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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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England: Divorcing couples to receive £500 mediation voucher

Divorcing couples are set to receive a £500 tax-free voucher for mediation in a UK government bid to ease pressure on the courts following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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3/23:

Blog: Benefits of Mediation When Divorcing During a Pandemic

If you are considering divorce during this time, you are clearly not alone. If the idea of dealing with the court system and the typical expenses of the traditional process does not appeal to you however, you’re also not alone. Mediation is an avenue for obtaining a divorce quickly, safely, confidentially, and cost effectively, especially during Covid-19.

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3/09:

New pro bono mediation project resolves family law cases with less time, money

As with most things in 2020, the pandemic threw a wrench in the plan. In this case, the plan was for a new pro bono mediation project in the Marion County courts.

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2/23:

Can a dog help manage emotions during mediation? New study says yes

A paper published by the Harvard Negotiation Law Review by Kamloops lawyer David Paul explores the idea of canine-assisted mediation, which involves having dogs in a room along with people during family law mediation proceedings.

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2/16:

Court May Compel Mediation of California Trust Disputes

Trust and estate litigators, and mediators, are buzzing over a recent decision from the California Court of Appeal that validates mandatory mediation of trust disputes.

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2/09:

Rebuilding communication after separation

Once parents have moved beyond the realms of court proceedings, it is important to consider how they can develop healthy channels of communication for the benefit of the child(ren) involved and to support healthy coparenting.

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2/02:

Want to settle dispute through mediation: Munde, woman to HC

Mumbai, Jan 29 (PTI) Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Dhananjay Munde and a woman, with whom he was in a relationship earlier and has two children, informed Bombay High Court that they have decided to settle their disputes before a mediator.

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2/02:

Op Ed: Community Resources for Dealing with Disputes

In the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, I can’t think of a better time to evaluate how much of a part I play in the peaceful resolution of conflict or think of a better way to evaluate Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence, than to discuss mediation.

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2/02:

Will Mediation And Private Judges End The Uncivility Of In-Court Family Law Litigation Post COVID?

Private mediation has increased many fold since March 2020. Mediation may well be perfectly suited to the new reality we find ourselves in.

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Scott Levin
The End Game (1/15/21)
Scott Levin

Deciding to divorce is likely going to be the biggest decision of your life, bigger than even deciding to get married in the first place, and how you choose to proceed will make all the difference.



Denise French
First Holiday Season After Divorce (12/22/20)
Denise French

Your first Christmas or other major holiday after divorce can be tough, and it will no doubt be different.



Mary Salisbury
What a Financial Affidavit Won’t Do (12/07/20)
Mary Salisbury

I was recently reminded of the difference in the depth of information and subsequently the analysis that I perform when I do my financial analysis versus what information is provided by clients when they are asked to fill out a Financial Affidavit.



Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu
Family Mediation: A Separate Category of Mediation? (12/01/20)
Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

It is to be noted that Mediation is not just about settling disputes or getting back people together. It also extends to making adequate arrangement for the welfare of family members in cases of separation.



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APFM, NAFCM, MBB & ACR Co-Sponsor National Mediation Policy Act! (11/30/20)
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The APFM, NAFCM, MBB & ACR have joined Mediate.com's groundbreaking efforts to set America on a better path by sponsoring the "National Mediation Policy Act" (NMPA). The Act declares a national policy favoring voluntary mediation over disputes being litigated, remaining unresolved or resulting in violence.



Roseann Vanella
Holiday Parenting/Custodial Time during COVID-19 (11/23/20)
Roseann Vanella

When considering whether or not to bring a child to a holiday gathering (such as Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s house for example), these and other factors need to be taken into consideration.



Colin Rule
Online Mediation Training at Mediate University (11/17/20)
Colin Rule

One of Mediate.com’s most popular features over the last decade has been Mediate University.  From its launch with just a few courses in (2010), Mediate University has grown to a rich repository of courses from many of the leading mediation trainers in the world.



Scott Levin
Can You Be a Litigator and a Mediator? (11/12/20)
Scott Levin

“You know what, Ken? A bad idea would be to let your client walk out of here today and drag this thing out for another year, wasting more time and more money," ~ The Wedding Crashers



Stephen Erickson
Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson (11/09/20)
Stephen Erickson

An interview with Marilyn McKnight and Stephen Erickson about the origins of family mediation, their different conflict styles, and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.



