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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles


Jan Frankel Schau

Money and Happiness: How Mediation can change your client’s outlook

(9/23/16)Jan Frankel Schau

It seems to me that if the mediator can symbolically suggest that within 30 days, the individual would have $XXXXX in their bank account to do with whatever they wish, including merely keeping it in there as a “safety” precaution if times get rough, we might go a long way towards boosting their happiness quotient.

Althea Halchuck

Hospice and Conflict Resolution

(9/23/16)Althea Halchuck

Conflict can touch anyone, at any time of life. In this article, I talk about end-of-life conflict, specifically those disputes related to hospice. I explore who is involved, why disputes arise, and reasons they are hard to resolve. I also speak about the importance of having a mediator as part of the hospice team.

Elly van Laar

Want to Transform Enemy Images? Start with Selflove

(9/16/16)Elly van Laar

You owe it to yourself to move to a place of compassion and empathy.

Jay Folberg

Interview with Jay Folberg

(9/12/16)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.

Self-help Mediation Tool for Couples

(9/02/16)Søren Braskov, Asger Neumann

This article presents a self-help tool for people in the marriage or relationship. The tool includes principles for mediation and refers to the use of a mediator if conflicts are too difficult for themselves to solve.

Nadja Alexander

The Regulatory Robustness Rating in Practice: Conclusion

(9/02/16)Nadja Alexander

Yes, here it is. The final part of the Regulatory Robustness Rating (RRR) trilogy.

Meredith Richardson

Could Your Relationship Survive a Crisis?

(9/02/16)Meredith Richardson

The bigger story when you are in a crisis is how it impacts your relationship with your spouse and what that says about your relationship.

Zahra Jimale

Divorcing Peacefully

(9/02/16)Zahra Jimale

A comparison of the resolution process of two former spouses, one who chooses litigation and the other who chooses the collaborative process.

Keri Morris

Improving the Lives of Children by Delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand Prisons

(9/02/16)Keri Morris

We share our experience and learnings of delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand prisons to improve the lives of children.

Zena Zumeta

Interview with Zena Zumeta

(8/23/16)Zena Zumeta

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Zena Zumeta, long time mediator, trainer and former President of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.'

Tammy Lenski

How to Navigate the “not my problem” Problem

(8/19/16)Tammy Lenski

“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.

Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(8/16/16)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.

Tammy Lenski

A Quick Little Phrase to Stop Bickering in its Tracks

(8/12/16)Tammy Lenski

Bickering, an argument about trivial matters, is one of those everyday bad habits that feeds the growth of destructive conflict in a relationship.

Shawn Leamon

5 Ways to Decide if Mediation Is a Cost-Effective Solution for Your Divorce

(8/12/16)Shawn Leamon

The article provides 5 tips to help people going through divorce determine if mediation is a cost-efficient solution to resolve their divorce.

Chip Rose

Interview with Chip Rose

(8/03/16)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.

Kristen Blankley

How to Make Mediation Safer in Cases of High Conflict

(8/02/16)Kristen Blankley

This article considers issues of safety in mediation, with practical advice for all mediators to consider before, during, and after a mediation session to ensure participant and mediator safety.

Jason Dykstra

Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries

(7/29/16)Jason Dykstra

Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

Stephen Fritsch

For Senior Caregivers, Mediation Is Often a Must

(7/29/16)Stephen Fritsch

When it comes time to decide on care for an elderly parent, mediation can help family members make tough financial and life care decisions.

Jim Melamed

Effective Conversations in American Society: Time for a National Mediation Act

(7/20/16)Jim Melamed

Please join Mediate.com in recognizing the importance of effective conversations and mediation by supporting a National Mediation Act. This is the shift in social consciousness, American exceptionalism and American leadership that we and the world now most need.

Phyllis Pollack

It Ain’t Easy To Say “I am Sorry”

(7/15/16)Phyllis Pollack

There are right ways and wrong ways to say “I am sorry”. Most of us have figured out the wrong ways… by accident.

Dan Simon

Mediation Center Director Re-Inspired by the Transformative Approach

(7/15/16)Dan Simon

Our intent in a recent training was to provide new mediators training in parenting plan mediation, we received so much more. Over the course of the weekend, I found myself reexamining some of my beliefs about mediation practice.

Maria Walsh

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Grow

(7/15/16)Maria Walsh

With expanded participation of women in the workforce, there is a need to adapt the workplace to pregnant and breast-feeding workers.

F. Peter Phillips

“Procedural” Apology

(7/11/16)F. Peter Phillips

Richard Nixon was responsible for many teaching moments. One of my favorites is the advance in American appreciation of the difference between the passive voice (“Mistakes were made”) and the active voice (“I made mistakes”).

Donald T. Saposnek

What Should We Tell the Children? Developing a Mutual Story of the Divorce

(7/10/16)Donald T. Saposnek

One of the most typical questions asked of me by parents who are beginning the divorce process is, “What should we tell the children and how should we tell them?”

Nina Meierding

Interview with Nina Meierding

(7/10/16)Nina Meierding

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Dan Simon

6 Reasons Name-Calling Can be a Healthy Part of Mediation

(7/01/16)Dan Simon

In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Business Mediation: Strengthening Partnerships for the Long Haul

(6/27/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Business partnerships are similar to marriages. Consider the problems encountered by these two very different partnerships.

Charlie Irvine

Scotland’s ‘Mixed’ Feelings About Mediation - Part 1

(6/27/16)Charlie Irvine

This paper considers Scotland’s lack of receptivity towards mediation in the light of its ‘mixed’ legal heritage of both civilian and common law influences. It contrasts the approach to mediation in common law jurisdictions (such as England and Wales and those of the USA) with that of France, where litigation acts like an ‘attracting magnet’.

Maria Simpson

Orlando and Radicalization

(6/27/16)Maria Simpson

As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.

Richard Peachey

Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator

(6/27/16)Richard Peachey

Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.

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