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6/27:

Ask Amy: Divorce mediation or take it to court? - Ithaca Journal

"Being a good and stalwart parent will bring you joy. Dropping the pretense about your marriage, and living well and authentically will be the best revenge." read

 
6/19:

Australia: Mediation: alternative dispute resolution in family law

Mediation is the dominant feature of today’s family law landscape. Mediation is no longer ‘Alternative’. read

 
6/13:

New Program Offers Mediation Services for Caregivers, Elderly

Ku?ikahi Mediation Center and West Hawai?i Mediation Center, in partnership with Hawai’i County Office of Aging, have partnered to launch a new program providing mediation and conflict resolution support services for kupuna, caregivers and families on Hawai?i Island. read

 
6/06:

Mediation eliminating divorce trials in Whitman County
Judge finds few takers for his efforts to educate youth about courts divorce trials in Whitman County. read

 
6/06:

Bringing the voice of the child into mediation
Understanding a child’s perspective can be helpful for separating spouses using mediation for custody and access disputes, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul.

 
5/31:

Mediation: dragging your feet will cost you in UK

Parties receive considerable encouragement by the courts to mediate. Recent Court of Appeal decisions reinforce that approach. read

 
5/31:

Mental Health and Mediation of Workplace Disputes

I have recently been asked if resolving workplace disputes by mediation is still viable if one of the parties is suffering from mental health issues. The quick answer is that it makes use of that process even more desirable, but this being Mental Health Week, let’s take a closer look. read

 
5/16:

Pakistan cracks down on men trading young daughters to settle debts and disputes

Pakistan's government is trying to institutionalize systems that could help stamp out the practice. In January, lawmakers approved an out-of-court settlement process that might curb vani ceremonies by taking civil dispute remediation out of the hands of jirgas.  read

 
5/16:

Prenuptial/Precivil Partnership Agreements And Mediation - A Marriage Made In Heaven

The advantage of discussing the prenuptial/precivil partnership agreement in mediation is that the couple will discuss their aspirations and concerns in a confidential and safe environment before pen is put to paper. read

 
5/04:

K-State offers mediation service to solve disputes

Kansas State offers a mediation service, a form of intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it, to Riley and Geary county residents. read

 

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Vicki Shemin
Divorce Lawyers: 5 Little Known Things You Need To Know (4/03/17)
Vicki Shemin

There is an inescapable fact: the relationship between a divorce attorney and a client is, at best, a business relationship.



Marilyn McKnight
Interview with Marilyn McKnight (3/29/17)
Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the AFM and ACR, filmed as part of our Views from the Eye of the Storm Series.



Gabriel Cheong, Esq.
Can You Use a Mediator in an Uncontested Divorce? (3/28/17)
Gabriel Cheong, Esq.

If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreement in mediation, you still have the option of going to court.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Interview with Joan Kelly (3/27/17)
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.



Stephen Erickson
Interview with Steve Erickson (3/25/17)
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.



Donald T. Saposnek
Interview with Don Saposnek (3/21/17)
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.



Lisa Parkinson
Interview with Lisa Parkinson (3/20/17)
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.



Peter Adler
Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting (3/14/17)
Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.



Michael Aurit
Advancing Your Family Mediation Career at APFM 2017 In Memphis (3/09/17)
Michael Aurit

We met three years ago at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) Conference in San Diego. At the time, each of us was barely a year out of law school and preparing to take a leap to begin our own divorce and family mediation practice.



Jay Folberg
Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth (3/07/17)
Jay Folberg

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.



Chip Rose
Interview with Chip Rose (3/06/17)
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.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update) (3/06/17)
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.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide (3/06/17)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce



Ira Turkat
Harmful Effects of Child-Custody Evaluations on Children (3/03/17)
Ira Turkat

Child-custody evaluations have become commonplace in family-law disputes over living arrangements, parental decision-making, and time-sharing with offspring.



Wayne Plenert
A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model (3/03/17)
Wayne Plenert

The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.



Carrie Schultz
Divorce Mediation In New Jersey (3/03/17)
Carrie Schultz

This article is about the divorce mediation process, including specific recommendations for New Jersey.



Nicole Garton
Conflict Analysis & Intervention Selection for Parenting Coordinators: Strategies for Success (2/28/17)
Nicole Garton

This article provides background information on parental conflict and its consequences for children. Three conflict analysis models are presented to assist parenting coordinators to diagnose parental conflict and select effective intervention strategies.




The Financially Smart Divorce Book Review (2/17/17)
John Fiske, J Anthony Licciardello

Divorce mediators can greatly benefit from reading and having readily on hand this new book by a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who understands that divorce should be a planning process.



Armand and Robbin DAlo
Is Divorce The Real Target? (2/17/17)
Armand and Robbin DAlo

When the fire of love feels dead or the threat of divorce is put on the table what is really happening?



Kenneth Cloke
Interview with Ken Cloke (2/12/17)
Kenneth Cloke

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Eric Slepak
Takeaways from a Child Protection Mediator Training (2/10/17)
Eric Slepak

Child protection cases involve a child who has been removed from their home following a substantiated claim of abuse or neglect.



Rachel Ryan
Happy Valentine’s Day Darling; Here’s a Prenup (2/09/17)
Rachel Ryan

The article addresses increased rates of divorce and important considerations for protecting one’s self and financial assets and the consequences of failing to do so.



Tammy Lenski
How to Say No Persuasively (2/03/17)
Tammy Lenski

“If you can’t say no, your yes is hollow.”



Tammy Lenski
Two Smart Principles for Resolving Everyday Disagreements (1/27/17)
Tammy Lenski

Not all disagreements require long talks to resolve them sufficiently.



Clarence Cramer
Interview with Clarence Cramer (1/24/17)
Clarence Cramer

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Clarence Cramer, long-time leader in the field of court-connected family mediation, including the mediation of cases involving domestic violence, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



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?



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