Petra H Maxwell, Esq.
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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What is your profession and title?
Lawyer, Mediator - CEO/Founder of Mediationline,LLC
What is your ADR experience? (trainings and education)
-Became certified as a community mediator in 1995 in Chicago and formed an award-winning peer mediation project to help young people work more effectively with police;

- Consulted with the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department to help it develop a more community-minded internal review board in 1996;

-Hired by the New School University in NYC to develop and run the school's first Ombuds office in 1997;

- Revisited my passion for mediation in 2008 and received my certification in divorce mediation; then performed advanced training in custody and visitation mediation; adv. community mediation; advanced commercial mediation; and advanced parenting mediation.

- I am an approved mediator for the NY Supreme Court, Commercial Division, for both New York and Queens County;

- In 2010, I founded Mediationline, LLC, a mediation company that helps people and businesses find smart, effective and flexible solutions to resolving their conflicts by connecting them online or in-person to qualified mediators and other experts, or by giving them the tools they need to negotiate their own winning agreements.
What, if any, ADR organizations or groups do you belong to?
Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater NY
NYC Bar Association, ADR Committee
NYState Bar Association, ADR Committee
Association for Conflict Resolution
What are you hoping to get from
To become part of an active community of ADR professionals to share information and learn about advances in the field.
Do you/your company have a website?
What other ADR related sites do you visit?
websites for the organizations and associations of which I'm a member;

I follow ADR professionals on twitter regularly!
What else do you want to tell the community (what you are up to, what you would like to do in ADR, etc.)
Please check out my website and be sure to contact me if you'd like to learn more about Mediationline! My goal is to advance the community of mediators and educate the public about the need for our work.

Petra H Maxwell, Esq.'s Blog

The "New" NY Divorce Law: What it is and How it Impacts Your Decision to Mediate

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 11:14am 1 Comment

Late last fall, New York became the last state in the nation to offer something akin to ‘no-fault’ divorce. After years and years of debate, a few new provisions were added to the NY State Domestic Relations Statute that impacts the grounds by which you can get a divorce, the payment of fees to get a divorce, and the provision of maintenance (or alimony) for the lesser earning spouse while the divorce is being negotiated.   I am asked all the time about what the new law entails, whether…


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