Family Law Mediation Training
Maine Association of Mediators (MAM) presents a Three Day Family Law course designed for mediators, as well as legal and other helping professionals who want to be on the CADRES Family Matters roster or who encounter family law issues in their work. *There will also be estimated one-hour reading and at-home exercises following the Friday and Monday meetings to prepare for the subsequent training sessions.
FAMILY LAW training provides sixteen (16) hours of family law instruction. The training covers the three major areas of divorce and family law cases: children, property, and support. Topics include parental rights and responsibilities, marital property, child support, spousal support, post-judgment actions, and other family law issues. During the training, participants will be introduced to relevant statutes, court forms, and mediation agreements. Participants will also be calculating child support obligations using the Maine Child Support Guidelines and statutes for a variety of scenarios.
Pending: 15 CLE hours plus 1 Ethics hour and 16 CADRES hours available.
Pam Waite - MAM Vice President - A graduate of Smith College and the University of Maine School of Law, Pam represented the State of Maine as an Assistant Attorney General primarily in employment and tax matters for over 30 years. A skilled negotiator, she trained to become a mediator and now mediates privately; serves on the court rosters for family matters and foreclosure cases; and also is on the roster as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Maine Department of Education. Pam believes strongly in party self-determination and the importance of trying to resolve disputes by agreement as an alternative to engaging in lengthy and expensive litigation.
Lucy Wess - MAM Board member -is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and educator, and the owner of Mindful Mediation, LLC in Frankfort, Maine. She studies history and secondary education at Saint Francis University (PA) and was introduced to the world of dispute resolution while studying at Valparaiso University School of Law (IN). She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Over the last decade, she has been involved in academics, athletics, and support services in domestic and international higher education settings. Since January 2019, Lucy has applied her varied skills and experiences as a CADRES Family Matters mediator, private mediator, facilitator, and trainer in a variety of settings. She also is interested in promoting peace, reconciliation, and restorative justice through cross-cultural mediation and facilitation. She recently earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Peace and Reconciliation UMaine focusing on work involving yoga, expressive arts, and sharing circles to build trust and community among female refugees and support workers and is an adjunct instructor with the Justice Studies Program at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA).