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6/16:

Virtual mediation can peacefully resolve conflicts from home

Conflict is part of being human and is all around us. Sometimes, it can feel unmanageable and impossible to deal with conflicts on our own. It can feel even more overwhelming in times like these, where face-to-face communication is very limited due to COVID-19.

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6/16:

Mediation can resolve farm conflicts

LANSING, Mich. — Farming is stressful enough, but add financial conflicts to the mix and the job is even harder. Mediation is a conflict resolution process that can help solve problems on the farm. “It’s a communication process in which people with a disagreement work with a neutral third party to develop solutions,” said David Gruber, executive director of Roundtable Strategies, during a webinar hosted by AgriSafe.

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6/16:

5 Signs Mediation Won’t Work for Your Divorce, According to a Mediation Expert

Divorce is a not-so-fun choose-your-own-adventure—hire a mediator? Go straight to a divorce lawyer? The circumstances of your split matter a lot, says Dr. Jann Blackstone, co-author of Co-Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: Putting Your Children First and a former child custody mediator for the California Superior Court.

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6/09:

How to resolve legal issues within the family

If you have legal issues that are causing family conflicts, it is best to find ways to resolve it right away. Below are some ways on how you can resolve legal issues within the family.

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6/02:

Difference Between Mediation & Conciliation

Conciliation shares some features of mediation in that it is a more informal, more affordable, and more efficient process than going to court.

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6/02:

Legal News You Can Use: Does Mediation Make Sense for Your Divorce?

No matter what your feelings are toward each other, you may both be clear communicators and able to work together. If you have children, you may want to avoid a contentious process to protect them, too. In these cases, mediation may be your solution.

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5/26:

Two Magic Words That Diffuse Any Argument, According to a Mediation Expert

Our favorite tip from the book? There’s a two-word phrase that Carter uses daily with her husband that she calls “the ultimate open question.”

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5/26:

With the family courts closed, mediation may be the only option

Delphine Eskenazi explains how the Paris Bar is deploying mediators to resolve parental access disputes during Covid-19

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5/05:

Mediation in Family Law Cases During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, ADR (most often mediation) is the only immediate option available for many, and that mediation now generally must take place online.

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4/21:

Family and Dispute Resolution in Pandemic Times

In their Mediation column, Abby Tolchinsky and Ellie Wertheim write: Mediation is a tool that lends itself to these critical pandemic times—for families previously living with great levels of tension and conflict, the chance to have a facilitated conversation and ease the pressure can help spare them added anxiety and even resolve or preclude anger.

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles



Georgia Daniels
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.




Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: North America (6/22/20)
Kenneth Cloke, Gregg Relyea

This article series includes viewpoints on the current state of conflict resolution from all 7 continents. This article focuses on North America.



Roseann Vanella
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.



Jim Melamed
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.



Hadassah Fidler
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?



Keri Morris
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.



Arthur Rosenbloom
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.



Mitch Cohen
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.



Sarah Ater
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.



Roseann Vanella
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.



Amanda Singer
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.



Roseann Vanella
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.



Michael Lang
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.



Kristyn Carmichael
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).



Anju D. Jessani
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.



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

6 Tips to Strengthen your Relationship during Covid-19 Lockdowns



Jim Melamed
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.



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

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



Susan Raines
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.



Jim Melamed
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.



Katherine Stoessel
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.



Dakota Murphey
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.



Kathleen Kauth
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?



Roseann Vanella
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.



Jim Melamed
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. 



Alex Derr
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.



Denise French
Mediation versus Court in Divorce (3/06/20)
Denise French

You really don’t want your day in court! Here’s why.



Sue Bronson
Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Sue Bronson (3/03/20)
Sue Bronson

Mediator Sue Bronson doesn't rest upon the familiar, but takes what she knows and applies it in new innovative ways. In this 44 minute video, Sue and Michael Lang discuss screening techniques.



Liz Merrill
People are Idiots (2/28/20)
Liz Merrill

People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.



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