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This activity addresses module outcomes 2 and 3. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • MO2: Compose an opinion. (CO1, 5)
  • MO3: Evaluate a mediation based upon the Standards. (CO3, 4)

The MEAC weighs in on various disputes in a mediation when a mediator or CDRC requests it.

Assume that there is a state law in New York that requires the following:

The laws affecting divorce and dissolution of marriage are not subject to the following amendment to Article 6, Child Custody/Visitation of the Family Court Act (FCA).

FCA Section 6789 (A)(1): That separating parents of child(ren) under the age of 18 years, without already possessing a duly executed Order of Custody made by a family court judge must present to the court one of the following, prior to the court considering any application for an Order of (child) Custody:

  1. A fully detailed and complete parenting plan that conforms with the court-approved standard parenting plan form and has been properly executed with the notarized signature of the parents of the child(ren); or
  2. An agreement made because of child custody mediation. Said agreement must be presented to the court and must be on a court approved CDRC’s letterhead; or
  3. An Order of a NYS Supreme Court Justice directing family court to proceed with deliberations under Article 6 FCA.

For the purpose of this assignment, please read the scenario of Jane Doe and John Buck.

As a member of the MEAC, you have been asked to submit a draft opinion for the committee to discuss at its next meeting. You begin to address the following issues:

  • Has the mediator pushed beyond the boundaries of their duties by providing information about the FCA?
  • Has the mediator blatantly violated the quality of process by doing so?
  • Has the mediator, by suggesting a resolution for the parties to agree to, violate the Standards and ethics of a mediator?

Using any of the Opinions referenced in the course or researched on your own as a template, provide your justification in a MEAC Opinion.

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.” Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.” Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”


This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to Turnitin.com.

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically. You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers. Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately. You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvementsuntil the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report. Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment. Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.


This assignment will be graded using the SPS ADR671 M8A1 Opinion Rubric located on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here section of the course. Please review the rubric prior to beginning your work so that you ensure your submission meets the criteria in place for this assignment. This assignment is worth 15% of your final course grade.