5/14:Mediation Myths and Misunderstandings That May Affect Your Decisions in Divorce
The decision to divorce is probably one of the most important -- and most difficult -- decisions one will make during the course of a marriage. The unknowns and avalanche of effects falling like dominoes are often too overwhelming for one person to handle: "How do I start the process? When is the best time for me to initiate the divorce? If and when I make the decision to divorce, should I litigate or mediate?" It can be mind-boggling. read
5/08:Marriage Counselor Or Mediator?
In family law mediation, it is not uncommon to hear the parties question their judgment regarding the difficult decision to proceed with divorce. Can a troubled marriage really be saved? Is the relationship really worth saving? Does the couple need a mediator? read
4/25:Montana Legislators OK bill giving domestic violence victims choice for mediation
A bill approved by the Montana Legislature gives victims of domestic violence – both physical and emotional – the power to choose whether they want mediation in family law cases. read
4/25:Singapore: Family ordered to go for mediation to settle housing dispute
A High Court judge has ordered the family of late scouting pioneer Dennis Goh Chin Chye to go for mediation, to settle the row over a five-room HDB flat valued at S$800,000. It is a last-ditch effort to resolve the long-running feud between Mr Goh's 91-year-old widow Eileen Chia Yoke Mui and her two daughters. The mediation, which takes place on Thursday, will involve Madam Chia's two daughters and two sons. read
4/25:Baby boomers in Texas explore mediation and collaborative divorce
Although the overall rate of divorce in the country continues to fall, divorce rates among baby boomers are on the rise. In fact, separations for those over the age of 50 recently doubled. In addition to starting a trend called "grey divorce," boomers are also exploring alternative ways to finalize their divorces. Instead of following the more traditional courtroom divorce process boomers are considering mediation and collaborative divorce as options. read
4/24:The right to be heard, regardless of age
Empowering elderly people to maintain the quality of their lives and not become victims of abuse and discrimination is one of the aims of a conference being held at the University of South Australia. The Sixth Annual World Summit on Mediation with Age Related Issues is a joint venture between UniSA and the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN), designed to increase awareness of the benefits of mediation, highlighting global examples of best practice in elder mediation. read
4/23:MT Legislators OK bill giving domestic violence victims choice for mediation
A bill approved by the Montana Legislature gives victims of domestic violence – both physical and emotional – the power to choose whether they want mediation in family law cases.
“We thought that the absolute bar disempowers survivors and basically substitutes the state’s prerogatives for women’s choice,” University of Montana associate law professor Eduardo Capulong, who with four students in the law school’s mediation clinic wrote HB 555. The bar “revictimizes survivors by robbing them of control over their lives – in particular, the way in which they choose to resolve disputes with their abusers.”
The bill was backed by a coalition including domestic violence and mediation groups, as well as judges, Although the bill originally failed to make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a second attempt won unanimous support among committee members. read
4/17:Mediation next step in teen Muslim-Christian case
A judge has ordered mediation in the case of a teen girl who says her family threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity. Rifqa Bary, 17, ran away from her family in Columbus, Ohio, in July. She claims her father threatened to kill her. read
4/15:Manchester judge warns of legal time bomb for families
Legal aid changes and ignorance of options is set to lead families into debt and create chaos for children. read
4/11:UK: Mediation Is in the Spotlight as Government Finds Funds
The cash-strapped Coalition announced on the 10th April they would be pumping £6.5million into projects aimed at helping separated parents "put their differences aside for the sake of their children". The announcement has put mediation in the spotlight as divorcees seek to minimise the impact of their split on their children. read
The Gray Divorce (5/03/13) Denise Tamir Though the fact that divorce has become more common and less of a stigma has some impact, that does not explain why the gray divorce rate is climbing while the general divorce rate is going down. Denise Tamir suggests a few contributing factors. 2 Comments
10 Helpful Tips for Mediating Child Related Issues (5/03/13) Lisa Nelson The article provides helpful tips and considerations for parents to address in divorce mediation when minor children are involved. There are specific considerations that parents need to be made aware of before they enter the mediation process with children.
