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Mediating Families Are Closer Post-Divorce (7/31/20)
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.




6th Key-Government: Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, & Security (7/10/20)
Alicia Kuin

Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.




Parenting While Angry (6/26/20)
Georgia Daniels

This article is arranged as an open letter to my clients, who are divorcing during the pandemic.




Using Mediation for Family Business Disputes (6/19/20)
Roseann Vanella

Being in business with family members involves some unique dynamics that are not present with other types of business arrangements.




Online Dispute Resolution Pioneer Colin Rule Named Mediate.com CEO (6/13/20)
Jim Melamed

Mediate.com announced today that Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel.




Separation in Isolation (6/12/20)
Hadassah Fidler

The message is to socially distance ourselves from others. But what if it’s your partner you want to socially distance yourself from?




Family Violence and Family Mediation – Can the two go together? (6/12/20)
Keri Morris

The Independent Panel examining the 2014 Family Justice Reforms confirmed there is a place for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) in situations where family violence has occurred or is a concern.




Mediating Disputes Involving Financially Shaky Defendants (6/12/20)
Arthur Rosenbloom

My experience suggests that the mediator's toolbox contains techniques that can help financially shaky defendants settle.




What Happens If You are Getting a Military Divorce? (6/08/20)
Mitch Cohen

Most of those in the know agree that military marriages are burdened by stresses and strains beyond those of an ordinary marriage.




Managing Conflict at Home During COVID-19 (6/08/20)
Sarah Ater

This links to a free course for practitioners, or to show to their clients as a resource, for resolving home conflict during the quarantine.




Cultural Sensitivity While Training (6/01/20)
Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding discusses her approach to mediation training in other countries. This involves being culturally sensitive, not imposing the Western model as it may not be useful for other cultures and their ways of problem-solving.




Tips for Divorcing Couples - Videos 2 through 5 (5/29/20)
Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.




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.




Divorce & Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 - Video (5/18/20)
Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented 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.




Will Your Relationship Survive the Coronavirus Lockdown? (5/08/20)
Rachael Pace

6 Tips to Strengthen your Relationship during Covid-19 Lockdowns




What Is Your Mediation Background? (5/05/20)
Jim Melamed

The "digitization of mediation," now on steroids with the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in dramatic changes and new opportunities for mediators and the mediation field. A part of this includes new meanings for old words.




It's Time to Talk.... (4/17/20)
Kathleen Kauth

Talking about end of life wishes is never fun, and seldom easy.




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.




Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video) (4/03/20)
Jim Melamed

This video on resolving pressing issues at the beginning a divorce mediation is from Jim Melamed's 15-hour "Mediating Divorce Agreement" course available at Mediate.com University.




Consent in Mediation (4/03/20)
Katherine Stoessel

The last family mediation I did got me thinking more specifically and carefully about the principle of ‘consent’ in mediation.




Divorce Mediation: The Healthy Way to Break Up (4/03/20)
Dakota Murphey

There are all sorts of reasons why relationships break up, and when a couple is in crisis it’s easy to turn on the other person and point the finger of blame.




Conflict in Confined Spaces (4/03/20)
Kathleen Kauth

Stay at home orders have been issued, work and schools have closed down, everyone is home together. So now what?




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.




Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging (4/01/20)
Constance Ahrons

Constance Ahrons discusses the pre-joint-cutody model for the relationship between Ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses where hanging on.




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. 




Four Reasons to Try Divorce Mediation (3/13/20)
Alex Derr

When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.



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