New Hampshire residents seeking a divorce don’t necessarily have to go through a trial to resolve their disputes. The New Hampshire Judicial Branch’s Office of Mediation and Arbitration offers an alternative means of dispute resolution, including divorce mediation.
Mediation gives divorcing spouses a chance to discuss and resolve their disputes in a way that is intended to benefit everyone involved. During mediation, the spouses work together with the assistance of a mediator, a neutral third party whose job is to help the spouses better understand each others’ positions and work toward a compromise. The mediator does not assign blame and does not force the parties to make a decision. If mediation cannot solve the spouses’ problems, they may need to explore other options, such as trial.
New Hampshire divorce mediators are trained in helping spouses solve their problems. However, they cannot provide legal advice or “take sides” with either spouse. While this helps keep the playing field level for negotiation, it can also mean that you may make decisions based on an incomplete picture of the legal consequences.