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While you know your marriage to your spouse in Massachusetts has come to an end, one thing you are not sure about is whether mediation is better than traditional divorce. To decide the best path, getting reliable and current answers is essential.  

The Academy of Professional Family Mediators has answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding mediation. Use the foundational knowledge while deciding on your future and the next chapter of your life.  

Do mediators give legal advice? 

While some mediators have legal training, their main role is to serve as neutral third parties in divorce proceedings. Rather than look at them as advisors, it is better to view them as informants. They present options relevant to your situation and let you and your spouse take it from there. 

Does mediation work with stubborn spouses? 

If one spouse refuses to compromise in divorce terms, mediation can be difficult, but not impossible. Sometimes, it is easier if spouses have separate meetings with the mediator, so they do not physically see each other, an interaction that can stoke anger in one or both parties,  

Is mediation a good option for drug abusers or violent spouses? 

In this situation, the final decision is best left up to the mediator. Factors worthy of consideration include the specifics of the abuse or violence, how often violence or drug use occurs and how deep the issue goes. Overall, the mediator’s main concern is everyone’s safety.  

Is mediation less expensive than a standard divorce? 

Usually, mediators have lower hourly fees, and both spouses can split the cost of a single mediator rather than pay their own separate lawyer. 

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.