When people think of divorce, it may conjure images of a couple going head-to-head in a courtroom before a judge. It may bring to mind worries of financial and emotional distress or feelings of resentment and shame. This does not need to be the case. Many people in Boston have avoided the "traditional" form of divorce by choosing mediation instead of litigation. Those that have mediated often find themselves much more satisfied with the outcome than those that have litigated.
Even with the likelihood that two soon-to-be former spouses can come to a better divorce agreement than a settlement mandated by a judge, many couples are still afraid to choose the route of mediation. There are a number of reasons for this. Perhaps most important is the presumption that using a mediator bars the involved parties from discussing the situation with an attorney. This is not true considering the fact that a mediator cannot provide legal advice and must remain disinterested in the case.