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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

 
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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

 
4/12:

Stepchild's spending divides parents, mediation may help

because you two can’t seem to dial down the “bitter battle” — there is an intermediary you should consider engaging: a mediator. read

 
4/05:

Brazilian judge trains clergy to mediate domestic disputes

A pioneering mediation program in Brazil is banking on religious leaders using their conciliatory skills to resolve conflicts between families and neighbors, while helping the judicial system reduce a massive backlog of cases overloading the country’s courts. read

 
4/05:

Getting a divorce? Why one family court judge advocates mediation

Mediation is less costly than separate representation -- and educates couples about the court process: Their options, child issues, financial issues, legal concerns and legal effects of decisions so they can make their own agreements. read

 
3/29:

Elder mediation can help families resolve conflicts

Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother — who just turned 82 — recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. — Bickering Siblings read

 
3/29:

CT Probate Judges Urged to Use Mediation More Often in Emotionally Charged Cases

While probate court judges routinely hold hearings and issue decisions, probate courts also offer mediation, a chance for the parties to resolve their disputes amicably and in a less formal setting. The state's probate court leadership is pushing for more cases to be resolved this way. read

 
3/14:

SAVVY SENIOR: Elder mediation can help families resolve caregiving conflicts

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? read

 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



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.

Hadassah Fidler
What Do Divorce Selfies Have to Teach Us? (2/05/16)
Hadassah Fidler
A look at the trend for Divorce Selfies, what it tells us about the trend for an amicable divorce and the lessons professionals can take from it - to be more supportive about the idea that an amicable divorce is achievable.

Deborah Fleck
Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law (1/29/16)
Deborah Fleck
Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members.

Lorraine Segal
Let Go of “Shoulds” and Expectations at Work (or Anywhere) (1/22/16)
Lorraine Segal
Shoulds and expectations are a big source of conflict.

Greg Rooney
The Australian Experience of Pre-Litigation ADR Requirements (1/22/16)
Greg Rooney
Mediation is now well-established in Australia particularly in the commercial jurisdictions of the states and territories. However it is still viewed as an unwelcome visitor by many in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Jill Gross
SCOTUS Denies Cert in Nursing Home Arbitration Case (1/15/16)
Jill Gross
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Supreme Court of Texas that enforced a pre-dispute arbitration clause in an agreement a patient signed with a nursing home pre-admission. After the patient died, her family sued the nursing home in state court alleging negligent care and wrongful death.

Richard Barbieri
Listening to a Different Voice (1/15/16)
Richard Barbieri
Listening skills are vital to any mediator. Listening to children is an especially effective way to stretch ourselves by entering into another mental world.

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