Sabra Law Group helps clients navigate the difficult and complex task of untangling merged finances, develop parenting plans that work and determine appropriate child support and spousal support arrangements.
Divorces can often be nasty and "unfriendly" and I find that often stems from people's fear of uncertainty.
In a collaborative divorce or a mediated divorce, the couple has the opportunity to get educated about the options and choices that are available to them. They still end up at the same place - that their marriage is dissolved - but in a way that does not require frequent trips to the courthouse, motion practice and the aggravation of a contested and litigated divorce.
In mediation, the participants (the couple) make all of the decisions, rather than in litigation where the attorneys and the judge make all of the decisions for them. As the attorney representing one spouse in a collaborative divorce or with the couple in a mediated divorce, I advise and educate my clients about the law and the applicability their particular situation so that they can make the best decisions for them and their family.
Recently, I mediated the divorce of a couple who were able to divide their assets on their own and determine child support, but found it challenging to decide spousal support since she gave up her career to move to the US and raise their son. In mediation, they were able to work out an arrangement where she would receive spousal support for a few years longer than she would have received if they had litigated and thus giving her the income and security to obtain additional education and obtain a better employment.
A couple who decided to dissolve their marriage faced the challenge of reconciling the father's parenting time and the mother's loss of trust in the father to care for the children as well as how to adequately provide sufficient support to the mother who would not be able to work for a period of time after the recent birth of their infant child. Within three months and only a few mediation sessions they created a parenting plan which involved a visitation schedule that works for their family so that the children had time with both mom and with dad; and they also calculated support (both child and spousal support) which provided for sufficient support for the mother's household.
315 Madison Avenue
We do offer flat rates for those who have determined:
- equitable distribution of their assets/debts
- parenting/visitation schedule (if applicable)
- support (if applicable) -- child support or spousal support (also referred to as alimony or maintenance)
$325.00-$400.00 depending upon the complexity of the circumstances
Divorce mediation is an alternative way to get divorced. The same outcome is reached as in going to court, but the parties have more hands-on participation in the outcome and decisions.
There are two ways that we at Sabra Law Group work with clients who choose mediation as their forum of choice to dissolve their marriage.
(1) As Mediator
(2) As Consulting Attorney
As a Mediator, Sabra is the neutral party - the facilitator who works with both parties of the marriage (whether it is a same sex marriage or heterosexual marriage) to help them work through all of the issues and decisions that need to be made to obtain your divorce.
The Mediator does not make any decisions for you. You make all of the decisions. However, the Mediator discusses with you and assists you in identifying all of the issues that need to be resolved in your particular circumstances.
As a Consulting Attorney, Sabra works with you individually to discuss and advise you throughout the mediation process. You and your spouse would be working with a Mediator and you would work with Sabra as the Consulting Attorney, as your guide and your personal advisor to discuss questions that you may have about the law and how it applies, to discuss anything that came up in your mediation sessions or anything else that may be of concern to you during your divorce process.
**If you would like more clarification and to further understand how either of those roles work and to determine which is right for you and your circumstances, contact the office at 646-472-7971 to schedule a time to get your questions answered.
Collaborative Divorce is a "team approach" to divorcing. Sabra Law Group would be in the role as your Attorney.
As your legal counsel in a Collaborative Divorce forum, we represent your legal interests in collaboration with other professionals you may need to hire or consult with throughout your divorce.
In a collaborative divorce, the attorneys for each spouse and all of the professionals engaged in the process, agree that should the collaborative efforts not work out, they will not represent either you or your spouse in a subsequently filed litigated divorce.
As your collaborative divorce attorney, we work in collaboration with the other divorce professionals - such as financial advisors, mental health professionals, CPAs, forensic accountants, religious clergy or other relevant professionals retained by you to understand and make the decisions necessary to resolve and end your marriage.
** Should you have any questions about how collaborative law works, please contact our office at 646-472-7971 and we will schedule a time to talk with you and answer your questions.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
The Firm's primary practice areas are:
Family Law -- Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements
When I first started practicing law I wanted to help families to protect and preserve their wealth through Estate Planning. However, the legal industry was not seeking new lawyers in that area, so I took a job working at firm where I learned Contract Law and Real Estate Law as well as some Divorce.
I pursued Real Estate law for many years and now have accumulated more than 15 years of experience representing hundreds of clients purchasing and selling a variety of residential real estate including - coops, condos, single family homes, multi-family dwellings, new construction and vacant land through New York (5 boroughs, Long Island and Westchester).
After having gone through my own litigated divorce, I decided to pursue that area of law because there is so much pain and heartache that families experience - unnecessarily. While there are some instances where it may be appropriate to "lawyer up" and put the boxing gloves on and head to court, I believe that most couples prefer to work things out fairly and quickly.
So, the Collaborative and Divorce Mediation practice areas were added to the practice and Prenuptial or Pre-marital Planning naturally followed and we have been offering Family Law services for the past 8 years.
What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others
Divorce law touches upon many aspects of a family and of the individuals' lives - the emotional and financial are the obvious ones.
Divorce also requires couples to make decisions:
Real Estate - Lease, Ownership, Mortgage, Improvements, Taxes
Contracts - employment, business
Insurance - life, health, disability
Relationship - dating, Children, visitation, travel
My knowledge and experience, as discussed above, provide an advantage and are extremely useful and beneficial to each of the Firm's clients.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
Divorce is scary and can be confusing. When your family situation is changing and there is uncertainty, emotions can become overwhelming.
You will find that Sabra is a compassionate advocate for her clients. She provides trusted guidance and advice to both men and women during a time of uncertainty. She helps each client to understand the law and the decisions to be made during the process and helps them in a sensitive and systematic way.
Sabra listens to you and works with you and treats you with care and dignity.
Some of our clients have summarized and described what it felt like to work with Sabra:
"It was less stress without the mess."
"Sabra made the divorce process human."
"She made me feel less intimidated by the whole process."
What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
Absolutely. I believe in education and knowledge -- when it is the right information. I believe in full disclosure and that my clients should have as much information as they want and that will be helpful to them in making decisions affecting their future.
Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
We believe that everyone should have access to lawyers and information in a way that is most beneficial to them. If a client believes and feels that he or she can adequately represent themselves and they seek guidance and support along the way, we support that decision.
However, we will also inform and advise where we may feel that the client would be better served to have representation. Ultimately, the decision will be made by the client.
Sabra Sasson is an attorney and a divorce mediator. She was raised in Long Island and continues to reside in New York.
Her primary practice areas are Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, and Real Estate law. She also advises clients in landlord-tenant matters and other contract issues.
Sabra is a member of the City Bar Association of the City of New York, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Inc. and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators.
She has been a speaker at the City Bar Association of the City of New York, Brooklyn Bar Association and at various speaking engagements throughout the City of New York.
When she is not practicing law, Sabra enjoys cycling in Central Park or along the Hudson River, playing a friendly game of basketball or tennis, working out at the gym, hiking nearby trails and spending time with friends and family.
* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.