Mediation proves itself most effective before the parties go to court, and often before the parties even hire attorneys. The family
courts now refer almost all divorces to mediation prior to the time of trial. Therefore, if mediation is to occur at some point, it
is best that it happen as early as possible. A significant portion of Mr. Rubin's practice is working with parties who have not
yet entered the court arena nor hired attorneys.
If you are unsure about the best course for you, Mr. Rubin can help determine whether mediation or collaborative law, or neither,
are appropriate for your specific circumstances.
The mediation process can be as creative or as straightforward as the parties and Mr. Rubin feel is appropriate. Most mediations
begin with an orientation, financial inventory and assessment. From that point, the issues typically including issues surrounding the
children, equitable distribution, and alimony/spousal support are prioritized and addressed.
The entire mediation can last anywhere from two to eight or nine sessions, depending on the number and complexity of issues as well
as the ability of the parties involved to reach an agreement.
Mr. Rubin will typically write the settlement agreement with the parties on a work-in-progress basis so that the parties can see the agreement form as
the process runs its course.
Throughout the process, Mr. Rubins emphasis is on children and family.