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Mediation

Stram Law has mediated disputes in community centers and Brooklyn civil court between landlords and tenants, business partners, neighbors, spouses, vendors and consumers, and employees and employers.

Mediation is a private, voluntary, informal but structured process where the mediator assists the participants to resolve their dispute in a manner acceptable to all. The parties are more satisfied with the final agreement, because they created it, and are, therefore, more likely to comply with its terms.

If you are involved in a civil dispute, from a business matter to a landlord-tenant problem, from a partnership or employment issue to the breach of a contract, you may want to consider mediation as a way to minimize cost, maximize control and maintain relationships.

We mediate a wide range of disputes, including:

  • Property settlements
  • Business Interests
  • Employment disputes
  • Contract mediation
  • Landlord-tenant mediation
  • Child custody and visitation and/or child support
  • Co-Parenting Agreements
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Disputes between parents and teenage or adult children
  • Cohabitation / Domestic Partnership Agreements
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement

In mediation, we act as a third party neutral, working with you and any other party to find cooperative ways to resolve your differences. We do not provide legal advice to either party, do not consider evidence or testimony, and do not render a decision for you. Instead, we help you work with the other parties to the mediation to find solutions that are satisfactory to everyone involved.

You may choose to be represented by a lawyer in mediation, but it is not required. If you reach agreement on the issues, we will prepare an agreement setting forth the terms, which will then become enforceable in a court of law.

Also, if you are considering filing for divorce or are already a party to a matrimonial dispute, but you would like to resolve your differences while maintaining a positive, or at least civilized, relationship with your ex-spouse, you may want to consider divorce mediation as an alternative to the traditional divorce process. In addition to reducing the emotional and financial costs of divorce, mediation can give you more control over the outcome, so that decisions about custody, support and property are not entrusted to a judge.

Benefits of mediating your divorce include:

  • Improved relationships between children and both parents
  • Significant cost savings (avoid the adversarial costs of pleadings, motions, court appearances, investigations, etc.)
  • Significant time savings (avoid the time and stress of litigation)
  • More control over your decisions
  • Privacy as you work out an agreement in an open, cooperative atmosphere
  • Assistance in keeping emotions separate from practical decisions
  • Ability to resolve future issues in your agreement, thereby avoiding later disagreement
  • An informed process, so that each person fully understands the consequences of their decisions