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When might mediation be a poor choice for your divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2021 | Mediation

We speak about divorce mediation frequently in our blog because we have seen the many benefits it offers Peabody, Massachusetts families. It is private, less stressful and usually faster than litigation.

At the same time, there are some situations in which mediation might be the wrong choice in a divorce. As with any family legal matter, you must take an objective look at your circumstances to discover which divorce option will best meet your needs.

What are the possible disadvantages of mediation?

For many, reviewing the pros and cons of any legal remedy can help in making the best choices. We discussed a few advantages of mediation above, and now we want to inform you of several potential disadvantages. After all, each marriage is unique, and not every solution works in every situation:

  • Divorce mediation can fail, and if this happens, you may have to resolve your situation in court, which will result in more lost time and money.
  • Sometimes, one spouse may feel they cannot express themselves candidly during mediation sessions — particularly if the other spouse is aggressive.
  • If your spouse uses mediation to reopen old wounds or refuses to participate in mediation, you may find yourself frustrated at every turn

If you decide that divorce mediation is right for you, make sure to find a trained mediator. Often, law firms with trained and experienced associates can fill the role of mediator during your divorce or recommend a different strategy. The advantages of choosing a trained mediator include gaining access to their knowledge of state family law and their skill in helping opposing parties address their divorce issues.

If you are still undecided, consider expanding your knowledge of how divorce mediation works in Massachusetts.