Professional Details

Sarah Samuels
Certified
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

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1225 Franklin Ave., Suite 325
Garden City, NY 11530
USA
516-428-8063

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I am a family and divorce mediator with over 10 years of mediation experience. I offer those undergoing a divorce a comfortable setting to discuss and resolve the parenting and financial issues which need to be decided before legally divorcing in New York. Will this make divorce easy? No ! But what it will do, is provide a reasonable way through a difficult time.

Professional Background

I worked in the NYC Family Court as a Mediation Manager of the Custody Visitation Mediation Program. In addition to currently mediating private divorce and family cases, I serve on the NYC Family Court Custody and Visitation Panel as a Consultant Mediator.

Experience

I have over 250 hours of experience mediating family and divorce cases.

Degrees

I am a graduate of McGill University (BA), University of Toronto (MA) and Creighton University School of Law where I obtained a Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution and Negotiation.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1999    Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts    Basic Mediation Training - 28 hours
2001    Community Mediation Services    Basic Mediation Training - 30 hours
2001    Community Mediation Services    Custody/Visitation Mediation Training - 12 hours
2003    Office of Court Administration     New York City Civil Court Mediation Training - 3 hours
2004    Community Mediation Services    Parent/Child Mediation Training - 12 hours
2006, 2012    NYC Family Court    NYS Domestic Violence Training
2006, 2007    Community Dispute Resolution Program    NYS Advanced Mediation Training
2007-2013    Association for Conflict Resolution, NYS Unified Court System, New York Center for Interpersonal Development    Annual Conferences, Advanced Mediation Trainings
2008    New York Center for Interpersonal Development    Working Together (Effectively) With High Conflict Disputants- 12 hours
2009    Duke Fisher, Learning Laboratories    Divorce Mediation Training- 56 hours
2011    Creighton University    Five Day Mediation Residency - 30 hours
2012    Center for Understanding in Conflict    Essentials of Family Law
2013-2015    NYS Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York    Over 20 hours of continuing education yearly

Approach

I provide a collaborative environment where open and frank discussion of issues and concerns is encouraged. From a standpoint of neutrality, I will help you address and resolve the financial and parenting matters which must be decided as you go forward. We will work at considering options and finding solutions that you both agree to and are comfortable with, even if at first glance none appear to exist.

Fees

My customary fee is $250 an hour. Most sessions are 2 hours and the average mediation is 3-5 sessions. Drafting the Memorandum of Understanding typically takes 4 hours.

Other Information

Call me with your questions and to schedule a free one hour consultation.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Conflict Coach

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.