Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an efficient and inexpensive process for settling disputes between separating or divorcing couples. The mediator remains impartial and assists the parties to develop their own resolutions. You and your partner control the decisions affecting your family, finances, business, and life.
Each person receives the legal and financial information and if relevant, child support guidelines, which are necessary to create an agreement best suited to your individual needs. At the close of the mediation, you will each receive a written document called the Separation Agreement and an Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown which you will file directly with the Court.
Mediation is an amicable alternative to litigation, provides a way to avoid courtroom battles and encourages the development of improved communication to prevent or resolve future conflicts.
What is Mediation?
When Should I Use Mediation?
You may use a mediator at any time before, during, or after your separation or divorce. Your
mediator may help you resolve one or more of the following:
Child custody and support
Property, asset, and debt division
Alimony, tax consequences
Medical, dental, and life insurance coverage
Will I Need a Lawyer?
Consulting with a lawyer to review the Separation Agreement is encouraged.
You will not be required to hire a lawyer and lawyers are not usually present during the mediation sessions.
The mediator provides you with step-by-step instructions in filing for an uncontested divorce and completing all required court documents.
Are Sessions Confidential?
Yes, all mediations sessions are fully confidential, according to Massachusetts State Law, Chapter 233, Section 23c, which provides for the mediator/client legal privilege.
How Much Will It Cost?
Up to the first fifteen minutes of the initial mediation session is free. After that, your mediation costs will be based on a $400.00 per hour charge.
Participants can share the cost.
There is a flat fee for the Agreement and Affidavit in the amount of $2000, paid in two installments of $1000 each.
No retainer is required; your payment is due at the close of the session.
How Long Does It Take?
The average mediation process takes three to five sessions, depending on the issues involved.
Mediation is voluntary and can be ended at any time.
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