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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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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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Rafeena Bacchus
Mediation and the Four Agreements (6/11/21)
Rafeena Bacchus

The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec wisdom which is said to embody the essential unity of truth and described as a way of life. I believe that if we adopt these Four Agreements they will create enough personal power to change the way we mediate and resolve conflict, leading to better and more satisfying settlements.



Joy Rosenthal
You Might Have more in Common with Bill and Melinda Than You Think… (6/01/21)
Joy Rosenthal

Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced that they are divorcing after 27 years. Besides having to address their billions of dollars and their enormously influential foundation, this has brought attention to issues of a mature (or “gray”) divorce.



Carrie Gour
The Problem With the Label "High Conflict Divorce" (5/28/21)
Carrie Gour

It’s generally true in conflict that “it takes two to tango.” In the world of divorce, the fundamental problem with being labelled “high conflict” is how rarely both parties are dancing together.



Kimberlee Kovach
Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (5/24/21)
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.



Christen Ritchey
Dispute Resolution with Collaborative Law (5/19/21)
Christen Ritchey

Collaborative law is the best way for families to navigate tough transitions and here is why.



Forrest (Woody) Mosten
Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Coaching and Limited Scope Representation (5/18/21)
Forrest (Woody) Mosten

What can mediators learn from the online experience of other collaborative dispute resolution professionals? How do we best integrate online mediation with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice and limited scope representation?



Jonathan Rodrigues
New Mediators' Guidance from Youth Conference (5/18/21)
Jonathan Rodrigues

This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference. This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from newer mediators. These 6 sessions comprised up and coming thought leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.  



Stephen Erickson
Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson (5/17/21)
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.



Kenneth Cloke
Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke (5/09/21)
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.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Approaching Custody with Reason vs. Rancor (5/08/21)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

No matter how a couple may approach questions involving parenting after divorce, the answers are never easily derived.



Denise French
Cryptocurrency and Divorce (5/07/21)
Denise French

Naturally, as a Divorce Financial Advisor, I began thinking how these types of crypto assets were going to impact divorce settlements.



Forrest (Woody) Mosten
Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation Training (5/01/21)
Forrest (Woody) Mosten

The second Forum of the Online Mediation Training Task Force centered on new and emerging issues of online mediation and the training of mediators online.



Denise French
Mediation and Co-Parenting: Why It Works (4/30/21)
Denise French

As difficult as a divorce can be for a married couple, it can be just as upsetting and confusing for the children of the relationship.



Roseann Vanella
Divorce and Property Division: Am I Entitled to More Because my Spouse Ruined Our Marriage? (4/23/21)
Roseann Vanella

There are a lot of reasons why couples decide to get divorced. Financial troubles, lack of communication, continual arguing, unrealistic expectations, lack of intimacy, infidelity, and abuse are among the more common reasons why couples split up.



Amy Robertson
How you Approach a Disagreement Matters (4/16/21)
Amy Robertson

Separation is challenging; going through a separation during a pandemic can be more challenging.



Jakob Vinther
The History of Mediation and Why It Is Still in Use Today (4/16/21)
Jakob Vinther

To understand mediation, you must examine the reason behind having a mediator.



Richard Price
International Patent Litigation and Mediation (4/16/21)
Richard Price

As many of you may know, mediation is not used as often as it should be to resolve international patent litigation. But is this also the case within the industry?



Colin Rule
Mediate is Top Ranked Mediation Website (4/15/21)
Colin Rule

Mediate.com is ranked the top mediation website by Alexa in its April 14, 2021 global website rankings. In business since 1996, Mediate.com has over 25,000 searchable mediation articles, blog posts, news items and videos and hosts the most utilized mediator directory in the world.



Dr. Lynne C. Halem
The 2020 Tax Conundrum: Questions Facing Couples Whose Divorce is Pending (4/09/21)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

2020 has been a year of too many upsets, too many uncertainties, and too many confusions.



Carrie Gour
Using Text Messages and Emails in Mediation, Family, or Divorce Court (4/09/21)
Carrie Gour

A guide on best practices related to the collection and use mobile evidence and the software options available best suited to assist.



Elle Rave
The Muddy Time (4/01/21)
Elle Rave

Some of us call it the muddy time. It’s the time in between the decision to divorce and when the actual divorce is made final.



Consumer Protection BC
The Singapore Convention on Mediation - Where’s Europe? (3/26/21)
Consumer Protection BC

International commercial mediation - what a settlement agreement can do.



Amanda Singer
How to Manage In-Laws Post Divorce (3/25/21)
Amanda Singer

When I got married, I found that one of the strangest transitions wasn’t to being newlyweds or calling him my husband but was more related to my new in-laws. I think that often in-laws, especially mothers-in-law, have gotten a bad rap in popular culture.



Marian Grande
Helping Kids Adjust to Life When Parents Go Through Divorce (3/25/21)
Marian Grande

If you are going through a divorce, one of the most significant concerns you may have is the effect it has on your children. 



Katie Tejada
How Mediation Can Make Divorce Easier on Your Family (3/25/21)
Katie Tejada

Getting divorced can take just as big of a toll on the kids as it does the adults involved. Fortunately, divorcing parents can help to mitigate the negative impacts of divorce on the entire family in a few key ways, namely with mediation. Learn how mediation can work for your family here.



Minson Vo
A Short Story: How My Friend Destroyed Their Bullies (3/25/21)
Minson Vo

When a friend told me how he overcame a bully, my curiosity peaked, and I asked him to show me how he defused a situation like that.



Martin Rosenfeld
ADR Principles and Clergy-Congregation Relations (3/19/21)
Martin Rosenfeld

It is likely that a large majority of clergy who serve congregations are hired, re-hired or terminated by the vote of the individual congregation.



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.



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