Family Services of Central Massachusetts uses co-mediation assigning two Mediators to act as neutral supports for each case. We have found that there are many advantages of co-mediation, such as the promotion of teamwork and effective communication. Our Mediators are trained to facilitate rather than direct the mediation. Facilitative mediation means we help people learn each other’s interests with the goal of reaching a durable agreement. During the process we help people clarify issues, consider their options, and reach workable settlements that fit individual needs. Time and again we have seen that mediated agreements are generally more acceptable and sustainable since people make their own solutions.
Our diverse Mediators are well trained and hold, at least a 30-hour Certificate in Basic Mediation in compliance with MGL Ch. 233 § 23C and the MA Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution Rule 8(c)(i). Mediations are held at our office, in the courts, and at other locations as needed.
We also offer Training for Basic Mediation and Conflict Resolution. We would be happy to conduct a training to meet your specific needs at your location or ours.
What Does It Cost?
Grants and Trial Court Contracts allow us to offer small claims mediation for court cases at no charge (with the exception of our Probate Pilot where we offer two free mediation sessions – additional sessions move to Sliding Fee Scale). Family Services of Central Massachusetts uses a Sliding Fee Scale based on individual income, which makes community mediation affordable. Our Sliding Fee Scale is used for all private mediations at our center.
Family Services of Central Massachusetts also provides a 10% discount to all Active Military, Veteran, Law Enforcement, and Fire Fighters using our Sliding Fee Scale (copy of DD214 or other verification required). The discount is applied to both parties in divorce/unmarried parents/same-sex/cases. Please contact us for specific information on rates.