The purpose of maintenance is to allow the recipient to gain skills or training to become financially self-sufficient. It is awarded without regard to gender.
Mediation during separation helped to resolve a NYS STAR program problem so that each member of the couple could benefit.
Mediation can work when only one party is physically present with the mediator. Internet services and the telephone facilitate distance communications.
Retirement and pension plans are subject to equitable distribution in New York divorces
Divorced and separated couples can work together to contribute an equal amount of financial support for an equal amount of physical time with their children.
The following example demonstrates how divorce mediation can help couples to fashion workable child support agreements that meet their specific needs.