Solving Conflicts Without the Combat

Buffalo News
August 29, 2011

Every year, the New York State Unified Court System hears approximately 3 million cases. Julie Loesch, director of the Center for Resolution and Justice at Child and Family Services says that mediation offers a benefit to litigation: “We can listen to people in a conflict and hear what lies underneath what they’re saying. We can see what’s truly important to them and it’s often different than what they’re saying.”

Without having to pay court reporters, filing fees, and hourly fees of lawyers, mediation is significantly cheaper — costing only one-fourth of a litigated divorce depending on the complexity. In Western New York, a mediated divorce costs approximately $2,000 total while the average price tag of a litigated divorce is almost $4,000 per spouse .

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