Family & Divorce Mediation Articles
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.
There is a big difference between marriage counselors and mediators, and each is specific to the condition of a relationship.
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.
(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.
You can choose whether to continue with an addictive relationship.
Mediation in Worcester, Gloucester and the surrounding areas is increasingly the default option when it comes to family dispute resolution.
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.
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.
I write this just days after the death of the infamous Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
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.
Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?
"Keep calm and carry on" is generally a mantra I refer to when I am in the mediation room.
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.
The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.
No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”.
(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.
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.
Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate.
This article illustrates how a mediator can assist parties to move from their positions to their underlying interests.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
When a difficult conversation rattles you, using a centering question can help you get your balance back.
(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.
Mediator Randy Drew discusses the success of their multi-mediator approach.
Employees who contractually agree to resolve employment disputes in an individualized arbitration waive all rights to class actions or any other collective dispute process.
Miscommunication plagues divorces in numerous different ways.
(6/15/18)Jan Frankel Schau
The values we share matter more than our differences.
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Conflict is a big deal because it affects our two most basic values – strength of self and care of other.