Domestic Diversions

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook’s divorce case: A mediation alternative to knock-down, drag-out battles

Newsday shows how divorce mediation can “avoid the circus that you see in the Brinkley case” [of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook]. Divorce mediation–especially mediation of custody disputes–controls costs, maintains privacy, limits conflict, and promotes relationships and shared goals.

Michael Rothfield and Melanie Lefkowitz write (excerpt):
“It puts a premium on digging up dirt on the other party,” [Hofstra University law professor Andrew Schepard] said. “It puts a premium on each side saying, ‘I am better than the other parent.’ That is how parents ‘win’ custody. What they should be saying is, ‘What are my children’s needs during this divorce?'”

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