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Covid Exasperates Issues Between Co-parents About Agency

(1/24/22)Aaron Leakey

Covid-19 certainly does exasperate the challenge of co-parenting post-separation.

3 Oft-Forgotten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Family Mediation

(1/21/22)Ben Coltrin

This article discusses 4 important questions that parents often forget to ask themselves before going to mediation. These questions are often forgotten because they are tough subjects to discuss like whether parents will appoint a guardian in the event neither is able to care for the child.

Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton

(1/18/22)Kimberlee Kovach, Eric R. Galton

An interview with Kim Kovach and Eric Galton about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Document Your Wishes: Divorce & Changing Life Insurance Beneficiaries

(1/17/22)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

A surprising outcome that is noteworthy for Divorcing (or Divorced) Couples seeking to use Life Insurance Proceeds to assist their exes and or children.

Ending a Marriage? Don't Get Divorced from Financial Reality in the Process

(1/17/22)Denise French

Sound financial planning may be the last thing on your mind when divorcing but it may never be more valuable.

Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke

(1/10/22)Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith

An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask

(1/10/22)Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson

This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.

Exploring Agreement - Readiness for Divorce Mediation

(1/07/22)Georgia Daniels

This article describes a private reflective exercise that may be helpful in assessing your current state of readiness to mediate your divorce.

Why is the Pandemic Causing a Spike in Divorce?

(1/07/22)Roseann Vanella

At the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak, many experts predicted a sharp increase in divorce rates. This has played out a bit differently than expected.

How Does a Mediator Help Families Resolve Conflict? - Video

(1/07/22)Bob Bordone

Is your family or someone you know going through a rough patch and wondering when might it be necessary to bring in a mediator? Watch this video if you'd like to know how a mediator helps families resolve conflicts and what the qualities of a good mediator are.

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World

(12/28/21)Jim Melamed

While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are still not well-understood by general society. Might a more effective way of "reaching the masses" be to take advantage of "MEDIATION ART," be that in our physical and virtual offices, on our websites, and, perhaps in time, at bus stops and on highway billboards?

Being Nice Helps

(12/27/21)Martin Rosenfeld

This brief article looks at the need to engender good will in a contested divorce.

How To Prepare For Your First Divorce Mediation Session

(12/17/21)Greg Enos

The decision to get divorced is often not an easy one. But what happens when you don’t want a full-blown series of court cases surrounding this experience?

How to Get Through The Holiday Season if You Are Getting Divorced?

(12/16/21)Roseann Vanella

When you are getting divorced or separated, a torrent of mixed emotions, such as anger, relief, and worry are likely to overwhelm you.

Transformative Family Dialogue During the Pandemic – A Story from a Mediation Center in the Czech Republic

(12/11/21)Dan Simon

The Top Five Issues in Startup Co-Founder Separations

(12/11/21)Shirish Gupta

Perspectives from JAMS neutral Shirish Gupta and JAMS Diversity Fellow Genesis Fisher on navigating co-founder separation disputes.

To Mediate or Not to Mediate Your Child Custody Case

(12/09/21)Ben Coltrin

There are many benefits of using mediation in your child custody case. Mediation gives you the final say over the type of custody you get and the other terms of your parenting plan.

4 Tips to Make the Most of Your Divorce Mediation Process

(12/06/21)Roseann Vanella

Divorce mediation has great advantages over the aggressive and unpredictable process of divorce litigation.

Why is Gray Divorce Becoming Increasingly Common?

(11/22/21)Roseann Vanella, Carmela DeNicola

A “gray divorce” occurs when a senior couple ends their marriage after years or decades of togetherness.

Moving from Elder Frustration to Family Redemption: Book Review

(11/22/21)Nicole Lance

Provide insight about the developmental phase of elders, for the purpose of closing the communication gap and improving outcomes. Mediators can play a unique role by translating insights about elders’ developmental stage into actionable outcomes for everyone.

Mediating Divisive Topics

(11/12/21)Felicia Staub

In recent years, the divisions in this country have become increasingly polarized. People’s opinions have become more and more extreme to the point where we don’t tolerate anyone with different opinions from ours.

5 Questions to Ask Your Potential Family Mediator

(11/12/21)Ben Coltrin

This article addresses five important questions parents should ask a family mediator before hiring them. These questions could help parents find the right professional to guide them toward an agreement.

What Makes Someone Ask for a Divorce

(11/07/21)Natalie Maximets

“What makes someone leave one partner for another? Or what forces someone to ask about divorce?” These are the most common questions asked on different divorce blogs and forums.

Social Security Benefits and Divorce

(11/05/21)Mary Salisbury

Social Security benefit rules are complex and confusing, and even more so when you get a divorce.

Book Review of Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution

(10/21/21)Donald T. Saposnek

This book review of Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, co-edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy A. Welsh, presents an overview, with snippets of personal and autobiographical material, of this penetrating collection that comprises the “personal stories” of 23 leading practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution.

Top 5 Co-parenting Apps for Mediation

(10/21/21)Ben Coltrin

A good co-parenting app helps parents feel focused and organized heading into mediation. Here are the best co-parenting apps so you can choose the right one for your family.

Working with Financial Neutrals

(10/18/21)Joy Rosenthal

One of the hardest problems that a divorcing couple may face is how to divide up marital property.

Domestic Violence and Family Mediation

(10/14/21)Marian Grande

Domestic violence is a prevalent problem in Canada. Unfortunately, family violence is a genuine reality for many families.

Do You Love Yourself Enough So No One Dares to Hurt You?

(10/14/21)Veera Mahajan

This article is a mantra for those who are navigating difficult conflicts.

Strathclyde Mediation Clinic: A decade of dedication to mediation in Scotland

(10/11/21)Charlie Irvine, Jonathan Rodrigues

The Mediation Clinic attached to the University of Strathclyde (“The Mediation Clinic”) in Glasgow, Scotland, recently won the ‘Community Contribution Award’ at the Scottish Legal Awards 2021. This is an article discussing the program.

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