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Family Law Progress Inspires Divorce Mediation in Arizona 04/04/2016
Michael Aurit
Three years have passed since the words “child custody” have been spoken in an Arizona courtroom. They have not been missed.
Getting a Divorce - What Are You Going To Do With The Family Home? 02/19/2016
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.
Achieving Workable – and Just – ADR Results in Family Law 01/29/2016
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.
Former President Carter Mediating MLK Jr. Family Case (at age 91) 01/04/2016
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.
Is It “Culture Versus Law”? - Learning about Cultural Sensitivity in Family Disputes 12/04/2015
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.
High-Profile Attention for Mediation in Billion Dollar Family Dispute 11/30/2015
Michael Toebe
Requesting parties to try mediation in a high-stakes case is not a reckless thought on behalf of the judge or the parties. It's more big picture and helpful to the people, relationship and for the allocation of resources in the dispute. Full-blown litigation is not excluded. It's just asked to wait patiently for now.
Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit 11/20/2015
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?"
Make the Most of Your Mediation: The Single-Family Construction Defect Case 07/30/2015
Lynn Duryee
How can you economically and effectively settle the single-family construction defect case? In a recent mediation involving a homeowner, contractor and 15 subs, the participants used the following practices, which resulted in 16 signed settlements at the end of one day.
Just to be clear: Family Court Doesn’t Resolve Conflict 07/30/2015
Gary Direnfeld
Parents turn to the court thinking a Judge will settle matters and life will be peaceful thereafter. This is far from the truth.
The Family Mediator's New Tool 06/01/2015
Charlie Mulvey
After setting forth the nexus that alcohol abuse and dependence has with both domestic abuse and violence, but also with high conflict parties, then briefly discussing the evolution and technological advances of alcohol detection devices, the Author recommends that every family mediator should be carrying one, both to ensure the safety and security of the mediator and parties, but also as a tool in negotiating child visitation and possession when alcohol abuse or dependence is alleged.
Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update) 04/22/2015
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 1970s.  This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws which led to increased reliance on the courts to adjudicate separation and divorce disputes, including decisions related to children.
Family Mediation In The Digital Age 04/17/2015
Sherri Donovan
Twenty-first century technology will continue to impact family life and mediation. The family mediator’s awareness of the possible positive and inflammatory influences of the internet, may be instrumental in effectively identifying and resolving the modern family’s disputes. Social media, cyber abuse, the child’s computer voice, the use of a forensic computer expert and the futuristic divorce are factors to be considered in the practice of family mediation.
Both Textbook and Handbook – Lisa Parkinson’s “Family Mediation” - Book Review 04/10/2015
Whether for family mediators in particular, or family lawyers in general, Lisa Parkinson’s third edition of ‘Family Mediation’ is the authoritative textbook and guide that no professional adviser in family disputes should be without.
Family Law Arbitration Act 03/31/2015
Susan Yates
People who have been involved with family law are likely to have encountered mediation, especially in child-related issues. But what about arbitration?
The Future of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation as a Piece of the Puzzle 03/20/2015
Peter Salem
Had I written about the future of family dispute resolution in the late 1980s, when I was a young and enthusiastic child custody mediator working for a Wisconsin family court agency, I would probably have focused exclusively on mediation rather than considering the current broad spectrum of family dispute resolution (FDR) processes that I did not anticipate at the time.
Family Mediation - Preface 03/12/2015
Lisa Parkinson
The Children and Families Act 2014 is focusing more attention on the role of family mediation in the family justice system. Family mediators have been given greater responsibility to encourage consideration of non-court dispute resolution processes before application is made to the family court, and to assess the suitability of mediation in particular circumstances.
Best Interests and Little Voices: Child Participation in the Family Mediation Dialogue 01/17/2015
Jennifer Winestone
This article examines the circumstances in which the child's perspective and inclusion is appropriate in divorce mediation and provides guidelines for achieving a safe inclusion process.
Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth 07/22/2015
Jay Folberg
Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.
Beyond Court there is a World of Better Options to Resolve Parental Conflict. Here’s Four: 04/08/2016
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.
How to Truly Advance the Needs of the Child between Separated Parents 12/11/2015
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.
The 7 Strategies for Determining Your Parenting Plan 11/09/2015
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.
Separated Parents: It’s not Quantum of Time, but Quality of Relationship 10/30/2015
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.
Solving the Growing Never Married Parent Dilemma for Courts and Divorce Professionals 06/29/2015
Don Gordon
Almost one of every four births today are to unmarried, cohabitating couples. This represents an 80% increase. It used to be that marriage was the norm when pregnancy was involved. Now it is not.
Designing a Successful Parenting Plan 06/17/2015
Here are several important issues you should think about as you design your parenting plan. A child needs the love and affection of both parents, but they also need both as teachers. These roles should override your desire to “own” your children.
Separated Parents and the Continuum of Conflict 06/06/2015
Gary Direnfeld
Not all parental separations are alike and not all parental separations spell disaster for their children. The social science research advises that the most salient factor in determining risk for poor developmental outcomes for children subject to parental divorce is the level of conflict between the parents.
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