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Category: Divorce Mediation

Are you feeling constricted?  Maybe you have not found the right fit for your divorce or other mediation? Yes, the rumors are true. You can resolve your Massachusetts divorce, family, or business matter without leaving your own home or office. You could even wear your pajamas I suppose.   Despite the title of this post, […]

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Many potential clients I meet with have read about divorce mediation and focus on the more obvious benefits of the process when compared to a court-based case.   The “low hanging fruit” includes the lower cost of divorce mediation and the potential for a quicker resolution. A recent mediation session had me thinking about how some clients understand […]

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Stephen McDonough Attains Certified Divorce Mediator Status through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation Press Release: March 20, 2015 | Medfield, MA Stephen McDonough, founder of Next Phase Legal LLC, recently achieved status as a Certified Divorce Mediator through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the premier family facilitative mediation organization in Massachusetts, and the only organization […]

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An issue that comes up frequently involves a client that has been out of the workforce, but is feeling some pressure – either internal, from another person, or both – to go back to work.  If a divorce is looming, or even in-process or finished, and you find yourself in this situation, should you go […]

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Are there ways you can better manage a high conflict divorce or custody conflict?  Is everything a battle with your ex-partner, spouse, or your child’s other parent? As a mediator, I am in the conflict management business. When a client is dealing with an unreasonable or difficult ex, stress frustration levels skyrocket, so anything I […]

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Whew!  Are you feeling overwhelmed?  If you are thinking about divorce in Massachusetts, it is understandable that you have plenty of questions. Many couples find divorce mediation less expensive, less stressful, and a pathway to more cooperative parenting after the dust settles. We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about (you guessed it!) divorce mediation in […]

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Medway Divorce Mediator on How Mediation Benefits Your Kids Even if you were not successful in your marriage, you can decide to be successful with your Massachusetts divorce.  This may sound strange, but it is something couples choose to do all of the time, whether they live in Medway, Medfield, or Millis, MA. This decision […]

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How to Talk About Divorce With Your Spouse Congratulations!  Divorce mediation is usually a smart alternative to a high-conflict court-based divorce.  You did your homework and read about Massachusetts divorce and related issues. You even learned about the different ways to navigate the divorce process, and decided that divorce mediation is the best option. In […]

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Abraham Lincoln encouraged lawyers to “discourage litigation” and to “persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time.”  Years of practicing law and engaging in conflicts gave Mr. Lincoln first-hand insight to the real problems associated […]

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Divorced parents paying for college? The combination of divorce and college expenses is full of potential traps. Paying for college is challenging for families under the best of circumstances.  When you add divorce into the mix, including the additional expenses of maintaining two households, budgets may stretch to the max. Now that I made you […]

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