Divorce Mediation Conference – Parenting Plans

NYSCDMRecently I spent a weekend at the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation’s annual conference, which, as a member of the Board of Directors and Conference Committee, I helped to arrange. More than 150 mediators from all over the state attended to hear prominent experts on divorce related issues run workshops and lectures to improve our skills and keep current with the latest information that will help our clients get through the difficult Divorce Process as easily as possible.

There was too much to summarize in one – or even a few– posts, but I will provide a few highlights. We were fortunate enough to have Joan Kelly, PhD, an expert on child development and effects of divorce on children, for a full day presentation. One of the things that I got out of it was that there is a lot of research that says that in most cases kids want, and should have, more time with the non-residential parent than the traditional every- other- weekend- and one -evening- a week, as is so commonly imposed by judges. This is true for children of all ages -from very young to college aged.

Several websites with examples of parenting plans were cited. Here they are for you to look at:
www.AFCCNET.ORG (Planning for Shared Parenting)
www.STATE.AK.US/COURTS/FORMS/DR-475PDF
jbkellyphd@mindspring.com (Parenting Plan Options for School Age Children).

By the way, the Conference was held in Saratoga Springs, New York. The area is beautiful with lots to do, and many moderately priced hotels and motels (except in racing season). It is a nice place to visit and to take the kids.

Be Well,

Mike Stokamer,

Separation & Divorce Mediator & Collaborative Attorney

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