Mediation and Family Law Resources

Family Dispute Resolution Articles

Our Family Dispute Solution articles cover a wide range of topics related to family law, resources and dispute resolution processes. See our article list.

Mediation Resources

Lawyers and Mediation: Their Role as Consultants,” by Lynda J. Robbins, MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly, Vol.2, No. 2, Spring 2003

Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution,” by Lynda J. Robbins, MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly, Vol.3, No. 2, Spring 2004, Book Review (also reprinted in The Collaborative Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, Winter 2004)

  • Organizations:

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation

The Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. (MCFM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional support and public information regarding the practice of mediation.

Collaborative Law Resources

The ‘Art’ of Four Way Meetings,” by Lynda J. Robbins, MCLE, Collaborative Law Practice: At the Cutting Edge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2005) and MCLC Collaborative Law Journal, Spring 2006

  •  Collaborative Divorce Video:

Collaborative Divorce – A Safe Place” is a twenty minute video following the true life story of one couple as they proceed through their own Collaborative divorce.

  • Organizations:

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

The Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council is an association of attorneys and other professionals committed to resolving conflict in a collaborative manner and dedicated to helping our clients achieve amicable settlements of disputes by problem-solving and negotiation. The Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council trains attorneys and collaborative professionals, educates the public regarding the collaborative option and promotes the use of the collaborative law practice throughout Massachusetts.

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is committed to expanding the use of collaborative practice into all areas of dispute resolution throughout the world. The IACP is dedicated to service to its members and the public through fostering professional excellence and professional development as well as establishing standards of practice and professional ethics. It provides a central resource for education, networking and referrals.

Parenting Resources

Planning for Shared Parenting: A Guide for Parents Living Apart” distributed by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Understanding the Effect of Divorce on Children” Probate and Family Court Parent Education Classes

Parenting Education Class

Court Forms

Child Support Guidelines

Uncontested Divorce Court Forms

Financial Statement – short form

Financial Statement – long form

Financial Statement – Schedule A (self employment)

Financial Statement – Schedule B (rental income)

MA Probate and Family Court Form


Coates, Christine and LaCrosse, E. Robert. Learning From Divorce, San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass, 2003

Fassler, David; Lash, Michele and Ives, Sally Blakeslee. Changing Families, A Guide for Kids and Grown-ups, Burlington, Vermont, Waterfront Books, 1988

Ives, Sally Blakeslee; Fassler, David and Lash, Michele. The Divorce Workbook, A Guide for Kids and Families, Burlington, Vermont, Waterfront Books, 1985

Kalter, Neil. Growing Up With Divorce, Helping Your Child Avoid Immediate and Later Emotional Poblems, New York, New York, Fawcett Columbine, 1990

Ricci, Isolina. Mom’s House, Dad’s House, Making Shared Custody Work, New York, New York, Macmillian Publishing Company, 1980, 1997

Lash, Michele; Loughridge Sally Ives and Fassler, David. My Kind of Family, A book for Kids in Single-Parent Homes Burlington, Vermont, Waterfront Books, 1990

Stoner, Katherine E. Divorce Without Court: A guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Berkeley, California, Nolo, 2008

Weiner-Davis, Michele Divorce Busting: A Revolutionary and Rapid Program for Staying Together New York, Simon and Schuster Paperbacks,1992

Wolf, Anthony E., Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?: A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce New York, New York, Noonday Press, 1998