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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

 
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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

 
5/24:

How to Prepare for Mediation

Each mediation renews my belief that people are willing to listen, learn and create resolution in the interest of peace, time, and fiscal responsibility. read

 
5/17:

Irish mediator recognised for contribution to elder mediation

An Irish mediator has been recognised for her contribution to elder mediation at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria. Margaret Bouchier was presented with the The Sherren Award by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), of which she is the ethics committee chair. read

 
5/17:

Got a dispute - mediate, don't litigate

With court fees on the rise, in some extreme cases by more than 600 per cent, and the cut backs in the administration of justice, most notably with some local courts shutting down, legal cases are more expensive and take longer to resolve. read

 
5/10:

Marriage breakdown - Is Family Mediation right for me?

Family Mediation provides an extremely effective way for couples to resolve various issues. It is non-adversarial. Both of you are partners in the decision making. It allows matters to be resolved amicably. read

 
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

 
4/28:

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

 

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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.

Andrew Schepard
Interview with Andrew Schepard (1/12/16)
Andrew Schepard
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon
Divorce Mediation: More Mainstream But Less Pure (1/04/16)
Dan Simon
Although mediation has the potential and in many cases succeeds at being an entirely different and healthier experience than legalistic divorce, mediation has more often been watered down to the point where it’s simply another part of litigation.

Michael Toebe
Former President Carter Mediating MLK Jr. Family Case (at age 91) (1/04/16)
Michael Toebe
A national story involving two very famous names (MLK Jr.'s children and former President Jimmy Carter) that can prove so helpful in building more awareness about the intelligence and effectiveness of mediation to solve disputes in place of punching someone with rights-based litigation.

Eric Slepak
If And When ADR Should Be Introduced Into Student Debt Conversation (1/04/16)
Eric Slepak
Just as homeowners over-leveraged themselves on the road to the foreclosure crisis, so too Americans now stand on the precipice of what could be an equally destabilizing student debt problem.

Gary Direnfeld
How to Truly Advance the Needs of the Child between Separated Parents (12/11/15)
Gary Direnfeld
Many parents become caught up in the details of a separation and do not spend much time with their children. This can be misconstrued as a lack of interest.

Meredith Richardson
When a Former Boyfriend Gets Added into the Mix (12/11/15)
Meredith Richardson
I already knew what happened next. I was as wrong as wrong can be.

Stephen Erickson
Interview with Steve Erickson (12/08/15)
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.

Dan Simon
Mediation Study Bolsters Transformative Claims (12/04/15)
Dan Simon
The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts has completed a significant study of mediation methods.* It measured the effects, in parenting disputes, of different techniques. The report strongly supports that methods consistent with the transformative approach are more effective than others at achieving lasting improvement in the situations mediated.

Alla Roytberg
Is It “Culture Versus Law”? - Learning about Cultural Sensitivity in Family Disputes (12/04/15)
Alla Roytberg
While representing culturally diverse clients in court requires a degree of knowledge and cultural sensitivity, acting as a neutral mediator often presents even a greater challenge, – to maintain a delicate balance between honoring the cultural and religious rules and rituals that a family has and, on the other hand, helping people understand U.S. law and come up with agreements that are considered fair and legally enforceable.

Lilian Edith Vargas
Intercultura Y Resolucion de Conflictos (12/04/15)
Lilian Edith Vargas
Las experiencias a compartir en este capítulo se han desarrollado en la zona Metropolitana de la ciudad de Resistencia o “Gran Resistencia” en la Provincia del Chaco, ubicada al NE de Argentina, sobre la margen izquierda del Río Paraná.

Lorraine Segal
Separation as a Cause of Conflict and Violence (11/30/15)
Lorraine Segal
The longer I work to understand and heal my own resentments and conflicts, and the more I work with individuals and organizations that need help with communication and conflict resolution, the more clearly I see that a huge underlying cause of conflict is separation.

Lisa Parkinson
Interview with Lisa Parkinson (11/20/15)
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.

Michael Aurit
Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit (11/20/15)
Michael Aurit
Has a young aspiring mediator ever approached you—as someone they look up to as an experienced professional—and asked, "I want to become a mediator. Can you give me some advice? Do you think I can ‘make it’ as a mediator?"

Robin Graine
Mediation vs. Litigation: To Punish or Not to Punish, That is the Question (11/13/15)
Robin Graine
Many people go into a divorce with swords pulled. They want to get even. They want to punish their spouse for making them feel bad. Humiliated. Depressed. When divorce is not your idea, you may even go into a classic defensive “stall mode” to try and drive the other person a little crazy with angst.

Gary Direnfeld
The 7 Strategies for Determining Your Parenting Plan (11/09/15)
Gary Direnfeld
The Parenting Plan is the parental agreement setting out how the children will be cared for between separated parents. Essentially, the Parenting Plan is the road map that separated parents will follow for the raising of their kids.

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Mediate.com Recognized as "Top 10" Attorney Directory Site! (11/09/15)
Mediate.com
Now celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Mediate.com has been recognized as a "Top 10" Attorney Directory by Attorney Rankings. Mediate.com is the overall 9th ranked attorney directory and the only mediation or ADR directory listed.

Jay Folberg
Interview with Jay Folberg (11/03/15)
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.

Gary Direnfeld
Separated Parents: It’s not Quantum of Time, but Quality of Relationship (10/30/15)
Gary Direnfeld
If you get hung up on the quantum of time with your partner and your children, you may lose sight of the quality of your relationship now and for the future.

Nina Meierding
Interview with Nina Meierding (10/27/15)
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.

Tammy Lenski
5 Common Beliefs About Conflict That are Dead Wrong (10/23/15)
Tammy Lenski
I’ve heard the following five common beliefs about conflict repeatedly during my two decades as a mediator, coach, and conflict resolution teacher. All five miss the mark in important ways and we should stop repeating them.

Mary Damianakis
The Hague Convention, Seven Characteristics, and Mediation (10/23/15)
Mary Damianakis
This article discusses the Hague Convention on child abductions. It gives an update on dealing with children in international custody negotiations.

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