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Time for a National Mediation Policy Act! (4/22/19)
Jim Melamed

Please join in our efforts to set America on a healing and optimizing path with the passage of the National Mediation Policy Act. This Act declares a national policy favoring capable mediation over disputes being litigated or remaining unresolved.

5 Key Questions to Ask About Family Mediation (4/22/19)
Dakota Murphey

For separating couples looking for an alternative to court proceedings, mediation can be hugely helpful in finding resolutions to the most contentious issues.

Are You and Your Ex “High Conflict Parents”? 5 Red Flags and What You Can Do (4/22/19)
Ann Cerney

Whether you are divorced or considering divorce, you’ve probably heard the dreaded catch phrase “high conflict parents”.

The Family Mediation Process – Step by Step Guide (4/22/19)
Zara Rafiq

Family mediation is becoming increasingly popular for families in the UK to help resolve conflict and reach agreements surrounding children or finances or in some circumstances, both.

What’s Fair Is Fair… Or Is It? (4/12/19)
Joy Rosenthal

“I only want what is equitable. That is my operating principle.”

Should Therapists Mediate? -- A Look at UK therapists (4/12/19)
Hadassah Fidler

Mediators come from a number of professional backgrounds, but lawyers and therapists are seemingly the most highly represented within their ranks.

New Zealand Family Justice Puts Children First (4/12/19)
Keri Morris

The people of New Zealand can be confident that children and families are at the front of the minds of an independent panel on family justice based on the panel's first report released last month.

Preparing Clients for Mediation: a quick communications course before the first meeting (4/12/19)
Keren Khaya Abrams

In that couple-week wait from scheduling to the first meeting, could be a ripe and highly motivated time for Mediation clients to tune up on skillful communications.

5 Tips for Coping With Divorce And Child Custody With a High-Conflict Ex (4/08/19)
Ann Cerney

‘Child Custody’ is becoming an outdated concept.

New Comparative Data on Mediator Directory Websites (4/02/19)
Jim Melamed

According to brand new 3/31/2019 data from, is most visited and most linked mediator directory website, by far! Recognized as a Top Attorney Directory! (3/28/19)
Jim Melamed

Now entering our 24th year, is recognized as a Top Law Firm Directory for SEO! is the 8th ranked lawyer directory. No other mediation or ADR directory is listed in the top 100!

Wanted: Diverse Divorce Practitioners. Why Diversity is Good for All of Us (3/15/19)
Valerie Qian

Couples from all backgrounds can benefit from help from diverse family law practitioners.

Use of Mediation During Divorce Proceedings in India (3/08/19)
Saakshi Jain

In this blog post, Saakshi Jain, student, Amity University, Lucknow Campus writes about Mediation, a must and compulsory process in India. This post also covers the need, advantages, and disadvantages of mediation and its impact on Indian divorces.

Mediation As An Effective ADR Mechanism (3/03/19)
Anveksha Padhye

In this article, Anveksha Padhye does a critical analysis on whether mediation is an effective ADR mechanism or not.

Mediation in Child Protection Cases (2/22/19)
Leonard Edwards

This article illustrates the use of mediation in child protection (juvenile dependency) cases, a practice that has increased substantially in America’s juvenile courts over the past five years.

An Exploratory Study Based on USA Marriage Mediators’ Views (2/20/19)
Djidjoho Gnonhossou

This is a study on models of helping couples stay married. Please find enclosed a letter of invitation to the study.

New Interview with Ken Cloke - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society (2/19/19)
Kenneth Cloke

New interview with mediation leader and author Ken Cloke by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

New Interview with Nina Meierding - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society (2/09/19)
Nina Meierding

New interview with Nina Meierding by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Journey Toward a Social Lab Approach to Change (2/08/19)
Nancy Cameron

A small group of us in British Columbia have been collectively grappling with what we can do to leverage the uncertainty created by a time of great change.

Seven Ideas for a Better Divorce (1/25/19)
Hadassah Fidler

Innovate with ideas, try to think outside the box when it comes to solutions.

Creating Effective Parenting Plans (1/22/19)
Leyla Balakhane

This article discusses working with your children’s developmental needs when creating a parenting plan.

Why Divorce Mediation Makes Sense (1/22/19)
Thomas Nares

During my more than 30 years of practicing law, I have found that the great majority of divorcing couples are unaware of their options.

Getting Hitched? 6 Tips for Pre-Marriage Relationships (1/22/19)
Adriane Beth

You’re getting married soon and you’re excited about it. But wait!

Does Your Pet Need a Divorce Lawyer? (1/22/19)
Lidia Staron

Just like with child custody, determining who will take care of the pets after a divorce can be a difficult topic.

5 Prudent Ways to Talk to Kids About Your Divorce (1/11/19)
Jenna Adams

When children are involved in a divorce, you have to deal with not just your own emotions, but also theirs. Here are some tips for these conversations.

7 Easy Tips for Better Communication (1/04/19)
Amy Sereday

How many times have you left a conversation with a loved one feeling frustrated; like they didn’t listen to a single thing you said?

Self-Imposed Ground Rules: The Only Kind Worth Having (12/23/18)
Dan Simon

“You might be wrong. Your voice can be big. Genuinely listen.”

4 Handy Principles for Deciding When You Can’t Agree (12/14/18)
Tammy Lenski

When you can’t agree even with your best effort, having fallback criteria can break the agreement logjam and allow you get on with other things.

Making Holidays Magical for Kids After Divorce (12/14/18)
Vicki Shemin

When we think holidays, we think magical time of year for children.

NEW: - APFM Video Series (12/12/18)
Michael Aurit and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) have worked together to produce 4 new online video courses Check out the trailers for all 4 of these new courses and then order at Note the special holiday pricing of only $199 for all 4 courses this month only!

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