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Can divorce mediation work when my spouse is being a bully?

If you are going through a divorce in Massachusetts or elsewhere and your spouse is being less than ideal throughout the process, you may feel that litigation is the only way in which your case can be resolved. This may not be true, however. Divorce mediation may still work, even if your spouse is being a bully.

Fighting things out in court is not for everyone. Mediation can offer more privacy, and by having a non-bias third-party present, both parties can be kept in check -- so to speak. Arguing may happen, but threats during sessions will not be tolerated.

Conflict resolution can be more difficult when dealing with a spouse who is choosing to fight or make threats. This means that the number of mediation sessions required to reach a divorce settlement may be quite a few, but it may still take less time than working through things in front of a judge. In the end, it will also allow both parties to determine the details of their own agreement rather than turning the issues over for a judge to decide, which is something that most people do want to avoid.  To learn more about the benefits of mediation, please visit our firm's website.

Divorce mediation, whether it is completed in Massachusetts or elsewhere, requires give and take from both parties. A bullying spouse may not seem willing to budge, but with help one may be able to give just enough that bullying stops and real negotiations can begin. Your legal counsel can provide the guidance you need to deal with a difficult spouse and still work to achieve a fair and balanced dissolution settlement.

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