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12/02:

How to keep the family peace at Christmas

Lawyers, therapists and hostage negotiators explain how to defuse festive conflicts

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11/25:

Keeping your nerve: Family mediation at the Thanksgiving dinner table

While mastering those classic family recipes is important, it's the conversation that has the highest tendency to get overheated.

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10/23:

Mediation, Non-disclosure Agreements Challenge Educational Opportunity in Connecticut

“Many parents are wary of discussing outplacement as they have had to negotiate settlement agreements with their district and cannot, based on the terms of the agreement reveal the terms.” read more
 
10/23:

Intercultural mediators to ensure equitable health care services

A newly published WHO Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report has found that intercultural mediators are highly effective in bridging linguistic and cultural gaps and are therefore indispensable to high-quality, comprehensive health care provision for refugees and migrants. read more
 
10/03:

Mediation’s role in elder law issues

When adult children disagree on the best course of action regarding ailing parents, disputes dating back to childhood can resurface.

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10/01:

Girl guides parents to mediation

In a bid to unite her parents, who have been living separately, a 12-year-old girl, a class 6 student from Sivaganga district, has managed to convince them to resolve their differences through mediation.

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9/16:

Adele's Husband Agrees To Joint Custody and Private Mediation

Adele's estranged husband, Simon Konecki has just filed a response in the couple's divorce, and it seems the split will be very amicable.

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9/04:

The Real Cost Of Refusing To Mediate

Here Peter Brewer, a solicitor and partner in the national firm of Clarke Willmott LLP, based in the Commercial and Private Client Litigation team in Birmingham, looks at the recent dispute between step-sisters Deborah Cutler and Anna Winter over their parents’ estate.

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9/04:

New online tool for parenting plans avoids cost, conflict: B.C. legal services society

Putting together a parenting plan in B.C. has gotten a bit easier. The provincial Legal Services Society's (LSS) MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre is now allowing parents to craft their plan online.

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7/31:

Undocumented immigrant detained outside mediation in South Austin

An Austin attorney is speaking out after her client was taken into custody by immigration officials following mediation. Valencia, 34, was in mediation because he and his ex-wife are in a custody battle over their 3-year-old daughter. 

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



Joy Rosenthal
What to Do After You Get Your Divorce Judgment (11/29/19)
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.



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.



Phyllis Pollack
Happy Thanksgiving !!!! (11/22/19)
Phyllis Pollack

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day!



Eric Slepak
RSI Publishes Report on Improving Pre-Mediation Screening for Intimate Partner Violence through Proposed Online Tool (11/08/19)
Eric Slepak

Over the past year, RSI has been working on a project researching and exploring whether and how an online tool could improve the frequency and competency with which mediators screen for intimate partner violence (IPV) prior to mediation.



Stephen Kotev
ACR Taskforce on Safety: Recommended Guidelines -- Part 1 in Series (11/07/19)
Stephen Kotev

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 1 in the series--discussing the ideology and process approach of the Taskforce.



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.



Kayre Chatellier
Montana Nursing Homes and Families Receive Assistance to Resolve Disputes (11/04/19)
Kayre Chatellier

Montana Mediation Association (MtMA) received a Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Grant to prevent and delay resident discharges from Montana Nursing Homes.



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.



Amy Robertson
Eat, Drink, and Remarry: How to Get a Divorce Worth Celebrating (10/25/19)
Amy Robertson

I was watching the news recently when a segment came on about a California couple who co-hosted a Divorce Party. Now this had my attention!



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.



Jim Melamed
Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities (10/04/19)
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).



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.



Susan Raines
What I Wished I Had Known: Lessons from Mediation and Life (10/03/19)
Susan Raines

After more than 16,500 mediations inside and outside of the court system, dozens of organizational interventions, executive coaching, and overall collaborative problem solving, I have learned some hard lessons about what works and what doesn’t.



Carrie Gour
A Guide: How to Collect Text, Message, Phone and Email Evidence (9/30/19)
Carrie Gour

This article is aimed at clients working with collaborative practitioners, therapists, or legal counsel who need to document text message and email conversations for evidence or as a reference, a summary of what to document, and how to document so that what is captured will be admissible, if required.



Jonathan Rodrigues
TED talk- Did Your Lawyer Mention Multi-door Dispute Resolution System? (9/29/19)
Jonathan Rodrigues

33 million cases are pending in the courts of India as of 2019--what is the answer?



Saakshi Jain
Use of Mediation During Divorce Proceedings in India (9/26/19)
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.



Sandeep Bhalothia
Mediation in Domestic Violence Case: Whether to Use or Not to Use? – An Indian Perspective (9/21/19)
Sandeep Bhalothia

In this article, I aim to identify two opposite interests associated with the settlement of domestic violence cases, and look at the Indian law to see how those two interests are equitably balanced, therefore, providing a recommended way forward, not necessarily a perfect one, to handle cases related to domestic violence.



Laura Tarcea
Effective Communication Makes for Optimal Mediation - Part 2 (9/20/19)
Laura Tarcea

This article discusses why communication matters during family separation.



Peter Adler
Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting (9/14/19)
Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.



Laura Tarcea
Effective Communication Makes for Optimal Mediation - Part 1 (9/13/19)
Laura Tarcea

This article is a look at the implications of communication skills in the context of family mediation and recommendations.



Gerry O'Sullivan
The Mediator's Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes (9/13/19)
Gerry O'Sullivan

Mediators need to formulate and ask incisive questions that challenge entrenched thinking and shift perspectives.



Cinnie Noble
Three Sides to Every Story (9/12/19)
Cinnie Noble

When we talk about an interpersonal dispute between two people, we commonly say there are two sides to every story – the other person’s version of events and issues and our own.



Meredith Richardson
Choose the Road Less Traveled in Conflict (9/06/19)
Meredith Richardson

Are you stuck in a rut in your relationship with someone?



Denise French
Divorce Done Differently! (9/06/19)
Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving.



Dan Simon
Moving Parents – and a Moving Conversation (8/30/19)
Dan Simon

Empowerment and recognition shifts can happen between people whose interaction has fluctuated for years.



Kathleen Kauth
Eldercare Mediation: Setting Families up for Success (8/30/19)
Kathleen Kauth

Working with families to help an older adult identify how they want to spend their final years and communicate it to all involved parties.



Zena Zumeta
Mediating with Families, 4th Edition - Book Review (8/23/19)
Zena Zumeta

Mediating with Families is an excellent resource both for practitioners and teachers/trainers of family mediation. It includes a broad discussion of family mediation, with techniques, case examples, resources and theory. It is an excellent addition to the field.



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