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Squabbles Over the Family Summer Home? Don’t Hire a Lawyer Just Yet

Enter transformative mediation, an ambitious but often lengthy process with a single goal: to get the people involved to think differently. If siblings are successful in changing their thoughts about each other, practitioners say, the present conflict will be resolved and the relationships that the siblings have with each other will be altered. read

 
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Wealthy families are turning to 'transformative mediation' to decide who gets the summer home

In The New York Times, Paul Sullivan writes that wealthy families who once turned to their lawyers over matters of inheritance are now pursuing a different method of conflict resolution: transformative mediation. read

 
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Legal mediator, police arranged safe return of Jupiter boy

Jupiter police said 4-year-old Dominic Caprio was returned within 24 hours after going missing after a “private legal counsel mediator” arranged the boy’s safe return. read

 
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Legal 101: what does a mediator do?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Circuit Courts are looking at mediation to help husbands and wives going through a divorce make their own division of property outside of the court system. read

 
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8 Signs You Should Skip Mediation and Head Straight for the Divorce Lawyer

Not every couple is a good candidate for mediation. Here are the eight signs that mediation might not be right for you. read

 
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Consider mediation for elder disputes

Mediation, long considered to be an alternative to lengthy expensive divorce actions, can also be used where there is a dispute among adult children regarding frail, disabled and incapacitated parents. read

 
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Lawsuit against Gadsden City school board members ordered to mediation

The judge’s order allows the parties 14 days to select a mediator by agreement, then the matter is to be submitted for mediation within 90 days. If more time is needed, the parties must make a request with the judge. read

 
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Fate of Danvers' oldest church still to be decided

Still divided on the direction to take their church, the Disciples, UCC congregation voted Sunday to enter a 90-day mediation to help decide on its future. read

 
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Mediation 101: A Primer

The growth in the use of mediation to settle a wide variety of disputes means more and more parties – and their lawyers – are considering this alternative to litigation. read

 
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Patricia Porter
My Story & Why I Got Started - Audioblog (4/07/17)
Patricia Porter

In this inaugural show, Pattie Porter connects with the audience by sharing her story of growing up in a high conflict family, and this led eventually to her work as a conflict management expert.



Jay Folberg
Interview with Jay Folberg (4/07/17)
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.



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Mediate.com Recognized as a Top Attorney Directory for SEO! (4/07/17)
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Now celebrating our 22nd Year, Mediate.com has been recognized as a "Top 8" Attorney Directory by Rankings.io. Mediate.com is the overall 8th ranked attorney directory and the only mediation or ADR directory listed!



Phyllis Pollack
Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill….and Argue! (4/07/17)
Phyllis Pollack

As they are going up the hill, from out of nowhere, Jill makes an offhand but biting remark to which Jack responds negatively. The ensuing conversation gets totally off track on whether they should go up the hill and instead focuses on Jack’s personality traits and then on Jill’s personality traits.



Meredith Richardson
When in Conflict, Ask Yourself, "What are the unmet needs?" (4/07/17)
Meredith Richardson

When you are in conflict, what are your unmet needs? What are the unmet needs of the person with whom you are in conflict?



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?



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.



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