What Are My Divorce Options in Massachusetts?

Recently, more and more couples are moving away from traditional divorce litigation to alternative, more peaceful means of divorce. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Massachusetts divorce attorney to learn more about some divorce alternatives that may work best for you and your spouse. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is divorce mediation?

One of the most common alternative divorce options is known as divorce mediation. Mediation is the best means to conduct divorce proceedings for various reasons. First and foremost, divorce mediation takes place outside of the courtroom setting. Secondly, divorce mediation is conducted with the assistance of an unbiased, third-party divorce mediator. Any disagreements regarding your divorce terms will be addressed by this mediator, who will work to help you and your spouse reach a compromise that works for both of you. Having a certain level of control over “who gets what,” as well as for deciding child custody, support, and alimony helps spouses better accept the terms of their divorce.

Once you and your spouse reach a compromise, the mediator will draft a divorce agreement, of which you and your spouse will sign. From here, the document will be presented to the court, and if the court agrees, you will be granted a Judgment of Divorce. Ultimately, mediation is a cost-effective, efficient, and, perhaps most importantly, generally peaceful means of divorce.

What is a collaborative divorce?

To start, you should note that collaborative divorces also take place outside of the courtroom setting. If you and your spouse choose the collaborative divorce process, you will begin with a series of four-way meetings. In these meetings, you will attempt to reach a compromise with your spouse regarding your marital issues facilitated by unbiased attorneys.

Before entering the process, you and your spouse will sign a Participation Agreement, as well as your respective attorneys. This agreement outlines both you and your spouse’s obligations during the process, verifying that you will both work to reach a compromise and try to come to an amicable solution. If the process does not work, the representing attorneys may not legally represent them going forward.

If you have any additional questions regarding alternative methods of divorce in Massachusetts, please do not hesitate to give our compassionate Bristol County divorce attorney a call 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.