Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy.

Gabrielle will guide you to resolution through a peaceful divorce mediation.  Your and your family will be supported through this life transitions with compassion. Addressing each concern through a respectful process you can get divorced using a convenient online divorce platform!  The Better Apart® Process will inform your work together.




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You can mediate your case online virtually, via live video chat right from your home or wherever is comfortable to you. Right from your smart-phone, computer or other device engage in divorce mediation with Gabrielle via Zoom, Skype or Facetime via a 3-way conference call. These video platforms allow you to see one another and exchange documents while you mediate online.  Gabrielle has been mediating online ever since Better Apart® was launched.  Today she is a leader in the online divorce mediation field.  Contact Gabrielle today to learn more and to decide if online divorce mediation is for you.

Mediation: Mediation is a dynamic, structured interactive process where a third party neutral (the mediator) helps the parties arrive at a mutually agreeable and reasonable resolution without arguing in court.

Litigation: Litigation is the traditional route to divorce, it involves two attorneys fighting out your life in front of the judge.  This aggressive, combative approach to divorce that gives you have little control as to outcome.

Better Apart® Online Divorce Mediation service is built around creating long-lasting, agreements for couples who are looking to navigate through the divorce process with minimal toxicity. While Gabrielle practices primarily in New York City and Massachusetts, through the Better Apart platform, she can mediate for you or in many cases, connect you with a local mediator who is Better Apart Certified, regardless of where you are located.

Family Law Mediation is a practice near and dear to Gabrielle. With extensive experience both in and out of the courtroom, she knows that sometimes litigation is necessary. But she also knows that most of the time, it is not.  Even if you are divorcing a narcissist, online mediation may be for you. Divorce mediation is a great way to reach reasonable resolution and avoid a costly divorce. Gabrielle mediates remotely via live video chat using the Zoom, Skype or the platform of your choice.  She utilizes careful protocols to ensure maximum privacy for your family.  You and your family will be treated with the utmost respect at all times through the divorce process.

Looking for a less toxic, more conscious way to divorce? Gabrielle is an experienced mediator with well over 1000 cases resolved under her guidance.  She understands that resolving family law issues and transitions is never easy.  Through the Better Apart® Method, Gabrielle Better will help you to separate in the best possible way, ensuring a mutually favorable agreement achieved in a respectful manner.  She will guide you through these transitions with compassion, respect and care.  Better Apart® Mediation with Gabrielle Hartley is now available from the comfort of your own home.  Avoid an expensive divorce. Mediate in Massachusetts and mediate in New York and finalize your divorce settlement with a divorce agreement ready to file in court.  Mediate from any other location and receive a fully prepared memorandum of understanding.  Unfortunately, all too often, a costly divorce often benefits nobody but the lawyers. Maintain control of your own life with online divorce mediation. Resolve the toughest divorce conflicts and settle your divorce case online with Gabrielle Hartley. Keep your family solution oriented and stay in control of your family’s needs. Gabrielle will do her best to ensure a healthy outcome for you and for your children.

Divorce mediation, whether online or in-person is the perfect way for many people to reach resolution. There are many pitfalls to litigation that can be avoided by the divorce mediation process. Using a third-party neutral (the mediator) you get to maintain control over your family’s life. An expensive divorce does not mean that you will have a better outcome.  A drawn out and costly divorce may mean lost savings, and a loss of control through your divorce.  

When Gabrielle clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sunshine in New York State Supreme Court she assisted to bring hundreds of trial-ready cases to resolution. Judge Sunshine often warned, “you don’t want this stranger in black robes deciding your life.”

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Her work is informed by personal experience. She has always appreciated her parents was raised by parents who were able to keep their divorce out of the courtroom. Gabrielle will work with you online to skillfully bring you both to a set of mutual agreements that will be the guidepost to move through and beyond your divorce. Reach a reasonable resolution mediating online with Gabrielle and create an agreement that addresses: 


  • Finances after divorce
  • Custody
  • Parenting plans
  • Child support
  • Asset division and allocation
  • Alimony
  • Debt distribution
  • Pension Distribution
  • Health insurance
  • …and any other issue specific to your family!


Your mediation process will give you a clear roadmap forward for you and for your family to thrive and survive after divorce.


Gabrielle can mediate your case regardless of where you are located right from the privacy of your own home.  Contact Gabrielle today and begin untangling your life with dignity, care and respect.


Can Gabrielle help us solve our disputes while the courts are closed due to COVID-19?

Absolutely. Gabrielle can help you mediate or even arbitrate decisions while the courts are closed to help you create a stable environment for you and your family.

Can Gabrielle mediate ongoing coparenting issues?

Yes. Gabrielle works with clients around the world to assist with arriving at reasonable resolutions for co-parenting even under the most complex circumstances.

How long it will take to do the Mediation and how much it will cost?

People often ask how long it will take to do the mediation and how much it will cost.  The answer is that it really depends on you, your spouse, the complexity of the issues and how much everyone is able to compromise.  The beauty of the Elegant Divorce approach to divorce mediation is that it focuses on finding the space between your needs and wants and the result is an agreement that leaves both parties feeling as satisfied and whole under your particular circumstances.

Do you provide Mediation in person or online?

Both! You can do Mediation with Gabrielle online, or if you are located in New York City or Western Massachusetts then in-person Mediation is available as well.

Does Better Apart Mediation replace legal advice?

We recommend that all couples engaging with Mediation services hire local attorneys for legal information as this service is mediation only and does not offer any legal advice. 

Does Gabrielle provide legal services?

Gabrielle Hartley’s legal representation is limited to clients who have specifically retained her legal services in-person, through her law practice. View more information about Gabrielle’s Legal Services here.


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DISCLAIMER: The commentary, advice, and opinions from Gabrielle Hartley are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice or mental health services. You should contact an attorney and/or mental health professional in your state to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. 


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