How to avoid wasting your money and making yourself miserable…

Traditional divorce is painful enough, emotionally and economically. Court only adds to your misery. It’s long, draining, and expensive. You can avoid all that. With divorce mediation, you both meet privately with a third person to help you resolve all matters quickly–sometimes in just two meetings. (I’ve had couples go to court within three weeks of our first meeting!)

I’m an attorney with a practice devoted exclusively to divorce mediation. I can help you divorce peacefully–and at a fraction of the cost of a court divorce.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, you work out a divorce agreement with the help of a neutral person, the mediator. As a mediator, I don’t represent either of you in the traditional lawyer-client sense. I help you communicate to ensure that you resolve everything you need for a solid divorce agreement. Working together, we’ll settle matters efficiently, peacefully, and quickly–all in a comfortable and private setting (unlike court).

How Divorce Mediation Benefits You

Less expensive. Mediation is almost always less expensive than a court-involved divorce.

Faster. Mediated divorces normally settle in a few sessions, unlike the many months that a court divorce can last.

Private. Court is a public forum. The most intimate aspects of your life can be aired. On the other hand, mediation is private, letting you preserve your dignity.

Flexibility. You choose the times to meet, on your schedule, not the court’s.

Success. With a mediated settlement, you’re far less likely to return to court with future disputes. Mediation truly is the civil approach that allows you to move on with your life.

Control. Mediation lets you control the decisions that affect you most. The court process is simply not designed that way.

How We Work Together

Initial Phone Call. You and I will discuss any questions you may have about mediation. We’ll schedule a time for you, your spouse, and me to meet. Normally this call is fairly brief, as communication should be among all three of us.

Checklist. I’ll e-mail you a checklist of items that need to be addressed in a good divorce agreement. Ideally, you and your spouse will work together to complete it. I’ll also e-mail you an informational questionnaire (name, address, etc.) so we don’t waste time when we meet.

Meet to Review Checklist and Goals. During this meeting, we’ll review your checklist and identify the goals and decisions that you need to make. We’ll discuss any items that you haven’t resolved. Additionally, our first meeting lets us get to know each other. You get the opportunity to decide if we’re a good “fit” and if mediation is the best path for you.

I’ll give you a Probate Court Financial Statement, which you’re required to complete, along with instructions on how to fill it out. Finally, if you have a child who’s under 18, you’ll both have to complete a parent class. I’ll give you a list of class locations and times.

Agreement Drafted. Within 3 to 4 business days, I’ll send you a draft of your divorce agreement. This agreement may have some gaps in it, as you may not have agreed on everything just yet.

Meetings We’ll meet again as needed to resolve any matters that remain open. I’ll then e-mail the updated agreement to you. I urge you to review it with an independent attorney, although you’re not required to do this.

Final Meeting. Once you both tell me that the agreement is acceptable, I’ll prepare the joint petition, affidavit, and all the other papers that you’ll need for a “no-fault” divorce. We’ll then schedule a time for you to sign the papers, and I’ll notarize them for you.

Court. In Massachusetts, you’re required to go to court, where a judge reviews your agreement. This review normally takes all of five minutes. I’ll fully prepare you about where to go, who to see, and what to say.

I’m proud to be a divorce mediator, because I believe sincerely that mediation provides you with a sensible and dignified alternative to traditional divorce. It may sound a bit corny, but I like to think I’m playing a small part in making the world a bit more peaceful.

Considering Divorce Mediation?

If you have questions or just want to talk, please call or e-mail me. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.

Daniel E. Dalton

Divorce Mediator & Attorney

Office Location
9 Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday by appointment
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