Alternative Divorce Methods in Massachusetts | What to Know

When you get a divorce, there are a lot of different matters to work out. You may have to determine things like child custody, child support, alimony, division of assets, etc. You will have to decide the best way to make these decisions. Luckily, there are a number of different options. Some couples choose to go through litigation. This means that the matters of their divorce will be decided by a Massachusetts court. But, litigation is not for everyone. This is because it can be a long and expensive process. Read on to learn about alternative methods of divorce available in Massachusetts.

Alternative Divorce Methods

Each of the following methods will allow you to settle the matters of your divorce outside of the court:

Mediation: This involves a neutral third party helping the couple work through the matters of their divorce. Through mediated divorces, spouses are encouraged to work together to decide on issues. This can lead them to make more satisfying agreements. Since they working together, they may be more respectful of one another’s wishes, which can lead to a working relationship outside of marriage. This can be beneficial if children are involved in the arrangement.

Arbitration: Similar to mediation, arbitration also involves a neutral third party helping the couple settle their divorce outside of court. While a mediator does not make any decisions for the couple, an arbitrator acts as a judge, making important decisions on the couple’s behalf.

Collaborative divorce: When you get a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will sign a Participation Agreement that states you are ready to work together towards divorce terms that you can both agree upon. Collaborative divorce is different from divorce mediation in that instead of one mediator helping you through the process, you also receive assistance from other outside parties, including accountants, psychologists, financial analysts, attorneys, and more. This specialized assistance is so that various disputed areas of your divorce can be addressed by experts. These experts are employed to give you a better perspective on your situation so that you can reach an outcome that both you and your spouse agree upon.

There are pros and cons to each method, and every couple is different. Reach out to an attorney to discuss your options and what may work best for you.

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