When it comes to divorce, it is important to pick the right method for you. Read on to learn more about your options and some of the benefits of a mediated divorce.
Methods of Divorce in Massachusetts.
Mediation: Mediation allows a couple to work through the matters of their divorce outside of the court, with the help of a neutral third party.
Arbitration: Similar to mediation, arbitration also involves a neutral third party helping the couple settle their divorce outside of court. While a mediator does not make any decisions for the couple, an arbitrator acts as a judge, making important decisions on the couple’s behalf.
Collaborative divorce: Collaborative divorce is different from divorce mediation in that instead of one mediator helping you through the process, you also receive assistance from other outside parties, including accountants, psychologists, financial analysts, attorneys, and more.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
There are a lot of benefits when it comes to mediation, including:
- Control over the situation: When a divorce occurs through trial, a judge is given the right to make decisions. Mediation leaves these decisions in the hands of the couple, who know best how the outcome will affect their family.
- Confidentiality: The process of mediation is strictly confidential. Neither spouse nor the third party is allowed to share any information in mediation or use it against one another. Additionally, matters that are settled outside of the court cannot become public record.
- Speed: Mediation is typically a quicker process than other methods of divorce. Depending on the couple, the process may last only a few sessions. This is usually dependent upon how many unresolved issues there are to address.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through a trial, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through litigation is often expensive not only for the couple but for the state as well.
- Choice: Mediation is a voluntary process, which often means more open communication and cooperation.
- Family: When a couple chooses the route of mediation over divorce through litigation, it often benefits the family involved. Divorce trials are often difficult and hostile situations, while mediation allows for a more healthy conversation. This is especially beneficial for parents with children.
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