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MCFM 2022 Family Mediation Institute (Online)



 *** NEW ***

Early Registration Discount has been extended
through December 2!


proudly presents the 21st Annual (and 3rd Virtual)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2022
8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
by Zoom Videoconference

December 1, 2022

Divorce Involving LGBTQ Parents and Parents of Trans Children:
Research and Considerations for Mediators 

Speaker:  Abbie E. Goldberg, Ph.D.

This talk will address (a) same-sex divorce, including research from Dr. Goldberg’s 17-year longitudinal study of lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parent families, (b) divorce and parenting time where one partner identifies as trans, and (c) divorce and parenting time when a child is trans. Regarding same-sex divorce, she will address which members of the LGBTQ community may be most vulnerable to divorce, and why; and, unique challenges that same-sex couples navigate during the divorce process, and what mediators can do to better support them. Goldberg will provide basic terminology and facts related to trans parenting, identify key interpersonal and structural factors that disadvantage trans parents in navigating parenting time, and offer guidance for how to better support trans and nonbinary parents. Finally, this talk will address the complexities involved when one parent is affirming of a child’s gender transition and one parent is not; such situations may result in divorce and disputes about parenting time. Dr. Goldberg will provide guidance for mediators seeking to support clients in such cases.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Abbie E. Goldberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she also currently serves as the Director of Women’s & Gender Studies. She teaches courses on diversity in contemporary families, research methods with diverse families, human sexuality, the psychology of sexual orientation, gender and crime, and ethics in clinical psychology. Dr. Goldberg received her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her research has been funded by several prestigious organizations and examines diverse families, including LGBTQ-parent families and adoptive-parent families. She is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles and 4 books: LGBTQ Family Building: A Guide for Prospective Parents (APA; 2022), Open Adoption & Diverse Families (Oxford; 2020), Gay Dads (NYU Press; 2012), and Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children (APA; 2010). She is the co-editor of 4 books: LGBTQ-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (Springer; 2013, 2020), LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution (Oxford, 2019), and the SAGE Trans Encyclopedia (SAGE; 2021). In addition, she is the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (SAGE; 2016).



Graying Divorce and Medicaid Considerations Within the Mediation Model
Robert A. Jutras, J.D.

The Intersection of Community Mediation and Divorce:  Mediation for Low- and Moderate-Income Families (Panel Discussion)
Moderator: Lisa Z. Wood, J.D.
Panelists: Sara Barnes, David Feldman, J.D., and Kristin J.B. Mirliani, J.D., B.A.

Presentation of the 2022 John Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation


Family Law: The Year in Review
Jonathan E. Fields, J.D.

A Musical Mediation Interlude
Michael L. Leshin, J.D., and Barbara S. Kellman, J.D., MSW, LCSW

Child Support and Alimony Considerations in Divorce
Susan Miller, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CDFA®; and Fern L. Frolin, J.D.

Conference Closeout:  Open Q&A on Today’s Workshops and Other Hot Family
   Mediation Topics

Moderator:  Susan Klebanoff, J.D.

For additional information:
Download the 2022 Institute brochure
UPDATED 2022-11-19


NEW! Early Registration rate extended through December 2:

     MCFM Members $170
     Nonmembers $210

What's Included:  Live sessions, conference materials (PDF), and session recordings


RECORDING:  The conference will be recorded. All registrants must sign a recording release. See the registration form for details.

PAYMENT:  MCFM accepts major credit cards only (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX). Sorry, no checks.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:  Limited scholarship assistance for the Institute will be considered upon email request to Mary Sheridan, Co-Chair of the Institute Planning Committee.

MCFM CANCELLATION POLICY:  A full refund (less the $25 cancellation fee) will be issued for any registration cancelled by November 25, 2022. No refunds will be granted after November 25, 2022. Substitutions are permitted at any time. Cancellations will be acknowledged but refunds will not be issued until after the Institute.

Please email cancellation requests to no later than November 25.


QUESTIONS? Email MCFM Administrator Ramona Goutiere


December 1, 2022 8:30 AM through December 2, 2022 12:45 PM
Zoom Videoconference
Event Fee(s)
Early Registration $210.00