Family & Divorce Mediation Articles
The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.
Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares how to identify a high conflict personality, the characteristics of a typical high conflict divorce file, and suggestions on how clients can best manage both.
So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?
Getting divorced can be one of the most stressful and difficult life situations a person can find themselves in. When confronted with how to best move forward in a divorce, and what to do about an attorney, there is no one clear answer.
Separation is one of the most difficult processes people can go through, but the situation is even more shocking for kids who need to adapt to such a huge change in life.
(1/24/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
There’s an interesting dichotomy between married couples’ view of life insurance.
In my role as mediator one of the questions I am asked most often by parents, community groups, and interested parties is if an agreement reached at Family Dispute Resolution is legally binding and enforceable through the family court.
This article addresses an often overlooked asset in divorce, the burial plot, and the surprising negative consequences of failing to address this asset in the divorce decree.
For anyone going through a litigated or high conflict divorce which can be very expensive, Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares her top 5 tips for keeping costs down.
As a freshly minted lawyer, I came to a realization within a few months of joining the workforce - my very expensive university education prepared me for only half the battle.
The very touching Netflix movie, Marriage Story, provides an unusually realistic depiction of divorce dynamics.
Between 2008 and 2009, 35 employees of France Télécom committed suicide.
“I’ll get my day in court!” ……. “The judge won’t like what you did!” …….. “I’m going to spread your dirt all over the courtroom!”
(12/27/19)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Marital mediation is neither marital therapy nor couples therapy.
This article shows how mediation can be used to intervene in early or advanced stages of conflict.
This article discusses six options that are successful ways of sharing time with children over the holidays.
The relationship between the two marital partners may be coming to an end, but what about the children?
This article shows a clear timeline for mediating your divorce. The purpose of mediation is to get you talking about how to settle every issue right away, so the process is usually much faster, much less expensive, much less stressful and overall much more satisfying than litigation.
As part of a broader commitment to expand JAMS’ global footprint, the JAMS International Operations group recently organized an event in Beijing, China.
What do you do when work treats you “like family”?
Recently, a divorced parent asked me my opinion on how to go about giving holiday gifts to her children.
(12/11/19)I. Jay Safier
This article will discuss how benefits are distributed to two people who are now divorced.
When we submit your divorce papers to the court in order to obtain a Judgment of Divorce (JOD), the terms of the Settlement Agreement become the law.
As well as working with a skilled divorce lawyer, it can be in your interest to take advice from an experienced pension planner in order to achieve good solutions to these sorts of issues.
If the thought of enduring a meal—let alone an entire weekend—with your family or in-laws has you tensing up then you might want to keep reading.
Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult holiday to plan for and experience for parents and children after divorce.
Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day!
Over the past year, RSI has been working on a project researching and exploring whether and how an online tool could improve the frequency and competency with which mediators screen for intimate partner violence (IPV) prior to mediation.
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 1 in the series--discussing the ideology and process approach of the Taskforce.
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One of the initial challenges in mediation that you may face is getting your spouse on board to give it a try.