A mediated settlement can be more comprehensive, more creative, achieved faster and at less cost, than pursuing your dispute through the court systems. For global families, the court systems may be unavailable, or there may be complex legal issues that prevent you from pursuing an enforceable court order.
Ms. Kucinski is the owner of MK Family Law, PLLC. As part of her law practice, she mediates complex cases that span multiple states and countries. In 2013, Ms. Kucinski consulted for the Hague Conference on Private International Law. She has authored over a dozen publications, many with a focus on cross-border family mediation. She has presented at nearly 50 national and international conferences on cross-border family cases. Ms. Kucinski chaired an International Steering Committee for International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, and was designated as a Legal and Mediation Expert to an international delegation to the Hague Conference’s 7th Special Commission meeting on the Practical Operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions. She sat as an advisor on several delegations for the U.S. government, including for the Hague Conference’s 6th Special Commission meeting in 2011, and a delegation that traveled to Tokyo in 2014 to discuss bilateral operation of the Hague Child Abduction Convention with Japan’s Foreign Ministry. While in Tokyo, Melissa conducted a 2-day mediation training for Japanese family mediators. She co-designed a 40-hour international family mediation training offered by the American Bar Association in 2013 and 2015, and continues to offer advanced cross-border family mediation training through her law firm and other organizations, such as the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the D.C. metro area and U.C. Hastings Law School in San Francisco, California. Ms. Kucinski, a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and active on its Dispute Resolution Committee, is a panel mediator for 5 separate state and federal courts in 3 different jurisdictions in the United States.
Melissa KucinskiWashington, D.C.
If you are interested in mediation, please contact Ms. Kucinski for more information and to schedule an intake call.