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1/18:

Ways Family Mediation Can Help Resolve Elder Care Conflicts

Mediators can offer constructive, non-judgmental solutions to siblings when it comes to sharing the responsibilities of caring for parents

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12/14:

Revealing Statistics About Divorce Mediation

TopCounselingSchools.org compiled information and statistics from a variety of sources to illustrate the effectiveness of divorce mediation. Here are some of the most notable pieces of information they highlighted.

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12/14:

California Expands Family Leave and Modifies Small Employer Mediation Pilot Program

On January 1, 2022, leave under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) will be expanded to provide employees with up to twelve weeks of job-protected leave to provide care to a parent-in-law with a serious medical condition. AB 1033 also makes changes to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (“DFEH’s”) small employer family leave mediation pilot program.

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Alzheimers Q&A: What does elder mediation mean?

Elder mediation aims to address conflicting issues in families and in institutions and provides a forum for family decision-making. Elder mediators assist with difficult conversations among family members, and they help make plans and reach acceptable outcomes to disagreements.

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11/02:

Co-Mediation As a Conciliation Tool

Co-mediation is an under-used concept in conciliation. In the right cases, co-mediation can benefit all involved. In the current climate, where diversity and inclusion awareness is heightened, the time is ripe for a tool such as co-mediation, to ensure access to justice and inclusivity where case outcomes may be more equitable.

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10/19:

New state program offers free mediation services to farmers

LANSING — Michigan farmers now have access to a free mediation service to settle disputes outside of court. The Michigan Community Mediation Association has been awarded the Michigan Agricultural Mediation Program by the United States Department of Agriculture. Farmers’ disputes covered by this grant can range from contract issues, estate and probate complications, adverse determinations by the USDA, bankruptcy, and any other conflict farmers may face concerning their farms.

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7/19:

The mediation brief: A primer

Family mediation is in the spotlight again and that is a very good thing. Any dialogue about this important modality for resolving family law disputes is welcome — and since I firmly believe that heterogeneity of ideas enriches dialogue, I read with interest the friendly debate taking place on the pages of this very publication.

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7/13:

Free mediation for wedding couples and vendors affected by Covid-19 restrictions

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is rolling out mediation help to parties in wedding events affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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5/18:

Mediate, Not Litigate

Your client just received a demand letter, or conversely your client wants to file a lawsuit against an adverse party. Often, the best time to resolve disputes is before the parties engage in litigation.

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4/06:

Lawyer says mediation resolves feud among Jordan royals

BEIRUT (AP) — Mediation between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his outspoken half brother, Prince Hamzah, successfully de-escalated one of the most serious political crises in the kingdom in decades, the palace and a confidant of the prince said Monday.

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Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez
“My Story” Featuring Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez, Retired Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Florida (10/01/21)
Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez

When asked what advice she has for the next generation of ADR professionals, Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez says, "Always go in with an open mind. Always believe that you are going to resolve the case, no matter what." This is a biography of her career path.



Denise French
Divorce Done Differently! (9/27/21)
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. Mediation may not even be an option in your mind, but it should be.



Colin Rule
Mediate.com Adopts Online Mediation Practice and Ethical Standards (9/21/21)
Colin Rule

One of the Primary Recommendations of the Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation is to update mediation practice and ethical standards to fully embrace online mediation. In response, Mediate.com has now formally adopted the Task Force's Recommended Practice Standards for Online Mediation effective January 1. 2022.



Forrest (Woody) Mosten
Paths Forward for Online Mediation - Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources (9/19/21)
Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Here are Committee Reports, Recommendations and Resources from the Mediate.com Online Mediation Task Force Final Report.



Mary Salisbury
Preparing and Paying for QDROs in Divorce (9/17/21)
Mary Salisbury

The responsibilities of a plan administrator include reviewing QDROs or DROs and then distributing the funds to the non-plan participant spouse once they have approved the order--which become difficult in a separation.



Kathleen Kauth
Helicopter Conflict (9/13/21)
Kathleen Kauth

What do helicopter parents do best? They hover.



Joy Rosenthal
Who Wears the Pants in Your Family? (9/07/21)
Joy Rosenthal

So much has changed! When I was growing up, the expectation for middle-class marriages (which were always between women and men) was that it was the man’s job to earn enough money to support the family, and it was the woman’s job was to have children and to contribute to the economy by spending money.



Joy Rosenthal
Why I Don’t Caucus (8/30/21)
Joy Rosenthal

One of the things to think about when you are looking for a divorce mediator is whether they will meet with both of you together or will meet with you each separately.



Judith Cohen
ADA Mediation Refresher (8/19/21)
Judith Cohen

I think it might be time for a refresher on ADA Mediation, * a topic I have written and trained on frequently – but not for a while now.



Joan Kessler
The Significance of Nonverbal Communication in Mediation and Arbitration (8/13/21)
Joan Kessler

Nonverbal communication may impact participants’ thoughts and emotions in a mediation or arbitration and should be considered when evaluating communication feedback during these sessions.



Jane McWilliams
3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Adjust (8/13/21)
Jane McWilliams

As parents, we try to protect our kids from undue stress. But the reality is that life is inherently stressful. While we may not be able to protect our kids from all stress we can help them learn to cope and adjust.



