Why Mediation?

Using Short-Term Mediation While Courts are Closed Due to Coronavirus

Short term mediation is fast

Mediator Nicole K. Levy explains how litigants are turning to mediation while courts closed by Covid-19. Massachusetts recently announced that the state’s courts would remain closed for most non-emergency matters until at least June 1, 2020. Given that courts were initially slated to reopen on May 4, 2020, it now appears possible that Probate & Using Short-Term Mediation While Courts are Closed Due to Coronavirus

Mediation is the Best Divorce Option During the Coronavirus Crisis

Social distancing and divorce mediation

Mediator Nicole K. Levy discusses how the Covid-19 crisis is pushing litigating parties towards mediation to resolve divorce and family law issues. As the Covid-19 crisis rumbles forward, rapid changes are impacting how individuals relate to each other, pursue goals and resolve disputes in an increasingly “remote” world. The speed of these changes has been Mediation is the Best Divorce Option During the Coronavirus Crisis

Netflix’s Marriage Story Shows the Price of Divorce Litigation

Marriage Story teaches lessons about divorce litigation

Massachusetts mediator Jason Owens draws lessons from the Netflix movie, Marriage Story, about divorce mediation and litigation. On December 6, 2019, a new movie was released on Netflix called Marriage Story that illustrates some of the ways that divorce ligation can undermine and erode a productive co-parenting relationship after a marriage ends. Starring Adam Driver Netflix’s Marriage Story Shows the Price of Divorce Litigation

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 Congress Should Pass the National Mediation Policy Act (NMPA)

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

How Mediating Child Custody Agreements and Parenting Time Protects Families

MA child custody mediator

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews how parents can use a mediator to resolve child custody and parenting time while protecting their family from the conflict of litigation.  Putting together a custody agreement and a parenting schedule is honestly one of the most difficult parts of getting divorced. Dividing parenting time takes an emotional toll How Mediating Child Custody Agreements and Parenting Time Protects Families

Mediated Divorce Agreements Are Less Likely to be Violated

cooperative divorce mediation

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes reviews why we see fewer violations of divorce agreements reached through mediation. Over more than a decade observing divorcing spouses, I have often observed that divorce agreements that result from the mediation process are less likely to be violated than agreements reached through litigation. The discrepancy appears to result from the Mediated Divorce Agreements Are Less Likely to be Violated

How Using Mediation Avoids Many Common Problems with Prenuptial Agreements

Mediate your prenuptial agreement.

Mediator Kimberley Keyes explains how soon-to-be spouses can use mediation to avoid many common problems with prenuptial agreements. Mediation provides soon-to-be married spouses who agree to execute a prenuptial agreement with a cooperative, stress-free process for preparing a prenuptial agreement that avoids many of the stresses and pitfalls associated with the conventional approach. Marriage is How Using Mediation Avoids Many Common Problems with Prenuptial Agreements