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What is divorce mediation? back to top

Divorce mediation is a collaborative way to get a divorce in which you, your spouse, and a neutral, qualified mediator discuss and negotiate the terms of your divorce until a mutual agreement is reached. 
The end product of the mediation process is a separation agreement which is submitted to the court.   


How long does it take to get a divorce through mediation? back to top

The time it takes to reach an agreement through divorce mediation will vary according to the complexity of your situation and your ability and willingness to communicate with each other. In most cases, divorce mediation will take somewhere between 2 and 6 sessions (4 to 12 hours).


How much does divorce mediation cost? back to top

The cost of divorce mediation depends on how many hours it will take for you and your spouse to arrive at a mutual agreement. Our average cost for divorce mediation, in our Massachusetts Divorce Mediation practice ranges from $1500 to $3000. 

In order to give you an accurate estimate price quote, we provide a free consultation where we can review your case and its complexity.


Why is mediation better than using a lawyer? back to top

Mediation can be a better alternative for couples who wish to end their marriage based on mutual agreement. When this is the case, divorce mediation will take less time, cost less money, and will result in a solid arrangement between you and your spouse. 

In addition, divorce mediation is a mature and civilized process which will minimize your emotional setbacks and will save you from ugly divorce battles. 

Divorce mediation can be especially beneficial in cases where you and your ex will remain connected after your separation (for the sake of your children or any other reason) because it eases your communication with one another, and fosters a more collaborative relationship.


How is divorce mediation different from arbitration? back to top

A mediator’s goal is to help two individuals mutually resolve their issues themselves, whereas an arbitrator listens to each side and then the arbitrator makes the final decision about what they should do.  An arbitrator can resolve your issues without a formal trial in court. Arbitration is usually quicker and cheaper than trial (where a judge makes the decision) – but you have (almost) no right to appeal the decision of the arbitrator.  Divorce arbitration is becoming more popular in Massachusetts given the long delays in court.  If you would like to arbitrate your divorce, contact us for more information.  


If I use divorce mediation, will I also need a divorce lawyer? back to top

That is your decision. In many cases, divorce mediation allows you to bypass the need for divorce lawyers. But some people may feel more comfortable having their own attorneys to consult with, during the divorce mediation process and/or to review the separation agreement at the end. If this is the case, it will be your personal decision to do so, and we can provide you with a referral list to some attorneys who will support, and not destroy, the mediation process.


Does the mediator meet with both spouses together or separately? back to top

In most cases all meetings are held with the presence of both spouses. Depending on your specific situation and on the mediator’s techniques, you may meet with your divorce mediator separately, together, or a combination of the two. This is something you should ask your divorce mediator in advance so that you are comfortable with the process he or she wants to use.


Can my spouse refuse to go through mediation with me? back to top

Yes, your spouse can refuse to go through mediation with you. Unfortunately if this is the case, you will have to seek out other alternatives involving divorce lawyers and court cases.


How can I convince my spouse to go through divorce mediation? back to top

You can try your best to communicate the benefits of divorce mediation and encourage your spouse to undertake the process with you, but you must remember that divorce mediation only works when both spouses are able and willing to communicate collaboratively with one another to reach mutual agreements. If your spouse is uncommunicative or reluctant, see if he/she is willing to come for a free consultation to learn more about the process. 


I am not sure divorce mediation is right for me, what should I do? back to top

If you are unsure of whether or not divorce mediation is right for you, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us. During the consultation we will take the time to learn about your situation and give you our professional recommendations.


What Is Divorce Mediation?

JohnsonDivorce mediation is a process in which you and your spouse negotiate the terms of your divorce with the help of a neutral divorce mediator.

The end result of the process is a separation agreement which outlines the future of your lives apart while addressing all the relevant issues such as joint property, children, alimony etc.


The mediation process allows couples to maintain full control over their separation process without the risk of it deteriorating into a painful and costly legal battle.

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