Steven Abel is a divorce mediator and family law attorney with more than 30 years experience. He is an Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and was a member of the national Advisory Council of ACR’s Family Section. He is a founder of the New York State Chapter of AFCC, an organization composed of judges, lawyers, mediators and therapists, working to improve the family law system for children and families. He is presently President of its Board of Directors. As an attorney, he represents clients in both court contested cases and in collaborative processes. He is the editor of Federal Family Law and one of the co-authors of The Friendly Divorce Guidebook for New York, articles on divorce law (including “Social Security Retirement Benefits”), and several Blumberg law forms for divorce, including Child Support Worksheets (Blumberg form A189), widely used in NY state. Steve is a past President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and was co-editor of its newsletter, Mediation News.