When is Mediation the Right Choice for Family Law Cases?
When families are in dispute, it can be difficult to see an end in sight. Far too often, these fallings out end up in costly and emotionally damaging litigation. What if there was a better way? Mediation offers fighting family members – or those going through a divorce – a chance to work out their disputes behind closed doors, with the assistance of an experienced and compassionate family law mediator. But what is family mediation, and when is mediation the right choice for family law cases?
Family Law Mediation
Family law mediation is a process where disputing family members meet with an experienced legal mediator behind closed doors. Family mediation is conducted without the presence of lawyers, meaning all parties can work together to find common ground for agreement. These sessions are entirely confidential, meaning they help facilitate open and honest communication. Also, mediators are experts in helping to identify critical issues and find room for negotiation.
When is Mediation the Right Choice?
Family law mediation is often an excellent choice in domestic disputes. This is especially true when both sides are hoping for an amicable agreement.
Mediation is often the best choice in divorces, especially when children are involved. When children are involved in a divorce, it is essential to protect their best interests. These best interests are not in being forced to play a part in a lengthy, bitter court proceeding.
Mediation allows parents to work towards the best interests of their kids behind closed doors. This confidentiality will enable them to openly and honestly work with an experienced mediator to find a resolution that not only works for them but also their children.
Mediation is commonly used for many other aspects of family law and divorce as well. These instances include:
- Financial arrangements, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Living arrangements after divorce
- Separation of assets
When is Mediation Not Appropriate?
Family mediation is not always the right choice for all parties. In instances where divorcing partners cannot stand to be in the same room with one another, or where there is the threat of arguments or fights breaking out, mediation may not be able to put these issues aside in hopes of an agreement. Similarly, in cases where domestic abuse is either suspected or alleged, mediation is not appropriate for safety reasons.
Contact Shapiro Mediation Today
Shapiro Mediation only focuses on providing the most compassionate care for both the legal and emotional needs of our clientele. Our firm has decades of experience in family law, providing us with the expertise to successfully handle any obstacles the mediation process provides. Our caring legal team truly understands the stress and confusion commonly felt throughout the divorce process, especially if children are involved. That’s why we endeavor to work closely with all parties to ensure any agreement reached is done so amicably and in good-faith. To learn more about how an experienced Massachusetts family mediation attorney can help you, call us today at (339) 298-7733.