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Alternative dispute resolution in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Trial Court not only offers, but also encourages, alternative dispute resolution in family law matters such as divorce and child custody. As such, they have produced a guide for both represented and non-represented parties detailing alternative methods to reach a resolution outside of the courtroom. Family law matters are among the most stressful types of cases. When disputes can be settled outside of a courtroom, it allows parties to pick up the pieces and move forward with as little damage as possible.

Keeping your divorce out of the courtroom

It is common for parties who are just beginning the divorce process to be adamant on destroying one another in a courtroom. However, this is usually before they realize that it is likely going to cost thousands of dollars and several months of time and stress. This, among many others, is the reason mediation can be such a great alternative divorce resolution.

Mediation can help with a smoother divorce process

Mediation can be a valuable tool during divorce that can help divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns in a peaceful and positive manner. Mediation can help divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns including property division, alimony, child support and child custody concerns.

Former celebrity couple in mediation for co-parenting concerns

One advantage of divorce mediation is that it can help couples resolve concerns following their divorce as well as during their divorce and can also lay a foundation for couples to resolve future concerns that might come up following their divorce and divorce settlement. Former celebrity couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are in mediation concerning their different parenting styles and how to raise their children.

Mediation during divorce has many benefits

There are many benefits of Massachusetts divorce mediation for divorcing couples who do not want to fight out everything it court. Divorce mediation options can be best for both the divorcing couple, their children and their pocketbooks. The mediation process involves the use of a third-party neutral to meet with both spouses and to help them work out a divorce settlement agreement based on the parties' needs and the mediator's understanding of those needs and the divorce laws concerning property division, child custody and other divorce-related issues.

How mediation can help parents

Our justice system is adversarial by nature: Most cases pit one party against another, and the two sides take turns arguing why it is right and the other is wrong. The court listens to both sides and comes to a decision about how justice should be served.

Options for a more amicable divorce process

There are several steps divorcing couples can take if they want an amicable divorce process. A divorce that is not contentious can be more efficient, cost less money, take less time and be less costly emotionally as well. The mediation process can help divorcing couples avoid court and tradition divorce litigation.

The value of divorce mediation options

There can be tremendous value in considering divorce options other than the traditionally litigated divorce. Divorcing couples may be unfamiliar with divorce mediation or what it does or may be hazy on the benefits of divorce mediation and how it works. Unlike the traditionally litigated divorce, the mediation process, or other options such as collaborative divorce or court-ordered reconciliation, can be less acrimonious and also more private which can lead to a better overall outcome for the family.

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