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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles


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.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide

(2/17/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce

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?

Kenneth Cloke

Interview with Ken Cloke

(2/12/17)Kenneth Cloke

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Jim Melamed

Mediators Take Note: BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com

(2/09/17)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.

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.

Nicole Garton

Conflict Analysis and Intervention Selection for the Parenting Coordinator: Strategies for Success

(1/27/17)Nicole Garton

This paper provides a summary of parental conflict and its consequences for children, a history and definition of parenting coordination and three conflict analysis models to assist working parenting coordinators to better diagnose parental conflict and then select more effective intervention strategies.

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.

Jan Frankel Schau

Barriers to Settlement: Fear of Regrets

(1/06/17)Jan Frankel Schau

Often times, the parties or their lawyers refuse to accept that “Last, best and final offer” because they think they will regret making the deal and not having the time and energy to take one more deposition, find the “truth”, the “smoking gun” or exact a little more pain and discomfort towards the other side.

Jason Dykstra

Learning to Love

(1/06/17)Jason Dykstra

This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.

Patricia Porter

Renewing And Strengthening Relationships In The New Year

(1/03/17)Patricia Porter

As you enter 2017, reflect and commit to being intentional on the small gifts you can provide to strengthen, honor and acknowledge those important relationships in your life. Here are some ideas to consider.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The College Education Expense; How to Share the “Experience”

(1/03/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The question to be answered by all parents—separated or divorced parents, married or unmarried—is: How will the child’s college education be funded? In short, who will pay and how much?

Stephen McDonough

Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court

(1/03/17)Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce

(12/18/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.

Armand and Robbin DAlo

Holiday Stress? There Is a Way to Fight

(12/18/16)Armand and Robbin DAlo

Conflict is a part of life, and so exposure to it can be an important lesson in emotional literacy for kids if it is handled properly.

Meredith Richardson

How to Give Your Spouse the Best Christmas Present Ever

(12/09/16)Meredith Richardson

When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.

Meredith Richardson

Parenting Across the Miles

(11/28/16)Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?

Armand and Robbin DAlo

How to Get Control of the Money?

(11/28/16)Armand and Robbin DAlo

When we ask people to come up with a budget, even when they are given a detailed outline with prompts, they give us blank stares. Likewise, when we get those worksheets back, in many cases they are far from reality.

Janet Wiseman

Are They Ready to Divorce?

(11/17/16)Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?

Sylvia Smith

Five Helpful Guidelines for Parenting Children With ADHD

(11/11/16)Sylvia Smith

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you will no doubt understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to cope with impulsive and defiant behaviour on a daily basis.

Joshua Neuder

Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator

(11/04/16)Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.

Tammy Lenski

Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict

(10/28/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?

Michael Jacobs

Don't Ask

(10/28/16)Michael Jacobs

"So, when can I see the children?"

Katherine Graham

Where Mediation is Used, Other than the Workplace

(10/28/16)Katherine Graham

Training to be a mediator is very popular particularly for people who have been made redundant and are looking for alternative stimulating and rewarding employment. And quite right too because being a mediator is deeply satisfying work!

Restorative Justice Works!

(10/21/16)

This author wonders if “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to reduce recidivism. It is neither an alternative to prison nor replaces our legal system.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update)

(10/17/16)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.

Nina Meierding

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.

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