Should You Consider Divorce Mediation Instead of Litigation?

In the best interests of you and your children, you have decided to legally separate from your spouse. Thus far, the proceedings have not descended into acrimony and you would like to keep it that way if you can help it. But how do you do so? One way to divorce peacefully is to engage the services of a divorce mediator. If you need assistance determining if that is in your best interests, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Massachusetts mediated divorce lawyers in Mansfield, MA to learn if divorce mediation is better than litigation in Massachusetts.

How much does it cost to hire a divorce mediator in Massachusetts?

Hourly rates can range from $250.00 to over $500 per hour based upon the mediator’s experience, location and other factors. You should not assume that working with a mediator with a higher hourly rate means you will spend more for your mediation.

If your case is contested, the typical cost ranges between $6,000 to $10,000.  However, the more you own, the more costly it is to protect and divide your assets.

What happens during divorce mediation and what are its benefits?

Mediation occurs when you and your spouse elect a neutral person, i.e. the mediator, to discuss openly the issues involved in the divorce such as custody of the children and parenting time, child support, division and distribution of the marital property, and alimony. The sessions usually last two hours. After the initial session, the couple attends three to eight one-and-a-half- to two-hour sessions in which the mediator will guide them to make their own decisions on how they wish to end their marriage.

By choosing divorce mediation instead of litigation, you increase the likelihood of a peaceful divorce. Such peaceful divorces offer the following benefits:

  • Calmly discussing and deciding the terms of the divorce
  • Divorcing without setting foot in court
  • Keeping the costs of divorce as low as possible

How can a Massachusetts divorce options lawyer help you?

As we have laid out, employing a divorce mediator can spare you from losing precious time and money. It can also prevent an undue rise in stress. If you think that you and your spouse can separate on more or less pleasant terms, then you should reach out to our skilled Massachusetts divorce options lawyers in Mansfield, MA to discuss what you should do next. Our firm will inform you of your rights and responsibilities in this matter, as well as provide guidance as to the best course of conduct. Do not let yourself be unhappy. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Bristol County firm

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.