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Dan Simon

Surgeons’ Apologies Decrease Lawsuits: How Can that be News?

(5/06/16)Dan Simon I read an article on CNN that explains that when surgeons and other medical providers apologize after they’ve made a mistake, people are less likely to sue. What I found hard to swallow was that the story was considered newsworthy.
Larry Fong

Interview with Larry Fong

(5/02/16)Larry Fong This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Larry Fong, a leading Canadian Family Mediator, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight

(4/26/16)Marilyn McKnight This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the Academy of Family Mediators and Association for Conflict Resolution, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
Eric Slepak

Child Protection Perspectives: Initiating the Conversation

(4/18/16)Eric Slepak RSI wanted to shine some attention on the work we are doing related to the development of the new Child Protection Mediation Program.
Vicki Shemin

4 Benefits Of Being A Child Of Divorce

(4/15/16)Vicki Shemin As a child of divorce, a divorced mother of two, and a long-practicing divorce lawyer/therapist, divorce is not exactly something I would advocate for improving a child’s mental health.
Gary Direnfeld

Beyond Court there is a World of Better Options to Resolve Parental Conflict. Here’s Four:

(4/08/16)Gary Direnfeld When locked in bitter conflict, sometimes people resort to court. This can result in poor outcomes as the court is more limited in terms of solutions that can be ordered.
Tammy Lenski

Work with People, Not on Them

(4/08/16)Tammy Lenski How do you reduce resistance? What are the best ways to handle difficult people?

Family Law Progress Inspires Divorce Mediation in Arizona

(4/04/16)Karen Aurit, Michael Aurit Three years have passed since the words “child custody” have been spoken in an Arizona courtroom. They have not been missed.
Patricia Porter

Laughing Through Conflict – Benefits of Infusing Humor into Your Relationship

(3/31/16)Patricia Porter Humor and laughter can be a valuable tool for defusing the tension brought on by conflict.
Tammy Lenski

Small Caring Actions to Help Ease the Suffering in Conflict

(3/11/16)Tammy Lenski Conflict and suffering are confederates working in painful alliance, each feeding the other as if to ensure its own continued existence. If I turn away from the suffering in conflict, I deny a part of my clients’ experience.
Jim Melamed

Review of MediationMate

(3/07/16)Jim Melamed This is a review of MediationMate (www.MediationMate.com), a new suite of end-to-end productivity tools for divorce mediators.
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up

(3/04/16)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. is a groundbreaking clinical psychologist and researcher who began studying the impact of divorce on children in 1968. Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.
Guest Author

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.
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