Divorce mediation in Massachusetts has become a widely accepted way of resolving disputes because it works. Mediators report that typically 85-95 percent of mediated cases result in a settlement, often with an investment of one or two sessions. Among the advantages of mediation is that it fully engages the most important players.
Some of the key advantages of mediation include:
- Mediation is cheaper.
- Mediation is much less costly than arbitration or trial.
- Mediation raises possibility of settlement. At the very least, mediation invariably introduces the possibility of settlement, which is often an attractive alternative to the risks of continued litigation.
- Mediation is flexible. Mediation is not bound by procedural rules and thus the parties can design a process that fits the particular conflict.
- Mediation shows more solutions. Mediation lends itself to creative solutions that are outside the scope of the legal remedies available in litigation.
- Mediation is facilitated. The mediator’s fresh and unvested perspective may foster possibilities for forging a settlement that the parties.
- Parties control mediation. By choosing mediation, the parties control many components of dispute resolution, including when the dispute is addressed, who will make the decisions about the dispute, who will mediate the dispute, what the outcome will be.
Almost every Massachusetts divorce case can benefit in some way from a mediation session. Even if the case doesn’t settle on the day of the mediation, the parties usually learn something from hearing the other side’s presentation.
Also, the mediator’s follow-up after a session that has not resulted in a settlement, or the possibilities brought to light during the parties’ negotiations, may ripen later into an acceptable resolution.
Should you be in the midst of divorce or contemplating divorce, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation to learn about the mediation process.