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What can be expected from effective divorce mediation?

In order to avoid the trauma and stress that is often associated with divorce, more and more couples are considering mediation as an option. It is often found that mediation enables couples to work through all contentious issues in an amicable way that would not be possible without professional assistance. Massachusetts couples may be unsure of what divorce mediation is intended to accomplish and what to expect of a mediator.

Financial restrictions make mediation a good option as expensive litigation may be avoided. An experienced mediator will assess the dynamics of the family and examine the marital estate. Many divorce attorneys have experienced mediators on their legal teams, giving couples the option to choose mediation over litigation.

Divorce mediators are generally excellent negotiators and have the ability to facilitate the negotiations of complex situations. Such a professional will have a sincere concern for the emotional and financial wellness of the family after the divorce. Not only will he or she endeavor to facilitate agreements in all matters that concern the parents, but he or she will also consider the children's best interests. In addition to working out the details of the divorce, a mediator will often assist parents in drafting a workable parenting plan to benefit all parties.

Matters such as child custody, visitation, and spousal support could also form part of the mediation process. When the process of divorce mediation is complete and agreements have been reached, a mediator will typically assist a couple with the administrative procedures required for filing for a divorce in a Massachusetts family court. It is not uncommon for divorced couples to find it easier to adhere to divorce agreements when they are part of the decision-making process. In addition, the experience of mediation often prepares divorced people for effectively resolving conflicts that may arise in the future.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "How to Find a Good Divorce Mediator? Your Five Rules of Thumb", Michelle Rozen, Jan. 12, 2015

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