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

 
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The Value of Divorce Mediation

Instead of publicly battling each other in civil court or in front of the Beth Din, you can move forward in divorce mediation. read

 
12/27:

Mediation Perspectives Blog: Applying Mediation and Negotiation Techniques at the Family Dinner

Here is today’s question: How can basic mediation techniques help you to avoid fighting at your Christmas Family dinner? read

 
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Rwanda: New app to boost land conflict resolution

The most common land related disputes that appear in the system include inheritance boundaries, divorce, land registrat, polygamy, land renting, ascending part, land transactions, expropriation, and genocide land related conflicts. read

 
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Effective Use Of Mediation-Arbitration

Over the past 15 years, mediationarbitration (or “med-arb”) has grown into a popular method of resolving family law disputes. As its name suggests, med-arb combines the most effective features of both mediation and arbitration. Why has med-arb become so popular? When does it work and when it does not? What are the ethical and practical issues that must be considered? read

 
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Mediator weighs in on keeping peace at Thanksgiving dinner table

Mediator Julian Portilla, who teaches courses on conflict resolution at Champlain College, advised families to consider a moratorium on political conversation at the dinner table. read

 
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Business Offers Free Holiday Mediation

Falmouth Mediation at 184 Jones Road, a full-service, client-centered mediation practice providing an affordable forum for assisting families and individuals, is offering one hour of free mediation to help couples and ex-couples agree on holiday schedules for their families. read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



Eric Laubacher
Divorce Mediation In Ohio (1/13/17)
Eric Laubacher

This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.



Jan Frankel Schau
Barriers to Settlement: Fear of Regrets (1/06/17)
Jan Frankel Schau

Often times, the parties or their lawyers refuse to accept that “Last, best and final offer” because they think they will regret making the deal and not having the time and energy to take one more deposition, find the “truth”, the “smoking gun” or exact a little more pain and discomfort towards the other side.



Jason Dykstra
Learning to Love (1/06/17)
Jason Dykstra

This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.



Patricia Porter
Renewing And Strengthening Relationships In The New Year (1/03/17)
Patricia Porter

As you enter 2017, reflect and commit to being intentional on the small gifts you can provide to strengthen, honor and acknowledge those important relationships in your life. Here are some ideas to consider.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
The College Education Expense; How to Share the “Experience” (1/03/17)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The question to be answered by all parents—separated or divorced parents, married or unmarried—is: How will the child’s college education be funded? In short, who will pay and how much?



Stephen McDonough
Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court (1/03/17)
Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce (12/18/16)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.



Armand and Robbin DAlo
Holiday Stress? There Is a Way to Fight (12/18/16)
Armand and Robbin DAlo

Conflict is a part of life, and so exposure to it can be an important lesson in emotional literacy for kids if it is handled properly.



Meredith Richardson
How to Give Your Spouse the Best Christmas Present Ever (12/09/16)
Meredith Richardson

When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.



Meredith Richardson
Parenting Across the Miles (11/28/16)
Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?




How to Get Control of the Money? (11/28/16)

When we ask people to come up with a budget, even when they are given a detailed outline with prompts, they give us blank stares. Likewise, when we get those worksheets back, in many cases they are far from reality.



Janet Wiseman
Are They Ready to Divorce? (11/17/16)
Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?



Sylvia Smith
Five Helpful Guidelines for Parenting Children With ADHD (11/11/16)
Sylvia Smith

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you will no doubt understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to cope with impulsive and defiant behaviour on a daily basis.



Joshua Neuder
Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator (11/04/16)
Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.



Tammy Lenski
Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict (10/28/16)
Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?



Michael Jacobs
Don't Ask (10/28/16)
Michael Jacobs

"So, when can I see the children?"



Katherine Graham
Where Mediation is Used, Other than the Workplace (10/28/16)
Katherine Graham

Training to be a mediator is very popular particularly for people who have been made redundant and are looking for alternative stimulating and rewarding employment. And quite right too because being a mediator is deeply satisfying work!




Restorative Justice Works! (10/21/16)

This author wonders if “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to reduce recidivism. It is neither an alternative to prison nor replaces our legal system.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update) (10/17/16)
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.



Nina Meierding
Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field? (10/17/16)
Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.



Justin Kelsey
U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know (10/14/16)
Justin Kelsey

This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.



Beth Graham
Federally Funded Nursing Homes No Longer Allowed to Require Residents to Sign Binding Arbitration Agreements (10/07/16)
Beth Graham

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a regulation that bans federally funded long-term care facilities such as nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.



Sebastian Llanos
La Mediación Escolar Como Herramienta de Andamiaje (10/07/16)
Sebastian Llanos

El conflicto constituye una constante básica en el desenvolvimiento cotidiano del aula. Sin embargo, esta realidad conflictiva puede mostrarnos un dinámico potencial educativo si es observada como oportunidad de aprendizaje.



Amy Sereday
Three Secrets About Difficult Conversations (10/03/16)
Amy Sereday

This article promotes the use of elder and adult family mediation to approach issues of aging and geriatric care. Targeted towards family caregivers, it outlines 3 reasons mediation can be beneficial when approaching difficult conversations.



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.



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