Divorce mediation does work under a wide variety of circumstances, says the research and reviews on line. I strongly agree. It is a civilized process designed to reduce stress, zero in on the required topic areas, build new trust and a foundation going forward with an agreement that works. The Mediation process inserts a third person (neutral) to lead a discussion, generate options, explain pros and cons and assist the divorcing couple enabling smart decision making based on common goals of the parties and the laws of the jurisdiction.
After making the tough decision to move forward with a divorce, the biggest decision for you family and finances is which method you choose to proceed through the divorce process.
During such a sensitive and sometimes chaotic time in your life, it is important to work with a mediator that is experienced and sympathetic. Make sure a divorce mediator can answer these five questions before you hire them.
Divorce in Massachusetts- How child support and alimony interacts may affect your divorce settlement.
Don't wait until your case is over to wonder whether your received a fair financial settlement.
A Massachusetts Divorce Financial Analyst services may be a stand alone process or one chosen as part of or in addition to a Divorce Mediation if the mediator is qualified. A Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, (CDFA) ™ is an individual certified by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™.
The Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) is trained to address the financial questions and concerns of your case including but not limited to divisions of assets, debts, pensions, real estate, personal property, child support, child tax exemptions, social security, alimony, tax deductions, insurance, and college costs.
Short term marriages are generally considered to be 5 years or less. However MA General Laws ch. 208, sec. 48 defines length of marriage as "the number of months from the date of legal marriage to the date of service of a complaint or petition for divorce or separate support duly filed in a court of the commonwealth or another court with jurisdiction to terminate the marriage; provided, however, that the court may increase the length of the marriage if there is evidence that the parties' economic marital partnership began during their cohabitation period prior to the marriage."
Generally speaking, in short term marriage divorces, the goal is usually to put the parties back into the positions (financially speaking) where they were when they entered the marriage with consideration of new joint assets and appreciation on assets brought into the marriage. Unlike intermediate or long term marriages where there may be a lot of unwinding of assets and/or debt accumulation, this typically is not the case with short term marriages. This can be a lot simpler.
Five Reasons to Consider Divorce Mediation
1. A MEDIATED DIVORCE will allow Husband and Wife to speak directly to one another with the help of a neutral third party.
Divorce Mediation is considered to be the most civilized, cost effective and by far the least stressful way to get divorced.
These reasons are why couples choose to use Divorce Mediation; they simply make sense and for many couples, they most importantly are of great benefit to their Children and divorce.
Below are five ways in which Divorce Mediation benefits your children: