When litigation may not be necessary in your divorce, our firm offers a number of options, such as mediation and collaborative divorce, which may be more appropriate for you.
Increasingly, mediation is becoming a significant method through which couples are choosing to resolve their family law dispute, including their divorce.
How does divorce mediation work?
The goal in a divorce mediation is to have an agreement so that a couple can file a joint petition for divorce, which will become final 120 days after an uncontested hearing in court. In the mediation process, the couple has the opportunity to speak to how they would like their divorce to be resolved, in an environment in which they control the pace and the substance, while a neutral mediator helps to facilitate communication and draft a final agreement.
What do we receive once our mediation ends in agreement?
Divorcing couples that hire Finn & Eaton, P.C. to mediate their case receive all of the paperwork that they will need to walk into a Probate & Family Court to file their joint petition for divorce. This includes a separation agreement, commonly called a divorce agreement, drafted by Attorney Jonathan R. Eaton, and all the required pleadings.
How much does mediation cost?
We charge $250 per hour for mediation, and most mediations are successful after between six to twelve hours of meeting and document preparation ($1,500 to $3,000). When successful, this can often be the least expensive option, costing far less than a litigated divorce.
If interested, ask about our flat-fee mediation.
Does Finn & Eaton, P.C. mediate other family law disputes?
Mediation can also establish a constructive method of communication and dispute resolution should issues arise in the future after a divorce, such as changes to the parenting plan, child support, or alimony. Similarly, we mediate other family law disputes, such as paternity matters.
Where do the mediation meetings occur?
Finn & Eaton, P.C. has offices in both Woburn and Saugus, and we schedule mediation meetings around the geographic and scheduling preferences of our clients. If either of those locations are geographically inconvenient, we can host meetings through video conferencing.
Attorney Jonathan R. Eaton is a divorce mediator, and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. If you have any questions about family law or divorce mediation in Massachusetts, call 781 484-1066 to schedule a free information session.