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2/02:

Israel Requires Mediation for Divorce

A law has been passed in Israel that will come into force in July. It requires couples to try mediation before they can obtain their divorce through the courts. read

 
1/12:

Have you resolved to get divorced in 2016?

As many of us turn our thoughts to making changes in the New Year, a good number are likely contemplating divorce. Turns out, January is a popular month to file for divorce for many Americans. read

 
1/12:

Singapore Family Justice Court to focus more on kids’ welfare, mediation processes

For all contentious child cases now, counselling and mediation is required, with a pilot programme that includes a therapeutic interview with affected children. “We found that this helped parents appreciate the consequences of their actions on their children, with encouraging results." read

 
1/12:

How to Manage Family Strife

Families argue -- especially around the holidays. Overbearing in-laws, wayward teens, stepfamilies, elder care or antiquated parenting plans can turn a home into a war zone. While some situations are easily resolved, others can linger for months -- even years. Instead of allowing conflict to fester -- consider mediation. read

 
1/05:

Mediation Matters: Changing the culture of divorce – a mediator’s new year reflections

NFM's At-Court Mediation project successfully showed that couples who have become entrenched in conflict can, with the right help, find an exit from the courtroom drama and move on in a positive way. read

 
12/29:

Number of people in family mediation rises

The number of people using mediation to resolve family disputes has risen, the UK government announced this week. In their figures for the third quarter of 2015 – July to September – the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealed that the number of mediation sessions started was 19 per cent higher than last year. read

 
12/17:

Mediation starts in the last quarter up by 19%

he Ministry of Justice has published the latest legal aid statistics for July to September 2015. The number of mediation assessments fell sharply after the introduction of LASPO in April 2013, but over the last year the number of mediation assessments has stabilised at around half of pre-LASPO levels, despite quarterly fluctuations. read

 
12/17:

Studies show couples wait until after the holidays to divorce, with filings peaking in March

It is not uncommon for married couples to take their children on vacation over Christmas, stay in the same hotel rooms and behave as though everything were normal— only to announce at the beginning of the new year they are getting a divorce, according to professionals who handle divorces. read

 
12/08:

Can US-style collaborative law finally uproot Britain's bad divorce habits?

Across the Atlantic, the collaborative approach to separation is well-established. But why are so few UK lawyers up for it? Frances Sieber explains. read

 
11/30:

Early Mediation Can Facilitate Divorce Cases

Family lawyers should embrace early mediation as a creative tool that makes them more attractive to clients and helps them cast a net for a wider client base. read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



Tom Stipanowich
The International Evolution of Mediation: A Call for Dialogue and Deliberation (2/05/16)
Tom Stipanowich
Much has been written about the global development of mediation, but more should be said about the important questions that should be confronted by practitioners, policymakers and users.

Meredith Richardson
The Worst Valentine's Day Ever (2/05/16)
Meredith Richardson
When you're young, the worst Valentine's Day ever may be the day at school when everyone got a flower or a card except for you. That's pretty bad.

Hadassah Fidler
What Do Divorce Selfies Have to Teach Us? (2/05/16)
Hadassah Fidler
A look at the trend for Divorce Selfies, what it tells us about the trend for an amicable divorce and the lessons professionals can take from it - to be more supportive about the idea that an amicable divorce is achievable.

Deborah Fleck
Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law (1/29/16)
Deborah Fleck
Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members.

Lorraine Segal
Let Go of “Shoulds” and Expectations at Work (or Anywhere) (1/22/16)
Lorraine Segal
Shoulds and expectations are a big source of conflict.

Greg Rooney
The Australian Experience of Pre-Litigation ADR Requirements (1/22/16)
Greg Rooney
Mediation is now well-established in Australia particularly in the commercial jurisdictions of the states and territories. However it is still viewed as an unwelcome visitor by many in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Jill Gross
SCOTUS Denies Cert in Nursing Home Arbitration Case (1/15/16)
Jill Gross
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Supreme Court of Texas that enforced a pre-dispute arbitration clause in an agreement a patient signed with a nursing home pre-admission. After the patient died, her family sued the nursing home in state court alleging negligent care and wrongful death.

