Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer or Court Referral to Mediate?
Steps to Mediation
Many people aren’t familiar with divorce mediation. Mediation isa relatively new way to get divorced and still a less common method than divorce litigation. A sluggish family court system and the rising costs of divorce lawyers drive many couples in Massachusetts to explore mediation. You do not need a divorce lawyer or a court referral from a judge to mediate your divorce. If you and your spouse agree, you can mediate and file for an uncontested divorce. In fact, the courts encourage this because it lessens the backload of divorce cases that need to be processed.
Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer or Divorce Mediator?
Divorce mediation does not need to involve divorce lawyers. A mediator can be a lawyer but does not represent either spouse’s interests.
Rather, the mediator acts as a neutral third-party to the divorce negotiations. The mediator helps the couple work through conflict so they can negotiate the terms and conditions of the divorce. The mediator also provides legal information a lawyer would provide. For example, a mediator can explain to you what issues you will need to resolve in your divorce. You do not need to have a divorce lawyer during the mediation process unless you feel the need to have individual legal advice. Many couples forgo this option and are able to handle their divorce on their own, lawyer free.
Protecting Your Interests
Regardless if you get advice from a divorce lawyer during mediation, you may still want to have a lawyer review the separation agreement you and your spouse create before you sign it. A lawyer can make sure the outcome of the divorce will be in your best interests. This is a good fail-safe option if you are unsure you can make the right decisions during mediation. Finding a good mediator can also help ensure you have all the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.
Consult with an experienced Massachusetts divorce mediator if you have questions about mediation. A mediator can explain how mediation works and the benefits mediation has over litigation.
Do you have questions about divorce mediation? If so, Mediation Advantage Services can help you. Experienced in divorce mediation, Polly A. Tatum can provide you with the information and guidance needed to amicably mediate your divorce. Based in historic Worcester with a satellite office in Northboro, MA, our firm serves all cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and Worcester County including, Auburn, Paxton, Leicester, Sutton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Westboro, Northboro, Southboro, Holden, Sterling, Princeton, Worcester, Charlton, Millbury, Dudley, Spencer, Brookfield, Sudbury, Natick, Framingham, Hopkinton, Milford, Blackstone, Leominster, Fitchburg, Acton, Jefferson, Barre, Oakham, Cambridge, Newton, Marlboro, Lancaster, Bolton,
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