If you are getting a divorce, there is a very good chance you and your spouse do not agree on its terms. When this happens, your assets will generally be subjected to equitable distribution in court, which, as you surely know, is oftentimes far from an “equal” split. Fortunately, there are alternatives available to you, and if you think you may be able to work with your spouse, then you should continue reading to learn more about divorce mediation and how an experienced Massachusetts divorce mediator may be exactly what you need. Here are some of the questions you may have about divorce mediation:
What is a divorce mediator’s job?
If you seek to turn your contested divorce into an uncontested divorce, hiring a divorce mediator may be exactly what you need. Essentially, both you and your spouse will appoint a divorce mediator you agree upon. A divorce mediator will then act as an unbiased third-party, whose job is to simply listen to both you and your spouse, and from there, facilitate productive conversation regarding the terms of your divorce. If all goes as planned, by the end of one or more mediation sessions, you and your spouse will have effectively compromised and decided the terms of your divorce on your own. Spouses often prefer this option to litigation, as they can walk away feeling as if their voices were heard, and are therefore far more likely to accept the outcome.
How may hiring a divorce mediator benefit me?
There are several reasons spouses choose mediation over litigation. For one, it very often saves them both time and money. Litigation can be a long, grueling fight, and the cost of lawyer fees and multiple trips to court tends to pile up. Additionally, the litigation process is oftentimes a hostile one, whereas, in mediation, the main objective is civility and efficiency. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, mediation avoids the courtroom setting and allows spouses to take matters into their own hands by working through their problems and deciding on these important matters themselves. It is also an added bonus to know that divorces resolved outside of a courtroom setting are generally more private, and may not become part of the public record. If you think mediation might be right for you, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable, compassionate firm today.
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For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.