3 Things that Mediation is NOT

by Justin L. Kelsey, Esq. Kelsey & Trask, P.C. 3 Things that Mediation is NOT Mediation has become a popular alternative to court proceedings, with mediators resolving disputes of all kinds ranging from private family matters to the very public NFL lockout. But there is still a significant amount of confusion about what is mediation […]

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Alimony & Property Division

by Justin L. Kelsey, Esq. Kelsey & Trask, P.C. Alimony & Property Division: 7 Lessons from the Appeals Court The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 took effect on March 1, 2012 and significantly changed the law in Massachusetts relating to awards of alimony. Today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court released an opinion that addresses some of […]

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Mediation or Arbitration?

By Anthony C. Adamopoulos, Esq. Divorce Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Mediation or Arbitration? The two most common divorce alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures are mediation and divorce arbitration. While each is an effective alternative, each serves a different purpose and each has its own format. Divorce mediation is a form of dispute negotiation between […]

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Parenting Coordination: When Is It Time?

By Tony Pelusi, Attorney and Professional Coach Some decisions are easy to make. “Want fries with that?” Should you run the red light in front on that cop? Would you share your personal info online “to earn $5,000 a day from home”? In simple situations, common sense and life experience can help you make the […]

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The Effect of Substance Use on Finances and Divorce

The following is a guest post by Saint Jude Retreats, an alternative to traditional substance use treatment. Saint Jude Retreats provides a program for people with substance use problems that concentrates on self-directed positive and permanent change. Through the program, we offer the opportunity for individuals to self-evaluate and explore avenues for life enhancement. Pouring […]

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Taking Control of Your Expenses After Divorce

By Diane C. Pappas, CDFA Be in Control of Your Finances Post-Divorce It is a known fact that a woman’s standard of living may drop significantly after a divorce, while a man’s standard of living either remains the same or increases. The reason for this is simple – there is just not enough money to […]

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Mediation: A Process for Empowerment of Both Parties

By Dr. Lynne Halem, Center for Mediation and Dispute Resolution Mediation has long been identified as a process which promotes the self-actualization or the empowerment of the individual participants. But what does empowerment mean? Clearly it would not be a “good” outcome for mediation to encourage individuals to learn to be aggressive or confrontational or […]

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