For over thirty years, the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution (CMDR) has been in the business of helping people reach agreements while preserving their ability to maintain future relationships.
Each year, we look back at our client population to identify discernible changes and trends.
In considering our separating, divorcing, and post-divorce clients at the end of Year 2011, we have observed the following trends:
An increased number of clients who continue to live together while mediating their divorce due to one party’s involuntary loss of employment
An increased number of clients who delay filing for divorce in order to retain access to employer-subsidized health insurance
An increased number of clients who take no-penalty withdrawals from retirement funds in order to pay down debt and/or to finance living expenses at a time of unemployment
An increased number of clients entering mediation after one spouse has moved out of state
An increased number of clients mediating post-nuptial agreements as well as pre-nuptial agreements
An increased number of clients who elect to have shared physical custody arrangements
An increased number of clients who have disabled children requiring long-term assistance
An increased number of clients who are experiencing difficulty in selling the marital home even after undertaking fix-ups and agreeing to price reductions
An increased number of clients who are refinancing their homes to take advantage of reduced interest rates
An increased number of clients who are divorcing after one or both partners has/have retired
An increased number of clients divorcing after long-term marriages, with grown children
An increased number of clients who have significant debt as a result of financing their children’s post-secondary educations
An increased number of clients who wish to remain business partners after divorce
Trends and changes evident in the divorcing or divorced population are indicative of the larger economic trends affecting Massachusetts in particular and the country as a whole. Our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the volatility of overseas markets, and political changes, the unpredictable stock market, low interest rates, and failure of government to reach consensus, just to mention a few indices, influence when and how people divorce. Dips in the economy hit this population much harder since they are simultaneously financing two households and undergoing a host of other changes, both personal and economic. Mediation offers a way to work together collaboratively and creatively, thereby providing innovative solutions to difficult problems.
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