Parker Mediation is grateful for the opportunity to help so many people through difficult times. Mediation minimizes the trauma on families facing divorce, making holidays less stressful and more enjoyable. You deserve to enjoy a harvest of happiness during the holidays.
Halloween safety tips:
1. Use reflective clothing, tape or lights.
2. Drive slowly to avoid monsters.
3. Serve a healthy meal before heading out.
4. Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
5. Supervise young children.
6. Ensure older revelers use the buddy system.
7. Plan a route and return time.
8. Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
9. Make sure masks don’t limit vision.
10. Don’t enter homes of strangers.
11. Check treats before eating them.
12. Walk on the sidewalk.
13. Avoid vampire bites.
Halloween is an exciting time for kids, encourage them to pay attention and be responsible for their own safety. Stay safe and have spooky fun.
PARKER MEDIATION and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Reception in Celebration of ABA Mediation Week OCTOBER 14-18, 2013
Larri Tonelli Parker, Esq.
Please join Parker Mediation and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at Parker Mediation, Piccadilly Plaza, Suite C, 490 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 in celebration of Mediation Week.
The theme this year for ABA Mediation Week is “Making a World of Difference: Bridging Differences in Positions, Perspectives and People Through Mediation.”
The reception will be held on October 14, 2013 at noon. The event will feature information about divorce mediation, please RSVP to Larri@LarriParker.com to join us for complimentary lunch.
The ABA has recognized the third week in October as Mediation Week to educate lawyers, dispute resolution professionals, students, and the public about mediation and related forms of collaborative problem solving. During Mediation Week the ABA encourages all to recognize the importance of the work of neutrals, advocates and policy makers, while also celebrating the increasing diversity in the field and the growing use of mediation in the international community.
This event is an excellent networking and learning opportunity for attorneys, mediators and other ADR professionals, law students and corporate and government representatives. There is no fee for attending the event.
For more information about the Section of Dispute Resolution or our upcoming programs, please visit : http://ambar.org/2013mediationweek
Why talk about Bankruptcy?
Divorce mediation is a process for parties to formulate their own agreements. Sometimes divorce discussions include consideration of bankruptcy filings by one or both parties. Divorce and bankruptcy may occur at the same time.
When appropriate, the parties may consult with a bankruptcy attorney. Parker Mediation makes referrals if parties are facing foreclosure on a home or have overwhelming debts. Coordinating your divorce and bankruptcy may save you money and help you make a better financial plan.
Divorce and bankruptcy may occur at the same time. Properly planning for both will reduce hardship for all involved. Parker Mediation helps you gather the information you need to make informed decisions.
We want you to explore all of your options. Sometimes Bankruptcy is the best solution and we want you to know what to expect if you find yourself in Bankruptcy Court.
Divorce mediation covers all the topics you need to address in order to obtain a divorce in Massachusetts. Child support, spousal support, health insurance, division of property and division of marital debt are essential topics that must be resolved. In addition, Parker Mediation provides additional supports, including bankruptcy resources, to help folks that are divorcing plan a brighter financial future.
If you have questions about divorce, call us today 508.795.0200. We want to help you.
Dusten Brown and his wife agree with Matt and Melanie Capobianco to use mediation to determine the best interests of daughter Veronica. Even though the two couples are fighting over custody of Veronica, they agree on one thing, mediation.
After the biological mother placed the child for adoption, Veronica was placed with a South Carolina couple who raised her until she was two. Prior to finalizing the adoption process, the biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, came forward. He has cared for Veronica since 2011.
The case has been litigated in the state courts and tribal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court determined the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply. The matter remains unresolved. The South Carolina court gave custody to the Capobiancos and the Cherokee Nation court gave custody to Mr. Brown.
Hopefully by coming together in mediation the interested adults can utilize a child-centered approach to develop a permanent plan that provides for Veronica’s best interest.
Permanency mediation is a specific type of mediation utilized in adoption cases. Mediators at Parker Mediation have completed specialized training and are experienced in permanency mediation.
Contact our case manager if you have questions about permanency mediation, the adoption process or need help in a child custody dispute. 508 795 0200
Case Manager Yvonne Perry
508 795 0200
Parker Mediation empowers parents who are going through divorce to develop a parenting plan that works for the entire family. The work schedules of both parents, school or daycare schedules and the children’s activities are all considered in creating a plan that addresses transitions, transportation and supervision for the children. Summer schedules sometimes present challenges for parents who both work. If you want more information or need help developing an appropriate parenting plan this summer, call us at 508 795 0200.
Summer creates opportunities to enjoy more flexible scheduling with children. Without the demands of school, homework and organized activities, why not plan a day trip with the kids.
You and your family can enjoy the summer, even if you are in the process of getting divorced. Take the kids to a park, lake or beach. Making happy memories is one of the best things you can do for your children. Give them your time and attention, relax, slow down, focus on all the good things in your life.
When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Fly a kite, surf the waves, collect beach treasure or get lost in a book. The sun, sand, wind and water are all good for you and your kids. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.
There is plenty of summer time left, the weather is perfect, get out and find your joy. You deserve to find happiness, make new friends, and spend a meaningful day with your children.
