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New Hampshire’s courts recommend that divorcing couples attempt to work out any disputes by using alternative dispute resolution methods, like mediation, before the couple goes to trial. Many couples find that mediation helps them resolve all or most of the issues they have. Mediation generally costs less than trial, and it allows a divorcing couple to work things out without the stress and expense of litigation.

During mediation, the divorcing spouses and their attorneys work with a mediator, a neutral person whose job is to help the two sides reach an agreement. The mediator does not decide who “wins” on any issue, and the mediator is not allowed to force one party to accept the other’s terms. Instead, the mediator is present to help each person explain his or her needs, listen to the other party’s position, and attempt to reach a common goal without dissolving into unproductive arguing.

If the parties cannot resolve all their issues in mediation, they still have the option to go before the judge. However, the court encourages divorcing spouses to use mediation as a way to come to the conclusions that are best for both spouses and for their children if they can. Mediation leaves personal issues in the hands of the people they affect most.

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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.