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Siblings & Elder Mediation

As our family members age, conflict between siblings is no longer based upon who gets to decide what to watch on TV or who gets to sit in the front seat.  A myriad of issues may surface requiring a consensus among other adult family members.  Oftentimes, these challenges can lead to conflict among siblings as [..]

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Online Divorce Mediation Without Pants

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, we do [..]

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The Fields of Opportunity – Divorce Mediation

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 that [..]

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Certified Divorce Mediator

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 offering a robust certification [..]

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Divorce Financials – Employee Benefits

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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Returning To Work During Divorce

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 back [..]

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High Conflict Divorce and Custody

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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How Does Massachusetts Child Support Work?

If you are due unpaid child support in Massachusetts, you should be familiar with the numerous options for collecting the money to help support your child or children. Administrative enforcement options are coordinated by the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). If you are owed back child support, the best idea is to [..]

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5 Tips on How To Evict Someone

During my years as a Boston area real estate lawyer, I’ve worked with many landlords, both residential and commercial. When you have a non-paying tenant, it is a miserable situation.   There is a lot to consider, but remember these five fundamental points as you address your options.   Of course, it is a good [..]

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MBA Family Law Conference

Medfield divorce lawyer and mediator Stephen McDonough attended the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 24th Annual Family Law Conference October 17-18, 2014. The conference was held at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Topics discussed included advanced issues such as: MA Child Support Massachusetts Alimony, including a review of recent appellate alimony cases Covering college expenses, and the interaction [..]

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