Getting Divorced in Massachusetts with Dignity: Mediation and Collaborative Law
I am excited to share a webinar certified divorce financial analyst Andrea McGrath and I facilitated about getting divorced in Massachusetts.
Our focus: getting divorced with dignity!
Getting Divorced in Massachusetts Webinar
In this webinar we describe the different pathways to getting divorced in Massachusetts. There are several uncontested approaches to divorce. We explained the process for a do-it-yourself divorce, a mediated divorce, and using collaborative law. Similarly, we shared information about contested divorce: attorney-negotiated divorce and litigation.
We reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Looking at the different processes we discussed factors like the degree of decision-making control each provides for the divorcing couple; overall expense and duration of the process; control over outcomes; opportunity to create a child-centered divorce; and privacy.
I am a divorce mediator and collaborative law coach, and Andrea is a financial neutral for collaborative law cases. Naturally, we paid particular attention to the uncontested divorce approaches of mediation and collaborative law, including the role of the mediator, collaborative coach and financial neutral.
To bring the concepts alive we shared several powerful case studies. For instance, one case study about two teachers reveals the benefit mediation provided to these parents after trying a contested divorce approach for a year.
In addition, Andrea shared best practices about the financial aspects of divorce. She offered great tips on how to secure financial health before, during and after divorce.
About the presenters:
Ben Stich is a mediator and divorce collaborative law coach in Natick, MA. Ben specializes in all types of family conflict, such as divorce, co-parenting communication and decision-making, marital issues, adult sibling disputes, and more.