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Congress Should Pass the National Mediation Policy Act (NMPA)

SSDM supports the National Mediation Policy Act

    Massachusetts mediator Kimberley Keyes explains the importance of the National Mediation Policy Act (NMPA). In the roughly 40 since it become mainstream across the United States, divorce mediation has grown into the option of first report for many spouses seek a divorce without stress, cost and negativity of litigation. Today, divorce judges across […]

Do Separated Spouses Need to Get Along for Mediation to Work?

Mediation can work for angry spouses

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy discusses overcoming anger in the mediation process. Divorcing spouses who choose to engage in mediation often find the process quicker and substantially less expensive than divorce litigation. However, spouses facing divorce sometimes fail to pursue mediation based on preconceptions about whether the mediation process is suitable for spouses experiencing a […]

Is Divorce Mediation Faster than Litigation?

Mediated divorces tend to be faster than litigation in Massachusetts

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy explains why mediation is usually faster than divorce litigation. For spouses who are investigating divorce mediation, one of the main concerns they have is  trying to avoid the long, drawn-out, and expensive process that comes with litigation. Mediation is often presented as a quicker alternative; perfect for divorcing spouses who […]

How Long Will My Divorce Mediation Take to Complete?

How long will divorce mediation take?

South Shore Divorce Mediation’s Nicole K. Levy discusses how long a typical divorce mediation lasts. I am frequently asked, how long does divorce mediation take? My answer is always the same: it depends. Each mediation is unique, and the people involved influence the time it can take to reach resolution is reached. Some mediations involve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Choose Mediation Over Litigation for Your Divorce?

Mediating your divorce

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy explains why parents, spouses and former spouses should consider mediation over litigation.   Divorce, like any family matter that requires litigation, is rarely easy. The emotional toll that litigation takes on your family and life cannot be explained, nor can it be anticipated. The uncertainty, coupled with the financial burden […]