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4/18:

Penn Law's Mediation Clinic: Tackling international child abduction disputes

Last semester, two Law School students took a month to prepare for a high-stakes mediation: an international child abduction dispute in Omaha, Nebraska. read

 
4/04:

Twins, divided: The fate of mentally disabled husband heading to mediation

This three-day series tracks the lives of Ryan and Ronald Moore, identical twins separated soon after birth. read

 
3/07:

Mediator: HB 1277 would punish divorcing couples

Dunlap’s idea is that if the Legislature makes divorce more difficult, fewer people will seek a divorce. The problem with that logic is that divorce is already plenty difficult for the individuals involved, even under the best of circumstances. read

 
2/24:

How to Choose an Elder Mediator

Adult siblings often find themselves at odds when a parent needs long-term care or nears the end of life. Here are tips on finding a mediator to help your family navigate thorny caregiving issues. read

 
2/24:

Oxnard church allegations headed for mediator

Allegations of misuse of funds and other issues spurring a battle for control at Ventura County's oldest African-American church will be sifted through by a mediator, according to a vote of members at St. Paul Baptist Church. read

 
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Charity urges increase in family mediation

A charity has called for an increased use of mediation during family breakdown. The public needs a better understanding of the divorce process so children and other “at-risk parties” can be better protected, the Family Mediation Association (FMA) insists. read

 
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In praise of mediation

For reasons I won’t go into here, I think I may have gained a reputation in some quarters for being an opponent of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. read

 
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WI: Family Law Mediators Can Draft Settlement Documents

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has approved a petition that will allow lawyer-mediators to draft and file settlement documents in family law cases. Currently, parties must obtain different legal counsel to perform those legal tasks after mediation. read

 
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Mediation is an effective tool for elder family issues

Mediation, long considered to be an alternative to lengthy expensive divorce actions, can also be used in other contexts, notably where there is a dispute among adult children regarding frail, disabled and incapacitated parents. read

 
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Alexa report shows Mediate.com as most "linked in" mediator directory

Mediate.com enters its 22nd year as the most visited and utilized mediator directory on the planet. read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



John Sturrock
A Pop-Up Mediation: Multi-Party Dialogue Using Mediation Brexit: A Constitutional Crisis? (4/21/17)
John Sturrock

On the evening of Tuesday March 28th 2017, a pop-up mediation event on Brexit took place at the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh.



Nicole Garton
Family Justice Reform in British Columbia and the Northern Navigator Initiative: A Preliminary Review (4/14/17)
Nicole Garton

This paper looks at the problem of diminishing access to family justice in British Columbia from a court users perspective, and the interplay of dispute system design and culture in terms of helps and hindrances to these innovation efforts.



Patricia Porter
My Story & Why I Got Started - Audioblog (4/07/17)
Patricia Porter

In this inaugural show, Pattie Porter connects with the audience by sharing her story of growing up in a high conflict family, and this led eventually to her work as a conflict management expert.



Jay Folberg
Interview with Jay Folberg (4/07/17)
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.



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Mediate.com Recognized as "Top 8" Attorney Directory for SEO! (4/07/17)
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Now celebrating our 22nd Year, Mediate.com has been recognized as a "Top 8" Attorney Directory by Rankings.io. Mediate.com is the overall 8th ranked attorney directory and the only mediation or ADR directory listed!



Phyllis Pollack
Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill….and Argue! (4/07/17)
Phyllis Pollack

As they are going up the hill, from out of nowhere, Jill makes an offhand but biting remark to which Jack responds negatively. The ensuing conversation gets totally off track on whether they should go up the hill and instead focuses on Jack’s personality traits and then on Jill’s personality traits.



Meredith Richardson
When in Conflict, Ask Yourself, "What are the unmet needs?" (4/07/17)
Meredith Richardson

When you are in conflict, what are your unmet needs? What are the unmet needs of the person with whom you are in conflict?



Vicki Shemin
Divorce Lawyers: 5 Little Known Things You Need To Know (4/03/17)
Vicki Shemin

There is an inescapable fact: the relationship between a divorce attorney and a client is, at best, a business relationship.



Marilyn McKnight
Interview with Marilyn McKnight (3/29/17)
Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the AFM and ACR, filmed as part of our Views from the Eye of the Storm Series.



Gabriel Cheong, Esq.
Can You Use a Mediator in an Uncontested Divorce? (3/28/17)
Gabriel Cheong, Esq.

If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreement in mediation, you still have the option of going to court.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Interview with Joan Kelly (3/27/17)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Joan Kelly, well-known clinical psychologist, researcher and founding Executive Director of the Northern California Mediation Center, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Stephen Erickson
Interview with Steve Erickson (3/25/17)
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.



Donald T. Saposnek
Interview with Don Saposnek (3/21/17)
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.



Lisa Parkinson
Interview with Lisa Parkinson (3/20/17)
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.



Peter Adler
Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting (3/14/17)
Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.



Michael Aurit
Advancing Your Family Mediation Career at APFM 2017 In Memphis (3/09/17)
Michael Aurit

We met three years ago at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) Conference in San Diego. At the time, each of us was barely a year out of law school and preparing to take a leap to begin our own divorce and family mediation practice.



Jay Folberg
Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth (3/07/17)
Jay Folberg

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.



Chip Rose
Interview with Chip Rose (3/06/17)
Chip Rose

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Chip Rose, a national leader in the fields of divorce mediation and collaborative practice, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



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.



Carrie Schultz
Divorce Mediation In New Jersey (3/03/17)
Carrie Schultz

This article is about the divorce mediation process, including specific recommendations for New Jersey.



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?



Kenneth Cloke
Interview with Ken Cloke (2/12/17)
Kenneth Cloke

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Eric Slepak
Takeaways from a Child Protection Mediator Training (2/10/17)
Eric Slepak

Child protection cases involve a child who has been removed from their home following a substantiated claim of abuse or neglect.



Jim Melamed
Mediators Take Note: BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com (2/09/17)
Jim Melamed

At Mediate.com, we receive multiple complaints each week about another company, Mediation.com. These detailed reports from BBB are instructive as to how this other company operates.



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.



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