Mediation in Massachusetts | What are the Benefits?

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Today, many couples choose to get divorced outside of court. There are numerous benefits when it comes to an out-of-court divorce. Read on to learn more.

Common methods of divorce in Massachusetts:

Common out-of-court divorce methods include:

Mediation: Mediation involves the couple working this a neutral third party to celebrate the matters of their divorce. These matters may include child custody, child support, spousal support, division of assets, and more.

Arbitration: Similar to mediation, arbitration also involves a neutral third party helping the couple settle their divorce outside of court. However, in this case, the third party can make decisions on behalf of the couple and act as a judge.

Collaborative divorce: Collaborative divorce involves each party securing the help of their own attorneys. The party and their attorneys will then conduct a series of meetings, which may also include experts such as accountants, psychologists, financial analysts, attorneys, and more.

Benefits of mediation:

There are numerous benefits to mediation, including:

  • More control over the situation: During the process of litigation, a judge will make decisions on your behalf. When it comes to mediation, these decisions will be in the hands of you and your spouse. 
  • Confidentiality: Neither spouse nor the third party is allowed to share any information discussed during mediation or use it against one another. Importantly, matters that are settled outside of the court cannot become public record.
  • Speed: Mediation is typically a faster process than other methods of divorce. Depending on the couple, the process may last only a few sessions.
  • Cost: Mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through litigation is often expensive, both for the state and the couple. 
  • Choice: Mediation is a voluntary process, which often means more open communication and cooperation. 
  • Family: Mediation can lead to open and honest communication. Working together in this way can be beneficial to the couple, and especially beneficial for any children involved. 

If you have any questions about mediation, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options.

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