Family Law, Divorce, and Mediation

Family Law Attorney in Barnstable County, MA

Specializing in Matters of Divorce and Mediation

Going through a divorce is never easy. There's so much to think about, from the division of assets to reverting to your old last name. For many separating couples, mediation is the best way to ensure a fair agreement and an amicable split. If you're working through a divorce, be sure to talk to an attorney experienced in mediation. At the Law Office of Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq., we're committed to providing top-tier counsel to residents of Barnstable County, MA who are interested in mediation instead of litigation. Learn more about divorce mediation and what it could mean for your situation going forward.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a form of dispute resolution that involves a third party who mediates the separating couple. A family law mediator takes measures to facilitate productive communication and understanding while helping the former couple come to a solution that meets both their needs. Mediation intends to accomplish the following goals:

• Avoid expensive litigation
• Help couples come to a resolution with minimal hostility and controversy
• Make an equitable and legally-sound agreement

Do I Need an Attorney for Mediation?

It's always a good idea to hire a divorce attorney, even if mediation is your goal. While it may be possible to complete mediation without a legal professional, having an attorney on your side means you'll better understand best- and worst-case scenarios, as well as the intricacies of the legal process. Moreover, a lawyer will help you look out for your best interests and ensure that the resulting agreement is in your favor.


Is Mediation Worthwhile for Complex Issues?

The short answer is yes. Even the most complicated issues can be resolved with the help of a divorce lawyer experienced in mediation. While mediation isn't always the best choice, it is a method of dispute resolution that should always be considered.


How Do I Find the Best Mediator?

Finding the right family law mediator can be a challenge in itself. The best way to choose a mediator is to know your own goals and feel comfortable discussing the basics of your situation with several attorneys. Compile a list of potential mediators in your area and review their qualifications. Do they have experience with similar cases? Are they affiliated with any professional organizations? Find answers to these questions online, and feel free to schedule consultations with a few of your top contenders. Once you've spoken in person with two or three mediators, choose the one best suited to your needs.


How Are Mediation and Litigation Different?

Mediation and litigation are both forms of coming to an agreement. However, these processes are night and day from each other. Mediation focuses on coming to a compromise that all parties can agree on, while litigation puts the decision-making power in the hands of a judge. During litigation, both sides of the divorcing couple must appear in court, and an appointed judge will hear both sides of an issue. After hearing the facts, the judge will come to a settlement. Keep in mind that litigation is often much more expensive than mediation and can end up taking much longer. When you meet with Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq., she will listen to your specific situation and recommend the best course of action. Our team is certainly equipped for litigation, but we'll only suggest that method if it makes sense for you.


Why Choose Us as Your Family Law Attorney

Residents of Barnstable County choose the Law Office of Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq. time and time again for all their family law needs. Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq. is not only an experienced divorce attorney, but she also specializes in estate planning, trust administration, long-term care, and much more. We understand that not all family matters can be settled without a legal professional, so we strive to offer reliable counsel and empathetic dispute resolution tactics. Plus, our team is known for affordable services, many of which are available at a flat rate.


Get in Touch with Us

It can feel awkward getting a legal professional involved in a family matter. However, speaking with a divorce lawyer is the best way to guarantee you have a say in the proceedings. At the Law Office of Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq., we'll take note of your unique needs and make plans for a potential mediation. With years of experience under her belt, our attorney is well-equipped to fight for your interests during the mediation process. Schedule your free consultation with Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq. today to learn more about your options.