We are enjoying our maturing practice, mostly providing Boston area divorce mediation and arbitration services, but more generally with family law and other substantive areas of private dispute resolution services in Westwood and Northampton, MA. Our practice continues to be predominantly mediation-focused, but we have been very busy with private conciliations, arbitrations and master appointment work. We continue to write, teach and train actively. Chouteau taught high school civics on the bar association’s Law Day service effort, while both of us have continued to train mediators. Bill is looking forward to training family law arbitrators in Chicago later this summer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (www.aaml.org); and he Bill has recently attained new mediator designations from the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), the national Association for Conflict Resolution (www.arcnet.org) and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (www.apfmnet.org), of which both Chouteau and Bill are Founding Fellows.

Please look for our upcoming article, Massachusetts Alimony Reform and Divorce Mediation: Is it Information or Legal Advice?, in the Fall 2013 issue of the Massachusetts Counsel of Family Mediation’s “Family Mediation Quarterly”. You can also look back at our piece: Its No Sin: Filing and Serving A Complaint Before or During Family Mediation in FMQ’s Spring 2013 issue. MCFM’s website is www.mcfm.org.

Summer is a welcome occurrence for us, as we expect it is for all of you.

This summer’s newsletter features three guest writers form diverse backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives. Beth Gamel, a founder and principal of Pillar Financial Advisors offers a brief set of alerts and practical suggestions about Estate Planning after ATRA, the most recent set of changes to United States tax laws. They can make a difference! For those focused on family law, Bob Rivers of Lee, Rivers & Corr LLP, reprises his well-received piece on the challenge for lawyers, courts and Massachusetts divorce mediators and divorce arbitrators alike: namely, discerning those factors that are influential is negotiating or deciding child support when income levels of the parties significantly exceed the $250,000.00 threshold of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. With new guidelines on the just released by the Trial Court Chief Justice, the subject has continuing primacy. Finally, we welcome organizational psychologist, Barry Stein, of Goodmeasure, Inc., who considers Managing Organizational Conflicts, about addressing and more importantly avoiding dysfunctional conflict in business and institutional settings, for dispute resolution thinkers. Dr. Stein’s thoughtful piece is relevant for all dispute resolvers and company managers.

Last, and we hope not least, we feature our own LDRC Blog. The recent posts will get you into our broader blog on the website; and it will enable you to grab the RSS feed, if you like. And, don’t forget to send me your original or re-printed pieces that you would like to see on one of our newlsetters, along with headshot and/or logo, if you would like. My email is wmlevine@levinedisputeresolution.com.

Have a great summer.
Chouteau and Bill