Divorce litigation is not a thing of the past, as numerous individuals in Massachusetts still need to go to court to resolve certain issues regarding their dissolution settlements. However, more people are choosing to forgo litigation and are turning to divorce mediation to end their marriages. Why?

It is difficult not to get all up in arms when having to go to court. No one really wants to fight things out in court. It is stressful, time-consuming, opens a couple’s personal business up to the court of public opinion and offers no guarantee that one will get what he or she wants out of the divorce proceedings.

If there is a better way to reach a resolution, who wouldn’t want to take it? Divorce mediation is, to many, a better way to end a marriage. It involves spouses negotiating settlement terms with the assistance of a mediator. Each spouse may also retain legal counsel to help them make sure any proposed agreement terms are fair and serve their best interests. Mediation can often be completed in three to five months, allows a couple to have a more respectful parting and results in a divorce settlement that truly fits the needs of each party and — if applicable — the needs of their children.

Simply put, there are a lot of benefits to choosing divorce mediation over litigation. Is mediation perfect? No, and it is not for everyone, but it can work for most couples. Massachusetts residents who are considering this option can seek out legal counsel to learn more about it in order to make sure it really is a good fit for their situation.