Why Choose Divorce Mediation?
At our office, you and your spouse meet together in a safe and comfortable environment with a Massachusetts attorney-mediator, who will serve as your neutral and impartial mediation professional. As your mediator, we will assist you in considering each of the issues the Massachusetts legal system requires you to resolve as part of your Massachusetts divorce, visitation and/or custody issues.
What are the process advantages of family mediation, over the traditional adversarial approach to divorce and support disputes?
Mediation is a very different process where your discussions are private and the atmosphere is comfortable and informal. You and your spouse typically meet in a private room with a mediator and work out your own matters in privacy.
In addition, consider the following other advantages of family and divorce mediation:
Divorce Mediation Is Cost-Effective.
Family and divorce mediation is extremely cost-effective. Your separate meetings with separate attorneys, their telephone calls with you and each other, settlement conferences, and preparations for court appearances generates a great deal of expense and often extends the time required to obtain your final divorce judgment from the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
Moreover, the familiar costs of divorce trials or even so-called “temporary orders” hearings, can quickly deplete any assets you have accumulated during your marriage. The premise of mediation, in contrast, is on direct communication and the mediator’s skill in keeping the dialog constructive and focused, almost always accelerates the conclusion of divorce or parenting disputes. In almost all cases this affords very substantial cost savings that makes divorce mediation an affordable alternative.
Divorce Mediation Preserves Control.
Divorce and Family mediation preserves control over you and your family’s futures. Together, you and your spouse, will make the choices for:
- how major decisions about your children will be determined
- how you will share time with your children
- how you will arrange for your children’s support or for your own support
- how property should be divided and debts assigned.
All these matters are determined by you and without the intervention by lawyers or judges.
Divorce Mediation Allows for More Satisfying Solutions.
Collaborative problem-solving often allows for more detailed planning and more creative and satisfactory outcomes.
In the collaborative work of family mediation, it is much easier to discuss your separate visions of your after-divorce needs and circumstances, and then structure agreements to achieve both parties needs.
Divorce Mediation Promotes Child-Focused Parenting.
The style and approach of mediation helps you focus on your children’s needs and on improving your parenting relationship over time. Unlike many other disputes, couples (especially those with younger children) are required to co- parent for many years. For this reason, parents have a compelling interest in managing their relationship with each other with dignity and respect. Mediation, as opposed to litigation, promotes this working relationship between parents, with the benefit carrying over to your children and to your own sense of personal peace.