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Child Support Guidelines in Massachusetts

On August 1, 2013, the MA Child Support Guidelines revisions went into effect for determining the amount of child support one parent pays to the other parent. These Child Support Guidelines provide a mathematical formula for how much a parent will pay to the other parent with the child or children.  The parent who pays child support is called the “Payor”.  The parent who receives child support is called the “Recipient”.

Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”

“Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”
(Printed in the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.’s “Family Mediation Quarterly”, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 2005)


Can mediators learn from the best selling book “Blink”?  Is it true that good mediators just know, as we watch facial expressions and listen to what couples say?   Continue reading Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”

“Are Personal Care Products Safe?”

“Are Personal Care Products Safe?”


     We expect our shampoo, soap, deodorant, creams, sunscreen and make up we use on a daily basis to be safe, but are they?  The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow has concerns about the safety of our personal care products.  They are sponsoring a Safe Cosmetic Week of Action from June 18, 2005 to June 26, 2005.  During this week, their volunteers have been talking to counter staff and managers at local department store cosmetic counters and cosmetic stores and leafleting outside of stores about toxic chemicals in cosmetics, gathering petition signatures and posting ads in communities throughout the country.

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