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Divorce mediation and other options for ending one's marriage

When it comes to getting a divorce, there are a number of options open to Massachusetts residents. Why? A one-size-fits-all approach to ending a marriage simply does not work. This week, this column will discuss all of the divorce options available, including divorce mediation -- which is often the preferred method.

How to know if divorce mediation is not the right choice

Numerous Massachusetts residents who are looking to end their marriages do not want to go to court. Divorce mediation may be a good fit for some couples and will allow them to keep their cases from going to trial, but it may not work out so well for others. How can one know if mediation is not the right choice?

More people are choosing divorce mediation over litigation

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?

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.

Divorce mediation Q and A

When figuring out how to approach one's divorce, it is easy to get overwhelmed at the options that are actually out there. There is more than one way to divorce. For Massachusetts residents who are looking for a nontraditional route, divorce mediation may be the answer. This week's column will address some common questions about the mediation process.

Be prepared before starting divorce mediation

If you are one of the many Massachusetts residents who is ready to file for divorce and who wishes to utilize the mediation process, you may think that filing now and figuring things out along the way is the way to go. The truth is, before you start divorce mediation sessions, you should have a plan in place for how you are going to take care of yourself during the process and after your divorce is finalized. Divorce simply takes more preparation than people tend to realize. 

When working toward a divorce agreement, take care of yourself

If you are one of the many Massachusetts residents who is considering divorce this year or in the future, you likely have a lot on your plate. It can be very easy to lose yourself when you are so concerned about figuring out the best way to go about your divorce and worried about what your life will look like when you are done. Now and when you are ready to start working toward your divorce agreement, take time to take care of yourself. Your health and well-being matters.

What are the goals of divorce mediation?

When getting a divorce, there are a few ways to go about it. It is possible for each party to have their attorneys negotiate terms. It is possible for couples to take their cases to court. Finally, it is possible for couples to take the issue into their own hands and utilize divorce mediation. Why would divorcing couples in Massachusetts choose mediation?

Does going the mediation route mean I don't get an attorney?

You and your spouse are getting ready to go through the divorce process in Massachusetts. You've heard about mediation through some friends and think it may be a good way to go, but you do have some concerns. One question that you have in particular is: Does going the mediation route mean I don't get an attorney?

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