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Mediation vs. Litigation: How to Choose the Best Path for Your Divorce in Massachusetts

As a seasoned Massachusetts divorce attorney, I've seen firsthand how mediation and litigation impact divorcing couples. While every situation is unique, there are some key factors to consider when deciding which path is right for you.


In mediation, you and your spouse work cooperatively with a neutral third party to negotiate the terms of your divorce. Mediation often costs less than litigation and allows you to maintain more control over the outcome. It can also help preserve relationships, especially if you have children.


Mediation works best when couples are willing to compromise and disclose financial information honestly. It may not be suitable if there is a history of domestic violence or if one spouse refuses to negotiate in good faith.


Litigation is the traditional divorce route involving attorneys, discovery, and presenting your case in court. It can be time-consuming and expensive, but may be necessary if you can't agree with your spouse.


For high net worth and complex divorces, litigation is often the appropriate choice. If abuse was present or your spouse is being dishonest about money, litigation allows for formal discovery processes like depositions.


There is no one-size-fits-all approach to divorce. As your Massachusetts divorce lawyer, I can provide guidance on whether mediation or litigation aligns with your goals and circumstances. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.


Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and readers should not act upon any information provided without seeking professional legal counsel. The author does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information provided. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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