Thinking about divorce? Only hearing horrible things about the whole process? Guess what? It does not have to be as bad as others make it sound. There may be a way for divorcing couples in Massachusetts to get through it without going to court and spending an absolute fortune, and that way is known as divorce mediation.

What is mediation? Divorce mediation is where a couple agrees to negotiate their divorce settlement terms without having to go before a judge. They do this with a mediator present — this person is there to keep things moving along. A mediator is not allowed to give legal advice or take sides. Those who wish to have their attorney’s present during mediation sessions for legal advice and support may do so.

Mediation can work regardless of how complex the marital assets are. It can also work if children are involved and custody issues need to be resolved. The only way it will work, though, is if each party is will to be open and honest in their communication and be willing to negotiate.

Is divorce mediation right for everyone? No, but it can work for the vast majority of Massachusetts couples seeking to dissolve their marriages. Not sure if it is right for you? It is okay to ask questions. An experienced attorney with a specialization in divorce mediation will be able to review the details of one’s case and help determine if it really is a course worth pursing or if other measures should be taken to finalize one’s divorce proceedings.

Source: goodmenproject.com, “5 Myths About Divorce Mediation“, Arianna Jeret, Accessed on March 20, 2018