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High Conflict Child Custody: Mediation And Settlement

(2/29/16) In this video I discuss the dynamics and the psychology of settlement. This is one of the first challenges I faced in my child custody dispute and it really blindsided me.
Martin Rosenfeld

Eight Benefits of Collaborative Practice Training

(2/26/16)Martin Rosenfeld This article describes the benefits I see from taking Collaborative training.
Robert Baum

Alimony Does Not Necessarily End Upon Retirement of the Wage Earner

(2/26/16)Robert Baum A common misconception is that alimony will automatically end when the person paying the alimony retires. Unless the settlement agreement specifically provides for alimony termination upon retirement, recent cases in hold that alimony will continue, although perhaps at a reduced amount.
Zena Zumeta

Interview with Zena Zumeta

(2/22/16)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.'
Laurieann Ram-Kern

Getting a Divorce - What Are You Going To Do With The Family Home?

(2/19/16)Laurieann Ram-Kern You made the decision to divorce, now read how to navigate best the mountainous task of deciding what to do with the family home.
Patricia Porter

Get Out Of MY Parking Spot! What To Do When You Get Triggered?

(2/05/16)Patricia Porter An interesting conflict that occurs during snowfalls in Baltimore City is over parking spots. Thursday night before the storm commenced, residents began placing folding chairs and other miscellaneous furniture outside to reserve the spaces in front of their houses.
Tom Stipanowich

The International Evolution of Mediation: A Call for Dialogue and Deliberation

(2/05/16)Tom Stipanowich Much has been written about the global development of mediation, but more should be said about the important questions that should be confronted by practitioners, policymakers and users.
Meredith Richardson

The Worst Valentine's Day Ever

(2/05/16)Meredith Richardson When you're young, the worst Valentine's Day ever may be the day at school when everyone got a flower or a card except for you. That's pretty bad.
Hadassah Fidler

What Do Divorce Selfies Have to Teach Us?

(2/05/16)Hadassah Fidler A look at the trend for Divorce Selfies, what it tells us about the trend for an amicable divorce and the lessons professionals can take from it - to be more supportive about the idea that an amicable divorce is achievable.
Deborah Fleck

Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law

(1/29/16)Deborah Fleck Mediation, the ADR vehicle most commonly used in family law cases, frequently results in a final settlement – but often only after a marathon session dealing with the many important issues in the lives of family members.
Lorraine Segal

Let Go of “Shoulds” and Expectations at Work (or Anywhere)

(1/22/16)Lorraine Segal Shoulds and expectations are a big source of conflict.
Greg Rooney

The Australian Experience of Pre-Litigation ADR Requirements

(1/22/16)Greg Rooney Mediation is now well-established in Australia particularly in the commercial jurisdictions of the states and territories. However it is still viewed as an unwelcome visitor by many in the legal profession and the judiciary.
Jill Gross

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Nursing Home Arbitration Case

(1/15/16)Jill Gross On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Supreme Court of Texas that enforced a pre-dispute arbitration clause in an agreement a patient signed with a nursing home pre-admission. After the patient died, her family sued the nursing home in state court alleging negligent care and wrongful death.
Richard Barbieri

Listening to a Different Voice

(1/15/16)Richard Barbieri Listening skills are vital to any mediator. Listening to children is an especially effective way to stretch ourselves by entering into another mental world.
Andrew Schepard

Interview with Andrew Schepard

(1/12/16)Andrew Schepard This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Dan Simon

Divorce Mediation: More Mainstream But Less Pure

(1/04/16)Dan Simon Although mediation has the potential and in many cases succeeds at being an entirely different and healthier experience than legalistic divorce, mediation has more often been watered down to the point where it’s simply another part of litigation.
Michael Toebe

Former President Carter Mediating MLK Jr. Family Case (at age 91)

(1/04/16)Michael Toebe A national story involving two very famous names (MLK Jr.'s children and former President Jimmy Carter) that can prove so helpful in building more awareness about the intelligence and effectiveness of mediation to solve disputes in place of punching someone with rights-based litigation.
Eric Slepak

If And When ADR Should Be Introduced Into Student Debt Conversation

(1/04/16)Eric Slepak Just as homeowners over-leveraged themselves on the road to the foreclosure crisis, so too Americans now stand on the precipice of what could be an equally destabilizing student debt problem.
Gary Direnfeld

How to Truly Advance the Needs of the Child between Separated Parents

(12/11/15)Gary Direnfeld Many parents become caught up in the details of a separation and do not spend much time with their children. This can be misconstrued as a lack of interest.
Meredith Richardson

When a Former Boyfriend Gets Added into the Mix

(12/11/15)Meredith Richardson I already knew what happened next. I was as wrong as wrong can be.
Stephen Erickson

Interview with Steve Erickson

(12/08/15)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.
Dan Simon

Mediation Study Bolsters Transformative Claims

(12/04/15)Dan Simon The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts has completed a significant study of mediation methods.* It measured the effects, in parenting disputes, of different techniques. The report strongly supports that methods consistent with the transformative approach are more effective than others at achieving lasting improvement in the situations mediated.
Alla Roytberg

Is It “Culture Versus Law”? - Learning about Cultural Sensitivity in Family Disputes

(12/04/15)Alla Roytberg While representing culturally diverse clients in court requires a degree of knowledge and cultural sensitivity, acting as a neutral mediator often presents even a greater challenge, – to maintain a delicate balance between honoring the cultural and religious rules and rituals that a family has and, on the other hand, helping people understand U.S. law and come up with agreements that are considered fair and legally enforceable.
Lilian Edith Vargas

Intercultura Y Resolucion de Conflictos

(12/04/15)Lilian Edith Vargas Las experiencias a compartir en este capítulo se han desarrollado en la zona Metropolitana de la ciudad de Resistencia o “Gran Resistencia” en la Provincia del Chaco, ubicada al NE de Argentina, sobre la margen izquierda del Río Paraná.
Lorraine Segal

Separation as a Cause of Conflict and Violence

(11/30/15)Lorraine Segal The longer I work to understand and heal my own resentments and conflicts, and the more I work with individuals and organizations that need help with communication and conflict resolution, the more clearly I see that a huge underlying cause of conflict is separation.
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