Parenting Articles

The 2020 Tax Conundrum: Questions Facing Couples Whose Divorce is Pending

(4/09/21)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

2020 has been a year of too many upsets, too many uncertainties, and too many confusions.

Using Text Messages and Emails in Mediation, Family, or Divorce Court

(4/09/21)Carrie Gour

A guide on best practices related to the collection and use mobile evidence and the software options available best suited to assist.

Courage is a Choice

(3/03/21)Karen Aurit, Michael Aurit

It is a choice to be courageous in family conflict, and an important one.

How Do We Tell our Friends We’re Getting a Divorce?

(2/26/21)Amanda Singer

Recently I had a client ask me, “How do we say to our friends we’re getting a divorce?”

Keeping the Marital Home in Divorce and Pitfalls for the Unwary

(2/19/21)Mary Salisbury

In most marriages there is a marital home/the kids' childhood home and it’s often the largest asset--and the largest source of conflict.

First Holiday Season After Divorce

(12/22/20)Denise French

Your first Christmas or other major holiday after divorce can be tough, and it will no doubt be different.

Family Mediation: A Separate Category of Mediation?

(12/01/20)Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

It is to be noted that Mediation is not just about settling disputes or getting back people together. It also extends to making adequate arrangement for the welfare of family members in cases of separation.

Can You Be a Litigator and a Mediator?

(11/12/20)Scott Levin

“You know what, Ken? A bad idea would be to let your client walk out of here today and drag this thing out for another year, wasting more time and more money," ~ The Wedding Crashers

Bearing Witness in Mediation

(8/28/20)Laurie Israel

Recently I’ve been pondering a certain aspect of my experience with mediating divorces. It’s about something that often comes up in my encounters with my mediation clients.

Mediating Online: Family Mediation Course

(8/26/20)Jim Melamed

Mediate.com is proud to make the first day of our 10 day Online Family Mediation course available for free! The overall 20-hour training is available both "live" September 14-25 and is also available as a recorded course on an ongoing basis. Enjoy!

The Importance of the Relationship: Using Checklists to Improve Discussions

(8/20/20)Christopher Garcia, Scott Rautio

This article looks at The Importance of the Relationship; What are the expectations; and what should be discussed?

Co-parenting and COVID-19

(5/26/20)Amanda Singer

This is an unknown and challenging time for everyone, as there are so many changes. For those who are co-parenting in separate households, it can be even more difficult to try to navigate these times.

Surviving the Pandemic - Advice from 74 Family Experts

(5/17/20)Michael Lang

In this outstanding collection of essays, there are tips for managing disagreements, guidelines for handling children’s needs, information about finances, and even a recipe for Quarantine Cookies.

Who Gets the COVID-19 Stimulus Check in the Divorce?

(5/11/20)Kristyn Carmichael

During this challenging time, many separated spouses are experiencing unexpected confusion and conflict around the Stimulus Check, which was intended to provide financial relief, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

10 Co-parenting Recommendations for the COVID-19 Crisis, A Mediator’s Perspective

(5/08/20)Anju D. Jessani

Courts look to prior events or precedents in establishing policy, and also in measuring reasonableness, when parties are in a dispute.

Mediating Families Are Closer Post-Divorce

(5/01/20)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan Kelly describes a research finding which concluded that families who mediated during the divorce had father's who were significantly more involved in their children's lives twelve years post-mediation.

The Mediators: Family Mediation Edition

(5/01/20)Mediate.com

The Mediators: Family Edition features 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world. Sections include: Inspiration, Techniques In The Room, Supporting Children, Styles And Models, The Future, Training & Certification

Interview with Don Saposnek

(4/10/20)Donald T. Saposnek

This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

CV-19 Crisis Brings Heightened Need for Community-based Conflict Resolution

(4/10/20)Susan Raines

Crisis breeds conflict. The stress of economic uncertainty and dislocation caused by CV-19 are only outpaced by the anxiety many feel for the safety of their loved ones.

Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(4/03/20)Roseann Vanella

As our nation deals with the COVID-19 crisis, divorced parents face many unique challenges.

Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities

(3/24/20)Jim Melamed

Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).

Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic

(3/18/20) AFCC and AAML

Leaders from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have released these guidelines for co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How Much Does Divorce Really Cost?

(2/27/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Some who are faced with the prospect of divorce, are deterred by the sheer magnitude of change that will impact their family’s lives.

What Is A "High Conflict Divorce," Anyway?

(2/14/20)Carrie Gour

Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares how to identify a high conflict personality, the characteristics of a typical high conflict divorce file, and suggestions on how clients can best manage both.

Do I Need to Hire a Divorce/Family Attorney Before Beginning My Divorce?

(2/07/20)Tye Bourdony

Getting divorced can be one of the most stressful and difficult life situations a person can find themselves in. When confronted with how to best move forward in a divorce, and what to do about an attorney, there is no one clear answer.

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