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Category Archives: Mediation Issues

Mediating Tips: Child Custody and Parenting Time

Mediating parenting time and parenting plans.

Mediator James M. Lynch reviews the details required in mediating successful parenting schedules. It is common in divorce mediations for the parties come into their initial session with the mediator thinking that they already have an agreement on the big picture details that comprise a divorce Separation Agreement only to be surprised by the many […]

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 […]

Mediating Shared Physical Custody Agreements in Massachusetts

How to mediate shared phyiscal custody.

Massachusetts mediator Jason V. Owens explores how parents use mediation for shared physical custody schedules. Many mediation clients enter mediation already having agreed to share physical custody of their children. Many other parents enter the process unsure how to mediate a parenting schedule that fits their children and family’s individual needs. What’s clear is that […]

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 […]

Do Separated Spouses Need to Get Along for Mediation to Work?

Mediation can work for angry spouses

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy discusses overcoming anger in the mediation process. Divorcing spouses who choose to engage in mediation often find the process quicker and substantially less expensive than divorce litigation. However, spouses facing divorce sometimes fail to pursue mediation based on preconceptions about whether the mediation process is suitable for spouses experiencing a […]

3 Ways You Can Help Your Children Handle a Divorce

3 ways to help children handle the strain of divorce

Mediation Coach and Divorce Mediator Carmela M. Miraglia reviews ways to help your child through the divorce process.  Divorce is not only stressful on the parties that are separating, it can also have far reaching effects on the children in the family. Most divorcing parents will do everything within their control to try to prevent […]

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 […]

Agreeing to a “Marriage End Date” Can Reduce Stress in Divorce Mediation

Stipulating to a date of divorce can reduce stress in mediation

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews the advantages of agreeing on a “marriage end date” for spouses mediating their divorce. In the divorce process, questions often arise over how separated spouses should manage their financial affairs between the time the divorce process begins and the final entry of the divorce decree. Divorce is often emotional, […]

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 […]