The Voice of Divorce and Family Mediation in New York State

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- Pre-conference: Thursday, May 2nd- Annual Conference: Friday, May 3rd, and Saturday, May 4thThe 2019 Annual Conference

Doubletree Tarrytown
455 South BroadwayTarrytown, New York, 10591

2019 Conference Agenda

We are extremely excited to announce that our pre-conference speaker will be Kenneth Cloke JD, PhD, LLM, world-recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, conflict resolution systems designer, teacher, public speaker and author. Ken will lead a 5-hour workshop entitled: When Civility Breaks Down: Designing Interest-based Approaches to Chronic Conflicts.

In addition, Ken will start our annual conference with his opening plenary on: Designing Questions that Reveal Hidden Dynamics & Release People from Conflict.

Additional plenary and breakout sessions include:

Anatomy of Divorce: How Mediators and Courts Collaborate featuring: the Honorable Matthew F. Cooper, Esq., NY Supreme Court Justice; Joan Levenson, Esq., Chief of Staff to Administrative Judge for NY County; Carol Swidler, Esq., Head of Post Judgment in Westchester; Jean Norton, OCA Assistant Deputy Counsel for ADR/CIP for NYS; and Michele Kern-Rappy, Esq., Sr. Settlement Coordinator, NYS Supreme Court

Spousal Maintenance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act featuring Dan Burns, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator, Burns Mediation; Julie Mersereau, Esq., Attorney & Mediator Mersereau Law Office, Pllc; Rod Wells, Mediator; Steve Linker, Founder and Chairman, Linker LLC

Annual Update on the Law featuring Steve Abel, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator Center for Mediation and Training, Editor, Federal Family Law

Magistrates Share Insights on Child Support and Shared Custody featuring: the Honorable Patricia Brimais-Tenemille, Family Court Support Magistrate; the Honorable Richard Mandell, Esq., Family Court Support Magistrate (Ret.); the Honorable Allen Hochberg, Esq., Family Court Support Magistrate (Ret.); Jill Sanders-DeMott, Esq., Moderator

Critical Incidents in Mediation: Saving the Process featuring Renée LaPoint, MS, NYSCDM President, Accredited Mediator, The Mediation Center; Don Boice, LCSWR, Mediator & Clinical Social Worker, Boice Mediation

Alternative Ways of Dealing with Conflict & Trauma featuring Elizabeth Clemants, MSW, Founder, Hidden Water

College Planning 101 for Divorced Families featuring Stephanie Mauro, President, College Planning 101

Power Balancing in Divorce Mediation: Things are not always as they seem! Featuring Ron Heilmann, LCSW, LMFT, Accredited Mediator, Mediation Network of Syracuse, NY; William Hoefer, Esq., Divorce and Family Law

Better Together Apart: The Five Pillars of an Elegant Divorce featuring Gabrielle Hartley, Esq., Hartley Law and Mediation, Your Elegant Divorce

From QDRO to COAP and RBCO: Decoding the World of Federal Pensions featuring Steve Abel, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator, Center for Mediation and Training, Editor, Federal Family Law

What Every Mediator Needs to Know About Parental Alienation: Psychological and Legal Perspectives featuring Linda Gunsberg PhD, Washington Square Institute; Jordan Trager, Esq., Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

Lessons Learned from Divorce Mediations Involving Law Enforcement Officers: Strategies for All Challenging Personalities featuring Thomas Stedina, Director of Divorce Empowered and Smart.

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What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is a voluntary settlement process used frequently and successfully by married couples who want to divorce, and by domestic partners who want to separate. Divorce mediation gives couples the option to plan their futures rationally, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. With the assistance of a trained divorce mediator, you can reach an agreement that is custom-made for your family, your finances and your future.

Divorce mediation is the preferred choice for couples and families facing separation and divorce because it provides a cost-saving means to reach agreements in a cooperative setting. At the same time, divorce mediation gives couples more control over the process and decision-making. As a result, communication between couples is better so resolutions take less time. Learn more.


 The Divorce Mediation Quiz

 The Divorce Mediation Quiz

Even if you and your partner do not agree on much, divorce mediation could still be for you. Check out The Divorce Mediation Quiz for typical issues to think about when considering divorce mediation. If you and your partner think that divorce mediation could be a sensible solution for your family, you should learn more by meeting with a divorce mediator who can answer questions specific to your situation.

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 Member Spotlight

Mark Josephson on LookTV

Mark Josephson on LookTV

Watch former NYSCDM President Mark Josephson and Jesse Jackson of LookTV discuss how divorce mediation can help couples communicate better, work through challenging financial issues and enable them to develop equitable divorce agreements while maintaining greater control over their futures. 

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