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The benefits of an amicable divorce

In Massachusetts divorce actions, mediation can oftentimes play a key role in reaching fair settlements. Family law mediation is beneficial in assisting both parties when coming to an agreement and achieving mutual satisfaction with the outcome.

Even though mediation may not be right in every circumstance, it is increasingly utilized for couples dividing property and facing child custody and support issues. The process helps spouses bring up the subject of a divorce and property division in a civil fashion with their partner when splitting up is the best move.

Instead of creating hard feelings emotional upheaval, mediation helps both spouses take a look at their financial position, the condition of the marriage, resolution alternatives and what is best for the children, if any are involved. Each person is encouraged to draft some ideas about the best way to proceed.

Broaching the idea of divorce is rarely an easy process, but there are several steps which can be taken to lessen conflict and complications. Proposing multiple solutions to property and asset splits can present a well-rounded picture of potential options. The same can be done when discussing child custody.

Mediation can help reduce the feeling that divorce is simply a constant game of tug-of-war between spouses, especially when discussing possessions, some of which may not be large, but could be more important to one partner than the other.

Each unique situation and potential solution can be looked at to determine what is fair to both parties and their children when couples come to the conclusion that divorce is the best option for them moving forward.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Present Your Best Case To Avoid Litigating Your Divorce," Diane L. Danois, Feb. 6, 2013

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