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2/26:

Benefit Of Mediation Over Litigation

An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation - Joseph Grynbaum read

 
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Obituary: Judge Lawrence W. Kaplan / Pioneered mediation in Family Court

“There’s no question at all, he was the father of mediation in Allegheny County and probably in Pennsylvania as well,” said state Superior Court Senior Judge Eugene Strassburger, Judge Kaplan’s longtime friend and colleague. read

 
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Mediation: Don't Sign Anything Without Your Attorney

If the parties come to an understanding in mediation, the mediator will usually draft a document known as a “Memorandum of Understanding” or otherwise called a “MOU.” While a MOU lacks the detail and specificity of a full-blown, formal settlement agreement, it is recognized as a binding agreement if and only if it is signed by the parties. read

 
2/05:

Federal judge orders mediation in BISD lawsuit

A federal judge in McAllen ordered mediation between a state district judge and the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit the judge filed on behalf of her children against the school district. read

 
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14 ways to make your divorce as painless as possible, according to a therapist

Between 40 and 50% of married partners in the United States end up divorcing. Though there's no easy way to end a marriage, there are some things that can help make splitting up less terrible. read

 
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Matrimonial mediation pilot program starts in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is now one of three locations in the state that will begin a presumptive matrimonial mediation pilot program in which couples seeking to get a divorce will go through a mediation session before going to court. read

 
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Comment: More mediation needed for Family Court

Four years ago major reforms to the family justice system were put in place to help parents resolve disputes without having to go to court. Mediator Keri Morris looks at how things could be improved. read

 
1/08:

Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

For some people, their pet is almost like their child. ‘In most cases, the court will look into what is in the best interest of the pet, and will get in an expert to say who is in the best position to look after it. read

 
1/08:

Working with both spouses to mediate a divorce proceeding

Tracy Kendel explains how mediation can be used in divorce proceedings to ensure parents can co-parent their children. read

 
1/08:

Mediation as an Alternative to Estate Litigation

Lawyers can educe the court workload while providing voices to the parties’ positions without jeopardizing settlement positions. read

 

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Larry Gaughan
Spiritual Journeys in a Material World: Thoughts about Spirituality for Divorce Professionals (7/20/18)
Larry Gaughan

This article discusses the spiritual struggle that many of our clients are facing and our role to support them and understand their concerns as they go through divorces and other difficult conflicts.



John Fiske
For Those Feeling Generous: A Gift for Clients, Friends - Book Review (7/13/18)
John Fiske

I love this book. It reminds us that we can take family law problems to another level, one not taught in law schools: generosity.



Tammy Lenski
Ask Yourself This Kind of Question When an Argument Rattles You (7/13/18)
Tammy Lenski

When a difficult conversation rattles you, using a centering question can help you get your balance back.



Randy Drew
Child Dependency Mediation Update (7/02/18)
Randy Drew

Mediator Randy Drew discusses the success of their multi-mediator approach.



Jack Urquhart
Employment Arbitration Agreements Reach Epic Status (6/22/18)
Jack Urquhart

Employees who contractually agree to resolve employment disputes in an individualized arbitration waive all rights to class actions or any other collective dispute process.



Trevor McDonald
7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Communicating (6/21/18)
Trevor McDonald

Miscommunication plagues divorces in numerous different ways.



Jan Frankel Schau
A Toddler's Wisdom on Conflict Resolution (6/15/18)
Jan Frankel Schau

The values we share matter more than our differences.



Judith Weigle
Getting a Divorce? Mediate, Don't Litigate. (6/14/18)
Judith Weigle

Getting a divorce? You have options that will allow you to pick the right people to help you do that, but there’s no one size fits all choice.



Ryan Compton
Disability Mediation : An Overview (6/14/18)
Ryan Compton

This article is to give an over view of the use of disability mediation and a case study. The article will highlight some of the benefits of utilizing specialist mediators, confidentiality and why disability mediation works.



Dan Simon
Why Is Conflict Such a Big Deal? (6/14/18)
Dan Simon

Conflict is a big deal because it affects our two most basic values – strength of self and care of other.



Andrew Schepard
Interview with Andrew Schepard (6/12/18)
Andrew Schepard

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Larry Fong
Interview with Larry Fong (6/05/18)
Larry Fong

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Larry Fong, a leading Canadian Family Mediator, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.



Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up (6/05/18)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.



Peter Adler
The Gang of Fourteen (5/29/18)
Peter Adler

These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.



Tracee McCole
Adult Kids of Divorcees Should Be Spared from the Drama (5/17/18)
Tracee McCole

Many parents do not know how to help their adult children deal with divorce.



Emily Andrews
Five Huge Benefits of Choosing Mediation (5/11/18)
Emily Andrews

Let’s face it, divorce is messy and painful and can be very expensive.



Laurie Israel
Why I wrote “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls” (5/03/18)
Laurie Israel

Why I wrote “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls”



Jay Folberg
Interview with Jay Folberg (5/01/18)
Jay Folberg

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Jay Folberg filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask (5/01/18)
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson

This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.



Lee Drizin
3 Reasons Why You Want to Mediate Guardianship Disputes (4/27/18)
Lee Drizin

Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.



Judith Weigle
Listen to Your Heart, Not Your Friends & Family (4/27/18)
Judith Weigle

The divorce settlement will always reflect the tone of the marriage when done out of court in a mediation or through opposing attorneys as the voice of the parties, even more than the law.



Randy Drew
The Intractability Barrier in Child Dependency (4/13/18)
Randy Drew

Stories of successfully breaking the intractability barrier in child dependency mediation: Conflict can be dealt with more successfully & less harmfully. (Say it with me.)



Kamela Laird
Why Are You And Your Sibling Fighting Over Your Parent's House? (4/12/18)
Kamela Laird

In this model, the lawyer-mental health professional duo creates a safe container for you and your sibling to communicate authentically about what really matters to you.



Stephanie Klein
A Modest Proposal to Mitigate Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Workplace (4/05/18)
Stephanie Klein

Social and news media bombard us daily with accounts of sexual harassment and misconduct by captains of industry, the arts and politics.



Tammy Lenski
Is the Overconfidence Effect Sabotaging Your Communication? (4/05/18)
Tammy Lenski

The overconfidence effect is a natural bias toward believing that we’re better at something than we actually are.



Kathy Popaleni
Strategies for Giving Feedback That People Can Hear (3/23/18)
Kathy Popaleni

More often than not, we are surprised when we get a negative reaction after having provided feedback to a peer or colleague.



Laura Tarcea
The Need for a Paradigm Shift for Transforming Relational Conflict (3/16/18)
Laura Tarcea

This paper provides a brief overview of mediation with a focus on clients’ self-determinism in family mediation or family dispute resolution (FDR) and Ontario court-connected alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs.



Sat Sindhar
Playing the Blame Game the Right Way (3/16/18)
Sat Sindhar

A common reason for workplace tension is biased judgement.



Mark Baer
Working with Challenging Family Situations: A Mediator's Perspective (3/16/18)
Mark Baer

If you were asked to stop doing any of these simple tasks, what feelings and emotions might you experience?



Bruce Edwards
Why Ego Management is Key to Effective Mediation (3/16/18)
Bruce Edwards

In the 1990s, the very suggestion of facilitated negotiation was viewed with equal parts suspicion and contempt by most seasoned trial lawyers



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