial. While I continue to offer in-person mediation sessions from a comfortable location in Jericho, New York, I also provide virtual mediation options, usually by Zoom, for those who want to avoid a commute, or have complex schedules to navigate.

We cater to the needs of people from around the region, whether you’re located in Queens County, New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. If you prefer to access mediation using online tools, like Zoom, we can accommodate your needs thus making services available for people all around New York State.  We can mediate by Zoom and e-file documents with the court. Alternatively, you can choose to book a session within our convenient conference room at any time that suits you. Continue reading ›

Mediationpic20Zoomwomanmandonscreenintie-300x200Navigating the complexities of a divorce can be challenging. During such an important time, having the right mediator can make all the difference. Here’s why my office can be the right choice for many Suffolk County, New York couples:

  1. In-person and Virtual Mediation Options

In a world that’s constantly changing, our modes of communication must evolve. My Jericho, New York office is adept at offering both in-person and virtual mediation services. We cater to the convenience of clients from Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, and New York City.  Nowadays many couples choose to mediate on Zoom from the convenience of their own homes, but for those that wish to come to and mediate in person we have a comfortable conference room to talk through what we need to settle in Suffolk County divorce mediations or anyone that can make the trip to our Long Island office. Continue reading ›

Mediationpic22Zoomtabletlaptop-300x200The path through family law, particularly divorce and child custody matters, can be a complex and emotionally taxing journey. The landscape is often fraught with tension, anxiety, and uncertainty. As a seasoned Nassau County Divorce Mediator and an experienced matrimonial and family law lawyer, my mission is to provide families with compassionate guidance and legal expertise through this labyrinth.

The Role of a Mediator

Mediation, an alternative to court litigation, aims to transform the otherwise adversarial divorce process into a constructive dialogue. It fosters a collaborative environment where all parties can voice their concerns and work together towards a mutually beneficial resolution. As a divorce mediator that can work with couples in my Nassau County office or all around New York State, or beyond by Zoom for those that have New York divorces but are not in the position to travel to my office, my role is to facilitate this dialogue, helping couples reach agreements on various issues, such as property division, alimony, child custody, and visitation rights.

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Young-Couple-300x200Navigating Divorce Mediation: A Comprehensive Guide from a Nassau County Divorce Mediator

Divorce is often synonymous with emotional turmoil and complexity. Whether it’s dividing assets, managing debts, or determining custody arrangements, the process can be overwhelming. But there’s an alternative way that can help to mitigate the stress, preserve relationships, and ensure a fair resolution – divorce mediation.

As an experienced Nassau County divorce mediator and litigator operating in Nassau County, and offering remote services via Zoom and e-filing for clients on Long Island, New York City, and throughout New York state, my mission is to make the divorce process as smooth and emotionally manageable as possible.

Why Consider Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is a strategy that emphasizes dialogue, cooperation, and mutual understanding. Unlike litigation, which often spirals into an emotionally draining, adversarial battle, mediation offers a more serene environment. The key difference lies in the control it gives to the involved parties. In mediation, you are not surrendering your decisions to the court; instead, you are actively involved in shaping the outcomes. Continue reading ›

Skypepic-300x200In the dynamic landscapes of both personal relationships and technological progress, we continue to adapt and evolve our services to better meet the needs of our clients. For those residing anywhere in New York State, from the bustling energy of New York City to the tranquility of upstate regions and the coastal charm of Long Island, I am proud to extend my established divorce mediation services online via Zoom.  For those who wish to come to my office in Jericho, they are always welcome.  However, by Zoom, this modern approach offers a more accessible, efficient, and cost-effective alternative to traditional courtroom battles, enabling couples to navigate their separation process with convenience and dignity.

Divorce mediation, as an alternative to the contentious terrain of legal litigation, provides separating couples with a platform to negotiate their futures. By choosing this path, parties maintain control over their unique processes and outcomes, significantly reducing their reliance on the often unpredictable court system. This method typically saves time, emotional strain, and expense compared to traditional litigation, offering an appealing option for many. Continue reading ›

Parents-adventure-300x200Child support payments are intended to ensure children can continue to receive the quality of life within the guidelines and earning abilities of the parents that is in the best interests of the children. This includes providing the child with a consistent level of schooling (education), health care, and support to address other needs.

However, there are limitations to what’s intended to be covered in a child support payment. For instance, private school or full-time religious schooling may be considered as an allowable statutory “add-on” to the support. While other things, like hobbies and extracurricular activities may be considered something that is not a statutory add on. Continue reading ›

Businessdebtpicture-300x200There are a lot of important decisions that need to be made during a divorce. Separating the lives of two people, particularly after a number of years spent together can be extremely complex. Decisions need to be made not just about children and property, but in regard to crucial family planning.

It is possible, today, for would-be parents considering having a child in the future to freeze embryos, or have embryos collected for the purpose of IVF. When these couples are divorced, decisions need to be made about what to do with an embryo.

Embryos, crucially, are not marital assets subject to equitable distribution, like a house or car. Rather, the concept of contract law needs to come into play. Continue reading ›

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