Are there “Seasons” for Divorce?
Vacations, outdoor events, the beginning of a new school year – for many, August is synonymous with family time. But for some, this month marked the season for divorce.
Research from the University of Washington found the number of divorce filings in a number of states consistently peaked in the months of August and March. What’s behind the seasonal up-tick? Several factors could be at play. “Rather than a time of bonding, the holidays and vacation periods can often lead to disappointment as couples and families discover that increased time together may exacerbate existing problems rather than help mend them,” Anne Tamar-Mattis, attorney and Executive Director of the IACP said.
Tamar-Mattis is the Executive Director of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), a global membership-based organization that aims to keep these divorcing couples and their children out of court by using Collaborative Law. Continue reading “Tis The Season for Divorce (and Dispute Resolution)? Why More Marriages end in August”
Attorney Andrea M. Wells was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western New England University School of Law Alumni Association.
Her three year tenure will officially commence in October 2019 during the University’s Homecoming Weekend. Service on the Board of Directors is a volunteer opportunity for Andrea to connect the University and its Law Alumni and to help establish and maintain that important relationship.
Western New England University Law School is currently celebrating its 100th year, and has maintained an important connection between the school, its graduates and the community for the past century. Law Alumni Association members serve as mentors for current students, panelists for career services events, and guest judges for moot court competitions. The Law School recently partnered with the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services to address what Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants has described as a “constitutional emergency” due to the lack of attorneys available to represent children and parents in child welfare cases. It is initiatives like these that drew Andrea to Board Membership. Continue reading “Attorney Andrea M. Wells Appointed To Board of Directors of the Western New England University School of Law Alumni Association”
You have finally decided to move forward with divorce and to consult with an attorney. However, you don’t know what to expect. You have heard horror stories about what happens in Court, and you are concerned about the impact of divorce on you and your family, both emotionally and financially. You really want to work things out by agreement with your spouse, but don’t know how best to do that.
You have heard about Collaborative Law and Mediation; or maybe you haven’t heard either of these processes, but the lawyer you consult tells you about them. Or what if your spouse consults with a lawyer first, and tells you that they want to proceed with divorce using the Collaborative Law Process or Mediation? Continue reading “Collaboration: What does it really mean?”
Cryptography is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as “The art of writing or solving codes”. If you find the “key”, you can unlock the “code”.
Divorce or other family breakups often result from parties not being able to communicate, or decrypt the other’s “code”. Lack of communication and understanding are at the root of much marital discord; no matter how hard they try, whether it is through talking, writing, couples counseling, texting, email, crying, apologizing, doing all things humanly possible to understand one another, sometimes couples just can’t crack that code. Continue reading “If Only I Had the Key….”
Attorney Karen J. Levitt will be one of the faculty at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council’s Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training, scheduled for September 19, 2019 and September 20, 2019 at MGM Springfield, MA.
The training will benefit a wide variety of professionals from different disciplines, including family and business law attorneys, financial professionals, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals, coaches and mediators, child development and co-parenting specialists and anyone working with family or business clients in divorce or other conflicts. Continue reading “Attorney Karen J. Levitt Faculty at September 2019 MCLC Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training”
Attorney Karen Levitt’s workshop on “Innovative and Strategic Use of Neutrals in Mediation” has been chosen by the Academy of Professional Mediators (APFM) to be one of its programs at APFM’s conference “The Next Generation of Innovation – Divorce Professionals Partnering for Excellence,” which will be held November 7-9, 2019 in Boston. Continue reading “Karen Levitt’s “Innovative and Strategic Use of Neutrals in Mediation” Workshop”
Attorney Karen J. Levitt is going to be a co-presenter with Attorneys Karen Van Kooy and Cynthia Runge at a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program scheduled for June 11, 2019, entitled “Representing Moderate Income Family Law Clients – Working Efficiently.”
The program, which is for attorneys, will help attorneys think about ways to efficiently represent clients on a limited budget, and how to advise clients on leveraging their options and still have good representation but in a cost-conscious manner. Continue reading “Attorney Karen J. Levitt presenter at MCLE program in June 2019”
Attorney Karen Levitt is co-chair of the USA500 Family Law Roundtable with Attorneys Karen Van Kooy, Cynthia Runge, and Susan DeMatteo. The USA500 Family Law Roundtable is part of the The USA 500 Clubs, which are exclusive regional communities for successful trusted advisers which meets for the purposes of developing relationships, sharing knowledge & resources, reputation enhancement, and creating business opportunities.
The Family Law Roundtable was created so that USA500 members could collaborate with highly skilled family law professionals of different disciplines within USA500, including financial and business professionals along with attorneys. The goal of the Roundtable is to educate the member professionals, with a focus on the further strengthening and deepening of our relationships and connections. Continue reading “Attorney Karen J. Levitt Co-Chairs USA500 Family Law Roundtable”
Attorney Andrea M. Wells has created a niche Adoption Practice within the Levitt Law Group’s family law practice areas. In November, Attorney Wells presented an educational and informative program about Adoption to professionals at the USA 500 Family Law Roundtable in Woburn.
Attorney Wells focused her presentation on Domestic Adoption and in particular adoption in Massachusetts. She discussed the process of adoption, including private agency adoption and adoption from the foster care system. Andrea also provided information about legal risk, step-parent adoptions, same-sex adoption, and post-adoption contracts. Continue reading “Andrea Wells Leads Adoption Practice”
Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution
Attorney Andrea M. Wells is one of a select few members of the private bar who is a member of the Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. The Committee has members from each of the Trial Court Departments and was key in obtaining ADR Funding from the Massachusetts Legislature for Court-connected dispute resolution for the first time in ten years. The Committee is committed to increasing the use of Dispute Resolution within all Trial Court Departments, and training Judges and Court staff about the alternative methods for resolving disputes. Dispute Resolution encompasses many variations of Court alternatives to settlement, including Conciliation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law. The Committee is currently planning an ADR Conference later this year and preparing for the state-wide Dispute Resolution Week. Continue reading “Attorney Andrea M. Wells Spring 2019 News”