Mediating Custody Disputes
Saposnek, D.T. Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach 1998 Revised Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (Softcover; 364 pages)
This book is a practical text and guide for learning the scope and methods of child custody mediation. It comprehensively presents the historic background and context of custody mediation, then details, step-by-step, the structure of the mediation process. Strategies used by children and parents in creating impasses are detailed, and then mediator strategies are presented for resolving these impasses. The book includes several chapters of detailed case illustrations which integrate the strategic theory that is based upon the martial art of Aikido with the specific strategies for resolving the custody and visitation disputes. There are several case illustrations presented, from simple to very complex cases, and chapters discussing special circumstances, ethics, values, and morals that arise in mediation. The book ends with a number of useful appendices for the practice of child custody mediation.