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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

 
7/12:

Mediation can lower the costs of divorce

Costs can be kept lower by utilizing mediation. In mediation, a neutral third party (on occasion two mediators) sits with the parties to the divorce and asks for their responses to a series of questions about assets and liabilities, the family home, parenting agreements for their children and other pertinent matters. This at-the-table work can be hard for people who are in a divorce, but the benefits are not only a lowered cost but also the fact that they design their agreement. read

 
6/29:

Couples on new BBC reality show about mediation are mocked on Twitter

Warring couples on new BBC reality show about mediation are mocked on social media as they feud over their finances. read

 
6/29:

A new BBC program allows us to watch couples undertake mediation

Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator is a rather astonishing series - and it's up to the viewer to provide judgement. read

 
6/21:

Mr Versus Mrs – Confessions of a divorce mediator

Nine couples featured in a new BBC 2 documentary series Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator, which takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to the growing practice of family mediation as the UK now carries out more than 17,000 mediations a year, according to government statistics. The success rate is high: nearly 90 per cent achieve a satisfactory deal. read

 
6/08:

Who gets the pet? Couples work out joint custody

When Tricia Lerdon and her husband separated, they had to figure out how to share their beloved dachshund, Jetson. "One of us giving up the dog?" she said. "That wasn't even a conversation." So while living apart, they co-owned Jetson for several years until he died earlier this year. He traveled between their homes on the same schedule that their daughter did, so she would always have her pet's company. read

 
6/08:

4 Different Types of Divorce

Divorces can be messy and complicated. But an amicable divorce need not be impossible to accomplish. Here are a few types of divorce proceedings that possibly could make it easier on all involved. read

 
5/31:

Judge: Court discriminated against deaf man by denying mediation interpreter

A deaf Indianapolis man was discriminated against when a court denied providing him an interpreter during a mediation session ordered in his child custody case. A federal judge ruled Friday that Marion Superior Court’s decision to deny the interpreter in a court-funded mediation program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. read

 
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

 
5/24:

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

 

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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?”

Nina Meierding
Interview with Nina Meierding (7/10/16)
Nina Meierding
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon
6 Reasons Name-Calling Can be a Healthy Part of Mediation (7/01/16)
Dan Simon
In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Business Mediation: Strengthening Partnerships for the Long Haul (6/27/16)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Business partnerships are similar to marriages. Consider the problems encountered by these two very different partnerships.

Charlie Irvine
Scotland’s ‘Mixed’ Feelings About Mediation - Part 1 (6/27/16)
Charlie Irvine
This paper considers Scotland’s lack of receptivity towards mediation in the light of its ‘mixed’ legal heritage of both civilian and common law influences. It contrasts the approach to mediation in common law jurisdictions (such as England and Wales and those of the USA) with that of France, where litigation acts like an ‘attracting magnet’.

Maria Simpson
Orlando and Radicalization (6/27/16)
Maria Simpson
As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.

Richard Peachey
Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator (6/27/16)
Richard Peachey
Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.

Maxine Baker-Jackson
Interview with Maxine Baker-Jackson (6/21/16)
Maxine Baker-Jackson
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Maxine Baker-Jackson, former Director and Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Court, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.


Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask (6/20/16)
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
This article outlines what couples need to do in order to face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce. If people have not resolved their dilemmas before the divorce, they go through the process trying to manage their fear in different ways by hiding their doubt, responsibility; vulnerability, or dependency.

John Lande
Mashburn on Mediation in Open Adoption Cases (6/10/16)
John Lande
I remember one case that broke my heart in which I wish we could have arranged an open adoption.

Patricia Porter
You Thought Your Marriage Was Miserable- Wait Till You Get To Court… (6/10/16)
Patricia Porter
The breakup of a marriage almost always involves some level of conflict between spouses, but the process of litigation during divorce ratchets that conflict up to a level of devastation for all members of the immediate and even extended family.

Laurie Israel
Underwood Family Values – A Template for a Marriage (6/10/16)
Laurie Israel
The Underwoods, the main characters in the show House of Cards, have been married a long time when we meet them - 26 years - as the series begins. They seem to be a very solid two-person unit, that have things to teach us about balancing personal fulfillment and commitment to the marriage.

Clare Fowler
3 Dastardly Disputes (6/06/16)
Clare Fowler
It seems lately everyone is trying to classify disputes. Well, never let it be said that I wasn't one for jumping on the bandwagon.

Jennifer Mahony
Revelling in the Pause: Creating Sustainable, Connected Working Relationships (6/06/16)
Jennifer Mahony
Mediation is about revelling in the pauses, honouring them, leaning into them. It is about slowing down, about being purposeful in everything that is said and done.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Interview with Joan Kelly (5/31/16)
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.

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.

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