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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.
Lisa Parkinson

Interview with Lisa Parkinson

(11/20/15)Lisa Parkinson This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
Michael Aurit

Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit

(11/20/15)Michael Aurit Has a young aspiring mediator ever approached you—as someone they look up to as an experienced professional—and asked, "I want to become a mediator. Can you give me some advice? Do you think I can ‘make it’ as a mediator?"
Robin Graine

Mediation vs. Litigation: To Punish or Not to Punish, That is the Question

(11/13/15)Robin Graine Many people go into a divorce with swords pulled. They want to get even. They want to punish their spouse for making them feel bad. Humiliated. Depressed. When divorce is not your idea, you may even go into a classic defensive “stall mode” to try and drive the other person a little crazy with angst.
Gary Direnfeld

The 7 Strategies for Determining Your Parenting Plan

(11/09/15)Gary Direnfeld The Parenting Plan is the parental agreement setting out how the children will be cared for between separated parents. Essentially, the Parenting Plan is the road map that separated parents will follow for the raising of their kids.
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Mediate.com Recognized as "Top 10" Attorney Directory Site!

(11/09/15)Mediate.com Now celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Mediate.com has been recognized as a "Top 10" Attorney Directory by Attorney Rankings. Mediate.com is the overall 9th ranked attorney directory and the only mediation or ADR directory listed.
Jay Folberg

Interview with Jay Folberg

(11/03/15)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.
Gary Direnfeld

Separated Parents: It’s not Quantum of Time, but Quality of Relationship

(10/30/15)Gary Direnfeld If you get hung up on the quantum of time with your partner and your children, you may lose sight of the quality of your relationship now and for the future.
Nina Meierding

Interview with Nina Meierding

(10/27/15)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.
Tammy Lenski

5 Common Beliefs About Conflict That are Dead Wrong

(10/23/15)Tammy Lenski I’ve heard the following five common beliefs about conflict repeatedly during my two decades as a mediator, coach, and conflict resolution teacher. All five miss the mark in important ways and we should stop repeating them.
Mary Damianakis

The Hague Convention, Seven Characteristics, and Mediation

(10/23/15)Mary Damianakis This article discusses the Hague Convention on child abductions. It gives an update on dealing with children in international custody negotiations.
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