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4/26:

How To Make A Hard Divorce Easier On Your Kids

These are my tips, some serious, some playful, some in-between. read

 
4/18:

Penn Law's Mediation Clinic: Tackling international child abduction disputes

Last semester, two Law School students took a month to prepare for a high-stakes mediation: an international child abduction dispute in Omaha, Nebraska. read

 
4/04:

Twins, divided: The fate of mentally disabled husband heading to mediation

This three-day series tracks the lives of Ryan and Ronald Moore, identical twins separated soon after birth. read

 
3/07:

Mediator: HB 1277 would punish divorcing couples

Dunlap’s idea is that if the Legislature makes divorce more difficult, fewer people will seek a divorce. The problem with that logic is that divorce is already plenty difficult for the individuals involved, even under the best of circumstances. read

 
2/24:

How to Choose an Elder Mediator

Adult siblings often find themselves at odds when a parent needs long-term care or nears the end of life. Here are tips on finding a mediator to help your family navigate thorny caregiving issues. read

 
2/24:

Oxnard church allegations headed for mediator

Allegations of misuse of funds and other issues spurring a battle for control at Ventura County's oldest African-American church will be sifted through by a mediator, according to a vote of members at St. Paul Baptist Church. read

 
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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

 
1/26:

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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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.



Jim Melamed
Mediators Take Note: BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com (2/09/17)
Jim Melamed

At Mediate.com, we receive multiple complaints each week about another company, Mediation.com. These detailed reports from BBB are instructive as to how this other company operates.



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?



Stephen McDonough
Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court (1/03/17)
Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce (12/18/16)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.



Armand and Robbin DAlo
Holiday Stress? There Is a Way to Fight (12/18/16)
Armand and Robbin DAlo

Conflict is a part of life, and so exposure to it can be an important lesson in emotional literacy for kids if it is handled properly.



Meredith Richardson
How to Give Your Spouse the Best Christmas Present Ever (12/09/16)
Meredith Richardson

When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.



Meredith Richardson
Parenting Across the Miles (11/28/16)
Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?



Armand and Robbin DAlo
How to Get Control of the Money? (11/28/16)
Armand and Robbin DAlo

When we ask people to come up with a budget, even when they are given a detailed outline with prompts, they give us blank stares. Likewise, when we get those worksheets back, in many cases they are far from reality.



Janet Wiseman
Are They Ready to Divorce? (11/17/16)
Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?



Sylvia Smith
Five Helpful Guidelines for Parenting Children With ADHD (11/11/16)
Sylvia Smith

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you will no doubt understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to cope with impulsive and defiant behaviour on a daily basis.



Joshua Neuder
Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator (11/04/16)
Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.



Tammy Lenski
Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict (10/28/16)
Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?



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.



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.



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