Family & Divorce Mediation Articles
(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.
(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
(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?
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.
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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.
“If you can’t say no, your yes is hollow.”
Not all disagreements require long talks to resolve them sufficiently.
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.
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.
This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.
(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.
This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.
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.
(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?
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.
(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.
(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.
When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.
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?
(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.
How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?
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.
As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.
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”?
"So, when can I see the children?"
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!
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.
(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.
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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.