Every married Massachusetts couple is unique in its own way. How the partners of a couple interact, how they make decisions and how they share responsibilities can vary greatly from household to household. Whether they have kids, what types of property they own and other marital factors can also set one married couple apart from its neighbors. Incidentally, how Massachusetts couples approach divorce can therefore vary a great deal as well.
Because couples and even the individual members of a single couple may approach divorce differently, the state provides different ways for spouses to negotiate their divorces. Most people know that a divorce may be litigated in a family law court with the assistance of attorneys. A divorce may also be negotiated through mediation with the help of a neutral party.
Mediation can have benefits as well as drawbacks. For example, while the cost of a divorce may be reduced when the partners are able to talk out their decisions in a mediated environment, some individuals may not feel comfortable working directly with their soon-to-be ex to hash out the details of their separations.
Couples who mediate their divorces may feel more confident in the outcomes since they made the decisions themselves, though couples who cannot work together and experience conflict may prefer the use of a family law judge to decide important issues for them.
What is important for Massachusetts readers of this family law blog to realize is that they do not have to follow the path to divorce that their acquaintances followed. They have options for divorcing their spouses and family law legal professionals can help them decide how best to address their pending divorces. The Walters Law Offices help clients pursuing divorce through both the courts and mediation. Our law firm’s website can provide general information to those who wish to learn more about their divorce options.