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12/06:

Effective Use Of Mediation-Arbitration

Over the past 15 years, mediationarbitration (or “med-arb”) has grown into a popular method of resolving family law disputes. As its name suggests, med-arb combines the most effective features of both mediation and arbitration. Why has med-arb become so popular? When does it work and when it does not? What are the ethical and practical issues that must be considered? read

 
11/22:

Mediator weighs in on keeping peace at Thanksgiving dinner table

Mediator Julian Portilla, who teaches courses on conflict resolution at Champlain College, advised families to consider a moratorium on political conversation at the dinner table. read

 
11/08:

Business Offers Free Holiday Mediation

Falmouth Mediation at 184 Jones Road, a full-service, client-centered mediation practice providing an affordable forum for assisting families and individuals, is offering one hour of free mediation to help couples and ex-couples agree on holiday schedules for their families. read

 
11/08:

Hot jobs: Mediators

According to the New York State Department of Labor, employment for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators is expected to rise 14.6 percent — faster than the average for all occupations — between 2010 and 2020. read

 
10/31:

Divorce gets even uglier, but its cast steps up, in “Mediation”

On a stress test, divorce is ranked higher than the death of a spouse. That’s because with divorce comes the stigma of failure.I think that helps explain Robert’s downward spiral this episode. read

 
10/24:

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Mediation' Episode of DIVORCE on HBO

On the next episode of DIVORCE on HBO titled 'Mediation', telling the kids is the hardest part of the divorce process. New episodes of Divorce premiere Sundays at 10PM on HBO. read

 
10/12:

Splitting couples turn to mediation

Couples going through martial or domestic breakups are increasingly turning to the Family Mediation Service in Limerick rather than going to the expense of court action to divide property and agree on child access. 400 clients a year are now using the free service in Limerick. read

 
9/29:

How to put children ahead of broken relationships

University of Virginia psychology professor Robert Emery's message to divorcing couples is simple; parents should be parents so that kids can be kids. read

 
9/26:

Aging Care and In-Home Care Issues Among Family May Be Resolved Using Mediators

Elder care mediators may help families resolve disputes or misunderstandings to find the best solution for those in need. read

 
9/20:

Getting Through the 6 Stages of Mediation

Mediation is not a single event, not a one-time meeting where magically issues are resolved. Rather, mediation is a process that occurs with very predictable steps. read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



Meredith Richardson
How to Give Your Spouse the Best Christmas Present Ever (12/09/16)
Meredith Richardson

When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.



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?




How to Get Control of the Money? (11/28/16)

When we ask people to come up with a budget, even when they are given a detailed outline with prompts, they give us blank stares. Likewise, when we get those worksheets back, in many cases they are far from reality.



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?



Sylvia Smith
Five Helpful Guidelines for Parenting Children With ADHD (11/11/16)
Sylvia Smith

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you will no doubt understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to cope with impulsive and defiant behaviour on a daily basis.



Joshua Neuder
Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator (11/04/16)
Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.



Tammy Lenski
Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict (10/28/16)
Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?



Michael Jacobs
Don't Ask (10/28/16)
Michael Jacobs

"So, when can I see the children?"



Katherine Graham
Where Mediation is Used, Other than the Workplace (10/28/16)
Katherine Graham

Training to be a mediator is very popular particularly for people who have been made redundant and are looking for alternative stimulating and rewarding employment. And quite right too because being a mediator is deeply satisfying work!




Restorative Justice Works! (10/21/16)

This author wonders if “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to reduce recidivism. It is neither an alternative to prison nor replaces our legal system.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update) (10/17/16)
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.



Nina Meierding
Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field? (10/17/16)
Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.



Justin Kelsey
U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know (10/14/16)
Justin Kelsey

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



Beth Graham
Federally Funded Nursing Homes No Longer Allowed to Require Residents to Sign Binding Arbitration Agreements (10/07/16)
Beth Graham

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a regulation that bans federally funded long-term care facilities such as nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.



Sebastian Llanos
La Mediación Escolar Como Herramienta de Andamiaje (10/07/16)
Sebastian Llanos

El conflicto constituye una constante básica en el desenvolvimiento cotidiano del aula. Sin embargo, esta realidad conflictiva puede mostrarnos un dinámico potencial educativo si es observada como oportunidad de aprendizaje.



Amy Sereday
Three Secrets About Difficult Conversations (10/03/16)
Amy Sereday

This article promotes the use of elder and adult family mediation to approach issues of aging and geriatric care. Targeted towards family caregivers, it outlines 3 reasons mediation can be beneficial when approaching difficult conversations.



Nadja Alexander
UNCITRAL and the enforceability of iMSAs: the debate heats up – Final Installment (9/23/16)
Nadja Alexander

The mounting global hubbub surrounding mediation, and highly varied perceptions regarding the nature and value of mediation, underscore the need for thoughtful conversation and deliberate reflection on present trends and tendencies.



Jan Frankel Schau
Money and Happiness: How Mediation can change your client’s outlook (9/23/16)
Jan Frankel Schau

It seems to me that if the mediator can symbolically suggest that within 30 days, the individual would have $XXXXX in their bank account to do with whatever they wish, including merely keeping it in there as a “safety” precaution if times get rough, we might go a long way towards boosting their happiness quotient.



Althea Halchuck
Hospice and Conflict Resolution (9/23/16)
Althea Halchuck

Conflict can touch anyone, at any time of life. In this article, I talk about end-of-life conflict, specifically those disputes related to hospice. I explore who is involved, why disputes arise, and reasons they are hard to resolve. I also speak about the importance of having a mediator as part of the hospice team.



Elly van Laar
Want to Transform Enemy Images? Start with Selflove (9/16/16)
Elly van Laar

You owe it to yourself to move to a place of compassion and empathy.



Jay Folberg
Interview with Jay Folberg (9/12/16)
Jay Folberg

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Jay Folberg filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Self-help Mediation Tool for Couples (9/02/16)
Søren Braskov, Asger Neumann

This article presents a self-help tool for people in the marriage or relationship. The tool includes principles for mediation and refers to the use of a mediator if conflicts are too difficult for themselves to solve.



Nadja Alexander
The Regulatory Robustness Rating in Practice: Conclusion (9/02/16)
Nadja Alexander

Yes, here it is. The final part of the Regulatory Robustness Rating (RRR) trilogy.



Meredith Richardson
Could Your Relationship Survive a Crisis? (9/02/16)
Meredith Richardson

The bigger story when you are in a crisis is how it impacts your relationship with your spouse and what that says about your relationship.



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.



Keri Morris
Improving the Lives of Children by Delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand Prisons (9/02/16)
Keri Morris

We share our experience and learnings of delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand prisons to improve the lives of children.



Zena Zumeta
Interview with Zena Zumeta (8/23/16)
Zena Zumeta

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Zena Zumeta, long time mediator, trainer and former President of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.'



Tammy Lenski
How to Navigate the “not my problem” Problem (8/19/16)
Tammy Lenski

“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.



Donald T. Saposnek
Interview with Don Saposnek (8/16/16)
Donald T. Saposnek

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Don Saposnek, a leading family mediator, writer and editor, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Tammy Lenski
A Quick Little Phrase to Stop Bickering in its Tracks (8/12/16)
Tammy Lenski

Bickering, an argument about trivial matters, is one of those everyday bad habits that feeds the growth of destructive conflict in a relationship.



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