Find a Mediator

Find a Mediator

The Family Mediation Blog

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...

Co-Parenting for Dummies… and Smarties, too! A Guide to Co-Parent Communications

Monday, January 7, 2019

carrying child sm.jpgCo-Parenting for Dummies… and Smarties, too!      
A GUIDE TO CO-PARENT COMMUNICATIONS 

by Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP

While it isn’t rocket science, it can be surprisingly difficult to communicate with the person you used to be married to. Old habits die hard and if you and s/he had a hard time listening to, not criticizing, or understanding each other before, chances are good that after divorce communications will also be a challenge. Add to this the residual feelings you might have about your marriage and what went wrong, coupled with the intensity of dealing with child related issues through and after divorce, managing all of the scheduling back and forth….well, you get the point----it just isn’t easy!!

As a family and...

The Alimony Reform Act: Lessons Learned in the Last Six Years

Friday, December 7, 2018
alimony letters sm.jpgThe Alimony Reform Act: Lessons Learned in the Last Six Years
 
 
The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 defined what alimony is and how it should work in much greater detail than the prior law.  The Alimony Reform Act, 2011 Mass. Acts ch. 124. However, it also left many questions unanswered. In the six years since the Act became effective, on March 1, 2012, the courts have slowly been further clarifying, and in some cases arguably undercutting, the Act.  In this article, we will summarize the provisions of the Act and note the court cases that...

Links & Resources*

Mediate.com
*MCFM provides links and resources on other sites for informational purposes only. MCFM does not endorse nor claim endorsement from any of the above websites or organizations. MCFM is not responsible for any information contained therein, unless indicated specifically on that site.