About The Mediation Project

The Mediation Project at NYLAG provides free mediation to low-income New Yorkers who wish to resolve disputes without resorting to protracted and expensive litigation.

Mediation is becoming increasingly popular and is already easily accessible for wealthier people but still out of reach for many low-income New Yorkers.  The Project was created in 2013 to give the same choice of process to all New Yorkers, regardless of their economic situation.

The Project mediates:

  • Divorces, including division of marital property and debts
  • Parenting time and decision making (custody/visitation)
  • Child and spousal support
  • Family conflicts for people who are not married but have children in common
  • Employment discrimination
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Disability accommodations
  • Contract conflicts
  • Non-legal employment issues such as scheduling or interpersonal conflicts

Philosophy:

NYLAG believes that mediation works best when parties make decisions knowing their rights and obligations. To that end, the Project helps the parties find pro bono or low bono attorneys to advise them during the mediation and review any agreement they have reached before they sign it.

At the close of a successful mediation, the parties have a signed agreement which NYLAG can file with the court to become an enforceable judgment or order.

NYLAG’s Mediation Project gives volunteer mediators the opportunity to mediate or co-mediate with the support of an experienced mediator-attorney.

Results:

Since its inception in 2013, 77% of the couples who mediated divorces and family cases at NYLAG either reached an agreement or reconciled.

Volunteer:

NYLAG’s Mediation Project gives volunteer mediators the opportunity to mediate or co-mediate with the support of an experienced mediator-attorney. Click here to view/ download a printable brochure with more information.

Referrals:

Divorce Mediation:

To refer a family or divorce case or inquire about volunteering opportunities, e-mail Antoinette Delruelle, [email protected], or call 212-613-5021. *Cases where domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse and child neglect/abuse are present are not appropriate for mediation.

Employment Mediation:

To refer an employment case, e-mail Nina Martinez, [email protected], or call 212-613-5034.

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