Family Law and Divorce Mediation Skills and Issues
This training helps experienced and recently trained mediators expand their practice into the area of divorce and family law disputes. The training is divided into eight half-day sessions. These sessions will include ten hours of family law training which meet the CADRES requirement as well training in fundamental mediation skills and complex issues. The law sessions will alternate with skills training sessions.
Participants must have completed a 40 hour mediation training and be prepared to use their math skills to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and calculate percentages.
The first morning session is designed for those unfamiliar with court procedures and the CADRES system. For attorneys and others familiar with these processes, the program begins at 12:30. In this morning session, participants will:
The family law sessions will outline and explain the three major areas of divorce and family law cases: children, property, and spousal support. The instruction consists primarily of didactic lecture, but includes problem solving exercises and discussions about how to use the applicable legal framework in the mediation sessions. In these sessions you will:
The sessions on Friday morning and Friday afternoon, give participants an opportunity to practice mediation skills based on basic family law concepts. The first session focuses on developing a parenting plan using the best interests standard and adult financial issues including win-win solutions to marital property, options for dividing equity in the marital home, and allocating debt. The second session focuses on explaining and calculating child support and techniques for addressing disputes about income. In these sessions you will:
On final Friday morning session will introduce the mediator to select complex issues in family law cases and provide opportunities to practice mediation skills when those issues arise. It focuses on issues involving children, including safety planning, child resistance to parent-child contact, when and how to talk about the appointment of a guardian ad litem, and complex child support issues. The afternoon session focuses on adult issues such as pressing interim issues, non-marital property, allegations of economic misconduct, and ways to help participants analyze spousal support options.
|June Zellers. J..D., is a retired attorney and former owner of Common Ground Mediation Services in Lewiston. She currently serves on the CADRES Professional Development Team and is the co-author, with Jacqui Clark, of Choice Points: The Guide to Peer Consultation for Mediators. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, and also teaches the Kids First Program for divorcing parents in various locations|
This course earns 12 CLE and 2 Ethics Credits.