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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles


Virginia Colin

APFM: The Dream, Progress to Date, and New Goals

(10/12/18)Virginia Colin

In March 2012, eleven amazing people announced the creation of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. They had big dreams and grand expectations. Let’s look at how far we have come and where we may go.

Ben Hartwig

What Do Marriage Counselors and Mediators Do?

(10/12/18)Ben Hartwig

There is a big difference between marriage counselors and mediators, and each is specific to the condition of a relationship.

Chip Rose

Interview with Chip Rose

(10/10/18)Chip Rose

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Chip Rose, a national leader in the fields of divorce mediation and collaborative practice, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Donald T. Saposnek

Book Review: The Master Agreement by Jay Bultz

(10/08/18)Donald T. Saposnek

'The Master Agreement', now in its Second Edition, offers a comprehensive manual of issues, clauses and phrases for use in drafting Marital Settlement Agreements. This book is unique, of very high quality, will save you time, and elevate the quality of your drafting.

Meredith Richardson

How to Break Free of An Addictive Relationship

(10/05/18)Meredith Richardson

You can choose whether to continue with an addictive relationship.

Ryan Compton

Family Mediation and Domestic Abuse

(10/05/18)Ryan Compton

Mediation in Worcester, Gloucester and the surrounding areas is increasingly the default option when it comes to family dispute resolution.

Maxine Baker-Jackson

Interview with Maxine Baker-Jackson

(10/02/18)Maxine Baker-Jackson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Maxine Baker-Jackson, former Director and Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Court, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Georgia Daniels

Making Referrals to Divorce Mediation or Family Mediation

(9/28/18)Georgia Daniels

Mental health professionals may have a general idea about what divorce mediation is but want to know more about it before making referrals. This article discusses critical points for you to consider before referring your clients to divorce mediation or mediation of other family issues.

Joy Rosenthal

R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Find Out What it Means to Me!

(9/24/18)Joy Rosenthal

I write this just days after the death of the infamous Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Leonard Edwards

The Mediation Miracle

(9/21/18)Leonard Edwards

In the past few decades, California has led a national shift in paradigms for family conflict resolution that has freed trial courts to do what they do best—ensure due process of law and serve as the court of last resort.

Cinnie Noble

People-Pleasing

(9/06/18)Cinnie Noble

Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?

Stuart Hanson

Do We Need to Raise Our Voice?

(9/06/18)Stuart Hanson

"Keep calm and carry on" is generally a mantra I refer to when I am in the mediation room.

Mitch Cohen

Co-Parenting Tips During a Divorce

(8/31/18)Mitch Cohen

By following some simple tips and committing yourself to being the best co-parent possible, you can help to ensure your children thrive during and after the divorce.

Laura Ward

5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Family Mediation

(8/31/18)Laura Ward

The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.

Phyllis Pollack

Revenge as a Learning Experience

(8/24/18)Phyllis Pollack

No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The Tax Reform Law Impacts Families

(8/24/18)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The attached articles highlight further effects of the tax reform, one specifically focused on Prenuptial Contracts, and the second more generally on family financial decisions.

Linette Garcia

Addressing Your Child’s Repressed Anger

(8/15/18)Linette Garcia

If a parent wants to set their child up for success, they should strive to teach them how to handle their emotions in a healthy way.

Phyllis Pollack

Past the Time Is the Right Time!

(8/10/18)Phyllis Pollack

Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate.

Nancy Shuger

Reconsidering How to Honor a Father's Wishes

(8/03/18)Nancy Shuger

This article illustrates how a mediator can assist parties to move from their positions to their underlying interests.

Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(7/31/18)Donald T. Saposnek

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Don Saposnek, a leading family mediator, writer and editor, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Lisa Parkinson

Interview with Lisa Parkinson

(7/22/18)Lisa Parkinson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Prenuptial Agreements and the New Tax Law: Is There a Problem on the Horizon?

(7/20/18)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The message for divorcing couples is clear. If your divorce agreement will include provision for the payment of alimony, deductible to the paying spouse and taxable, as income, to the recipient spouse, you need to have an executed divorce agreement by December 31, 2018.

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.

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.

John Fiske

For Those Feeling Generous: A Gift for Clients, Friends - Book Review

(7/13/18)John Fiske, Laurie Israel

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

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.

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.

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