The Preeminent Family Mediation Resource in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 by family mediators interested in sharing knowledge and setting guidelines for family mediation. MCFM is the oldest professional organization in Massachusetts dedicated to family mediation.
Mission:Advancing mediation to transform the way families resolve conflict
Increasing public awareness of family mediation
Providing mediation resources to the public
Promoting high standards of professional practice
Delivering premier professional development
Advocating for the use of family mediation
Forging alliances in the dispute resolution community
Historically, divorce mediators have been encouraged to screen out cases involving intimate partner violence. This approach presumes that mediation would harm rather than benefit victims of intimate partner violence (“IPV”). Lawyers and IPV Advocates have also been discouraged from allowing their clients to participate in mediation when there are allegations of IPV, based on the same presumption. However, isn’t it possible that we are doing a disservice to our profession and to families who have experienced the trauma of intimate partner violence when we deny them the same...
The 2020-2021 Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force was convened in 2020 and requested the submission of comments by December 15, 2020 to assist them in updating the guidelines as required every four years. MCFM, and other organizations and individuals, submitted comments and recently the Task Force announced their changes with the new 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Click here to read MCFM's comments.
On July 8, 2021 Chief Justice John Casey of the MA Probate and Family Courts announced a suspension to the requirement for divorcing parents to complete the mandatory parent education program specified in the court’s Standing Order 2-16, Parent Education Program Attendance, issued in 2016.
The announcement surprised many MA divorce lawyers and mediators. Besides our weekly reminders to some clients to finish the program prior to their case concluding, feedback about the program from our clients – which went remote like most everything else during the coronavirus pandemic – was mostly...
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