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If you have a question about divorce mediation, get answers via email or by calling MWI at 617-973-9739 x23.

Watch this video to learn about, "The Mediation Project" in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department.


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August 26, 2014 -Effectively Giving and Receiving Feedback with Libby Mahaffy

September 10, 2014 - A look at Non Violent Communication with Scott Loring

September 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Free webinar to learn more about divorce mediation with a mediator and CDFA. 

September 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM - Free webinar to learn more about divorce mediation with a mediator and CDFA.

October 1, 2014 - Film Viewing and Debrief of the film Split with Crystal Thorpe at MWI. 


 

October 17 - 19, 2014 - Divorce Mediation Training, Mediators, learn to mediate divorce cases. 

November 4, 2014 - Enhancing Mediator Skills and Capacities through Creative Action with Amanda Brown at MWI

January 13, 2015 - The Effect of Cognitive Biases on the Mediation Process with Scott Loring at MWI. 

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10 IRS Publications Related to Divorce and Taxes

  
  
  
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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.

A New Option for the Parent Education Program in MA

  
  
  
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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.

Divorce Financial Planning with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

  
  
  
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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.

Divorce Arbitration vs. Divorce Mediation

  
  
  
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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.

Massachusetts Divorce Laws for Divorce Mediation Clients

  
  
  
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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.

5 Tips for Selecting a Divorce Mediator

  
  
  
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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:

Attend a Webinar to Learn About Divorce Mediation in Massachusetts

  
  
  
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The decision to participate in divorce mediation can be extremely difficult and raises many questions. People generally have questions they want answered before committing, including: What actually is divorce mediation? How does divorce mediation work? How long does it take? How much does it cost? Do I still need to go to court to get a divorce? And many more.

For answers to these questions and additional concerns, MWI now provides a free online 30 minute webinar. A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet.  All you need is a computer, internet connection, and phone.

Divorce Corp - Provides Another Reason to Explore Mediation

  
  
  
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Available for full length view this month will be a new documentary called “Divorce Corp".  It is a scathing, full-length film directed by writer/filmmaker Joseph Sorge, billing itself as "the groundbreaking expose of the U.S. family law system”, and pledges to expose practices by family court judges, lawyers and court appointed professionals that “breaches ethics in an unregulated system”.

Narrated by TV personality and relationship guru Dr. Drew Pinsky, the documentary suggests that rather than providing relief to families and children, the U.S. family court system enriches predatory divorce lawyers and dishonorable judges. The film argues that high attorney fees, custody evaluation fees, and other fees corrupt the original concept of family courts, igniting a slew of tragic consequences including bankruptcy, violence, and other social ills.

MWI's Most Read Divorce Mediation Blog Articles

  
  
  
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One of the goals of MWI's divorce mediation blog is to provide helpful information and resources to our readers.  The articles listed below were the 10 most read articles from the past year.  I hope you will find one or more helpful.

1. Upcoming Programs in Massachusetts for those Considering Divorce and for Mediators

Whether you are someone considering divorce in Massachusetts or you are a professional who deals with divorcing clients, this post contains upcoming programs that may be of interest to you.  Have a look and perhaps there is something that will be helpful to you.

Divorce Mediation Infographic Worth Viewing

  
  
  
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An infographic is "a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data".  The infographic below provides information related to divorce and divorce mediation.  It was developed by TopCounselingSchools.org

As a divorce and family mediator, I find it exciting to see an infographic on this topic however, the mentioning of "mediation reaching agreement in 50 - 80% of cases" does not hold true here at MWI.

When divorcing couples voluntarily work with MWI divorce mediators for private divorce mediation services the agreement rate is around 94%.  Research also shows that:

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