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Amanda Singer

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.

Michael Lang

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.

Kristyn Carmichael

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).

Anju D. Jessani

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.

Susan Raines

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.

Roseann Vanella

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.

Jim Melamed

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. 

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

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.

Carrie Gour

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.

Tye Bourdony

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.

Michael Gorman

7 Tips On How To Protect Child Mental And Emotional Health During A Divorce

(1/31/20)Michael Gorman

Separation is one of the most difficult processes people can go through, but the situation is even more shocking for kids who need to adapt to such a huge change in life.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

What if You Die? Divorcing and Death

(1/24/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

There’s an interesting dichotomy between married couples’ view of life insurance.

Keri Morris

The Beauty and Terror of Change

(1/24/20)Keri Morris

In my role as mediator one of the questions I am asked most often by parents, community groups, and interested parties is if an agreement reached at Family Dispute Resolution is legally binding and enforceable through the family court.

Michael Aurit

A Guide To Creative Christmas Plans For Divorced Parents

(12/19/19)Michael Aurit

This article discusses six options that are successful ways of sharing time with children over the holidays.

Lisa Taylor

Why You Should Mediate Your Divorce Instead of Litigating It

(12/12/19)Lisa Taylor

This article shows a clear timeline for mediating your divorce. The purpose of mediation is to get you talking about how to settle every issue right away, so the process is usually much faster, much less expensive, much less stressful and overall much more satisfying than litigation.

Kathleen Kauth

Conflicts in the 'Family' Work Environment

(12/12/19)Kathleen Kauth

What do you do when work treats you “like family”?

Dakota Murphey

Mediating Your Divorce: How to Split Your Retirement Savings

(11/29/19)Dakota Murphey

As well as working with a skilled divorce lawyer, it can be in your interest to take advice from an experienced pension planner in order to achieve good solutions to these sorts of issues.

Amy Robertson

Four Ways to Sidestep Conflict and Enjoy Your Holidays

(11/29/19)Amy Robertson

If the thought of enduring a meal—let alone an entire weekend—with your family or in-laws has you tensing up then you might want to keep reading.

Michael Aurit

Thanksgiving After Divorce: New Turkey Time Traditions

(11/26/19)Michael Aurit

Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult holiday to plan for and experience for parents and children after divorce.

Leah Hadley

How to Get Your Spouse to Agree to Mediation

(11/04/19)Leah Hadley

One of the initial challenges in mediation that you may face is getting your spouse on board to give it a try.

Michael Aurit

Halloween Solutions for Divorced Parents: The Best Treat for Your Children

(10/28/19)Michael Aurit

Halloween may not be as meaningful as other seasonal holidays, but for divorced or separated parents and their children, feelings of “missing out” on fun times can be very challenging.

Joy Rosenthal

What to Do After You Get Your Divorce Judgment

(10/25/19)Joy Rosenthal

When we submit your divorce papers to the court in order to obtain a Judgment of Divorce (JOD), the terms of the Settlement Agreement become the law.

Denise French

Advice for Divorcing Men: Common Mistakes in Divorce and How To Avoid Them

(10/18/19)Denise French

One of the most common mistakes in divorce is making promises too soon--here are a few others.

Michael Aurit

Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) to Livestream November 7-9 Conference

(10/04/19)Michael Aurit

For the first time, a national family mediation conference will be broadcast live, online, across the United States and around the world, via LiveStream.

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