Mediation insulates the children and allows the parties to work together finding a solution rather than expending energy and money to discredit each other.
The benefits of mediation include maintaining control of the outcome of your divorce/custody, flexibility in resolving all areas of divorce/custody, cost savings, and avoiding exposing the children to the conflicts associated with litigation. Participants tend to adhere to their agreements and avoid future litigation because they were able to establish the terms on their own. Even high conflict divorce and custody matters can be mediated when the parties are committed to the process and willing to work through the issues.
Karen Davis is a trained mediator and managing partner at George & Davis P.C. in Sturbridge. She is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Worcester County Bar Association and the Worcester County Bankruptcy Bar.