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First Things First: The No-Nup Prenup

Monday, September 16, 2019

First Things First: The No-Nup Prenup 

by Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW 

Remember the good ol’ days when two people met, fell in love, and got married? Nowadays, not so fast. Increasingly, couples are rehearsing the relationship before deciding whether to plan a rehearsal dinner. As marriage rates have fallen, the number of cohabiting relationships has continued to climb sharply.

As reported by the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans living with an unmarried partner reached about 18 million in 2016, up 900% over the last 50 years. To put a finer point on it, that equates to some 7.8 million couples living together without putting a ring on it - - 85% of whom will break-up by the end of 10 years. Equally compelling is the...

Twenty MCFM Members Presenting at a National Mediation Conference in Boston - Nov 7-9, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

MCFM is excited to announce its partnership with 2 national organizations, APFM (Academy of Professional Family Mediators) and ADFP (Association of Divorce Financial Planners), to present a BLOCKBUSTER conference in Boston, November 7-9, 2019

Numerous MCFM members will be presenting. Be sure to check out these workshops and help us spread the word:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: What Makes People Tick: A Divorce Professional's Guide to Our Multiple Parts
David Hoffman (MCFM Member)
Friday, Nov. 8...

5 Reasons to Mediate Probate or Estate Situations

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

5 Reasons to Mediate Probate or Estate Situations

by Melinda Milberg, Esq.

     Imagine the following scenario - You are the son of an aging mother, who has begun to experience signs of dementia.  You and your brother both believe it is time for your mother to give up control over her own finances and want to talk with your sister about obtaining a conservatorship for your mother.  Your sister is reticent to pursue that course.  You believe that is because your mother has been very generous with your sister, giving your sister many cash gifts.  Your sister believes your mother is still able to manage herself, and also believes that you and your brother are trying to control your mother.  You are concerned about your mother...

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