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January 11, 2016 Allan and Amy Beth Baron

Massachusetts Divorce Mediation:  5 Myths

Categories: Divorce Mediation

AdobeStock_59307411_1.jpegAre you considering divorce in MA? Why not use the healthy, civilized and cost effective option of divorce mediation?

 

These five misconceptions may give you an idea of whether to pursue this method of divorce resolution.

       1.) My spouse and I need to come with agreements to the mediation

Truth is: Mediation is a process where needs are identified, topics are discussed/not argued, options are generated and smart decisions made. No agreements are necessary at the start of the process; just an agreement to disclose, discuss and decide. 

        2.) Mediating as a way to divorce will take a long time.

Truth is:  The entire Mediation process generally take a matter of a few months unless the parties wish it to be quicker or longer;  compare to 1 year plus for the traditional court representation/litigation process.

        3.)  Mediation will be expensive.

Truth is: Our average mediation for a couple with children, asset/liability and cash flow  (child support, alimony) discussions is (4) two hour sessions plus court document and divorce agreement preparation for under $5,000 it total; compare to our average representation/litigation, case which costs approximately $20,000 per person.

4.)  After we are finished with mediation, we will need lawyers to draft the documents.

Truth is:  If you mediate with a mediator who is also an attorney, your divorce agreement and all other necessary court documents are prepared for you by this attorney; compare to mediating with a non-attorney that is not able to prepare these requiring you to retain yet another professional.

5.)  I/we will not be able to speak to outside experts to consult with.

Truth is: Mediation is an open process and consulting with outside professionals is encouraged if the parties wish to seek legal, financial, insurance and child related opinions.

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