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8/18:

Avoid Tragic Ending: Start With a Negotiated Farewell and Divorce Mediation

When divorce seems like the best and only option, spouses can dramatically impact the quality of their divorce process by initiating the divorce using a strategy called the Negotiated Farewell. read

 
8/16:

After suicides, nonprofit giving peer mediation training to Livingston schools

The Livingston community was hit hard earlier this year. Folks were left reeling from the suicide deaths of two teenagers and two adults within weeks of one another. In response to that crisis, a grassroots effort called the #WeWillListen campaign began. Now #WeWillListen is partnering with Bozeman’s Community Mediation Center to sponsor a training for school administrators, teachers and staff to help bring peer mediation into Park County schools with suicide prevention as the driving goal. read

 
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

 

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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.

Dan Simon
Surgeons’ Apologies Decrease Lawsuits: How Can that be News? (5/06/16)
Dan Simon
I read an article on CNN that explains that when surgeons and other medical providers apologize after they’ve made a mistake, people are less likely to sue. What I found hard to swallow was that the story was considered newsworthy.

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.

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.

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