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Jim Melamed

Establishing Standards for Online Domestic Relations Mediation

(7/18/19)Jim Melamed

Leading national family mediation organizations, including Mediate.com, have abided by common standards for divorce and family mediation for over two decades. Do these standards need to be updated to address issues of online mediation? If so, how?

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Divorcing After Long-Term Marriage Checklist of Considerations

(7/18/19)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

For couples facing divorce in their late fifties, sixties, and beyond, the questions and issues are quite distinct from those facing younger couples.

Jim Hughes

Divorce & Bankruptcy: Which Come First?

(7/18/19)Jim Hughes

Divorce can be a very challenging time for anyone especially when it is coupled with financial difficulties.

Frederick Way

Celebrating Pride – Reflections on Being a Gay Mediator

(7/18/19)Frederick Way

This article discusses this mediator's viewpoint that as a mediation profession need to celebrate our own pride.

Lee Jay Berman

13 Tools for Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, with Customers and in Life

(7/17/19)Lee Jay Berman

Conflict happens. It is inevitable. It is going to happen whenever you have people with different expectations. Here are some tools for avoiding and resolving disputes in the early stages, before they become full-blown conflicts.

Stuart Watson

The Divorce Process: Mediation Saves Money, Time and Trauma

(7/12/19)Stuart Watson

The divorce process has significant impacts on the lives of the spouses and their families depending on how they go through the divorce. This article outlines how divorce mediation can save families money and time, and reduce trauma when compared to a traditional, litigated divorce process.

Jacques Joubert

Bringing the Human Face to Conflict

(7/12/19)Jacques Joubert

Mediation may be described as a process that evolves over four different phases. It begins in a joint session and ends in a final joint session.

Laurie Israel

Why Retainers are Important to the Mediation Process

(7/12/19)Laurie Israel

For most mediations, having the financial relationship between the mediator and the clients prepaid through a retainer can be a very strong impetus towards making the mediation process stronger and more effective.

F. Peter Phillips

“Infinite” Arbitration Clauses

(7/12/19)F. Peter Phillips

The obligation to arbitrate survives the termination of your services and is indefinite.

John Lande

We Have to Love More, Hate Less. We Got to Listen More and Talk Less.

(7/12/19)John Lande

A quick thought on what we can learn from women's soccer.

Beth Graham

SCOTX Grants Petition For Review Over Local Government Arbitration Question

(7/12/19)Beth Graham

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas agreed to consider whether the San Antonio River Authority must arbitrate a dispute related to the costs associated with a $10 million dam project.

Joy Rosenthal

What Happens in the Mediation Room?

(7/12/19)Joy Rosenthal

I ask both parties to come in for an introductory meeting when they inquire about divorce mediation.

John Sturrock

Bringing Mediation into the Mainstream

(7/05/19)John Sturrock

Being a mediator brings surprises along the way. It is remarkable that, after years of waiting for Scotland to pick up the mediation baton, we now have two important initiatives underway.

Jay Safier

Marriage and Divorce Under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

(7/05/19)Jay Safier

As a former practicing CPA, who is now a professional mediator, I pose the following question: What has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act done to help couples improve the statistics regarding the institution of marriage and make the emotional issues of divorce less stressful?

Alex Renirie

'Resolving Land and Energy Conflicts': Book Review

(7/05/19)Alex Renirie, Todd Jarvis

Resolving Land and Energy Conflicts is a groundbreaking effort that documents conflicts and strategies for collaboration in today’s U.S. energy sector.

Georg Stratemeyer

Domestic Violence Theories and Mediation

(7/05/19)Georg Stratemeyer

This article proposes that the family mediation process formalizes the separation, as partners are encouraged to try to work out how to co-parent their children, and increases the risk for victims of domestic violence.

Cinnie Noble

At the End of Our Rope

(7/05/19)Cinnie Noble

There are times we become so frustrated with a conflict that we feel spent – that the dynamic and its resolution are insurmountable.

Tammy Lenski

A Way to Turn Anger Into Curiosity

(7/05/19)Tammy Lenski

Only people we love and care deeply about can make us so angry we want to blow a gasket, says famed Star Trek actor George Takei.

Greg Bond

We Can Work It Out / You Can’t Always Get What You Want

(7/05/19)Greg Bond

This article looks at musical greats and what their lyrics can teach us about mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

The Slippery Slope of Negotiations!

(7/05/19)Phyllis Pollack

This looks at a PON article which discusses four reasons why a negotiator might proceed down the slippery slope of an ethical lapse.

Ann Gosline

Ann Gosline Interview: The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(7/01/19)Ann Gosline

The wider Influence of mediation and negotiative thinking beyond practice.

Tim Hicks

Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving in the Workplace

(7/01/19)Tim Hicks

Problem-solving and decision-making. Ask anyone in the workplace if these activities are part of their day and they answer 'Yes!' But how many of us have had training in problem-solving?

Michael Aurit

Mediation Field Mourns the Loss of Family Mediation Pioneer Lawrence D. Gaughan

(6/28/19)Michael Aurit, Larry Gaughan

It is with deep sadness that we learned this week about the passing of Lawrence D. Gaughan, a pioneer professional family mediator.

Sarah Ater

Mediation and Sitting Protocol

(6/28/19)Sarah Ater

This article explains how the sitting arrangement can help improve the mediation process or cause unease in the parties. It is drawn from the mediator’s experience and illustrates how sitting helps parties gain confidence in the mediator and become more comfortable with each other in their discussions.

