Mediation vs. Litigation

Using Short-Term Mediation While Courts are Closed Due to Coronavirus

Short term mediation is fast

Mediator Nicole K. Levy explains how litigants are turning to mediation while courts closed by Covid-19. Massachusetts recently announced that the state’s courts would remain closed for most non-emergency matters until at least June 1, 2020. Given that courts were initially slated to reopen on May 4, 2020, it now appears possible that Probate & Using Short-Term Mediation While Courts are Closed Due to Coronavirus

Mediation is the Best Divorce Option During the Coronavirus Crisis

Social distancing and divorce mediation

Mediator Nicole K. Levy discusses how the Covid-19 crisis is pushing litigating parties towards mediation to resolve divorce and family law issues. As the Covid-19 crisis rumbles forward, rapid changes are impacting how individuals relate to each other, pursue goals and resolve disputes in an increasingly “remote” world. The speed of these changes has been Mediation is the Best Divorce Option During the Coronavirus Crisis

Netflix’s Marriage Story Shows the Price of Divorce Litigation

Marriage Story teaches lessons about divorce litigation

Massachusetts mediator Jason Owens draws lessons from the Netflix movie, Marriage Story, about divorce mediation and litigation. On December 6, 2019, a new movie was released on Netflix called Marriage Story that illustrates some of the ways that divorce ligation can undermine and erode a productive co-parenting relationship after a marriage ends. Starring Adam Driver Netflix’s Marriage Story Shows the Price of Divorce Litigation

Dividing Complex Financial Assets in Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy examines the division of complex assets during divorce mediation. Many people don’t realize that divorce mediation can include outside experts who asset divorcing spouses with complex financial issues. In divorce litigation, parties will often retain third-parties with special training to assist in the divorce, such as a CPA, business planner Dividing Complex Financial Assets in Divorce Mediation

Two Situations Where Collaborative Law Can Help Resolve Your Divorce

Situations Where Collaborative Law Can Help Divorce Process

Massachusetts divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews two separate situations where collaborative law can help resolve a divorce. As more and more people try settling their divorce outside of the courtroom, new approaches have developed for resolving legal separations that do not involve litigation. One of these methods is mediation, which is familiar to most Two Situations Where Collaborative Law Can Help Resolve Your Divorce

How Mediating Child Custody Agreements and Parenting Time Protects Families

MA child custody mediator

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews how parents can use a mediator to resolve child custody and parenting time while protecting their family from the conflict of litigation.  Putting together a custody agreement and a parenting schedule is honestly one of the most difficult parts of getting divorced. Dividing parenting time takes an emotional toll How Mediating Child Custody Agreements and Parenting Time Protects Families

Mediated Divorce Agreements Are Less Likely to be Violated

cooperative divorce mediation

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes reviews why we see fewer violations of divorce agreements reached through mediation. Over more than a decade observing divorcing spouses, I have often observed that divorce agreements that result from the mediation process are less likely to be violated than agreements reached through litigation. The discrepancy appears to result from the Mediated Divorce Agreements Are Less Likely to be Violated

How Using Mediation Avoids Many Common Problems with Prenuptial Agreements

Mediate your prenuptial agreement.

Mediator Kimberley Keyes explains how soon-to-be spouses can use mediation to avoid many common problems with prenuptial agreements. Mediation provides soon-to-be married spouses who agree to execute a prenuptial agreement with a cooperative, stress-free process for preparing a prenuptial agreement that avoids many of the stresses and pitfalls associated with the conventional approach. Marriage is How Using Mediation Avoids Many Common Problems with Prenuptial Agreements

Mediation Works Even After a Complaint for Divorce Has Been Filed

Mediation offers both spouses a path forward in divorce

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy explains why mediation can still work, even after a complaint for divorce has been filed. One question I frequently hear from people investigating mediation is whether they can use mediation after a divorce case has been opened in court.  Spouses often feel that once they have initiated litigation, mediation is Mediation Works Even After a Complaint for Divorce Has Been Filed