Brian Galbraith
Beyond Mediation: The Collaborative Practice Experience (8/11/21)
Brian Galbraith

Collaborative Practice is a process to resolve family law conflict without the use of the court. Each person has their own attorney, but should the matter go to court, the attorneys are prohibited from participating in the court process. This changes everything. Instead of gearing up for litigation the attorneys becoming settlement specialists. Everyone has a vested interest in assisting the clients reach an agreement.



Melissa Kucinski
Multi-Jurisdictional Issues in Online Mediation (8/11/21)
Melissa Kucinski

With an increase in remote mediation, many mediators are managing caseloads that have a multi-jurisdictional element (at times, unintentionally). This paper will define what issues may arise in a multi-jurisdictional mediation process, and focus on the necessary training elements to handle these multi-jurisdictional implications.



Laurie Israel
Learning from Every Mediation (8/10/21)
Laurie Israel

I have been mediating for over twenty-five years. During this time, I have had many different experiences with clients, including the good and the bad.



Joy Rosenthal
The Five Divorces (8/09/21)
Joy Rosenthal

Lonnie and Chris got married right out of college.¹ They had a lot of ups and downs, and over time, they grew apart. After 20 years, they decided to divorce.



Jeremy Pollack
Bring More Peace Into Your Life with Jeremy Pollack – Tip 22: Manage Your Emotions (8/09/21)
Jeremy Pollack

This is an extremely important topic to consider when thinking about how to effectively engage in conflict resolution, especially when dealing with escalated situations. When considering how to engage in emotional self-regulation, it is crucial to first recognize our triggers. Asking ourselves, “What kinds of situations tend to trigger me?” is one way of doing this.



Susan Guthrie
Online Mediation Training Task Force Family / Elder Committee Report (8/02/21)
Susan Guthrie

The Family and Elder Committee was initially tasked with Considering the Following Questions: 1) How can family and elder mediation training be improved to embrace online mediation; and 2) How can family and elder mediation training best be offered online, for basic training, advanced training, and ongoing continuing education?



Natalie Maximets
The Long Term Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children (7/30/21)
Natalie Maximets

Growing up is complicated enough on its own. Having parents' divorce can make it even harder. To avoid the psychological effects of divorce on children, parents should go through the process gracefully.



Roseann Vanella
Now More than Ever, Creativity is Needed in Divorces (7/18/21)
Roseann Vanella

We live in an uncertain world where things can change radically at the drop of a hat. We experienced this last year in a huge way with the Covid-19 outbreak.



Ben Coltrin
3 Strategies for Effective Co-Parenting (7/12/21)
Ben Coltrin

Above all, remember that co-parenting is about your kids.



Charlie Young
Confirmation Bias: Something Mediators Need to Appreciate (7/08/21)
Charlie Young

As far as I can tell, much of the research on how neural functions affect mediation has been done in the last 20 years.



Kenneth Cloke
Insurrection, Demagoguery, and the Mediation of Political Conflicts (7/06/21)
Kenneth Cloke

Following the “insurrection,” “putsch,” or “attempted coup” in Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021, and the subsequent acquittal of President Trump on impeachment charges, we find ourselves facing extremely significant and difficult, yet very different political conflicts and challenges from those we faced before.



Jennifer Shack
For Family Cases Involving Reports of Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred by Parents (7/06/21)
Jennifer Shack

In a randomized controlled trial of family cases involving parents reporting high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV), parents felt safer in and were more satisfied with shuttle and videoconference mediation than litigation.



Charles Crumpton
An Affirmative Higher Social Responsibility Duty to Serve Systemic Social Change through System Design (7/06/21)
Charles Crumpton

This article reflects on a panel discussion that took place on April 14, 2021, as part of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Virtual Spring Conference, titled "Dispute Resolution Pandemic Pivot: Systems Design for Socioeconomic Inequality issues.”



Lydia Ray
Battling Burnout: Mental Health and Self-Care in Mediation (6/27/21)
Lydia Ray

Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?



Deborah Heller
Co-Mediation in A Volunteer Co-Mediation Process. Some Simple Ideas (6/27/21)
Deborah Heller

The article suggests that there is little formal training for mediators, especially volunteer mediators who may co mediate with many different partners to work effectively together, and makes some simple and concrete suggestions for ways to remedy this.



Eric R. Galton
The Remarkable (And Often Very Surprising) Benefits of Virtual Mediation (6/25/21)
Eric R. Galton

A funny thing happened on April 1, 2020. After over 30 years and 7,500 cases as an in person, high-touch mediator, I grudgingly became, out of necessity born by COVID-19, a virtual, online mediator.



Ross Feinberg
Settlement Verification in the Virtual World (6/25/21)
Ross Feinberg

My goal has always been to provide each and every mediation participant with the most satisfying experience possible.



Jen Schimbeno
Co-Parenting Online Course – How to Not Put Your Kids in the Middle of Your Divorce (6/18/21)
Jen Schimbeno

The ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) ACE’s study, is one of the largest studies about traumatic events in the lives of children ages 0-17. This study identifies three types of risk factors for trauma in children: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.



Kenneth Cloke
Race and Caste, Gender and Patriarchy, Wealth and Class: Mediating the Systems, Structures, and Sources of Prejudice (6/16/21)
Kenneth Cloke

As a society, we have not resolved many enduring disputes, or convinced each other, or even discussed them intelligently, but ended up instead screaming at one another, clashing violently, and being prepared to manipulate, and even jettison the entire democratic process if it doesn’t back the candidates and policies we support.



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