What are the Different Divorce Options Available in Massachusetts?

Every relationship begins and ends differently. As a result, there is no “one size fits all” divorce. Each couple has unique needs and will need to go through a different process to settle the matters of their divorce. As a result, it is important to understand your options when it comes to getting divorced in Massachusetts. There are various methods when it comes to the process, and choosing the right one can make the process much faster and easier. Read on to learn more.


One of the most popular methods of divorce is mediation. Mediation takes place outside of the court, which provides a number of benefits. For example, the process may afford more privacy, as issues determined through the court can become a matter of public record. Additionally, mediation can often be a faster and cheaper process. Mediation involves a neutral third-party helping the couple work through the matters of their divorce. The process can take as much or as little time as needed. While there are many benefits, there are some drawbacks. Mediation requires couples to be willing to work together and communicate well. It may also involve compromise. For these reasons, couples ending their relationships on difficult terms will often avoid participating in mediation.


Litigation is another common method of divorce. This process takes place through the court. When it comes to litigation, a judge will make decisions on your behalf. Unfortunately, litigation can be expensive for both the couple and the state. Additionally, it can mean less privacy. However, it is a good option for couples who do not wish to communicate with each other, as the majority of communication can be done through attorneys.

Alternative methods:

If neither of the above methods sound right for you, there are other options. Another common option is arbitration. Arbitration is a sort of happy medium between mediation and litigation. The process of arbitration also takes place outside of the court. However, in this case, the neutral third party acts as a judge and makes decisions on the couple’s behalf.

If you have any questions or concerns about divorce options in Massachusetts, our firm is here to help. Reach out to discuss your options with an experienced and dedicated attorney.

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