New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines take effect August 1, 2013.
Some Key Changes to Child Support Guidelines:
Alimony per the 2011 alimony Reform Act, may be considered;
Child support clarification in cases where combined income is over $250,000.00;
Calculations for child support based upon parenting time;
Child support for youth over eighteen and contributions for education after high school;
Child support deviations; and
Child support modification standards
If you would like to learn more about the new Child Support Guidelines contact Parker Mediation at 508 795 0200.
As you head in to the last month of school, it is time to plan for summer. What are your kids doing this summer? How will you and your spouse manage child care if you both work?
Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Determine what your children’s interests are, then figure out an affordable budget. Ask other parents for tips and ideas. Use family members to help care for the children. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and close friends are often willing to help out. Everyone will likely benefit from the time together and relationships with extended family members can grow stronger. A mix of scheduled and unscheduled activities will provide diverse experiences for your children.
If you are already separated, start thinking about vacation dates and let the other parent know so you don’t end up wanting the same weeks. Communicate in advance to avoid problems later. If you need help making decisions for the summer, give us a call 508 795 0200. Our mediators are here to help you make parenting plans for your children. Summer is for fun, plan now so you and your children can enjoy it.
Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.
Disputes happen to people everywhere. While many conflicts end after civil conversation or fizzle out over time, some are more complicated to resolve alone. When conflicts are poorly managed or remain unresolved, some folks resort to court action. Court actions are often slow, expensive and time consuming.
Divorce Mediation has many advantages:
* Speed – You can resolve disputes months before a trial date is available.
* Cost – You reduce legal costs and attorney fees.
* Control – You stay in charge of the schedule and the costs.
* Voluntary – You create your own settlement.
* Neutral – Professional experienced mediators guide you to agreement.
To learn more call Parker Mediation 508 795 0200. Parker Mediation provides a free divorce mediation consultation.
Imagine the children remain in the family home and parents take turns alternating care-taking responsibilities. Rather than require the children to move in and out of two homes, the parents co-parent by alternating the residential schedule. Nesting is not a novel idea. The kids get to stay in the home, remain in the same schools, stay in the same neighborhood and keep the same friends. Parents alternate moving in and out of the home to parent the children. If you have the resources, consider the concept of providing the children with a stable home, where each parent moves in and out as the residential caretaker. While the overall housing costs for the family may increase, the emotional stability may offset the financial challenge.
Parker Mediation has assisted families that employ this approach. If you would like more information about the nesting experience, contact us at 508 795 0200.
For additional information you can check out KidsStay.org.
Parker Mediation provides full service mediation. Our mediators use video conferencing when one party lives out of the area. Communication if face to face over the Internet in real time. You can successfully use mediation to divorce while living far apart. On-line video conferencing provides flexibility for folks, reducing the need to travel long distances.
To learn more, call 508 795 0200.
Mediation is usually a place where conflict is resolved. We are saddened to hear that three people are dead after a man shot a corporate attorney and his client following a mediation session Wednesday in Phoenix. The man, who later committed suicide, was allegedly litigious and had anger-management issues.
Dr. Viktor Frankl, who wrote ”Man’s Search for Meaning,” promoted the theory that the search for value and meaning in the circumstances of one’s life was the key to psychological well-being. He suggested that despair can be overcome by discovering meaning in life, which in turn provides the will and strength to endure difficult times. He shared that no matter what, where or how, we retain, ”the last of the human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Please choose peace, do not be discouraged by setbacks or failure, and don’t be afraid to use mediation to resolve conflict.
Parker Mediation provides high quality professional divorce mediation services in Worcester.
We have one clear goal in mind: guiding you and your family through challenging times. Parker Mediation provides the added advantage of saving you time, money, and emotional well-being.
Our mediation professionals never lose sight of your primary objective, to manage and protect your legal and financial interests, and preserve your relationships. Parker Mediation takes care of all the details and paperwork. Our problem solving mediators ensure that you begin the next chapter of your life on the right path.
Call 508 795 0200 to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced Worcester divorce mediator.
Thinking about divorce? Ask an experienced Worcester Divorce Attorney if divorce mediation is right for you.
If you made it through the holidays thinking “never again” you may be ready to divorce. Think before you act. You could initiate an expensive, litigious and stressful process or you could consider divorce mediation.
You fell in love, got married, and maybe you had kids. Getting divorced may not be easy, but why make it harder or more expensive than it has to be.
Try mediation before going to court.
Divorce Mediation can be faster, cheaper and less stressful than traditional representation. The cost to divorce with attorneys and multiple court appearances can become enormous.
You have nothing to lose by using mediation; it’s simpler, quicker and makes better outcomes. You stay in control of the divorce mediation, it’s confidential and private.
Mediation involves the use of an independent, qualified and neutral third party to help couples talk through how they will divide their assets and decide what to do with their children.
Each New Year many couples decide to separate. The stressful holidays are behind them and they are ready for a fresh start.
Happy New Year! Happy new you!
Contact Parker Mediation at 508.795.0200 to learn more about divorce mediation and what we can do for you.
Happy New Year! Time for 2013!