Leyla Balakhane
Life After Divorce: Coping with Loneliness (11/06/20)
Leyla Balakhane

Many couples regard their relationship as a source of comfort, reassurance and identity.



Roseann Vanella
Being Emotionally Ready for Divorce Mediation (11/06/20)
Roseann Vanella

A question I often ask clients when they come to me for a consultation for divorce mediation, “Are you each emotionally ready to mediate your divorce”?



Kimberlee Kovach
Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (10/20/20)
Kimberlee Kovach

An interview with Kim Kovach and Eric Galton about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.



Clare Fowler
Because Mediators Deserve a Personality Test Too (10/18/20)
Clare Fowler

This is a personality test, just for those in the dispute resolution field. Because mediators deserve a personality test too.



Kenneth Cloke
Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke (10/13/20)
Kenneth Cloke

An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.



Anupriya Kukreja
October Month of Conflict Resolution Week 2: Featuring 4 Peacebuilding Think-Tanks Across the World (10/09/20)
Anupriya Kukreja

As part of our special series for Conflict Resolution Month this October, this is our second article where we have highlighted the following research institutes and think tanks across the world.



Lorraine Segal
Fault Lines/Property Lines in Conflict (10/03/20)
Lorraine Segal

Understanding fault lines and property lines can help us resolve conflicts.



Francois Bogacz
Impact of Couple Conflict and Mediation on How Romantic Partners are Seen: An fMRI study (9/28/20)
Francois Bogacz

This article illustrates that mediation improves conflict resolution and is associated with increased activity in the nucleus accumbens, a key region in the brain's reward circuitry.



Amy Robertson
Do You Have to be a Lawyer to Draft a Separation Agreement? (9/28/20)
Amy Robertson

Do you have to be an attorney to be a divorce mediator? The short answer is no. The long answer is important to unpack though.



Orit Asnin
Mediation as a Business Accelerator (9/25/20)
Orit Asnin

This article discusses how mediation can help business, an inspiring example from The Middle East.



Gary Clayton
Culture and Religion, Evaluating Mediation Approaches: A Case Study (9/18/20)
Gary Clayton

This document will analyze a conflict scenario with respect to the conflict’s candidacy (suitability) for mediation.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
In the Time of Covid-19: The Rush to Modification (9/15/20)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Today as the coronavirus keeps us isolated, huddled in our homes, fearful of venturing too far or thinking too deeply, we cannot long ignore the pandemic’s impact on contractual deals that we made when we thought we understood the present and even banked on a better tomorrow.



Amy Robertson
How to Choose a Divorce Mediator (9/14/20)
Amy Robertson

Mediator fit is really important.



Larry Ray
Listening is the Key to Problem Solving (9/14/20)
Larry Ray

Most people when pressed will admit that they are not listening effectively.



Marian Grande
Family Mediation vs Family Litigation (9/12/20)
Marian Grande

Many people assume that the only way to resolve a family law matter is to retain counsel and commence a Court action. This is a wrong assumption.



Keri Morris
When Three Becomes a Crowd (9/04/20)
Keri Morris

An example of how dispute resolution can help when the courts can’t.



Roseann Vanella
Breaking Up Doesn’t Have to Mean Going Broke (9/04/20)
Roseann Vanella

Why an uncontested divorce makes sense for high net worth couples.



Mary Salisbury
The Importance of Accurately Attributing Gains on Separate Property in Divorce (9/04/20)
Mary Salisbury

Let’s take a simple example to show why a back of the envelope calculation could provide a completely inaccurate picture of the value of the marital vs separate portions of a joint account.



Laurie Israel
Bearing Witness in Mediation (8/28/20)
Laurie Israel

Recently I’ve been pondering a certain aspect of my experience with mediating divorces. It’s about something that often comes up in my encounters with my mediation clients.



Gregg Relyea
Conflict During COVID--Combined Voices from all Seven Continents (8/28/20)
Gregg Relyea

This article combines voices from all 7 continents as they discuss how COVID has affected the conflict resolution field around them.



Jim Melamed
Mediating Online: Family Mediation Course (8/26/20)
Jim Melamed

Mediate.com is proud to make the first day of our 10 day Online Family Mediation course available for free! The overall 20-hour training is available both "live" September 14-25 and is also available as a recorded course on an ongoing basis. Enjoy!



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