A pilot program led by Norfolk County Chief Probation Officer Donna Feinberg and MWI's Josh Hoch, provided Massachusetts mediators with an opportunity to conduct confidential, on-site mediation services in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department at no cost to the Court or to the clients.
As of December 4, 2013, 18 divorce mediators attended court on 34 dates and mediated 44 cases, serving 88 clients. A total of 31 cases (70%) reached agreements and 199 volunteer mediation hours were provided to the court.
On December 6, 2013, the following Massachusetts divorce and family mediators and mentors received recognition from the court:
Mediators: Anita Aherne, Kathleen Brown, Elizabeth Chouinard, Deborah Danger, Chris Farnsworth, Jennifer Hawthorne, Nina Kierulf, Patricia Lamo de Espinosa, Igor Novikov, Melissa Paddock, Richard Sadowski, Diane Sherlock, Heidi Werther, Kim Whelan, and Stephanie Williams.
Mentors: John Fiske, Rachel Goldman, Josh Hoch, Arline Kardasis, Cyndi...
Do you know divorced or separated parents that are in high conflict? Perhaps you and your ex-spouse are in high conflict (the so-called “frequent flyers” in court?)
During divorce or separation, parents often learn that research plainly shows relentless conflict between parents will negatively affect children’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning. If you haven't heard it yet: Your child’s healthy development is negatively affected by how much open conflict with the other parent the child is exposed to.The good news is that professionals can teach parents skills to reduce conflict and minimize negative impacts of divorce upon children.
In a previous post, we discussed one co-parenting tool offered in Western Massachusetts, Only One Childhood. Today, our blog post is focused on a program in Eastern Massachusetts: The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Center of Excellence for Children,...