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Marital Property Division Mediation

20-Hour Intensive Course

We provide both hands-on training and a clear framework to enable participants to work effectively with parties involved in the mediation of the economic aspects of divorce.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for anyone who wants to mediate the economic aspects of family law cases. The prerequisite for this training, designed for both new and experienced mediators, is a completed 40-hour mediation training. If you are already mediating, the more experience you bring to the training, the more you will get from it. If you are just starting up, this will help.

What Does this Workshop Include?

This highly interactive workshop uses a range of formats including video, demonstrations, discussions, and role-play. The workshop, with a 400-page manual, covers the core economic issues of mediation. The training focuses on the skills involved in becoming an effective mediator in the financial areas of divorce. Some of the many components in this training include:

  • mediating alimony: the hardest issue
  • advocacy and empowerment
  • stock options and pensions in divorce
  • successfully mediating property division
  • software programs for working with property and finances (Family Law Software, FinPlan, Equal Shares, SASI-CALC).
  • when and how to caucus
  • working with attorneys in property division mediation
  • apologies: their surprising importance
  • how co-mediation adds value
  • creative settlement strategies for the division of assets
  • taxes in divorce
  • writing competent memoranda

The workshop includes role-plays so that each participant can practice and develop his/her skills.

What Credentials Will this Workshop Give Me?

For Maryland residents, this workshop will meet the 20-hour requirement under Rule 17-104c(2) of the Court of Appeals in Maryland for those wishing to be approved for court-referred marital property mediations.

A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, will be issued to you upon successful completion of and full attendance at the training course.

Who are the Faculty for the Course?

“We pride ourselves in our high quality workshop that will be led by Carl Schneider, Ph.D. and Audrey M. Yowell, Ph. D., M.S.S.S.“.

Experienced mediators will assist with individual coaching for participants in small group role plays.

What Should I Read Beforehand?

We recommend the following book:

Gude to divorce mediation A Guide to Divorce Mediation,
(by Gary Friedman (Workman Publishing, 1993; $13)Reading this beforehand will help you make better use of the workshop. (Copies will also be available for purchase at the workshop.)


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