Mediation Attorney in Massachusetts
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Mediation in the family law context involves the use and guidance of an impartial, third person to assist couples in resolving a dispute, whether it is in the case of divorce, custody dispute, parenting issues, alimony, support, division of assets, or a post divorce issue such as a change in income potentially warranting a change in support, or a change in circumstances yielding the need for a revision of custody or the parenting plan.
Attorney Leahy, as a mediator, can assist you in settling your disputes in one or more 3 way meetings with the parties. As a mediator, Attorney Leahy's goal is to have the parties reach an agreement where both sides have made a full financial disclosure, and both are willing to try to reach an agreement. As a mediator, Attorney Leahy cannot advise the parties; rather, she acts as a facilitator to assist the parties in finding the best solution for their circumstances. Divorce mediation will not work in highly charged, emotional cases where the parties cannot negotiate fully and fairly with one another.
Mediation is more cost effective as the fees of the mediator are split between the parties, and the process is far quicker than litigation. Generally, the mediator will meet with the parties on one or more occasion, helping to work through the issues to reach an agreement. Often, in the mediation process, the parties will bring information from outside sources, such as real estate professionals or others, which is then reviewed during the mediation. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will prepare an agreement, which the parties review prior to submitting it to the court for approval. It is recommended that each party retain an attorney to review the agreement on their behalf.
If this process is right for you, Attorney Leahy will be happy to assist you. She is a Certified Conciliator for the Plymouth County Bar Association Conciliation Program.