Divorce 101

At Next Phase Legal, our skilled Massachusetts collaborative divorce lawyer and mediators avoid the “scorched earth” approach to domestic relations. Simply put, this style is not good for you, your family, or your finances.

In the early stages of divorce,  it may seem difficult to cut through the information competing for your attention. Family members and friends all have something to say, and although it is nice having a support network, a good bit of the friendly advice you receive may be flat out wrong for your situation. 

In fact, some of the worst advice may come from well-meaning family members and friends.  You need solid advice from a professional and realistic feedback, with the goal to resolve your case in a way that works for you and your family.

How to Handle Divorce

If you have children, the marital relationship ends, but parental ties remain. A high-conflict divorce in Massachusetts will make it almost impossible to have a reasonable parenting relationship post-divorce.  When divorced parents cannot reasonably co-exist, you face years of stressful and heated interactions with your former spouse, not to mention ongoing legal expenses when frequent modifications are filed or a parenting coordinator is required to keep the peace.

This continuing cycle is an often-overlooked, negative consequence of the traditional court-based approach to divorce, or related issues such as child support, child custody and parenting, and alimony.   

Believe us when we tell you that you are going to get tired of frequently knocking heads with your ex-spouse.  No matter how much anger, resentment, and sadness you are feeling, doing your best to take the “high road” will pay dividends in the months and years ahead.   We know this isn't easy some days.  When people are involved in resolving their own problems, as opposed to having conflict driven by attorneys, motions, and the court, there is less likelihood of future conflict because each person has helped formulate those solutions.

Consider Ways to Resolve Your Massachusetts Divorce Outside of Court

Well over 90% of court-based Massachusetts divorce cases settle prior to trial.  Why not work towards a fair settlement from the beginning so you can move on with your life?  Working with a divorce mediator or lawyer that focuses on problem solving instead of fanning the flames makes sense from every angle. 

It this approach sounds like it could be a good match for you, then let's talk more. 

Our Norfolk County divorce mediators and collaborative divorce attorney are ready to help you reach your goals in the areas of:

  • Child Support
  • Child Custody & Parenting Plans
  • Alimony, Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Modification and Contempt Complaints
  • Removal of children outside of Massachusetts
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Arbitration
  • Case Evaluation
  • Conciliation
  • Senior Adults
  • Divorce in Massachusetts
  • Collaborative Divorce

For additional questions on how to best approach your divorce or family legal matter please contact us.

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