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June 30, 2015 Allan and Amy Beth Baron

Five Reasons To Consider Divorce Mediation Following a Short-Term Marriage | Baron Law & Mediation, LLP

Categories: Divorce Mediation

AdobeStock_73967952.jpegShort term marriages are generally considered to be 5 years or less.  

Generally speaking, in short term marriage divorces, the goal is to put the parties back into the positions (financially speaking) where they were when they entered 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. Here's why divorce mediation in Massachusetts may be your best option. 

1. A MEDIATED DIVORCE will allow Husband and Wife to speak directly to one another with the help of a neutral third party. 

Many people going through a divorce have a difficult time communicating with their spouse.  Using a third party neutral "Mediator" provides a level of comfort that puts the parties in a position where they can better advocate for themselves directly with their spouse. In the beginning stage of mediation, there should be a discussion identifying the goals and concerns of each party.

2. There will be discussions of financial decisions and their impact on the couple going forward.

The mediator him/herself or a suggested use of a financial neutral will help the couple examine their finances, see that they are educated about their current and possible future financial situation, “try on” various options and determine how they would like their lives to continue. Rather than focusing on how a court will divide assets, liabilities and cash flow, a good mediator/financial neutral will look for common interests and then help the parties craft a plan that will satisfy the interests of each party and also stay within the boundaries of what courts will think is fair.

3. This approach will strongly consider the emotional impact of the divorce on all concerned.

Unlike attorney representation, a mediator will examine how the couple's decisions about their divorce may emotionally impact them as individuals.  Divorce, whether from a short or long term marriage, is difficult.  It is one of the top stressors to deal with.  A good mediator will discuss how to deal with the new directions the parties lives will take and how to move on.  Because this is an open process, the parties may seek outside professional advice at any time.

4. The mediator will discuss all the issues that need to be addressed:  Assets, Liabilities, Health Insurance, as applicable.  

A good mediator will help the parties discuss and understand the matters at issue and come to agreements on each with the goal that their overall divorce agreement works for each party. The mediator may suggest referrals to appropriate professionals for further review and discussion as necessary.

5. Replaced court dates with discussions and meetings.

Why start down a path of litigating your divorce when the court's ultimate goal with short term marriages is to put each party back to where they were before they married.  Using a mediation discussion approach is more civilized, efficient, cost effective and many time less stressful. 

 

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