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10/17:

Open Bar: Mediation discards the troubled past in favor of a brighter future

It is no secret that I believe the process of mediation to be far superior to that of litigation. read

 
10/04:

Is Mediation a Good Idea for Your Divorce?

Divorces can be brutal. Even if you and your spouse are trying to end things reasonably, you may still need to go through months of lengthy courtroom procedures, and face rapidly escalating legal fees. There is, however, an alternative. If you and your spouse are amicable to one another, you could pursue mediation—but is it really a good idea? read

 
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Study: Mediation favored; style fitting litigants' status may be better

A novel Indiana study finds judges, lawyers and mediators broadly agree that mediation is likelier than trial proceedings to provide fair and satisfactory results for couples in family law cases. Researchers also suggest that mediators may be able to further improve outcomes by tailoring their styles to fit litigants’ circumstances. read

 
9/28:

Getting to yes - M.V. Mediation Program smooths out family inheritance issues.

In his poem “Mending Fences,” a Robert Frost character declares that “good fences make good neighbors.” Good advice for neighbors, perhaps, but not for family members, particularly when sensitive matters, such as dividing family assets, are on the table. read

 
9/28:

Empirical Research on Mediation Techniques Can Be Useful in Vetting Attorneys and Mediators

People often complain that they don’t know how to properly vet attorneys. One very effective way is assessing their views on mediation, when they use it, and the mediators they tend to use. read

 
9/26:

Mediator who brokered Boko Haram deal to release Chibok girls is UNHCR's 2017 Nansen Refugee Award winner

The Nansen Refugee Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, the internally displaced or stateless people. UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, announced Monday that the 2017 recipient is Mustapha, a lawyer and mediator from Borno State in northeast Nigeria. read

 
9/20:

Flanagan launches brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has launched a new Mediators’ Institute of Ireland brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes. read

 
9/20:

Should You Mediate Your Family-Owned Business Dispute?

Disputes between and among owners of family-owned businesses are sometimes unavoidable. When such disputes progress to litigation, they can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive for the business and its owners. read

 
9/06:

Serena Williams' stepmother to settle eviction drama at mediation

Lakeisha Williams is ready to wrap up her divorce from estranged husband Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. read

 
8/28:

Comedian Uses Comedy To Build Confidence And Break Down Bullying In Baltimore

Baltimore City native and comedian channels his passion for youth empowerment and his own story of experiencing childhood bullying through the launching of an innovative after school program called “Lil’ Laughs.” read

 

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Larry Fong
Interview with Larry Fong (5/30/17)
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.



Patricia Porter
Mediation, Elder Abuse And Saving The Family: Mediation & Conflict Strategies To Avoid Elder Abuse (5/26/17)
Patricia Porter

As Americans are getting older, more and more issues arise relating to elder abuse in financial and health care settings. Studies show that the majority of abuse occurs within the family. What can be done to resolve these issues? Listen to a respected elder abuse mediator and author, Steve Mehta, and learn how to address these difficult issues.



Eileen Coen
Need Help Getting Your Spouse to the Negotiating Table? (5/26/17)
Eileen Coen

What happens when you want to use mediation for divorce, but your spouse doesn’t? It’s a fairly common situation but not a hopeless one — so don’t give up before trying some tried and true strategies to bring them onboard.



Sarah Cole
Nursing Homes May Continue to Use Arbitration Agreements (5/22/17)
Sarah Cole

In a very unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a Kentucky nursing home can enforce contracts signed residents’ relatives that required all disputes involving the nursing home to arbitration.



Hadassah Fidler
Nesting a New Co-Parenting Arrangement (5/22/17)
Hadassah Fidler

Divorce is a hard process and perhaps nobody knows this better than the children of divorced parents, who can find themselves caught up in a situation over which they have little control facing an uncertain future.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up (5/15/17)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.



Jacqueline Burnett-Brown
Marital Conflict is Not a Mental Health Disorder (5/12/17)
Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When two people form a union, whether a legal union – such as marriage, or a domestic partnership, there will be conflict.



Phyllis Pollack
Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!) (5/08/17)
Phyllis Pollack

The tribal effect is often deliberately used to manipulate and divide people. It preys upon the “us v them” mentality.



Elaine Rushing
Best Practices for Managing Wills Between Family Members (4/28/17)
Elaine Rushing

An “unnatural” disposition in a decedent’s will can cause intra-family conflict, and will contests are often expensive and lengthy.



Jim Melamed
BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com (4/27/17)
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.



John Sturrock
A Pop-Up Mediation: Multi-Party Dialogue Using Mediation Brexit: A Constitutional Crisis? (4/21/17)
John Sturrock

On the evening of Tuesday March 28th 2017, a pop-up mediation event on Brexit took place at the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh.



Nicole Garton
Family Justice Reform in British Columbia and the Northern Navigator Initiative: A Preliminary Review (4/14/17)
Nicole Garton

This paper looks at the problem of diminishing access to family justice in British Columbia from a court users perspective, and the interplay of dispute system design and culture in terms of helps and hindrances to these innovation efforts.



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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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
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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
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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.
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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



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