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9/29:

How to put children ahead of broken relationships

University of Virginia psychology professor Robert Emery's message to divorcing couples is simple; parents should be parents so that kids can be kids. read

 
9/26:

Aging Care and In-Home Care Issues Among Family May Be Resolved Using Mediators

Elder care mediators may help families resolve disputes or misunderstandings to find the best solution for those in need. read

 
9/20:

Getting Through the 6 Stages of Mediation

Mediation is not a single event, not a one-time meeting where magically issues are resolved. Rather, mediation is a process that occurs with very predictable steps. read

 
9/15:

Divorce mediator busted for husband kidnapping plot

A Monsey divorce mediator was arrested and charged with helping a rabbi plot the kidnapping of a man who refused to give his poor wife an Orthodox Jewish divorce, also known as a “get.” read

 
9/15:

Resolving eldercare issues

When elderly people encounter changes that bring stress and challenges to their lives and those of family members, mediation provides an opportunity for all concerned to participate in a safe, respectful and moderated conversation where differences can be discussed, information gathered and agreements reached. read

 
9/12:

A divorce mediator answers: Can divorced parents just act like parents?

I want divorced parents to just act like parents, so their kids can be just kids, not “children of divorce” or “children from broken homes.” I hate labels that define children by something that happened to their parents’ romantic relationship. read

 
9/01:

What I Did On My Summer Vacation OR 20 Things I Learned About Divorce Mediation

As a divorced mom and parent coach, one of the things I feel passionate about is helping divorced couples co-parent to the ultimate benefit of their children. So among the many things I did this summer was to take a week to focus on my own education before I hustled to launch my three young-adult children on their individual academic adventures. In short, I took the Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program at Northwestern University. read

 
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

 

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Nina Meierding
Interview with Nina Meierding (7/10/16)
Nina Meierding
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon
6 Reasons Name-Calling Can be a Healthy Part of Mediation (7/01/16)
Dan Simon
In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Business Mediation: Strengthening Partnerships for the Long Haul (6/27/16)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Business partnerships are similar to marriages. Consider the problems encountered by these two very different partnerships.

Charlie Irvine
Scotland’s ‘Mixed’ Feelings About Mediation - Part 1 (6/27/16)
Charlie Irvine
This paper considers Scotland’s lack of receptivity towards mediation in the light of its ‘mixed’ legal heritage of both civilian and common law influences. It contrasts the approach to mediation in common law jurisdictions (such as England and Wales and those of the USA) with that of France, where litigation acts like an ‘attracting magnet’.

Maria Simpson
Orlando and Radicalization (6/27/16)
Maria Simpson
As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.

Richard Peachey
Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator (6/27/16)
Richard Peachey
Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.

Maxine Baker-Jackson
Interview with Maxine Baker-Jackson (6/21/16)
Maxine Baker-Jackson
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Maxine Baker-Jackson, former Director and Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Court, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.


Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask (6/20/16)
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
This article outlines what couples need to do in order to face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce. If people have not resolved their dilemmas before the divorce, they go through the process trying to manage their fear in different ways by hiding their doubt, responsibility; vulnerability, or dependency.

John Lande
Mashburn on Mediation in Open Adoption Cases (6/10/16)
John Lande
I remember one case that broke my heart in which I wish we could have arranged an open adoption.

Patricia Porter
You Thought Your Marriage Was Miserable- Wait Till You Get To Court… (6/10/16)
Patricia Porter
The breakup of a marriage almost always involves some level of conflict between spouses, but the process of litigation during divorce ratchets that conflict up to a level of devastation for all members of the immediate and even extended family.

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.

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