The Westbury Memorial Public Library will present Divorce 101 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Divorce But Were Afraid to Ask on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
The free and educational talk on how to have a smooth divorce will be led by Sheera Gefen, Esq., a divorce attorney and divorce mediator, and Judy Bolton Gerrard, a licensed therapist and divorce mediator. Both women work with clients who wish to resolve their conflicts amicably without court intervention. In 2013, the two formed the Bolton-Gefen Mediation Group.
Divorce 101 will feature an overview of the psychological and legal consequences of divorce and separation in New York State as well as focus on topics such as how to tell your children, parents and friends; how to pay for education (college, private schools and camps); visitation, child support and alimony. The talk will also cover the differences between mediation and litigation, review the mediation process from the legal, emotional, financial and social standpoints, and the various factors people need to consider throughout the divorce process.
“This program is for anyone contemplating separation and divorce and those wanting a calmer, non-confrontational and more reasonable divorce. If you want to learn the benefits of the mediation process and be informed on what to expect, this program is for you,” said Bolton, who is a Certified Divorce Mediator who has practiced in individual and family therapy.
Gefen, a matrimonial attorney who represents clients in New York City and Long Island, litigates custody and child support trials, fights for orders of protection on behalf of victims of domestic violence, and negotiates the division of marital assets and liabilities. As a cross-disciplinary team, Bolton and Gefen created a company whose model ensures that a couple’s mediation addresses both legal and mental health considerations. Through respectful and open dialogue, they empower couples to attain their own outcomes without the need for court intervention.
“Many people are unaware of the legal and psychological implications of divorce and become overwhelmed by the process. Knowledge is a key tool in allowing couples to make informed decisions about their own lives and about the lives of their families,” Gefen said, adding that overall, the goal of the group and the Divorce 101 program is to educate and help people. “We believe that educating people about important family issues is the first step towards helping them achieve a healthy balance, peace, and overall satisfaction in their outcomes.”
Divorce 101 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Divorce But Were Afraid to Ask will take place in the Westbury Memorial Public Library’s Meeting Room. Admission is free and registration is not required. For more information visit www.WestburyLibrary.org or call 516-333-0176.