Practice Areas

Collaborative Family Law

Separation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements
Child Custody & Visitation, Parenting Plans

Divorce Mediation

Separation, Divorce, Custody & Visitation
Parenting Plans, Parent-Child Mediation

Adoption Law

Private Adoption
Agency Adoption

Foster Care
International Adoption

Adoptive Parents
Birth Parents

Single Parents
Gay & Lesbian Parents

Resolving disputes privately with dignity and respect.

Julie V. Mersereau, Esq.

Julie V. Mersereau, Esq. is an experienced Attorney Mediator, and Collaborative Family Law Attorney.  She focuses her practice on assisting people experiencing family conflict including Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Visitation, Parenting plans, and Elder planning concerns.  With offices located in Rochester, New York she serves the greater Rochester area including Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Wayne, Orleans and Genesee Counties. She also provides training in New York State on Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Law issues.


Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Family Law

Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Family Law are processes for resolving conflict that are infinitely better for families and individuals facing conflict than the traditional litigation model.

Both Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Law create an environment for discussion and negotiation that minimizes hostility and develops creative options. Individuals are allowed to focus on their children’s best interests and the future. The setting is private and the participants have control of the outcome. Couples achieve a lasting agreement.  Julie is an experienced attorney mediator and collaborative law attorney who can assist you in either process.

How do I decide what process is best for me?

There are many factors that impact which process is best for an individual. You should analyze your ability and your spouse’s (other participant’s) ability to negotiate honestly and openly. You should assess your need to have an attorney present with you at the negotiation table, your ability to communicate your needs and wants and to advocate for yourself, and the funds available for the divorce/separation process.

ALWAYS take the time to meet with an both an divorce mediator and a collaborative family law attorney to discuss your questions about process and to get assistance choosing the process that is best for you and your family.  As an experienced attorney mediator and collaborative lawyer, Julie can meet with you to discuss both options.


Other areas of practice

In addition to her Mediation and Collaborative Law practice, Ms. Mersereau focuses on Adoption Law which includes the representation of adoptive parents, birth parents, single parents, and same sex couples. She handles private adoptions, interstate adoptions, agency adoptions, foster care and international adoptions. She appears in both Family Court and Surrogate’s Court in the State of New York on adoption cases.

As a guiding principle Ms. Mersereau believes "The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried." - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, United States Supreme Court.


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