Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer Discusses Filing Divorce Documents During Mediation
I am often asked as a Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer if you can file divorce documents during a mediation. In Massachusetts as your mediator, we would make sure that you left this office with an entire package of documents that you would need to file for the divorce. Typically, that consists of a joint petition for divorce, financial statements of each of the party, affidavits from each of the parties that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, parenting certificates – that’s proof that you’ve attended the parent education class – the divorce agreement itself, a written document containing the terms of your divorce, and a request for hearing.
As a Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer, I will give you what I call ‘the package’ to file with the court once the mediation has been successfully completed. You file it with the court, you get a notice from the court as to when your hearing will be and you just have to go to court. While it sounds intimidating to most people it’s really a very, very simple process; the judge will most of the times, it’s a rare occasion when a judge does not approve an agreement and I can honestly say that all my mediated agreements get approved because I wouldn’t send an agreement out without knowing that it was going to be approved and have an idea that a judge would find it fair and reasonable.
If you are interested in a divorce, but want to know how mediation can benefit you, contact our experienced Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers.
This educational blog was brought to you by Cynthia Hanley, an experienced Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer.