Family & Divorce Mediation Articles
"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.
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.
(10/14/16)Justin Kelsey, David Goodman
This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a regulation that bans federally funded long-term care facilities such as nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.
El conflicto constituye una constante básica en el desenvolvimiento cotidiano del aula. Sin embargo, esta realidad conflictiva puede mostrarnos un dinámico potencial educativo si es observada como oportunidad de aprendizaje.
This article promotes the use of elder and adult family mediation to approach issues of aging and geriatric care. Targeted towards family caregivers, it outlines 3 reasons mediation can be beneficial when approaching difficult conversations.
The mounting global hubbub surrounding mediation, and highly varied perceptions regarding the nature and value of mediation, underscore the need for thoughtful conversation and deliberate reflection on present trends and tendencies.
(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.
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.
(9/16/16)Elly van Laar
You owe it to yourself to move to a place of compassion and empathy.
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.
(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.
Yes, here it is. The final part of the Regulatory Robustness Rating (RRR) trilogy.
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.
A comparison of the resolution process of two former spouses, one who chooses litigation and the other who chooses the collaborative process.
We share our experience and learnings of delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand prisons to improve the lives of children.
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.'
“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.
(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.
Bickering, an argument about trivial matters, is one of those everyday bad habits that feeds the growth of destructive conflict in a relationship.
The article provides 5 tips to help people going through divorce determine if mediation is a cost-efficient solution to resolve their divorce.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes time to decide on care for an elderly parent, mediation can help family members make tough financial and life care decisions.
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.
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