Marital Mediation Section


Christopher Garcia

The Importance of the Relationship: Using Checklists to Improve Discussions

(8/20/20)Christopher Garcia, Scott Rautio

This article looks at The Importance of the Relationship; What are the expectations; and what should be discussed?

Liz Merrill

People are Idiots; Marriage is Dumb; and You Are All Going to Get Divorced

(8/14/20)Liz Merrill

If you get married, chances are you probably also going to get divorced. If you get married more than once, those chances go up.

Alnoor Maherali

Why Cancel When You Can Mediate

(8/13/20)Alnoor Maherali, Ehsan Ali

Cancel culture has mutated from a response to troubling behavior by otherwise inaccessible celebrities to a form of bullying against teens and youth. The individual is isolated and ostracized, oftentimes without knowing why and with no way to fix the situation. Mediation is a form of conflict resolution that can help resolve these issues.

Alicia Kuin

6th Key-Government: Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, & Security

(7/10/20)Alicia Kuin

Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.

Roseann Vanella

Using Mediation for Family Business Disputes

(6/19/20)Roseann Vanella

Being in business with family members involves some unique dynamics that are not present with other types of business arrangements.

Hadassah Fidler

Separation in Isolation

(6/12/20)Hadassah Fidler

The message is to socially distance ourselves from others. But what if it’s your partner you want to socially distance yourself from?

Keri Morris

Family Violence and Family Mediation – Can the two go together?

(6/12/20)Keri Morris, Nurit Zubery

The Independent Panel examining the 2014 Family Justice Reforms confirmed there is a place for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) in situations where family violence has occurred or is a concern.

Arthur Rosenbloom

Mediating Disputes Involving Financially Shaky Defendants

(6/12/20)Arthur Rosenbloom

My experience suggests that the mediator's toolbox contains techniques that can help financially shaky defendants settle.

Sarah Ater

Managing Conflict at Home During COVID-19

(6/08/20)Sarah Ater

This links to a free course for practitioners, or to show to their clients as a resource, for resolving home conflict during the quarantine.

Roseann Vanella

Tips for Divorcing Couples - Videos 2 through 5

(5/29/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

Amanda Singer

Co-parenting and COVID-19

(5/26/20)Amanda Singer

This is an unknown and challenging time for everyone, as there are so many changes. For those who are co-parenting in separate households, it can be even more difficult to try to navigate these times.

Roseann Vanella

Divorce & Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 - Video

(5/18/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

Kristyn Carmichael

Who Gets the COVID-19 Stimulus Check in the Divorce?

(5/11/20)Kristyn Carmichael

During this challenging time, many separated spouses are experiencing unexpected confusion and conflict around the Stimulus Check, which was intended to provide financial relief, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Anju D. Jessani

10 Co-parenting Recommendations for the COVID-19 Crisis, A Mediator’s Perspective

(5/08/20)Anju D. Jessani

Courts look to prior events or precedents in establishing policy, and also in measuring reasonableness, when parties are in a dispute.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Mediating Families Are Closer Post-Divorce

(5/01/20)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan Kelly describes a research finding which concluded that families who mediated during the divorce had father's who were significantly more involved in their children's lives twelve years post-mediation.

Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(4/10/20)Donald T. Saposnek

This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Constance Ahrons

Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging

(4/01/20)Constance Ahrons

Constance Ahrons discusses the pre-joint-cutody model for the relationship between Ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses where hanging on.

Jim Melamed

Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities

(3/24/20)Jim Melamed

Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).

Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic

(3/18/20) AFCC and AAML

Leaders from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have released these guidelines for co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Alex Derr

Four Reasons to Try Divorce Mediation

(3/13/20)Alex Derr

When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.

Liz Merrill

People are Idiots

(2/28/20)Liz Merrill

People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.

Janet Mueller

Parenting by Looking Away: Sometimes the Best Help Doesn’t Look like Help

(2/28/20)Janet Mueller

As a parent, it is easy to get sucked into the hovering way of being.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

How Much Does Divorce Really Cost?

(2/27/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Some who are faced with the prospect of divorce, are deterred by the sheer magnitude of change that will impact their family’s lives.

Lorraine Segal

Break & Repair vs. Preventive Maintenance in Workplace Conflict

(2/21/20)Lorraine Segal

Are you waiting until relationships are broken to deal with workplace conflict? Tip: this is not the most effective way to deal with disagreements and problems!

Joy Rosenthal

Promises, Promises

(2/14/20)Joy Rosenthal

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.

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