Mediation is a helpful resource for traditional and non-traditional couples (married and unmarried) who are in the process of separation or divorce. It is also an effective means of dealing with post-divorce issues, such as needed changes in child custody, visitation, and support.
Divorce mediation is almost always faster, less costly, and less divisive than traditional adversarial procedures. It allows couples to reach an agreement that is tailored to fit their specific needs and interests.
At CDSC you work with a two-person team of specially trained mediators, usually for a number of sessions. The mediators guide couples through a discussion of all the issues required to be addressed to obtain a divorce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Written agreements that become the basis of documents filed with the court are prepared. Each person is encouraged to consult with an attorney before finalizing any agreement.
Some issues NOT appropriate for mediation:
Providing you reach an agreement in mediation, you will need to file a Separation Agreement with the court as part of your divorce.
Prior to starting the mediation process, you will have a choice:
We use a sliding fee scale based on each person's individual income and assets. Each session typically lasts 2–3 hours. CDSC is committed to ensuring that our mediation services are accessible to everyone who seeks them.
If you are in the process of separation (married or unmarried) and are dealing with a dispute around parenting plan issues you may be eligible for 6 hours of free mediation. This program is supported by the Mass Office of Public Collaboration (MODR).
Read more about Parent Mediation Program Sponsored by Mass Office of Public Collaboration: Parent Mediation Program.pdf
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, CDSC depends on grants, nominal client fees and the generosity of corporate and individual donors to continue providing high quality mediation services to the community. Find out how you can help.
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