Family Law Mediation CME
24 Hours Credit
This course is designed to be completed after the basic mediation course. This course meets the requirement of continued education specializing in family mediation. You will learn the important issues involved in a family or divorce mediation and it will help you in your efforts to set up your family mediation practice
This program provides a solid basic family law education for any new Mediator who would like to add family law to his or her services.
1. Family Law Client Interview and Intake
Description: Conducting a successful 1st client interview helps you get hired, decide if you want to get hired, set client expectations and gather information for a successful family law case.
2. Preparing Your Client for a Court-Ordered Custody Mediation or Evaluation
Description: Thorough and ethical preparation of your client for a court-ordered custody mediation and evaluation can mean the difference between success and failure in a contested custody matter.
3. Discovery Basics: Reality Check, Tax Returns, Wage Records, Perks, Subpoenas, and Your Own Disclosures Discovery in family law goes well beyond the required court forms. Learning to read tax returns, pay stubs, and other financial documents can help you discover undisclosed income and assets.
4. Negotiating a Settlement: Client Conversations, Settlement Meetings and Mediation's
Since over 95% of all family law cases settle before trial, effective negotiation and settlement skills are essential to successful family law practice. Learn how to get the upper hand in negotiations and settlement meetings for favorable resolutions for your family law cases.
5. Active Listening:
While listening is an integral part of effective communication, few students are taught how to listen effectively. Many students believe that hearing what is said is the same as listening to what is said. In reality, they are distinctly different.
6. Counselling Skills:
You’ll find out what the role of a counselor involves, the skills needed to embody the position, how to be good at it and how to establish a strong bond with clients. You’ll explore grief and bereavement, stress, anxiety and depression, and how to help clients get through these difficult times.
7. Custody: Crafting a Developmentally Sound Parenting Plan-Your client’s parenting plan needs to serve the children’s best interests as well as work for the parents. A detailed plan based on the children’s ages and bonds with the parents will have the best chance of being adopted by the court as well as insuring a successful post-divorce co-parenting relationship.
8. Drafting a Tight Agreement and Enforcing the Agreement
Family law is a minefield of potential malpractice and unintended consequences. Drafting a tight judgment will avoid problems later while giving your client a clear roadmap of everyone’s rights and responsibilities.
9. Domestic Violence: