Parenting Section


Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update)

(3/06/17)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide

(3/06/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce

Ira Turkat

Harmful Effects of Child-Custody Evaluations on Children

(3/03/17)Ira Turkat

Child-custody evaluations have become commonplace in family-law disputes over living arrangements, parental decision-making, and time-sharing with offspring.

Wayne Plenert

A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model

(3/03/17)Wayne Plenert

The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.

Nicole Garton

Conflict Analysis & Intervention Selection for Parenting Coordinators: Strategies for Success

(2/28/17)Nicole Garton

This article provides background information on parental conflict and its consequences for children. Three conflict analysis models are presented to assist parenting coordinators to diagnose parental conflict and select effective intervention strategies.

The Financially Smart Divorce Book Review

(2/17/17)John Fiske, J Anthony Licciardello

Divorce mediators can greatly benefit from reading and having readily on hand this new book by a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who understands that divorce should be a planning process.

Armand and Robbin DAlo

Is Divorce The Real Target?

(2/17/17)Armand and Robbin DAlo

When the fire of love feels dead or the threat of divorce is put on the table what is really happening?

Rachel Ryan

Happy Valentine’s Day Darling; Here’s a Prenup

(2/09/17)Rachel Ryan

The article addresses increased rates of divorce and important considerations for protecting one’s self and financial assets and the consequences of failing to do so.

Clarence Cramer

Interview with Clarence Cramer

(1/24/17)Clarence Cramer

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Clarence Cramer, long-time leader in the field of court-connected family mediation, including the mediation of cases involving domestic violence, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Eric Laubacher

Divorce Mediation In Ohio

(1/13/17)Eric Laubacher

This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The College Education Expense; How to Share the “Experience”

(1/03/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The question to be answered by all parents—separated or divorced parents, married or unmarried—is: How will the child’s college education be funded? In short, who will pay and how much?

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce

(12/18/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.

Armand and Robbin DAlo

Holiday Stress? There Is a Way to Fight

(12/18/16)Armand and Robbin DAlo

Conflict is a part of life, and so exposure to it can be an important lesson in emotional literacy for kids if it is handled properly.

Meredith Richardson

Parenting Across the Miles

(11/28/16)Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?

Janet Wiseman

Are They Ready to Divorce?

(11/17/16)Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?

Justin Kelsey

U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know

(10/14/16)Justin Kelsey, David Goodman

This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.

Zahra Jimale

Divorcing Peacefully

(9/02/16)Zahra Jimale

A comparison of the resolution process of two former spouses, one who chooses litigation and the other who chooses the collaborative process.

Maria Walsh

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Grow

(7/15/16)Maria Walsh

With expanded participation of women in the workforce, there is a need to adapt the workplace to pregnant and breast-feeding workers.

Donald T. Saposnek

What Should We Tell the Children? Developing a Mutual Story of the Divorce

(7/10/16)Donald T. Saposnek

One of the most typical questions asked of me by parents who are beginning the divorce process is, “What should we tell the children and how should we tell them?”

Maxine Baker-Jackson

Interview with Maxine Baker-Jackson

(6/21/16)Maxine Baker-Jackson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Maxine Baker-Jackson, former Director and Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Court, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

John Lande

Mashburn on Mediation in Open Adoption Cases

(6/10/16)John Lande

I remember one case that broke my heart in which I wish we could have arranged an open adoption.

Laurie Israel

Underwood Family Values – A Template for a Marriage

(6/10/16)Laurie Israel

The Underwoods, the main characters in the show House of Cards, have been married a long time when we meet them - 26 years - as the series begins. They seem to be a very solid two-person unit, that have things to teach us about balancing personal fulfillment and commitment to the marriage.

Michael Aurit

Family Law Progress Inspires Divorce Mediation in Arizona

(4/04/16)Michael Aurit, Karen Aurit

Three years have passed since the words “child custody” have been spoken in an Arizona courtroom. They have not been missed.

Guest Author

High Conflict Child Custody: Mediation And Settlement

(2/29/16)

In this video I discuss the dynamics and the psychology of settlement. This is one of the first challenges I faced in my child custody dispute and it really blindsided me.

Richard Barbieri

Listening to a Different Voice

(1/15/16)Richard Barbieri

Listening skills are vital to any mediator. Listening to children is an especially effective way to stretch ourselves by entering into another mental world.

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