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.

Andrew Schepard
Interview with Andrew Schepard (1/12/16)
Andrew Schepard
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon
Divorce Mediation: More Mainstream But Less Pure (1/04/16)
Dan Simon
Although mediation has the potential and in many cases succeeds at being an entirely different and healthier experience than legalistic divorce, mediation has more often been watered down to the point where it’s simply another part of litigation.

Michael Toebe
Former President Carter Mediating MLK Jr. Family Case (at age 91) (1/04/16)
Michael Toebe
A national story involving two very famous names (MLK Jr.'s children and former President Jimmy Carter) that can prove so helpful in building more awareness about the intelligence and effectiveness of mediation to solve disputes in place of punching someone with rights-based litigation.

Eric Slepak
If And When ADR Should Be Introduced Into Student Debt Conversation (1/04/16)
Eric Slepak
Just as homeowners over-leveraged themselves on the road to the foreclosure crisis, so too Americans now stand on the precipice of what could be an equally destabilizing student debt problem.

Gary Direnfeld
How to Truly Advance the Needs of the Child between Separated Parents (12/11/15)
Gary Direnfeld
Many parents become caught up in the details of a separation and do not spend much time with their children. This can be misconstrued as a lack of interest.

Meredith Richardson
When a Former Boyfriend Gets Added into the Mix (12/11/15)
Meredith Richardson
I already knew what happened next. I was as wrong as wrong can be.

Stephen Erickson
Interview with Steve Erickson (12/08/15)
Stephen Erickson
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Stephen Erickson, one of the founders of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Dan Simon
Mediation Study Bolsters Transformative Claims (12/04/15)
Dan Simon
The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts has completed a significant study of mediation methods.* It measured the effects, in parenting disputes, of different techniques. The report strongly supports that methods consistent with the transformative approach are more effective than others at achieving lasting improvement in the situations mediated.

Alla Roytberg
Is It “Culture Versus Law”? - Learning about Cultural Sensitivity in Family Disputes (12/04/15)
Alla Roytberg
While representing culturally diverse clients in court requires a degree of knowledge and cultural sensitivity, acting as a neutral mediator often presents even a greater challenge, – to maintain a delicate balance between honoring the cultural and religious rules and rituals that a family has and, on the other hand, helping people understand U.S. law and come up with agreements that are considered fair and legally enforceable.

Lilian Edith Vargas
Intercultura Y Resolucion de Conflictos (12/04/15)
Lilian Edith Vargas
Las experiencias a compartir en este capítulo se han desarrollado en la zona Metropolitana de la ciudad de Resistencia o “Gran Resistencia” en la Provincia del Chaco, ubicada al NE de Argentina, sobre la margen izquierda del Río Paraná.

Lorraine Segal
Separation as a Cause of Conflict and Violence (11/30/15)
Lorraine Segal
The longer I work to understand and heal my own resentments and conflicts, and the more I work with individuals and organizations that need help with communication and conflict resolution, the more clearly I see that a huge underlying cause of conflict is separation.

Lisa Parkinson
Interview with Lisa Parkinson (11/20/15)
Lisa Parkinson
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Michael Aurit
Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit (11/20/15)
Michael Aurit
Has a young aspiring mediator ever approached you—as someone they look up to as an experienced professional—and asked, "I want to become a mediator. Can you give me some advice? Do you think I can ‘make it’ as a mediator?"

Robin Graine
Mediation vs. Litigation: To Punish or Not to Punish, That is the Question (11/13/15)
Robin Graine
Many people go into a divorce with swords pulled. They want to get even. They want to punish their spouse for making them feel bad. Humiliated. Depressed. When divorce is not your idea, you may even go into a classic defensive “stall mode” to try and drive the other person a little crazy with angst.

Gary Direnfeld
The 7 Strategies for Determining Your Parenting Plan (11/09/15)
Gary Direnfeld
The Parenting Plan is the parental agreement setting out how the children will be cared for between separated parents. Essentially, the Parenting Plan is the road map that separated parents will follow for the raising of their kids.

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