I'm Heading for Divorce. How do I Start? (4/26/13) Rachel Virk This article walks through the divorce process for someone who is just beginning to consider a divorce. It gives a practical guide for people to navigate through the process without an emotional roller coaster.
New Perspective on Domestic Violence and Mediation in Montana (4/26/13) Mary Novak The original Montana provisions for family court mediation, enacted in 1993, attempted to shield abuse survivors from attending mediation with their abusers. This reflected a national focus on the issue at the time. Section 40-4-301 of the Montana Code Annotated allowed courts to require any parties to participate in family law mediation. However, it made an exception for domestic violence.
Preparing for Mediation: A Practical Guide to Mediator Selection (4/22/13) Greg Stone Greg Stone's latest book Preparing for Mediation: A Practical Guide provides straight-forward tips for mediators. This excerpt from his book discusses considerations for selecting mediators. It also suggests ways for mediators to allow their clients to save face while making progress in the mediation.
Is Collaborative Law Worth the Cost? (4/22/13) Dick Price For people facing divorce, a common question is whether Collaborative cases are "cheaper than litigation". While there is no way to compare a specific Collaborative case to an abstract idea of a litigated case, we can say that Collaborative Law will avoid a lot of the expense involved in litigation.
AudioBlog: Transforming Difficult Decision Making In Elder Care Planning (4/22/13) Patricia Porter Families today are assuming responsibility for the informal care of over 75 percent of elderly family members and are often faced with difficult decisions from a bewildering array of choices: e.g. estate planning, financial issues, and guardianship. In the best of circumstances, this can be a stressful process and sometimes leads to disagreements, confusion, and conflict at a time when the best intentions of the family are to work together for the needs of a loved and respected aging family member.
Facing a Divorce Later in Life? (3/29/13) Dick Price It has become noticeable that Baby Boomers and even older people are starting to experience a significant number of divorces. Couples married for 20 to 40 years are getting divorced.
AudioBlog: Elder Mediation: Family Disputes Over Caregiving (3/29/13) Patricia Porter When families are faced with the long-term care arrangements for their aging parents and relatives, feelings of resentment, anger and jealousy that have festered since childhood often create new problems as families learn to cope and prepare for the road ahead. Instead of working together, families can get stuck placing blame.
Steubenville Tragedy Needs Effective Communication (3/25/13) William Hymes The divisiveness and acrimony that played out in this past fall's trial of two lacrosse players that sexually assaulted an intoxicated young lady is playing out again in Northeastern Ohio in a similar way. Because of the adversarial nature of the judicial process this has been traumatic for everyone involved, including the victim, the rapists, their friends and families the community at large and even the CNN correspondent covering the trial. The only hope of dealing and restoring the fabric of the community is a restorative intervention, which may also be useful in developing a program of prevention.
On Spin Cycle (3/15/13) Vivian Scott Here we go; round and round. That’s the sound of the all-too-familiar family whirlpool in which one person (usually the woman) asks that a chore get done and the other person (usually a man) seems agreeable but never quite gets it done. She starts tip-toeing around the subject, he avoids it, she gets louder, he acts like she’s a nag, and now they’re on spin cycle with no forward progress in sight.
Informative Mediation -- A New Model for Tough Economic Times (Part 2) (3/01/13) Rachel Virk Not everyone distrusts or has reason to distrust his or her spouse in a divorce. Not everyone needs an advocate to actively and adversarially negotiate, but instead can use the attorney in his or her corner for advice, for information and for document reviews. Not everyone needs to pay for a two-attorney collaborative process. How can a divorce attorney best serve this market? The answer may be the process of "Informative Mediation," described in this two-part article.
The Perfect Mediation (humor video) (2/27/13) Chip Rose The Perfect Mediation is a 4 minute video showing how easy mediation can sometimes be. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University.
