The decision to divorce or separate from your co-parent should be the most difficult part of the process. Choosing the process that will work for your situation should be easier. The right choice often determines not only the amount of money you spend on the process, but how your life looks after you are done.
Mediation is often the best, least expensive, and most positive way to make a change. It also gives you the ability to control your life going forward; finding solutions that make sense to the two of you.
If Mediation won't work, litigation that is mindful of your future is your next best choice. Very few families who separate never have to interact with each other ever again. Often they share children, grandchildren, friends or communities. Both want to be included in events, not cause future stress on others, and be respected. Life is usually much better after a mediated settlement.
If your matter involves children then mediating your parenting plan is highly recommended. Child related issues are always modifiable, but that doesn't mean you need to return to court repeatedly! A good parenting plan allows parents to be flexible, come up with solutions that make sense to both of you and your children. It also provides a solid schedule for when the parents are not able to work together but still need to manage the children wtihout causing them s.
A thoughtful and detailed parenting plan is the best way to maintain control over your ability to parent. No one knows your children like you do. Mediating your parenting plan provides your children with the best both of you have to offer, preserves what makes them happy and what works for the parents, and allows both of you to be active participants in decision making.
Whether you are changing a parenting plan that isn't working, or you are just separating/divorcing, or if the rest of your litigation is proving to be a battle ground, mediating your parenting plan is the best insurance to raising healthy, happy and loving children with good lives in a separated family. Attorneys in the Greater Boston and North Shore have referred out this piece of divorce litigation to Family Law Associates to assist their clients in getting the best parenting plan for their family so they can co-parent after the financial peice is settled or litigated.
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Martha Bagley, Divorce and separation Attorney
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I endorse Attorney Booth for her exceptional skill in mediating and finding workable solutions for divorcing parents and their children. I frequently seek Attorney Booth's advise on child custody cases to formulate effective parenting plans and she is my first choice for mediation of divorce cases. I recommend her without reservation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Owner||Family Law Associates||2005 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|MA Association of Guardian ad Litems||Member||2013 - Present|
|Essex County Bar Foundation||Member||2012 - Present|
|Massachusetts School of Law at Andover||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|