Preparing For a Divorce in Massachusetts | What Are My Options?

It is never easy making decisions about divorce. Today, more and more couples have been moving away from traditional divorce litigation in a courtroom to more peaceful and lower-scale dispute resolution. If you are considering a divorce and would like to lay out all of your options, do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley. Our dedicated Massachusetts divorce attorneys are prepared to help you navigate through this stressful process and help you arrive at a solution that puts you most at ease.

What are my options at the start of a divorce in Massachusetts?

One of the most common alternative divorce options is known as divorce mediation. Mediation is a beneficial option for dispute resolution. Mediations take place outside of a courtroom. Additionally, it is administered by an unbiased third-party divorce mediator that is an expert in helping you and your spouse reach a compromise. Topics like child custody, child support, alimony, and all other contested divorce issues can all be discussed during the mediation. Many couples choose this method of dispute resolution because it saves money and time.

If you are considering a divorce and would like to explore various ways to resolve disputes, mediation might be for you. Contact our experienced Massachusetts family law firm today to learn more about mediation and if it will work best for you and your spouse.

What is a collaborative divorce?

Like mediation, collaborative divorces are also outside of a courtroom setting. This process begins with a series of four-way meetings in which each partner will attempt to reach a settlement with the other regarding marital concerns. The collaborative divorce is facilitated by unbiased attorneys.

In order to begin this process, you and your spouse, as well as your attorney will have to sign a Participation Agreement. This agreement will outline you and your spouse’s obligations during the process to ensure that you both work to reach a compromise and try to result in a peaceable solution.

It is important to note that if this process does not work, the attorneys representing each party will not be able to legally represent them moving forward.

If you have questions regarding alternative methods of divorce in Massachusetts, it is in your best interest to contact a skilled family law attorney at the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley.

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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.