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The Family Mediation Blog: March 2020

‘Marriage Story’: A Valentine to Lawyers

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Actresses Laura Dern (left) and Scarlett Johansson
from the film 'Marriage Story

"Marriage Story": A Valentine to Lawyers 

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

Coming full circle, writer-director Noah Baumbach scores again in plumbing matters of the heart. 

Baumbach’s 2010 film “Greenberg” gave us the foretelling relational pretext, subtext and context in the unforgettable line, “Hurt people hurt people.”

“The Squid and the Whale” in 2005 unfolded the story of his parents’ divorce through the children’s perspective.

Now, in “Marriage Story,” we are bearing witness to Baumbach’...

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

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Plus Size Model on Laptop - Photo by AllGo - An App For Plus Size People on UnsplashRemote Mediation: a Viable Alternative During the COVID-19 Crisis

by Justin L. Kelsey, Vice President of MCFM

If you have a court hearing scheduled in the next few weeks, most likely you've been told it's postponed.  While some hearings will be scheduled telephonically and by video conference, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely causing significant delays in obtaining a hearing and an order or judgment.  This is understandable as the court and the bar figure out how to adjust to this crisis. (For updates on the Massachusetts court's...