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14 Water Cooler Worthy Divorce Statistics

Posted by Sarah Byrnes

MWI's Divorce and Family Mediation Program provides an outlet for couples to discuss and create effective solutions as they move forward with divorce. Not only does MWI provide divorce mediation, but in an effort to help families more, MWI also offers court approved Parent Education Programs with flexible schedules for parents to attend separately. Below you will find a list of water cooler worthy divorce statistics that MWI has compiled from various sources to help spouses better understand divorce, and the possible positive and negative effects of divorce on children.
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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information

No Mediated Agreement? Mediation Can Still Lead to Positive Results.

Posted by Josh Hoch

By Joel Bloom

I recently participated in a court ordered mediation screening conference for a divorce mediation case that was not the friendliest or most amicable of interactions. While most parties welcome the opportunity to try something new, sometimes parties may demonstrate hostility, animus, grief, and depression. They may not be in the best mindset or emotional state to approach the issues in a rational, collaborative, or conciliatory manner. One party may even reject settlement proposals that might serve their best interest in an effort to impede or injure the other party.

In these circumstances, mediators must employ all of the tools at their disposal to help the parties focus on the big picture, understand the process and keep things moving forward in a positive and constructive manner. Despite the mediator’s best efforts, the situation may not be conducive to reaching a negotiated settlement. However, there are still many benefits that can be realized that fall short of reaching a signed agreement.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information

A Review of the Boston Bar Association Divorce Law Fundamentals: Divorce Mediation and ADR

Posted by Josh Hoch

Written By: Abigail Blatt

I recently attended a Boston Bar Association event on ADR options where I learned more about Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration, Collaborative Divorce, and Case Evaluation. This program was part of a longer Training Series established by the BBA Family Law Section designed to provide new lawyers or attorneys new to the practice of family law with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.” 

This ninth segment of the Divorce Fundamentals series focused on the various types of ADR and when counsel should consider using ADR; whether certain issues are appropriate for ADR; and what types of ADR programs are available in each county.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information

Lessons Learned from Advanced Mediator Skill Building with David Hoffman

Posted by Josh Hoch

Written By: Sheila Cizauskas

On a recent Wednesday afternoon the conference room at MWI in Boston was filled with over forty mediators eager to build their mediation skills and learn from David Hoffman and each other. As David pointed out, “mediation is a big tent;” the mediators in the room represented a variety of backgrounds and experience levels: lawyers, social workers, negotiators, business professionals and more. Some mediators work as solo practitioners, some mediate with MWI in Probate and Family Court Departments, and others work with larger organizations or law firms. All were captivated by the wealth of experience and wisdom being offered by David Hoffman.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation

Meet Divorce Mediator Jody Comins

Posted by Josh Hoch

Today, MWI features divorce mediator Jody Comins. Jody provides divorce mediation services with MWI in Newton, Framingham, and Boston and she also serves as divorce and family mediator with MWI at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in Canton, MA, where she handles mediations involving divorce, contempt, and modifications of parenting plans and child support.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Meet a Mediator, MA Divorce Information

A Letter Writing Project That Helps People Find Closure with Divorce

Posted by Abigail Blatt

I recently attended a networking event for professionals who work with families. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet so many different types of professionals and hear about their experiences climbing the ladder of success in their prospective fields of mediation, family law, psychotherapy, financial services, and other social and legal professions. It was at this event where I met Vicki Shemin for the first time. While chatting, I learned of her work in family law and alternative dispute resolution and what excited me most was hearing about a book she was writing called "Letters To Ex-Spouses:... And I Just Wanted You To Know."

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Topics: MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-16: Parent Education Program Attendance

Posted by Josh Hoch

Effective May 1, 2016, there are changes that parents of minor children in Massachusetts should be aware of. In the spirit of "the best interest of the child," the Probate and Family Court has determined that parents would be well served by receiving education about children's emotional needs and the effects of divorce on child behavior and development. 

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Topics: Filing for Divorce in MA, MA Divorce Information, How to file for Divorce in MA

Parent Education Programs with MWI in Boston

Posted by Josh Hoch

If you have a child(ren) under the age of 18 in Massachusetts and you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, one requirement is to participate in an approved Parent Education Program. 

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Topics: Filing for Divorce in MA, MA Divorce Information, How to file for Divorce in MA

When is My Divorce in Massachusetts Final?

Posted by Josh Hoch

When you begin the divorce process there are a lot of unknowns that can add fear to your situation. What type of divorce do I file? How soon will my case be heard? What is a Divorce Judgement Nisi? When is my divorce in Massachusetts Final? How Do I get a Copy of the Divorce Decree? The divorce process may feel daunting, but with the right information and answers to common questions, divorce is more manageable. 

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

10 Best Resources for Divorce in Massachusetts from MWI

Posted by Josh Hoch

As a divorce mediator, I often receive phone calls from perspective divorce mediation clients who are looking to gather information about divorce in Massachusetts. Below is a list of 10 of the best and most frequently requested resources:

1.  Books on Divorce - There is no shortage of books on divorce! Click here for a list of some of the best.

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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.