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Massachusetts residents could find divorce mediation useful

Massachusetts residents facing a divorce may not be aware of all available options to assist with the process. Divorce mediation is a tool that can be used to hopefully keep the situation as amicable as possible. A recent article discussed the benefits of using divorce mediation not only during the divorce itself, but even years later if needed.

Mediation can serve as a good tool for those that are unable to come to terms on their own. By having a neutral third-party, people may feel more comfortable discussing issues that need to be handled. Having someone to guide the conversation in a safe environment can be productive for both parties.

A mediator can handle several issues, including child custody disagreements. Since the mediator is not on either person's side, the child's best interests will be at the forefront of the conversation rather than parents' emotions. A mediator may be able to point out certain things to the parties that they are unable to discuss alone because of the emotions involved. The article also pointed out that should a couple have problems after the divorce, mediation could be a good first step before returning to family court. Often, situations can be handled before they reach the point of needing a judge to decide for them.

Any Massachusetts resident facing a divorce may benefit from knowing their rights under the state laws. They may also find divorce mediation to be a helpful option. Although divorce is rarely easy, with the proper knowledge and by taking the appropriate steps, a person can be more hopeful for a smooth process and a positive outcome.

Source: The Huffington Post, Using Mediation to Keep Your Cool During Divorce and Beyond, Silvana D. Raso, Aug. 27, 2013

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