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.Read More
Divorce Mediation Blog
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.”Read More
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.Read More
By Stephanie Bailey
I was recently able to participate in MWI's Divorce Mediation Training Program and it was incredible.
by John L. DeLorey, Jr., Principal - collegeplanningservices.org
Many divorced parents have questions about financial aid for college. This article will answer some of those questions including:
1. Which parent needs to fill out the financial aid forms?
2. Are Prenuptial agreements recognized by college?Read More
Divorce for Grownups, written by David Magnuson, provides readers with realistic options, as well as a road map, for how to proceed through a divorce.
Although the details are specific to California where he practices, this book may help divorcing parties in any state nail down potential interests and develop options relating to their own divorce.
This blog author practices divorce mediation in Massachusetts. As such, readers will find helpful information regarding the Commonwealth and links included. MWI offers mediation in most States including Massachusetts and California. Call 800-348-4888 x23.
Here are six highlights from Divorce for Grownups:
When couples are faced with the reality of divorce, it can be overwhelming. There will be many decisions to make regarding how you are going to build new separate lives and how all the pieces will fit. Mediation may help.
Divorce Mediation provides a forum for spouses to communicate confidentially in a non-adversarial environment with a neutral Mediator.
Here are 8 tips to reach success using mediation in your divorce:
Divorce can be a real pain in the assets, but it doesn’t have to hurt … much. Why not try divorce mediation?
By Sabrina R. Bohun and Josh Hoch
Divorce mediation is a process by which couples meet with a divorce mediator to work out the terms of their divorce. A Mediator is a neutral, third party who does not give advice, impose solutions or tell the parties what to do. Instead, a Mediator assists couples in identifying the topics they need to address and provides an environment that is conducive to finding common ground.Read More
"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.Read More
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.