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Author Archives: Kimberley Keyes

Kimberley is a divorce mediator for South Shore Divorce Mediation and a Senior Attorney for Lynch & Owens, P.C. She is a frequent contributor to the SSDM and Lynch & Owens Blogs covering subjects including Massachusetts divorce mediation, divorce and family law, alimony, child custody and child support, and post-divorce matters. Kimberley can be reached by phone at (781) 253-2049.

Congress Should Pass the National Mediation Policy Act (NMPA)

SSDM supports the National Mediation Policy Act

    Massachusetts mediator Kimberley Keyes explains the importance of the National Mediation Policy Act (NMPA). In the roughly 40 since it become mainstream across the United States, divorce mediation has grown into the option of first report for many spouses seek a divorce without stress, cost and negativity of litigation. Today, divorce judges across […]

What If My Spouse Wants a Divorce but I Still Love Them?

Divorce mediation can help spouses avoid vengeful decisions

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes considers the difficult position of the spouse who resists getting divorced. Some of the most difficult divorces are those that involve one spouse who wants to separate and one who still has deep feelings for the other.  When you are the spouse who is still in love, learning that your significant […]

How Do You Mediate Parenting Time for Out-of-State Parents?

Divorce mediation can create child custody arrangements for out of state parents

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes reviews the challenges of mediating custody and parenting plans for out-of-state parents. Divorce and family mediation can provide a level of flexibility that is advantageous for parents who are living in different states. When parents are given the opportunity to create a realistic and workable child custody and visitation schedule that […]

This is When to Bring Up Potential Power Imbalances in Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes discusses how divorcing spouses should address any power imbalances between the spouses early in the mediation process. Power imbalances in a marriage can take shape in many forms. One spouse may hold a disproportionate level of knowledge about the family finances, such as when one spouse is a business owner. One […]

Splitting Complex Assets in a High Net Worth Divorce Mediation

Examples of challenges in equitably dividing complex assets in mediated divorce

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes reviews the challenges posed by complex financial assets in divorce. High net worth couples – often defined as those earning more than $500,000 per year and with assets eclipsing $5 million – frequently hold complex financial assets. From investments in stocks and bonds to real estate to pensions to retirement accounts […]

How Different Mediation Styles Address Power Imbalances

Different mediation styles handle power imbalances in divorce

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes explores how power imbalances can be addressed using different mediation styles. Unequal power dynamics can be an obstacle in some divorce mediations. While mediators are well aware of this potential problem, not every mediation style is equal when it comes to dealing with power imbalances. Mediators who rely strictly on a […]

How Alimony Buyouts Can Maximize Flexibility After a Divorce

Marital Assets Can Fund Alimony Buyouts

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes examines how alimony buyouts can greatly increase flexibility after a divorce. One of the biggest benefits to mediating a divorce, as opposed to litigating it, is that you and your spouse have much more power to choose what is best for your particular situation. Mediation broadens the options available to you […]

Tax Reform and Divorce: Is Your Divorce Mediator Tax-Aware?

Tax Implications of a Divorce Make Having a Mediator Who Knows Tax Law Critical

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes reviews how the new tax reform bill impacts divorce mediation.  One of the things that you can almost always count on in a divorce is that money or other property will change hands in the form of alimony, child support or the division of marital assets. These monetary exchanges raise important implications […]

Divorce Mediation Keeps Alimony Focus on the Future

  Kimberley Keyes reviews how divorce mediation helps spouses negotiate alimony by focusing on the future, not the past. If you and your spouse decide you need a divorce, there are numerous issues that you will need to resolve, ranging from child support to the division of assets. One major issue comes up in some […]

The “Co-Worker Rule” Helps Spouses set Boundaries During a Divorce

The co-worker helps divorced spouses talk.

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes discusses how the Co-Worker Rule helps former spouses communicate after separating. In a recent divorce mediation blog post, we discussed the Co-Worker Rule, which provides a practical approach for separated spouses setting boundaries and communicating during and after the divorce process. A recent Massachusetts divorce case highlights the importance of the […]