Another Option to Avoid Litigation . . .


With family conflict, there really is no “one size fits all” pathway to achieving common ground and sensible results.  Many clients experiencing marital or family issues prefer the process of mediation:  working with just one joint, neutral facilitator and settlement advocate instead of with separate adversarial litigators and judges.

In addition to being a Collaborative Attorney, Dan Cantone is trained and experienced as a Divorce Mediator and acts as an impartial conflict resolution specialist for many couples.  In fact, almost half of Dan’s caseload involves his services as a family law mediator for spouses or domestic partners who are experiencing discord in their relationships and want to work with one dispute resolution professional.

mediate-west-logoKnown as MEDIATE  WEST, the Camillus office allows for private and expeditious settlement assistance and document drafting entirely out of court.  Both parties are encouraged to obtain separate legal, tax, mental health, and other ancillary advice—if they so desire, when undergoing the mediation process.  Oftentimes mediation of financial and parenting issues followed by uncontested no-fault divorce in the appropriate court can be accomplished in a matter of several months rather than the typical duration of contested trials which can take upwards of a year or more (not to mention the staggering costs and unpredictable results of adversarial conflict resolution in the court system).

Mediation is frequently a practical and workable option for spouses or partners who have low to modest  levels of conflict, already resolved some issues themselves, are confident in working privately with just one professional, and want a cost-effective alternative to hostile negotiation or contested litigation.  MEDIATE  WEST is ideal for high-income/asset couples seeking absolute privacy and efficiency in their family law cases; middle-class clients who have tried other options; and one-income families, too, where professional settlement costs are challenging within modest budgets.  Key features of working with Dan and his staff in mediation include:

  • Careful and thorough drafting of separation and divorce settlements
  • Empathic and insightful family-centered emphasis
  • Absolute commitment to self-determination empowerment for clients
  • Very high rate of compliance by families with mediated agreements
  • Pacing of case is determined by clients, not courts or attorneys
  • Referral to independent counsel for legal advice
  • Attentiveness to post-divorce conflict resolution
  • E-mediation meeting capability for long-distance settlement facilitation
  • Court-annexed mediation upon referral by assigned judge in litigated cases