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Litigation vs. Mediation

“We made more progress in two hours at the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution than after six years and six figures wasted on litigation.”

If You Choose Litigation:

Combined attorneys’ fees can deplete finances quickly.

A judge determines the case’s outcome, including custody arrangements and parental rights.

Your attorney negotiates for you. You may be advised not to communicate with your family or the other party.

All filed declarations become public record, available for anyone – neighbors, friends, employers, business associates and family – to view, even years later.

If custody is contested, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem for your children, who may insist on invasive psychological evaluations of family members.

The resolution of your case may be determined by:

  • How aggressive your lawyer is compared to the other party’s lawyer
  • The mood of the judge
  • Prescribed court schedules
  • Which party has more stamina and/or deeper pockets to battle

Your divorce will follow a timetable determined by the needs of the attorneys and the court.

You may feel less committed to the results due to a lack of participation in the process, bitterness during the proceedings, or dissatisfaction with the end product.

Even the most self-assured individuals can find themselves distraught after the antagonistic experience of watching as you and your spouse are torn to shreds in court.

If You Choose Mediation:

Mediation is a process that employs one primary facilitator. Even with consulting attorneys, the savings in time and money are substantial.

Together you determine the outcome.

With the help of a neutral mediator, you will work to design an agreement that works for you and your family.

There are no filed declarations making accusations against each other. Mediation is a confidential process where decisions are made in a private conference room.

The mediator helps you negotiate a fair settlement.

Together you determine what is in the best interest of your children. Together you can explore various parenting plans and modify plans as your children get older – without returning to court.

You determine the timetable for your mediation.

Agreements are more likely to be maintained when mutually decided.

You will maintain your dignity and experience the challenge of working together to make the best of a difficult situation.


Free in-person or telephone consultations available

To schedule an appointment, please call 781-239-1600

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