Bristol County Divorce Attorney Discusses How Many Meetings You Will Need for Mediation
In Massachusetts, the number of meetings that are necessary to achieve the result of an agreement in a mediation setting varies with the issues between the parties. Sometimes if the parties come in and they have very good knowledge of their finances or they’ve already divided everything and they feel that what they did was reasonable and they don’t need evaluations or appraisals on a pension or on a house, than we can move forward quickly and go to the next meeting. I find that it takes a series of meetings. The way I do as an experienced Bristol County Divorce Attorney is the first meeting is generally an informational setting for me and for them and depending on what their asset picture looks like, their liability picture, what the parenting issues are and so forth, I may ask them to bring something to the next meeting that could help resolve an issue or I may ask them to consult with a real-estate broker or obtain a real-estate appraisal if they have concerns about the differences that each of them proceed as to their house value. They might come to that with the next meeting, so that allows us to come to a more accurate division of the assets. Generally though, to answer that question, as a Bristol County Divorce Attorney I’d say it takes between three to five meetings to come to an agreement. The last meeting I generally reserve for explaining what the hearing will be like, making the mediation clients feel comfortable going to court, and also going over the documents that are prepared as a result of their mediation sessions.
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This educational blog was brought to you by Cynthia Hanley, an experienced Bristol County Divorce Attorney.