Today, MWI features Cape Cod divorce mediator Patrick Morris. Through Patrick’s 22-year career he has mediated over 100 divorces, however, he didn’t start out to be a mediator. Patrick’s background is in family law litigation, and at one-time bankruptcy law. Over his career as a litigator he has represented clients in approximately 2000 divorces and other various family law matters. Although Patrick began as a litigator advocating for one spouse in front of the judge, he realized early in his career that there is another way. Through mediation Patrick is able to amicably work with both spouses and resolve their entire case without a judge.Read More
Divorce Mediation Blog
While working at MWI, a mediation and negotiation services and training firm, I have learned that everyday is different and exciting. Recently we received an email from a former Chair of the CT Bar Association's Family Law Section. He informed us that about 10 years ago he cut back on his law practice to devote more time to projects intended to ease the burdens of divorcing spouses and their children.
His efforts include "Talk to Strangers", a 25 minute Telly Award-winning dramatic film that discourages unnecessary child-related litigation, which is co-distributed by the AAML. Here are my thoughts and my review:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: Divorce Mediation
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More