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Divorce Mediation Infographic: Feedback From 121 Parties

Posted by Josh Hoch

"People won't get great at their jobs unless you do a great job at giving them feedback."

Every Monday through Thursday, MWI mediators provide mediation services to litigants in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department. Mediation is offered on site and free of charge. The mediators who volunteer their time often do so to become more effective divorce mediators.

Learning to be a mediator is like learning to drive a car.  Before you drive, you read a book, take a class, and sit in the back seat for a while.  Then you start driving with someone sitting next to you letting you know what you are doing well and when you are doing something unsafe.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Relearning How to Drive with Divorce Mediation

Posted by Josh Hoch

By Sabrina R. Bohun, Mediator

During a recent observation of a divorce mediation, I witnessed a perceptive attorney raise an interesting point relative to how the parties were communicating.  The attorney (representing the wife) was doing an excellent job trying to explain court rules and procedures to both parties in an effort to work towards an agreement on the issues at hand. 

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Meet a Mediator, Divorce in the News

What I Learned Observing a Divorce Mediation (And Why I’m a Believer)

Posted by Katie Hyten

My first takeaway from observing a divorce mediation was perhaps the most obvious takeaway: divorce is HARD. With so many legal frameworks for the process and so many components of life that had become intertwined over the years, I was shocked that the parties spent almost no time arguing over frequent flyer miles.

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Learning from Jackie Pilossoph in the Midst of a Mediated Divorce

Posted by Josh Hoch

Jackie Pilossoph’s story rings true for many couples facing divorce: After facing the end of her marriage with two young children, Jackie took over a year to finalize her divorce during the times that seemed to be, in her words, the “most dark and dreary” of times. In less than six years since her divorce, though, Jackie is now the author of two websites (www.divorcedgirlsmiling.com and www.divorcedguygrinning.com) and three books (Free Gift with Purchase, Jackpot!, and Hook, Line and Sink Him) alongside her newest novel, Divorced Girl Smiling. She has regular columns on The Huffington Post, and the Sun-Times Media Local. And most of her work now focuses on divorce.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Divorce in the News

10 IRS Publications Related to Divorce and Taxes

Posted by Josh Hoch

During divorce, one of the factors couples must deal with is taxes.  At first glance, this topic may seem overwhelming to some.   To help, we compiled a list of 10 IRS Publications that relate to divorce. 

IRS Publication 504 - Is for Divorced or Separated Individuals and explains tax rules that apply if you are divorced or separated from your spouse.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Filing for Divorce in MA, MA Divorce Information

A New Option for the Parent Education Program in MA

Posted by Josh Hoch

In Massachusetts, all parents in a divorce action are required to attend and participate at an approved Parent Education Program. The purpose of the Program is to ensure that both parents in a divorce are aware of their children’s emotional needs and understand the effects of divorce on child behavior and development. Traditionally, the Program consists of a five hour classroom session completed over the course of two days. Parents of the same child cannot attend the same program at the same time. Many of MWI's divorce mediation clients often find that busy work schedules and other obligations make it difficult to set aside time to attend this mandatory Parent Education Program. We often hear that clients want a more convenient way to participate and now they have one.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Divorce Financial Planning with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Posted by Josh Hoch

Are you are considering or currently navigating a divorce? You probably have a lot of questions, most of which boil down to, “Am I going to be OKAY?” The reality is that everyone’s definition of okay is different and everyone’s idea of fair is different. Building a Competent and Trustworthy team of advisers that can help you determine what OKAY and FAIR really mean to your family is crucial in this emotional time of your life.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Meet a Mediator, Divorce in the News

Divorce Arbitration vs. Divorce Mediation

Posted by Josh Hoch

By MWI Mediator & Arbitrator Anthony C. Adamopoulos

When parties facing divorce measure the delays and the emotional and financial costs involved with in-court divorce litigation, they often consider alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”).

Court litigation is a form of dispute resolution and ADR services are another form. The two alternatives are divorce mediation and divorce arbitration. While each is an effective alternative, each serves a different purpose and each has its own format. This posting will define arbitration and mediation for divorces in Massachusetts.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Massachusetts Divorce Laws for Divorce Mediation Clients

Posted by Josh Hoch

As divorce mediators in Massachusetts, our clients frequently have questions regarding Massachusetts divorce laws. 

Below, you’ll find helpful information and resources related to some of the Massachusetts divorce laws divorce mediation clients often find value in having more information about.

What is a 1A No Fault Divorce? - If both parties agree to get divorced, they can jointly file for divorce through a Joint Petition for Divorce. This is known as a “1A” divorce. Filing a divorce on “no-fault” grounds means that your marriage has suffered an irretrievable breakdown with no possibility of reconciliation, regardless of any wrongdoing on the part of either spouse.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information

5 Tips for Selecting a Divorce Mediator

Posted by Josh Hoch

Consumers have lots of options when choosing a divorce mediator in Massachusetts these days. What can be challenging for some is finding the right divorce mediator. While we always like getting new clients, it often bothers us to hear that people met with another mediator for a session or two before they determined he/she wasn't the right mediator for them.

To help you select the right divorce mediator before spending or wasting any money, we put a list together of 5 ways to help you find the right mediator so you can achieve a successful mediation:

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Meet a Mediator, Filing for Divorce in MA

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January 30, 2015 - Reserve a 30 minute free divorce mediation consultation at MWI in Faneuil Hall Boston.  Contact Josh at 617-973-9739 x23 or jhoch@mwi.org.

February 4, 2015 @ 10:15 AM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered. Free Program.  click for more.

February 10, 2015 - MCFM Workshop, "Self Modifying Agreements".  click for more.

February 11, 2015 - Following Parties Wherever They Go with Moshe Cohen

February 12, 2015 - 3rd Annual Symposium on Divorce Financial Issues.  click for more

February 19, 2015 - Reserve a 30 minute free divorce mediation consultation at MWI in Faneuil Hall Boston.  Contact Josh at 617-973-9739 x23 or jhoch@mwi.org.

February 20, 2015 @ 12:30 PM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered.  click for more.

February 28, 2015  - The Harvard Negotiation Law Review Resorative Justice Symposium.  click for more.

March 9, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered.  click for more.

March 26, 2015 @ 12:15 PM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered.  click for more.

March 27, 2015 - MA AFCC Annual Conference in Waltham, MA with Robert Emery, Ph.D. click for more.

April 2, 2015 - NE ACR Conference - Taking the War Out of Words. click for more

April 10-12, 2015 - Divorce Mediation Training for trained mediators. 

April 15, 2015 @ 10:30 AM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered.  click for more.

April 28, 2015 - "Preparing for a First Call & Consultation with Potential Divorce Mediation Clients" with Josh Hoch. click for more

April 30, 2015 @ 2:30 PM - Participate in a live webinar to learn more about divorce mediation and to have your questions answered.  click for more.

June 17, 2015 - "Helping Mediators Understand the Required Forms for a 1A Divorce" with Nnena Odim. click for more

 

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The MWI Divorce Mediation Blog serves to provide information related to the topics of divorce and mediation in Massachusetts. It is managed by Divorce Mediator Josh Hoch and the firm MWI, a national dispute resolution services and training firm located in Boston, MA since 1994.