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Worcester Family Law Mediation Attorney

Helping You Resolve Complex Issues through Alternative Dispute Resolution - Call (508) 219-6264

Many people are under the misconception that when seeking a divorce or dealing with another family-related matter, litigation is the only answer. Fortunately, this is not the case. Mediation is a common form of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) which is recognized for its ability to guide two disputing parties towards reaching a mutually agreeable decision.

Mediation is much less contentious than litigation, which is an excellent benefit if you and your spouse wish to remain amicable or if you share children. At The Law Office of Polly A. Tatum, our Worcester family law mediation attorney can help you deal with your complicated family law issue without going to court.

Reach out to us today at (508) 219-6264 for more information.

Why Choose Divorce Mediation?

Mediation allows two disputing parties to meet with a third-party mediator who is neutral and unbiased. The two parties can then discuss the terms of their divorce, such as which party will keep the house or a proposed custody schedule. After the entire divorce agreement (or separation agreement) has been negotiated and agreed upon, a proposal is drawn up and submitted to the judge.

There are many benefits to using mediation to sort out family law issues, such as:

  • It is less expensive than litigation
  • It allows you to maintain your working relationship
  • It is easier for your children

Perhaps most importantly, mediation does not involve a judge; instead, you and your spouse or ex-spouse will be able to make decisions about the future of your family that are best suited to your unique situation and family dynamic.

How Long is Mediation?

While the length of mediation can depend solely on how quickly the couples come to a common ground, each session generally lasts between two to three hours. While some cases resolve in as little as one session, you may need additional sessions to cover every aspect of the divorce.

What Can I Expect at a Mediation Hearing?

If you ever plan to attend a mediation hearing, here is a list of what you can expect:

  • You will be listening to statements from the opposing party, and they will often be ones that you disagree with.
  • Expect that each of you will be at the furthest ends of each argument, especially in the beginning of mediation.
  • Come into mediation with the mindset that your differences will be settled quickly, however don't be surprised if the sessions become lengthy.
  • The mediator is non-biased and will not choose a side, so don't expect an answer that will come across one-sided.
  • Try and come to these sessions with the mindset that a compromise will be reached.

What are the Stages of Mediation?

In general, there are five critical steps to a mediation session:

  • Convening the Mediation: This is where each side comes to the conclusion that mediation is necessary in order to come to a common ground in their divorce.
  • Opening Session: This is where both sides give their opening statements, as well as the mediator explaining what he or she will serve as.
  • Communication: A significant reason as to why couples end up in mediation is because they haven't communicated to each other properly. When sensitive issues of divorce are brought up, there are a lot of one-sided arguments with rarely a conclusion unless a mediator steps in.
  • Negotiation: This stage tries to find common ground between the terms of the divorce and can help expedite certain issues each of them are facing.
  • Closure: This involves closing statements, with each party coming to a resolution, or setting up another session to continue to try and resolve things.

Trust Our Client-Focused Firm

At The Law Office of Polly A. Tatum, we seek to provide couples seeking a divorce or going through other family issues a process that gives them the opportunity to work together. During mediation, our Worcester family law mediation attorney can help you work together to reach an agreeable resolution. Regardless of your circumstances or the issue at hand, you can rely on us to guide you and help you consider both party's perspective.

Let us serve as an impartial party in your divorce or family dispute. Call us today at (508) 219-6264.

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