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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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Topics: Divorce Mediation, MA Divorce Information

10 Best Books about Divorce and Money

Posted by Josh Hoch

Finances are always an important topic during divorce. As mediators, we often have clients ask us for resources on the topic of divorce and money. Here is a list of 10 books that provide tips and strategies on staying financially afloat before, during, and after divorce.

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Divorce in the News, How to file for Divorce in MA

Tips from Mister Rogers About Divorce and Children

Posted by Josh Hoch

By Josh Hoch and Meaghan Looney

Recently I was at home with my two young children and we decided to watch television together. Scrolling through Netflix, we came across Mister Rogers. I told my children that this is a show I watched when I was their age. They wanted to see it. Each episode provided a short description and I was surprised to see one mention divorce. We didn't watch that episode together, opting for the Flying Karamazov Brothers which I thought would interest them more. The next day at work, Meaghan and I watched the divorce episode. We were curious to see how divorce was discussed by Mrister Rogers back in 1981. 

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Topics: Divorce Mediation, Divorce in the News

We've Moved! MWI Divorce Mediation now in Boston's Financial District

Posted by Josh Hoch

MWI has moved from Faneuil Hall to 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, just a few blocks away from our previous office. 

MWI's new office provides divorce mediation and divorce arbitration clients with:

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

Support Group: Queer Women Leaving Straight Relationships

Posted by Josh Hoch

MWI's Divorce Mediation Blog serves to provide information related to divorce and divorce mediation in Massachusetts. This post aims to inform the public about a support group tailored toward queer women leaving straight relationships.

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Divorce Mediation vs Divorce Arbitration … What’s the Difference?

Posted by Sabrina R. Bohun

Gone are the days where the only option to get divorced is to hire an attorney and resolve issues in a court of law and/or represent yourself through the process.  Viable alternative options for divorce in Massachusetts include mediation and arbitration.  

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

Divorce Mediation: Success on Your Terms

Posted by David Harrison

Admitting failure to ourselves and others is one of the hardest things we have to do, and for many people divorce is just that, an admission of failure. It is the failure of two different people to build a life where both can feel fulfilled. But rather than a personal failure, such as trying to learn the guitar or to speak Italian, divorce is generally a failure in perception. The person with whom you joined your life is not the person you believed them to be, or over time your own values and goals have shifted. In some cases one person may play a larger role in the events that build to divorce, but as with any relationship, the nature of sharing such an experience makes it impossible to assign sole blame. We lose and gain friends throughout our lives with little consequence, but with divorce, a deeply personal relationship impacts every aspect of our daily lives.

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"Visitation" Changed to "Parenting Time" for Divorce in MA

Posted by Josh Hoch

Effective July 15, 2015 the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court moved from the term “visitation” replacing it with “parenting time”. 

In a letter to Bar Liaisons, Chief Justice Angela Ordoñez explained,

“The changes have been made to reflect the already widespread use of the term “parenting time” in Massachusetts and to more closely follow the national trend of ensuring that parents are not marginalized in their children’s lives and intended to amend grandparent visitation or supervised visitation.”

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Topics: Filing for Divorce in MA, MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Updated Form for Filing for Divorce in MA

Posted by Josh Hoch

In order to file for divorce in Massachusetts, under a 1A no fault divorce, petitioners need to complete a series of forms.  A complete list of forms can be found on MWI's Divorce Mediation Website

The list includes:

  • Joint Petition for Divorce - 1A
  • R-408 Certificate of Absolute Divorce
  • Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown
  • Affidavit of Care and Custody
  • Financial Statements
  • Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

The R-408 form has been updated as of late June 2015.

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Topics: MA Divorce Information, Divorce in the News

Reflecting on Three Days of Divorce Mediation Training

Posted by Josh Hoch

By Stephanie Bailey

I was recently able to participate in MWI's Divorce Mediation Training Program and it was incredible.

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Topics: Mediator Training, Divorce Mediation

 

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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.