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3/21:

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

 
1/26:

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

 
1/26:

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

 
1/11:

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

 
12/30:

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

 
12/29:

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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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.



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.'



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