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Massachusetts Child & Spousal Support Resources

August 10, 2021

Calculating child support or other divorce expenses in Massachusetts has never been easier thanks to the many apps and calculators available online or with your local divorce mediation firms. What's more, other divorce-related expenses, i.e., spousal support have dedicated worksheets that are especially helpful for sorting through the clutter!

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MWI Ombuds Becomes an IOA Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner (CO-OP)

August 6, 2021

MWI Outsourced Ombuds Panel Member Chuck Doran became a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner (CO-OP®) with the International Ombuds Association (IOA) in July 2021.

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Are Court-Approved Parent Education Programs Still Required in Massachusetts?

August 5, 2021

Are Court-Approved Parent Education Programs Still Required in Massachusetts? During July of 2021, the Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts announced the suspension of Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-16: Parent Education Program Attendance. As of September 1, 2021, programs will no longer be required before obtaining a divorce or paternity action in Massachusetts. […]

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Five Key Considerations When Choosing a Mediation Training Program

July 28, 2021

So you want to become a mediator? Perhaps you were able to help colleagues or family members work through their differences and you found the role fulfilling. Perhaps someone suggested that you would make a good mediator. Or maybe the idea of becoming a neutral who works with others to help them resolve their differences is a role that fits with your personality and professional goals.

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Child Tax Credit and Divorce

July 16, 2021

The Child Tax Credit and Divorce By Nate Badger, July 15, 2021 During July of 2021, under the new Biden administration, the American Rescue Plan revived and increased the Child Tax Credit (CTC) initiative. Some 36 million households will be eligible to receive a tax credit this year. Given this is a new development, many […]

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The “Separation Agreement:” A Confusing Name for an Important Document

March 28, 2021

Among couples who are about to divorce, there is often confusion as to what a Separation Agreement in Massachusetts actually is. So, . . . what is it? A Separation Agreement is a written document that describes the terms of the divorce. Once signed, it becomes the legal document that will be used for a no-fault divorce in Massachusetts. For help with having a Separation Agreement in Massachusetts drafted for you and your spouse, contact Josh Hoch at 617-895-4028. Some of the topics that need to be addressed, in detail, in a Separation Agreement in Massachusetts include:

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Invisible Problems, Concrete Solutions – Mediating Evictions in a Pandemic

March 24, 2021

Invisible Problems, Concrete Solutions – Mediating Evictions in a Pandemic  One of the biggest challenges of the past year has been coping with a threat that can’t be seen. It can be even harder to see positive change when so much of our lives has moved online. But, our MWI team knows how mediation is a powerful solution to these problems. Even when you can’t […]

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Relocating After Divorce: What You Need to Know

March 17, 2021

Relocating after divorce can provide a fresh start and can improve many aspects of your post-divorce life.

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5 Divorce Videos to Watch with Young Children

February 8, 2021

MWI compiled five videos that parents can watch with their children to help their children better understand divorce.

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Videos: 9 Celebrities Sharing Their Divorce Stories

February 3, 2021

Celebrities sharing their stories about divorce that we hope people will find helpful to hear.

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