In Massachusetts, are our mediation conversations protected?

Additional Information:

May parties involved in the mediation process in Massachusetts be required to sign a confidentiality pledge or agreement prior to the commencement of the process?

ANSWER:

Often a Mediation and Fee agreement is signed by both spouses and the mediator at the outset of the mediation process.  The agreement outlines the role of the mediator as a neutral but more importantly, protects the confidentiality of the mediation process.  By having a written agreement, neither party may subpoena the other to testify in a related divorce hearing.  This allows the husband and wife to communicate without the fear that their conversations and negotiations may be used against them in the future.

Confidentiality  is very important to the success of the divorce mediation process. Speaking with an experienced Massachusetts divorce mediator is often the best way to resolve your divorce amicably. Tracy provides mediation and family law services to individuals and families throughout the Boston Metro region including Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Burlington, Danvers, Gloucester, Marblehead, Newton, Needham, Peabody, Salem, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Waltham, Watertown,  Wayland, Wellesley, Weston and Wilmington, Massachusetts.