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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

 
5/24:

Mediation, not the courts, is key in avoiding the 'war'

WHEN Roisin O'Shea applied for a judicial separation from her husband, it seemed there was only one way to go about it - and that was by plastering on the war paint and marching into court. read

 
5/24:

MediYAYtion: Why Your Upcoming Divorce Mediation is a Good Thing! (And Instructions on How to Rock It!)

In the context of a divorce, mediation is a good thing. It offers folks a real opportunity to settle their divorce without the acrimony or expense of a trial. Plus, in many counties, it’s mandatory—meaning the parties are required to mediate before going to court. read

 
5/24:

How to Prepare for Mediation

Each mediation renews my belief that people are willing to listen, learn and create resolution in the interest of peace, time, and fiscal responsibility. read

 
5/17:

Irish mediator recognised for contribution to elder mediation

An Irish mediator has been recognised for her contribution to elder mediation at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria. Margaret Bouchier was presented with the The Sherren Award by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), of which she is the ethics committee chair. read

 
5/17:

Got a dispute - mediate, don't litigate

With court fees on the rise, in some extreme cases by more than 600 per cent, and the cut backs in the administration of justice, most notably with some local courts shutting down, legal cases are more expensive and take longer to resolve. read

 
5/10:

Marriage breakdown - Is Family Mediation right for me?

Family Mediation provides an extremely effective way for couples to resolve various issues. It is non-adversarial. Both of you are partners in the decision making. It allows matters to be resolved amicably. read

 

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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.

Zena Zumeta
Interview with Zena Zumeta (2/22/16)
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.'

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.

Patricia Porter
Get Out Of MY Parking Spot! What To Do When You Get Triggered? (2/05/16)
Patricia Porter
An interesting conflict that occurs during snowfalls in Baltimore City is over parking spots. Thursday night before the storm commenced, residents began placing folding chairs and other miscellaneous furniture outside to reserve the spaces in front of their houses.

Tom Stipanowich
The International Evolution of Mediation: A Call for Dialogue and Deliberation (2/05/16)
Tom Stipanowich
Much has been written about the global development of mediation, but more should be said about the important questions that should be confronted by practitioners, policymakers and users.

Meredith Richardson
The Worst Valentine's Day Ever (2/05/16)
Meredith Richardson
When you're young, the worst Valentine's Day ever may be the day at school when everyone got a flower or a card except for you. That's pretty bad.

Hadassah Fidler
What Do Divorce Selfies Have to Teach Us? (2/05/16)
Hadassah Fidler
A look at the trend for Divorce Selfies, what it tells us about the trend for an amicable divorce and the lessons professionals can take from it - to be more supportive about the idea that an amicable divorce is achievable.

Deborah Fleck
Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law (1/29/16)
Deborah Fleck
Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members.

Lorraine Segal
Let Go of “Shoulds” and Expectations at Work (or Anywhere) (1/22/16)
Lorraine Segal
Shoulds and expectations are a big source of conflict.

Greg Rooney
The Australian Experience of Pre-Litigation ADR Requirements (1/22/16)
Greg Rooney
Mediation is now well-established in Australia particularly in the commercial jurisdictions of the states and territories. However it is still viewed as an unwelcome visitor by many in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Jill Gross
SCOTUS Denies Cert in Nursing Home Arbitration Case (1/15/16)
Jill Gross
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Supreme Court of Texas that enforced a pre-dispute arbitration clause in an agreement a patient signed with a nursing home pre-admission. After the patient died, her family sued the nursing home in state court alleging negligent care and wrongful death.

Richard Barbieri
Listening to a Different Voice (1/15/16)
Richard Barbieri
Listening skills are vital to any mediator. Listening to children is an especially effective way to stretch ourselves by entering into another mental world.

Andrew Schepard
Interview with Andrew Schepard (1/12/16)
Andrew Schepard
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon
Divorce Mediation: More Mainstream But Less Pure (1/04/16)
Dan Simon
Although mediation has the potential and in many cases succeeds at being an entirely different and healthier experience than legalistic divorce, mediation has more often been watered down to the point where it’s simply another part of litigation.

Michael Toebe
Former President Carter Mediating MLK Jr. Family Case (at age 91) (1/04/16)
Michael Toebe
A national story involving two very famous names (MLK Jr.'s children and former President Jimmy Carter) that can prove so helpful in building more awareness about the intelligence and effectiveness of mediation to solve disputes in place of punching someone with rights-based litigation.

Eric Slepak
If And When ADR Should Be Introduced Into Student Debt Conversation (1/04/16)
Eric Slepak
Just as homeowners over-leveraged themselves on the road to the foreclosure crisis, so too Americans now stand on the precipice of what could be an equally destabilizing student debt problem.

Gary Direnfeld
How to Truly Advance the Needs of the Child between Separated Parents (12/11/15)
Gary Direnfeld
Many parents become caught up in the details of a separation and do not spend much time with their children. This can be misconstrued as a lack of interest.

Meredith Richardson
When a Former Boyfriend Gets Added into the Mix (12/11/15)
Meredith Richardson
I already knew what happened next. I was as wrong as wrong can be.

Stephen Erickson
Interview with Steve Erickson (12/08/15)
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.

Dan Simon
Mediation Study Bolsters Transformative Claims (12/04/15)
Dan Simon
The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts has completed a significant study of mediation methods.* It measured the effects, in parenting disputes, of different techniques. The report strongly supports that methods consistent with the transformative approach are more effective than others at achieving lasting improvement in the situations mediated.

Alla Roytberg
Is It “Culture Versus Law”? - Learning about Cultural Sensitivity in Family Disputes (12/04/15)
Alla Roytberg
While representing culturally diverse clients in court requires a degree of knowledge and cultural sensitivity, acting as a neutral mediator often presents even a greater challenge, – to maintain a delicate balance between honoring the cultural and religious rules and rituals that a family has and, on the other hand, helping people understand U.S. law and come up with agreements that are considered fair and legally enforceable.

Lilian Edith Vargas
Intercultura Y Resolucion de Conflictos (12/04/15)
Lilian Edith Vargas
Las experiencias a compartir en este capítulo se han desarrollado en la zona Metropolitana de la ciudad de Resistencia o “Gran Resistencia” en la Provincia del Chaco, ubicada al NE de Argentina, sobre la margen izquierda del Río Paraná.

Lorraine Segal
Separation as a Cause of Conflict and Violence (11/30/15)
Lorraine Segal
The longer I work to understand and heal my own resentments and conflicts, and the more I work with individuals and organizations that need help with communication and conflict resolution, the more clearly I see that a huge underlying cause of conflict is separation.

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