Category: Divorce Wellness

During your Massachusetts divorce (or a post-divorce issue such as a child-support modification), it makes sense to understand your employee benefits, and those of your spouse or former spouse.  Interestingly, we find that some people are unfamiliar with their employee benefits, whether it is the various health insurance options or something else. This post covers the […]

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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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Wellesley, MA On October 8, 2014 Medfield, MA divorce mediator and lawyer Stephen McDonough from Next Phase Legal LLC attended a seminar hosted by the MA Council on Family Mediation.  The seminar, Exploring the Psychological Impact of Divorce, included information about: How our central nervous system reacts to stress Depression Anxiety Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) […]

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Why do some divorcing parents handle the issues surrounding parenting in a respectful and thoughtful manner, while others adopt mean-spirited and inflexible positions?   As a Norfolk County Divorce Lawyer and Divorce Mediator, I have seen both extremes, but there is no simple answer to the question. High conflict over parenting during and after divorce is […]

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Certainly your Massachusetts divorce is a legal process, but it is absolutely an emotional one also. Mental health professionals have identified different stages of grief, and the stages are very similar for divorce.  Feeling stressed, sad, and a general sense of upheaval is normal, but some people need more help to cope with the emotions and […]

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  A few years ago, a woman called my office after being referred from a mutual acquaintance.  I believe she was in her thirties and married well under a year. It was her first marriage; but her husband was married previously and was older than her.  Despite their short time together, she already caught him […]

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