Informative Mediation -- A New Model for Tough Economic Times (Part 1) (2/22/13) Rachel Virk Not everyone distrusts or has reason to distrust his or her spouse in a divorce. Not everyone needs an advocate to actively and adversarially negotiate, but instead can use the attorney in his or her corner for advice, for information and for document reviews. Not everyone needs to pay for a two-attorney collaborative process. How can a divorce attorney best serve this market? The answer may be the process of "Informative Mediation," described in this two-part article.
Four Keys to Successfully Mediating Temporary Orders in a Divorce Case (1/25/13) Scott Morgan This article offers tips from a practicing divorce attorney on how to
effectively mediate temporary orders terms in a divorce case. Scott Morgan offers
his thoughts on how to prepare the case for mediation, necessary
preparation of the client for mediation, how to negotiate terms
intelligently, and the proper mindset the attorney should have.
Ten Commandments of Divorce (1/18/13) Donna Martini This article is an excerpt from the book, Ten Commandments of Divorce. This article encourages people going through a divorce to take the time to move slowly, act with respect, and create a safe space for their children. 1 Comment
Special Needs Education Dispute Resolution (1/18/13) Sherri Donovan Caring for a special needs child involves an often overwhelming lifelong commitment that introduces an added strain to the parents’ own relationship, which can increase the likelihood of divorce. Mediation can be especially valuable to divorcing parents of a special needs child—both during and after the divorce process itself. This articles helps parents to discuss special considerations for themselves and their children.
25 Prenuptual Questions (1/11/13) Kenneth Cloke Ken Cloke suggests 25 prenuptual questions that are helpful for couples mediation. These questions are designed more to facilitate a strong marriage than a smooth divorce.
What are the Biggest Mistakes Divorced Parents Make? (1/11/13) Lorraine Segal While parents are divorcing and after they are divorced, they are often overwhelmed by all the changes in their lives. They may be filled with guilt, blame, rage, or grief. Though they, of course, love their children, it may be a huge challenge to manage emotions and conflict with their ex in a way that helps their children move through the changes and feel loved and secure.
Reducing Stress Through Divorce Mediation (1/04/13) Nancy Tran This article discusses the ways in which mediation can help to reduce the stress that couples undergoing divorce may experience. By creating a cooperative atmosphere, reducing the time that divorce proceedings take, and lessening the financial burden of a divorce, mediated divorce may be the perfect solution for couples looking to amicably end their marriage.
Tips for Better Communication During a Divorce (1/04/13) Dick Price In any divorce, things get heated occasionally (or more often). In Collaborative divorces, the parties can still feel considerable stress. It is an emotional experience. Sometimes, parties will react emotionally, in anger, and that is regrettable. Here are some quick tips to help maintain a constructive relationship between the parties.
Family Business Conflict: Flexible Solutions (12/21/12) Karen LaRose In a family business conflict, relationships are embedded in a system of family dynamics and a business system. It is impossible to separate the two components: familial relationships and business relationships. One informs the other in a circular fashion. This article discusses the correct mediation approach to working with the two systems.
"I'm Sorry You Feel Like That . . ." (12/21/12) Michael Jacobs People often expect an apology in mediation. What they get is sometimes true repentance, and sometimes an insult disguised an apology. This articles helps mediators spot the difference between the two and to guide parties from escalating a conflict to forgiveness. 2 Comments
Sandy Hook: A Time for Change (12/17/12) Cherise Hairston This is a reprint of a notice that was sent to community mediators: I was moved to write something and do something regarding the tragic loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My aim in this e-mail is to reach out because to those who understand the importance of our work. We must not give up increasing awareness about community mediation and the need to support our work. I do not aim to preach or judge but to express the sorrow I feel and the frustration of the missed opportunity to support the work of community mediators who day in and day out help reduce conflict and violence in our community. Please eaccept this expression from that place of concern and love for the well-being of our human family/community that weights heavy on my heart…