If you and your spouse are seeking
divorce in an amicable fashion, despite having disagreements about the terms of divorce (property division, alimony, child support, etc.), you may be eligible for mediation. Mediation offers both parties the flexibility of determining the outcome of the divorce. This type of collaborative process enables a third party (mediator) to help both parties come to an agreement on contested issues.
The following are the benefits of mediation in divorce in Massachusetts:
- Both parties make all of the decisions. The mediator assists each party discuss all of the major issues, enabling
them to come to a decision together without the use of court litigation.
- Faster resolution. Without the need for each party to wait for separate meetings and sessions
with their individual attorneys, as well as the need for court dates,
the couple is able to determine the schedule of their mediation sessions.
- Cheaper than court litigation. In mediation, there is no need to pay for court fees and attorney fees.
- Less stressful. While it is come for divorce cases in court to be hotly contested. However,
mediation entails coming to a solution that both parties can agree and
comply with, instead of determining a winner and a loser.
- Private and confidential. Any notes or work documents or verbal disclosures that occur during mediation
are private and confidential unless deemed otherwise by all parties including
the divorce mediator‚ and are not admissible as evidence in court
if no settlement is reached. Whatever happens in mediation, stays in mediation.
- Demonstrates that both parties can work together in the future. Knowing that you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse are able to resolve your
issues without the emotional turmoil of court litigation, then you are
capable of working together in the future, especially if children are involved.