Bristol County Family Mediation

Comprehensive Mediation for Northfolk, Plymouth, Cape Cod & South Shore

At the Law Offices of Rachel M. Matos, we firmly believe in advocating for our clients’ rights as spouses and parents, especially in the face of contentious disputes. For spouses who want to avoid a tense and adversarial contested divorce, we offer mediation services to help you settle your disagreements in private. 

Some of the issues we have helped clients resolve include:

Whether you seek legal assistance in preparing for mediation or negotiating your goals in mediation, the Law Offices of Rachel M. Matos can help you.

Schedule an initial consultation with our firm online to discuss your mediation needs.


Disputing spouses do not have to go straight to trial to settle their legal concerns. Instead, they might attempt an alternative dispute resolution method before resorting to litigation. Like many other states, Massachusetts offers mediation as a way for families to resolve their disputes. In mediation, spouses will work together to reach a mutual agreement. A neutral third-party mediator will be present to facilitate the discussion and ensure the spouses communicate openly and productively with each other. As such, meditation works best for spouses who are cooperative and amicable, or at least spouses who are safe around each other and are willing to compromise. 

Mediation may include several sessions, depending on how cooperative the spouses are and how many disputes they need to settle. Whereas litigation and arbitration involve a third party who has the power to make legal decisions, mediation defers all the decision-making power onto the spouses. The mediator does not have any authority to make legally binding decisions in the discussion, and they are merely present to help monitor a productive conversation between the spouses and eventually draft an agreement based on their discussion. 

If spouses cannot reach an agreement on all or some of their disputes, they will proceed to trial to settle the remaining issues.

Choose Mediation for a Peaceful Resolution

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process that allows parties in a dispute to work together with a neutral third-party mediator to find mutually agreeable solutions. Unlike litigation, which can be adversarial and time-consuming, mediation promotes open communication, understanding, and compromise.

At the Law Offices of Rachel M. Matos, our experienced mediators guide you through family law mediation and can help you navigate through various issues, including:

If you are considering mediation to resolve your family law matters, contact our firm today to schedule an initial consultation. Our dedicated mediators will guide you through the process and help you find a peaceful resolution that meets your needs and the needs of your family.

Advantages of Mediation Over Court Trials

There are numerous benefits to mediation, including:

  • Confidentiality. Mediation takes place in private, not in a public court proceeding.
  • Greater control. The spouses hold all the power to make the decisions for the resolution of their disputes, rather than deferring to a judge’s default decision.
  • Informality. Mediation sessions are informal and casual to allow the spouses to discuss freely among themselves. There is no formal procedure and added stress.
  • Mutual satisfaction. Because the spouses themselves are discussing the agreement on their own terms, they are more likely than in trial to reach a resolution they are both satisfied with. After all, they both had a voice in the sessions.
  • Strong foundation for future disputes. Mediation encourages spouses to discuss even the most unpleasant or contentious issues, so it can help them build strong communication tools to resolve disputes moving forward. This is especially important for co-parents.

Mediation is also often quicker than trial, as the formalities of litigation often lengthen the process. In general, if spouses are able to resolve their disputes without going to court, it is in their best interests to take that route. Note that there is no consequence to failed mediation other than having to resolve the remaining disputes in trial, so it is more likely than not that mediation can help, if even minimally.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation

Role of a Mediator in Family Mediation

A mediator is a neutral third-party who facilitates the discussion between disputing spouses in mediation. Their role is to ensure open and productive communication and help the spouses reach a mutual agreement.

Expected Duration of the Mediation Process

The duration of the mediation process varies depending on the cooperation of the spouses and the number of disputes that need to be settled. It may include several sessions and can range from a few weeks to a few months.

Next Steps if Mediation Does Not Result in Agreement

If the spouses cannot reach an agreement on all or some of their disputes in mediation, they may proceed to trial to settle the remaining issues.

Improving Communication Through Mediation

Yes, mediation can help improve communication between spouses, especially in cases where co-parenting is involved. The process encourages spouses to discuss even the most unpleasant or contentious issues, helping them build strong communication tools for future disputes.

Can mediation help with child custody and support issues in Northfolk and Plymouth?

Yes, mediation can be particularly helpful for resolving child custody and support issues in Northfolk and Plymouth. It allows parents to work out the details of custody, visitation, and financial support in a collaborative environment. Mediation encourages parents to focus on the best interests of their children and to develop a parenting plan that works for both parties. This can lead to more amicable co-parenting relationships and better outcomes for the children involved.

What should I expect during the initial consultation for family mediation at the Law Offices of Rachel M. Matos?

During the initial consultation for family mediation at the Law Offices of Rachel M. Matos, you can expect to discuss your mediation needs and the issues you wish to resolve. The firm's experienced mediators will explain the mediation process, answer any questions you may have, and help you understand how mediation can be tailored to your specific situation. The goal is to provide you with the information and guidance needed to move forward with mediation confidently and to find a peaceful resolution that meets the needs of your family.

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