Phyllis Pollack

May I Talk to the Other Party ?

(6/28/19)Phyllis Pollack

I have said this before and will say it again: talking to the other party does wonders.

John Lande

Letting Go and Forgiving

(6/28/19)John Lande

The New York Times “smarter living” column has an interesting piece about letting go of grudges and forgiving others.

US Sup Ct Grants Review to Decide Whether New York Convention Permits Non-Signatory to Compel International Arbitration on Equitable Estoppel Grounds

(6/28/19)Mark Kantor

The dispute addresses whether, under the New York Convention, a non-signatory can compel arbitration.

Judith Starr

Author, Author! An Interview with Michael Lang, Author of The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution

(6/27/19)Judith Starr, Michael Lang

How do you think about reflective practice?

Alfred Ramos

Mediating Custody in Highly Contested Divorce Cases

(6/27/19)Alfred Ramos

Child custody is often the most contentious aspect of divorce proceedings.

Lori Frio-Walker

Thinking of Divorce? There are More Ways to Divorce Than You May Think

(6/24/19)Lori Frio-Walker

Divorce and custody mediation creates a safe, cooperative setting for the parties to discuss emotional and substantive issues and engage in collaborative problem-solving.

Sue Miglino

This Great Graphic Will Have Mediation Parties Prepared for Success

(6/24/19)Sue Miglino

This article addresses the use of a tool, a graphic of intermeshed gears, that helps to explain how people in close knit groups interact.

Leyla Balakhane

How Forgiveness Benefits You After The Divorce

(6/24/19)Leyla Balakhane

Everyone wants to be right, but oftentimes, holding onto one’s pride tears the relationship apart.

Denise French

My Divorce is Over… Now What?

(6/24/19)Denise French

Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is.

Ann Cerney

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce

(6/24/19)Ann Cerney

How are we supposed to know, 100%, that our marriage, or significant relationship, is secure?

Phyllis Pollack

Starting With the Small Stuff

(6/24/19)Phyllis Pollack

In my early training to be a mediator, the trainer often suggested that to help the parties reach an agreement on the really big issues, start with the small ones.

Kenneth Cloke

Bringing Oxytocin into the Room

(6/22/19)Kenneth Cloke

For the most part, we have tended to ignore the deeper reality that conflict experiences are processed and regulated by our nervous system.

Susan Yates

Interview with Susan Yates: The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(6/19/19)Susan Yates

Managing A Force of Nature: ODR and Dispute Resolution Systems Design Standards and Practice: An interview with Susan Yates by Robert Benjamin.

John Sturrock

Mediation in a Changing Climate? - From Consensus to Confrontation?

(6/17/19)John Sturrock

It is a privilege to speak here at the Salzburg Global Seminar. I'd like to start with some provocation. Imagine these alternatives to the usual headlines.

Ascending the Status of Mediation - Supporting the National Mediation Policy Act

(6/17/19)Michael Aurit, Donald T. Saposnek

The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) recently became the first major organization to endorse The National Mediation Policy Act, a seminal national effort to improve the sanity of discourse in our country.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Children First in Your Divorce

(6/14/19)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

How to mediate in the best interests of the children.

Gene Esshaki

Creating a Winning Mediation Statement

(6/14/19)Gene Esshaki

When it comes to commercial mediations, the first impression is made with the Mediation Statement.

Jeremy Pollack

Best Conditions for Workplace Conflict Resolution: When Can it Work?

(6/14/19)Jeremy Pollack

In workplace conflict resolution, just as in any peacebuilding effort, much of the success lies in the parties’ motivation to resolve the dispute.

Melissa Adkins

Reclaiming Who You Are Post-Divorce

(6/14/19)Melissa Adkins

It took me a long time to accept that the only thing worse than my fear of my own emptiness, was the emptiness of my bottomed-out relationship with my husband of nearly 12 years.

Arran Heal

Can't Employers Live Without Gagging Orders?

(6/14/19)Arran Heal

Employers’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) is destroying lives, says Maria Miller MP.

Cinnie Noble

“Being” in Conflict

(6/14/19)Cinnie Noble

In response to a questions about what compelled me to create a conflict management coaching model, I explained that in my work as a workplace mediator it became evident that many leaders do not know how to “be” in conflict.

Stephen Goldberg

Trump’s Approach to Conflict Resolution: Effect on Disputants and Neutrals

(6/13/19)Stephen Goldberg

Donald Trump’s primary approach to the resolution of conflict is to focus on what he sees as his power advantage over the party with whom he is dealing, and to rely on that presumed power advantage to force the other party to agree to his terms.

Susan Podziba

Conflict, Negotiation, and Public Policy Mediation in the Trump Era

(6/13/19)Susan Podziba

The world of conflict, negotiation, and public policy mediation has markedly changed since the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.

Peter T. Coleman

Tentative Teachings on Conflict from Trump’s Tumultuous Tenure in Office

(6/13/19)Peter T. Coleman

I will attempt to speculate on a few of the possible consequences of the Trump presidency for the field of conflict resolution and negotiation.

Andrea Schneider

Andrea Schneider Interview - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(6/12/19)Andrea Schneider

This is an interview with Andrea Schneider by Robert Benjamin discussing negotiative strategies.

Dean Pruitt

What Have We Learned about Negotiation from Donald Trump?

(6/11/19)Dean Pruitt

Trump’s behavior in the the Presidency reflects many of his New York negotiation experiences and guidelines, for better and worse.

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