The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force On Family Court issued its Final Report November 2012.
The report stated that mediation programs in NYS Family Court “should be greatly strengthened, expanded and funded.”
The report expressed concern over the loss of many family court mediation programs due to budget cuts in the judiciary. It urged that funding for mediation should not only be reinstituted in all Family Courts but should be increased.
The conclusion of the Task Force, which quoted many high profile sources, including judges, was that mediation is very effective in dealing with a range of situations, such as child support and child custody cases. The report stated:
“Family disputes are especially emotional, difficult to resolve, and often continue for many years. However, they are especially amenable to non-adversarial [mediation] alternatives to litigation.”
“Mediation allows people to have a voice to establish their future and their relationship with their children’s future.”
“One benefit of mediation is a significant reduction of time consuming and expensive litigation.”
“In addition to increasing the probability of a healthier post-disposition family environment, mediation substantially reduces the large numbers of post-dispositional modifications and enforcement actions.”
The task force report also made it clear Moncler outlet that it is important to become educated about mediation’s benefits: “Community leaders and other involved professionals need to be made aware of mediation as an alternative to litigation. Otherwise, parties in divorce and custody cases may not be receptive to the concept.”