Peaceably Starting a New Chapter
When couples decide to end their legal relationship, they can choose to work with a mediator who provides a respectful and non-adversarial process to resolve issues arising from the marriage dissolution. The process is often less costly than hiring attorneys, and working with a conflict resolution expert makes the transition and agreement formulation easier for the parties. Both parents and children benefit. Many couples learn new problem-solving skills that carry over into their in the newly defined relationship.
Mediation, unlike litigation, allows couples to make their own decisions and to reach fair and amicable separation and divorce agreements based on what is best for the couple as well as their family. During this often challenging time, we provide clients a mediation framework focused on solutions and mutual benefit rather than blame, and this can make all the difference.
It is quite common for divorced couples to seek mediation when stressors resulting from changes and new challenges. Therefore, agreements should not only acknowledge but provide for unpredictable circumstances that may occur in the future. We create divorce agreements designed to contemplate change and potential anxieties and give former couples a road map for the future.
Value and Benefits
The multiple benefits of using a mediator include better decisions around financial issues, child support, parental rights & responsibilities, and parent/child contact issues. Our specialized training in divorce and post-divorce issues facilitates both the divorcing couple and their children to move forward based on well thought out agreements.
You can anticipate many positive outcomes from using mediation services to sort out your issues during divorce and post-divorce.
Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce & Post-Divorce Mediation
Over time the mediator will move the discussion to identification of alternatives and how to move forward. After each session, the mediator will provide a written summary of outcomes and actions. The summary is written up as a memorandum of understanding.
The length of time depends upon the topics, the people, and the time available. Most mediation sessions are two hours long. The number of sessions needed depends on the level of conflict and the number of issues that the couple wants to address.
I am interested in mediation to help sort out our divorce agreement. I am not sure if my partner/x-partner will participate. What should I do?
When you contact Mediation Partners New England, we can explore how best to approach your partner/x-partner. One option is for you to share our contact information and website with your partner/x-partner and to encourage him/her to call your mediator. Another option is for you to send a letter introducing the mediator, after which MPNE will follow up with a phone call to your partner/x-partner.
If you are able to agree on some, but not all issues, the things that you do agree on can be written up in a document for you to take to a lawyer for review. You can also use an attorney’s assistance or ask the Court to schedule a hearing to resolve remaining issues.
Mediators are impartial and do not represent any one point of view. Their role is to help parties communicate in an informal and confidential setting. Mediators can provide information about the legal process but do not give legal advice. It is not unusual for parties also to consult with an attorney during the mediation process.
This varies, but parties generally split the hourly rate equally. Who will pay is discussed in your initial divorce mediation consultation.
Do you and your partner want to part ways in peace?
We can help you start the new chapter.