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9/26:

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

 
9/15:

Divorce mediator busted for husband kidnapping plot

A Monsey divorce mediator was arrested and charged with helping a rabbi plot the kidnapping of a man who refused to give his poor wife an Orthodox Jewish divorce, also known as a “get.” read

 
9/15:

Resolving eldercare issues

When elderly people encounter changes that bring stress and challenges to their lives and those of family members, mediation provides an opportunity for all concerned to participate in a safe, respectful and moderated conversation where differences can be discussed, information gathered and agreements reached. read

 
9/12:

A divorce mediator answers: Can divorced parents just act like parents?

I want divorced parents to just act like parents, so their kids can be just kids, not “children of divorce” or “children from broken homes.” I hate labels that define children by something that happened to their parents’ romantic relationship. read

 
9/01:

What I Did On My Summer Vacation OR 20 Things I Learned About Divorce Mediation

As a divorced mom and parent coach, one of the things I feel passionate about is helping divorced couples co-parent to the ultimate benefit of their children. So among the many things I did this summer was to take a week to focus on my own education before I hustled to launch my three young-adult children on their individual academic adventures. In short, I took the Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program at Northwestern University. read

 
8/18:

Avoid Tragic Ending: Start With a Negotiated Farewell and Divorce Mediation

When divorce seems like the best and only option, spouses can dramatically impact the quality of their divorce process by initiating the divorce using a strategy called the Negotiated Farewell. read

 
8/16:

After suicides, nonprofit giving peer mediation training to Livingston schools

The Livingston community was hit hard earlier this year. Folks were left reeling from the suicide deaths of two teenagers and two adults within weeks of one another. In response to that crisis, a grassroots effort called the #WeWillListen campaign began. Now #WeWillListen is partnering with Bozeman’s Community Mediation Center to sponsor a training for school administrators, teachers and staff to help bring peer mediation into Park County schools with suicide prevention as the driving goal. read

 
7/12:

The TV show Call the Mediator is revealing on love turned sour

Anybody who is considering divorce should first take a look at the new BBC2 series Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator, which goes behind the doors of a string of national family mediation centres. read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



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.

Shawn Leamon
5 Ways to Decide if Mediation Is a Cost-Effective Solution for Your Divorce (8/12/16)
Shawn Leamon
The article provides 5 tips to help people going through divorce determine if mediation is a cost-efficient solution to resolve their divorce.

Chip Rose
Interview with Chip Rose (8/03/16)
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.

Kristen Blankley
How to Make Mediation Safer in Cases of High Conflict (8/02/16)
Kristen Blankley
This article considers issues of safety in mediation, with practical advice for all mediators to consider before, during, and after a mediation session to ensure participant and mediator safety.

Jason Dykstra
Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries (7/29/16)
Jason Dykstra
Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

Stephen Fritsch
For Senior Caregivers, Mediation Is Often a Must (7/29/16)
Stephen Fritsch
When it comes time to decide on care for an elderly parent, mediation can help family members make tough financial and life care decisions.

Jim Melamed
Effective Conversations in American Society: Time for a National Mediation Act (7/20/16)
Jim Melamed
Please join Mediate.com in recognizing the importance of effective conversations and mediation by supporting a National Mediation Act. This is the shift in social consciousness, American exceptionalism and American leadership that we and the world now most need.

Phyllis Pollack
It Ain’t Easy To Say “I am Sorry” (7/15/16)
Phyllis Pollack
There are right ways and wrong ways to say “I am sorry”. Most of us have figured out the wrong ways… by accident.

Dan Simon
Mediation Center Director Re-Inspired by the Transformative Approach (7/15/16)
Dan Simon
Our intent in a recent training was to provide new mediators training in parenting plan mediation, we received so much more. Over the course of the weekend, I found myself reexamining some of my beliefs about mediation practice.

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.

F. Peter Phillips
“Procedural” Apology (7/11/16)
F. Peter Phillips
Richard Nixon was responsible for many teaching moments. One of my favorites is the advance in American appreciation of the difference between the passive voice (“Mistakes were made”) and the active voice (“I made mistakes”).

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?”

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