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Divorce Mediation Defined
“Divorce mediation is a process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to the dispute.”
ABA Model Standards, August 2005

Issues to be Mediated
  • Identification of Separate Property
  • Division/Sale of Real Estate
  • Division of Marital Assets/Debts
  • Physical/Legal Custody of Children
  • Parenting Plans/Visitation
  • Child Support/College Expenses
  • Health/Life Insurance
  • Spousal Support

The Divorce Mediator's Role
The clients make all the decisions; the divorce mediator facilitates and guides the negotiation of a written divorce agreement for presentment/approval of the Court. The mediator will systematically help the parties identify issues and interests, maintain an environment that encourages open and honest discussion, and as an experienced family law practitioner, advise how Massachusetts law applies to various situations.



Confidentiality
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 233, Section 23C and Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, Rule 9 mandate that all memoranda and other work product prepared by a mediator and any communications made in the course of mediation are confidential and not subject to disclosure in any judicial or administrative proceeding.
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