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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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3/30:

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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Karen Aurit
Courage is a Choice (3/03/21)
Karen Aurit

It is a choice to be courageous in family conflict, and an important one.



Amanda Singer
How Do We Tell our Friends We’re Getting a Divorce? (2/26/21)
Amanda Singer

Recently I had a client ask me, “How do we say to our friends we’re getting a divorce?”



Roseann Vanella
Using Mediation to Develop a Prenup that Satisfies Both Parties (2/26/21)
Roseann Vanella

My last mediation of 2020 was for a prenuptial agreement, and to me it was kind of a sign of hope for the year to come.



Katherine Graham
Why are LGBT+ Employees Still More Likely to be Involved in Workplace Conflict? (2/19/21)
Katherine Graham

New CIPD research suggests that more than four in 10 LGBT+ employees have experienced workplace conflict in the past year.



Mary Salisbury
Keeping the Marital Home in Divorce and Pitfalls for the Unwary (2/19/21)
Mary Salisbury

In most marriages there is a marital home/the kids' childhood home and it’s often the largest asset--and the largest source of conflict.



Scott Levin
Money Buys Happiness (2/18/21)
Scott Levin

There’s something about the beginning of a new year that means making big changes.



Lena Borrelli
How to Find Help From Domestic Violence (2/18/21)
Lena Borrelli

This article looks at how to prevent violent conflicts, especially while quarantined.



Amanda Singer
A First-Hand Experience with My Premarital Agreement (2/12/21)
Amanda Singer

One of the questions I used to get asked most often by my clients was whether I was married, and until recently, the answer to that had always been no, which then often their follow-up question was, are you ever going to get married?



Marian Grande
Valentines Day and Divorce (2/09/21)
Marian Grande

Valentine’s Day; the most romantic day of the year. Some love it, some hate it, but you cannot deny that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with love, affection, adoration, chocolates, and flowers.



Roseann Vanella
Using Private Mediation for a Happier Divorce (2/05/21)
Roseann Vanella

The term “happy divorce” seems like an oxymoron, and maybe it is.



Rachel Gupta
Five Principles to Maximize Chances of Success in Mediation (2/05/21)
Rachel Gupta

As a current mediator who has for years also been litigation counsel representing clients in mediation, I have noticed that there may sometimes be a disconnect between what mediators and litigators each expect from mediation and from each other.



Asa Pitt
Tips for a Productive Divorce Mediation (2/05/21)
Asa Pitt

It’s a common mistake for divorcing spouses to confuse mediation with couple’s therapy.



Genesis Liu
Unmarried Parents and Children (2/02/21)
Genesis Liu

It is said and proven that when a child is born to unmarried parents, the child would most likely remain and be cared for by the mother.



Bruce Edwards
The Vanishing Jury Trial and Other Important Lessons for Mediators (1/22/21)
Bruce Edwards

The article helps demonstrate the widespread acceptance of ADR, and mediation in particular, in the legal profession.



Kathleen Kauth
Cyclical Nature of Interpersonal Conflict (1/22/21)
Kathleen Kauth

When talking about domestic violence, you often hear about the cycle of abuse.



Asa Pitt
Make Yourself Aware About Divorce Mediation (1/22/21)
Asa Pitt

You might be thinking that you don’t need to make yourself aware about anything divorce related because it’s not going to happen to you.



Denise French
Divorce Noise (1/15/21)
Denise French

It’s so normal for us to ask questions and want information from those who have already been through this overwhelming time in our lives.



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



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”?



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.



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.



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