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Remote Mediation: A Viable Alternative During the COVID-19 Crisis

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If you have a court hearing scheduled in the next few weeks, most likely you've been told it's postponed.  

Now is the time to consider your alternatives to court. 

Remote online mediation is an option for those looking to resolve their issues without further delay. 

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The Family Mediation Blog

Their Legacy Moves us Forward

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Their Legacy Moves us Forward

by Jennifer Hawthorne

The legal community lost two brilliant minds last week with the passing of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, and the passing of Supreme Court of the United States Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In very different ways, both of these great leaders influenced my career path. They each helped to define for me the way in which I wanted to use my advocacy skills to promote more access to justice and a justice system that promotes greater equality in outcome. While my story may be unique, these two zealous advocates had a memorable impact on the career of many of my fellow mediators too. 

When applying to law school, I wrote of my desire to affect...

Remembering Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants with John Fiske

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
When asked about the passing of Chief Justice Gants, John Fiske, a Director Emeritus of MCFM said:
 
"I knew him well, first through soccer and then through my history of working four years for the SJC on trying to improve court administration 1974 to 1978, and also through his relationship with Massachusetts Justice of the Federal District Court Dennis Saylor, my son in law. Chief Justice Gants was a big supporter of mediation and its role in helping the courts in Massachusetts serve justice for all.  He helped to put in place the two amazing Chief Justices that we interact with more often in the area of family law and mediation: Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula Carey and Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court John Casey. They too are both strong supporters of mediation and will surely carry on his great legacy.  We are indebted to him as a community for the work that he has done...

Bearing Witness in Mediation

Friday, September 11, 2020

allgo-an-app-for-plus-size-people-meeting photo with text.jpgBearing Witness in Mediation 

by Laurie Israel 

Published in mediate.com, August, 2020

Recently I’ve been pondering a certain aspect of my experience with mediating divorces. It’s about something that often comes up in my encounters with my mediation clients.  

The feature of all mediations that I will talk about in this post is something I call “bearing witness.”  When clients bear witness in mediation, and when you, as the mediator bear witness for the clients, it can be quite powerful in resolving a divorce. But it needs to be handled properly, or it can be dangerous and get out of control.  If that...

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