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5/24:

Mediation, not the courts, is key in avoiding the 'war'

WHEN Roisin O'Shea applied for a judicial separation from her husband, it seemed there was only one way to go about it - and that was by plastering on the war paint and marching into court. read

 
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MediYAYtion: Why Your Upcoming Divorce Mediation is a Good Thing! (And Instructions on How to Rock It!)

In the context of a divorce, mediation is a good thing. It offers folks a real opportunity to settle their divorce without the acrimony or expense of a trial. Plus, in many counties, it’s mandatory—meaning the parties are required to mediate before going to court. read

 
5/24:

How to Prepare for Mediation

Each mediation renews my belief that people are willing to listen, learn and create resolution in the interest of peace, time, and fiscal responsibility. read

 
5/17:

Irish mediator recognised for contribution to elder mediation

An Irish mediator has been recognised for her contribution to elder mediation at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria. Margaret Bouchier was presented with the The Sherren Award by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), of which she is the ethics committee chair. read

 
5/17:

Got a dispute - mediate, don't litigate

With court fees on the rise, in some extreme cases by more than 600 per cent, and the cut backs in the administration of justice, most notably with some local courts shutting down, legal cases are more expensive and take longer to resolve. read

 
5/10:

Marriage breakdown - Is Family Mediation right for me?

Family Mediation provides an extremely effective way for couples to resolve various issues. It is non-adversarial. Both of you are partners in the decision making. It allows matters to be resolved amicably. read

 
4/28:

Knoxville non-profit leaders learn about community violence prevention, gang mediation

Stopping gang violence has been on the mind of many in Knoxville since the deaths of Zaevion Dobson in December and his 12-year-old cousin Jajuan Lathum just a couple weeks ago. They were two kids, innocent victims, caught in the middle of gang shootings. read

 
4/28:

What Might a Mediator Do for the Parties to the Contraceptive Case in the Supreme Court?

Before embarking on a hypothetical mediation between religious employers and the government, let us first review the issue that divides the parties.Might "Transformative Mediation" help? read

 
4/19:

Elder Care: Conversations of Care

Mediation may be the answer for elder care challenges. Mediation is a process where people in conflict privately, effectively and safely discuss their perspectives and proposed resolutions. Each family member’s perspective should be heard before crafting a plan. read

 
4/19:

'Law & Order' Divorce Suit Blocked by Mediation Privilege

A long-running legal feud over the Law & Order fortune may have finally reached its finale. A state judge in Los Angeles last week tossed out a suit against the mediators who helped settle the divorce of Dick Wolf, the legal procedural's creator, and his ex-wife Christine. read

 

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Maria Simpson
Don't Take That Tone . . . (5/27/16)
Maria Simpson
An endgame is the strategy you plan for how you will play your last hand or your remaining chess pieces or the end of the race to ensure the outcome you want. Sometimes those strategies work and sometimes they don’t, but it’s the plan we put into place to get a desired result, and then we hope it works.

Hadassah Fidler
When Sorry Can’t Be The Only Word (5/27/16)
Hadassah Fidler
The latest research into apologising will come as no surprise to those who work in the mediation arena.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Challenging The Myths Surrounding Divorce Mediation (5/21/16)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Challenging divorce mediation myths, such as whether or not mediation will work if only one spouse can communicate well.

Tammy Lenski
Holding the Space for Someone in Conflict (5/20/16)
Tammy Lenski
What does it mean to hold the space for someone who’s trying to get somewhere different in a conflict?

Gary Direnfeld
Resolving a Parenting Dispute? Get with the times…. (5/06/16)
Gary Direnfeld
For years, family law litigators were the go to persons to facilitate the distribution of property, support obligations and the plan of care for children of the relationship between separating couples.

Dan Simon
Surgeons’ Apologies Decrease Lawsuits: How Can that be News? (5/06/16)
Dan Simon
I read an article on CNN that explains that when surgeons and other medical providers apologize after they’ve made a mistake, people are less likely to sue. What I found hard to swallow was that the story was considered newsworthy.

Larry Fong
Interview with Larry Fong (5/02/16)
Larry Fong
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Larry Fong, a leading Canadian Family Mediator, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Marilyn McKnight
Interview with Marilyn McKnight (4/26/16)
Marilyn McKnight
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the Academy of Family Mediators and Association for Conflict Resolution, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Eric Slepak
Child Protection Perspectives: Initiating the Conversation (4/18/16)
Eric Slepak
RSI wanted to shine some attention on the work we are doing related to the development of the new Child Protection Mediation Program.

Vicki Shemin
4 Benefits Of Being A Child Of Divorce (4/15/16)
Vicki Shemin
As a child of divorce, a divorced mother of two, and a long-practicing divorce lawyer/therapist, divorce is not exactly something I would advocate for improving a child’s mental health.

Gary Direnfeld
Beyond Court there is a World of Better Options to Resolve Parental Conflict. Here’s Four: (4/08/16)
Gary Direnfeld
When locked in bitter conflict, sometimes people resort to court. This can result in poor outcomes as the court is more limited in terms of solutions that can be ordered.

Tammy Lenski
Work with People, Not on Them (4/08/16)
Tammy Lenski
How do you reduce resistance? What are the best ways to handle difficult people?

Michael Aurit
Family Law Progress Inspires Divorce Mediation in Arizona (4/04/16)
Michael Aurit
Three years have passed since the words “child custody” have been spoken in an Arizona courtroom. They have not been missed.

Patricia Porter
Laughing Through Conflict – Benefits of Infusing Humor into Your Relationship (3/31/16)
Patricia Porter
Humor and laughter can be a valuable tool for defusing the tension brought on by conflict.

Tammy Lenski
Small Caring Actions to Help Ease the Suffering in Conflict (3/11/16)
Tammy Lenski
Conflict and suffering are confederates working in painful alliance, each feeding the other as if to ensure its own continued existence. If I turn away from the suffering in conflict, I deny a part of my clients’ experience.

Jim Melamed
Review of MediationMate (3/07/16)
Jim Melamed
This is a review of MediationMate (www.MediationMate.com), a new suite of end-to-end productivity tools for divorce mediators.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up (3/04/16)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. is a groundbreaking clinical psychologist and researcher who began studying the impact of divorce on children in 1968. Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.

Guest Author
High Conflict Child Custody: Mediation And Settlement (2/29/16)
Guest Author
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.

Martin Rosenfeld
Eight Benefits of Collaborative Practice Training (2/26/16)
Martin Rosenfeld
This article describes the benefits I see from taking Collaborative training.

Robert Baum
Alimony Does Not Necessarily End Upon Retirement of the Wage Earner (2/26/16)
Robert Baum
A common misconception is that alimony will automatically end when the person paying the alimony retires. Unless the settlement agreement specifically provides for alimony termination upon retirement, recent cases in hold that alimony will continue, although perhaps at a reduced amount.

Zena Zumeta
Interview with Zena Zumeta (2/22/16)
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.'

Laurieann Ram-Kern
Getting a Divorce - What Are You Going To Do With The Family Home? (2/19/16)
Laurieann Ram-Kern
You made the decision to divorce, now read how to navigate best the mountainous task of deciding what to do with the family home.

Patricia Porter
Get Out Of MY Parking Spot! What To Do When You Get Triggered? (2/05/16)
Patricia Porter
An interesting conflict that occurs during snowfalls in Baltimore City is over parking spots. Thursday night before the storm commenced, residents began placing folding chairs and other miscellaneous furniture outside to reserve the spaces in front of their houses.

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.

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