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Dealing with a post-divorce dispute? Try mediation

After the weeks, months or even years of working out a divorce agreement, you would think that you would not have to revisit it. The terms have been set and that is it, right? Well, what happens if you have a post-divorce dispute that needs resolution -- such as over custody or support? Yes, it happens and no, you may not have to go to court over it. In Massachusetts, you are allowed to try mediation.

The simple truth of the matter is, certain aspects of a divorce settlement are not set in stone. Under certain circumstances some things may be adjusted. Some people think litigation is the only way to address post-divorce conflicts, but that just is not true.

When such disputes do arise, it is okay to ask for help in order to obtain a resolution. Mediation is nothing formal, and it does not take place in a courtroom. Mediation is simply where each party meets to discuss the issue and try to find a solution. A mediator is present during these meetings to help the process along. Any newly agreed upon terms will need to be sent to court for approval before they become active, but once approved they are legally binding.

Mediation is a great alternative to going to court over family law issues. Conflicts are often resolved in less time and this process usually costs a lot less than litigation. It certainly has its benefits for Massachusetts residents and is an option worth exploring. To learn more about mediation and how it can be of benefit to you, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.

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