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Charity urges increase in family mediation

A charity has called for an increased use of mediation during family breakdown. The public needs a better understanding of the divorce process so children and other “at-risk parties” can be better protected, the Family Mediation Association (FMA) insists. read

 
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In praise of mediation

For reasons I won’t go into here, I think I may have gained a reputation in some quarters for being an opponent of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. read

 
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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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Alexa report shows Mediate.com as most "linked in" mediator directory

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

 
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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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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.



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.



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