Tag Archives: Mediation

Massachusetts Mediation, Not Just for Divorce.

My mediation practice ranges from Divorce, Post-Divorce Modifications, Parenting Plans, Child Custody, Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements, Marriage Mediation, Cohabitation & Non-Marital Parenting, Mediation for Same Sex Couples, Contempts, to other non Family Law matters such as Contested Probate Estate Matters.  I have over 30 years of experience in Family Law and bring to the table […]

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WHEN MEDIATION IS USUALLY NOT HELPFUL

From my experience as a litigator, I know that there are certain types of cases that usually do not settle despite attempts at mediation, among them, the most difficult being custody of children. While not impossible for parties to resolve their differences in custody cases, these cases involving the parties’ children are often “gut wrenchingly” […]

Why I Became a Massachusetts Mediator

I have been practicing law since June 10, 1975, and for many of my years, I have been a trial lawyer in the District Courts, Superior Courts, Land Court, Federal District Court, Massachusetts Court of Appeals, Supreme Judicial Court and, most of all, the Probate and Family Court. I continue to practice law as a […]

What Types of Cases Can Successfully be Mediated?

Most cases can be successfully mediated.  These are the situations in which both parties want a resolution, and their respective egos allow them to negotiate in good faith leading to a fair resolution under the circumstances.  A trained mediator can provide to the parties while in session with him/her suggestions about how to solve their […]

Mediation

My mediation practice ranges from Divorce, Post-Divorce Modifications, Parenting Plans, Child Custody, Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements, Marriage Mediation, Cohabitation & Non-Marital Parenting, Mediation for Same Sex Couples, and Contempts, to other non Family Law matters such as Contested Probate Estate Matters.  I have over 30 years of experience in Family Law and bring to the […]

Massachusetts Divorce Trials

SERIES: YOUR DIVORCE WILL NOT SETTLE, SO THE JUDGE ASSIGNS YOU TO TRIAL There are certain cases that I get every year in which the parties are so intransient and emotionally dug in, that the divorce will not settle. These are the cases that usually involve one of the following: sole physical and/or sole legal […]

Have Fault Grounds Lost Their Relevancy in Today’s Society?

Until 1974, when the legislature enacted irretrievable breakdown  as grounds for divorce via Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208, Sections 1A and 1B, in order to secure a divorce in Massachusetts fault had to be alleged and proved in court. The basic grounds that were listed and still are listed in section 1 of Massachusetts General Laws, […]