Jennifer Safian

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Jennifer Safian
Greater New York Area
Multi-lingual: English, French and Spanish
(212) 472-8626

Jennifer became a divorce mediator as a second career.  Having had a very difficult divorce with three young children, she knew the effect it had had on her family. She felt a strong need to work with people in crisis. After a Columbia Teacher’s College training workshop, Jennifer knew she had found her calling and trained intensively to become a mediator.

Jennifer works hard to understand her client’s points of view and to help the parties understand each other’s positions. Jennifer’s background as an art dealer working with buyers and sellers gives her a unique ability to understand both sides of a negotiation.  She is extremely calm, compassionate and caring, and will make sure that that both parties have a voice in the mediation room so they can create  an equitable agreement together. While she is not an attorney, her training includes legal education, and she will give information to the parties regarding the New York State Matrimonial laws.

Jennifer also prides herself on knowing where to find the right resources and reassures her clients that they will be properly protected by having their voice heard, regardless of the dynamic. She encourages her clients to work with outside legal counsel as a complement to the mediation process.

Her love of art is represented in her office environment where she has two paintings, one very abstract and chaotic, the other soft and calming which represents what she hopes to bring to the process. She uses color on the walls and welcoming furniture to help her clients feel at ease as they negotiate very difficult topics.

Jennifer works primarily with couples in the area of divorce, prenuptial agreements and post-divorce issues, her practice also includes mediations for families in other types of conflicts. She is multi-lingual offering mediation services in French and Spanish as well as English. Jennifer has worked extensively in the Family Courts of New York City and Westchester, and is also a volunteer with FamilyKind, a non-profit dedicated to helping families communicate better through separation and divorce.