Professional Details

DEBRA WHITSON
Associate Mediator

Mediated Online Solutions, LLC

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PO Box 16
Keene, NY 12942
USA
518-413-1200
Fax: 518-413-1300

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Description of Practice

Mediated Online Solutions, LLC offers couples a better way to break up. Our mediation, divorce coaching and coparenting support services are all offered virtually, making access less costly and more convenient to our clients. We also offer services that help lawyers and their family law clients work more effectively and efficiently together.

Professional Background

I have been admitted to the New York State Bar for 26 years. The first half of my legal career was as a special victims prosecutor at the State and County levels. I became a recognized expert in domestic violence dynamics and community response. The second half of my legal career has been in private practice specializing in matrimonial and family law. I have been mediating and doing collaborative divorce work since 2013.

Experience

I have been doing collaborative divorce work and mediation in family law cases since 2013 and have handled more than 50 cases where ADR was utilized successfully.

Degrees

I earned my bachelor of science degree with distinction from Cornell University where I majored in Human Development and Family Studies. My Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, was conferred by Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
10/12/2013    North Country Conflict Resolutions Services/Rural Law Center    Basic Mediation Training - 30 hrs
05/10/2013    Hudson Valley Collaborative Practice Group    Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce - 14 hrs
05/22/2020    Mediate.com    Online Family Mediation Training - 20 hrs
05/26/2020    NYS Trial Lawyers Association    Virtual ADR - Tech and Security Issues - 1 hour
07/10/2020    NYS Trial Lawyers Association    Fast Tracking Matrimonial Cases with ADR - 1 hour

Approach

My practice's approach to mediation is to offer divorce coaching and parenting support assistance (delivered by another qualified professional in our practice) throughout the mediation process so that they have the very best chance of having a successful and satisfying mediation experience AND learn emotional regulation skills and communication skills that will help them long after the mediation has concluded. We also provide supportive services to clients who are going through litigated family law matters so that they can help their lawyer better help them. Lawyers love this service because it allows the lawyer to focus on legal work while we help the client with gathering and organizing financial records, coach them on how to be prepared for each meeting with their attorney and each court appearance, assist them with managing parenting "skirmishes" during the litigation process and more.

Fees

Mediation is offered stand-alone or with the supportive "wrap around" divorce coaching and/or parenting support at a flat fee based on the complexity of each particular case. Our clients can also enroll on a subscription basis for ongoing divorce coaching and/or parenting support without engaging in mediation. Their monthly subscription entitles them to a certain number of hours of video or phone meetings each month. Supportive services for clients going through litigation are offered on a subscription basis as well.

Other Information

Mediated Online Solutions was born out of the two founders' 40+ years of family therapy work and 26+ years of family law practice, respectively. We saw how litigation hurt families more than it helped them - emotionally and financially. We imagine a world where ADR is the primary modality of resolving all disputes, but especially family disputes. When people have no choice but to go to court, we are here to help our client's avoid the many pitfalls of litigation so that they come through the process with less damage to themselves and their children.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

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