Recalculating Child Support

One of the issues to be decided in mediation is how frequently child support will be recalculated. In New York, child support is calculated pursuant to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). In calculating child support, the CSSA looks at the gross income of the parties, minus standard deductions such as FICA, and then calculates … Continue reading Recalculating Child Support

Understanding the Amygdala Hijack in Mediation

When a couple decides to end their marriage, there will be many stressful moments to come — sometimes those moments reach levels of epic proportions. In a high-stress argument, the heart starts pounding and muscles tense up, sometimes unconsciously. You may even start to perspire and feel like you are losing your composure. This effect … Continue reading Understanding the Amygdala Hijack in Mediation

Divorce and Autism: Some Unique Considerations

There is a saying: “If you’ve met one child with autism, then you’ve met one child with autism”.  This could not be more true—and those of you who are raising a child with autism know exactly what I mean. Divorce knows no boundaries and is indeed a reality to many families who are raising a … Continue reading Divorce and Autism: Some Unique Considerations

Why Mediation Is a More “Holistic” Approach to Divorce

When I attend various networking events, or if I am meeting a person for the first time and sharing with them what I do for a living, I often speak about divorce mediation in terms of it being a more holistic approach to divorce.  We often hear the term holistic used in medicine. So what … Continue reading Why Mediation Is a More “Holistic” Approach to Divorce

Sharing the Marital Home after Divorce? Some Emotional Considerations to Keep in Mind

Time and time again, clients come to mediation not only because they don’t want the added stress of litigation, but because they also want to save money.  This is especially true when their bleak financial circumstances have already caused them to incur mounds of debts.  In fact, many of my clients come to me with … Continue reading Sharing the Marital Home after Divorce? Some Emotional Considerations to Keep in Mind