Nature Deficit Disorder, a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in The Woods, is used to describe the impact that urbanisation along with the technological era has had, in reducing the time children are having in nature, nearby nature.
In April 2018, the U.S. Justice Department implemented a new “zero-tolerance” policy for the detention and arrest of undocumented immigrants. This article discusses how mediation techniques can be used to handle such a difficult situation.
While mediation is well-known as a successful and affordable method for couples to negotiate and settle a divorce or separation, mediation can also be an effective process for helping a couple make the decision to divorce.
Divorce and custody mediation creates a safe, cooperative setting for participants to discuss emotional and substantive issues and engage in collaborative problem-solving. Participants open lines of communication, gain clarity and a better understanding of their own and each other's interests.
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.
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.
An interview with an Aboriginal woman who talks about her experience with child protection mediation. She tells us how mediation helps both parents and child welfare workers who are unable to resolve a plan of care for a child, reach a decision together in a non-judgmental way.
In the case Ledbetter v Ledbetter, the appellate court considered the issue of whether parties to a divorce mediation should be bound to a settlement orally dictated by the mediator and affirmed by parties and their counsel at mediation, which was later repudiated by one of the parties.
This video describes the four phases of the mediation process. This is an informative role-play produced by Jean Munroe and TennesseeMediation.com. The topic of the mediation is divorce and child custody.
This video by Leo Hura shows a parent with a disabled child. She finds herself in a dispute with her school, but through the mediation process she reaches agreement with school regarding her disabled child in a culinary program.
Tobi Inlender and students discuss the Peer Mediation Program in Santa Monica. This is the original peer mediation program in Los Angeles, and is run by the Dispute Resolution program and Lincoln Middle School.
Andrew Schepard describes how Aboriginal tribes have an optimal process of dealing with child neglect and/or abuse. If abuse is reported, a family group conference may be called; they have the choice of opting out of the coercive court system, which he sees as a model approach.
Linda Singer describes how her interpersonal mediation experience in the past has helped her to mediate in multi-party, complex cases currently. The rapport-development skills she learned in interpersonal mediation carry over to multi-party disputes.
Joan Kelly talks about the central themes of her book, "Surviving the Break-Up". These include: impacts on children of different ages, impacts on the parents, reactions to the visiting relationship post-divorce, developmental impacts and behaviors over time.
Chip Rose notes that the field of collaborative law is in its adolescence and there is tension between the collaborative law people who think they are creating something new when in reality mediators have been helping divorcing couples for decades. The history and experience in the mediation field is not always fully appreciated and valued.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable David Lametti PC MP, is addressing Family Law professionals regarding about Bill C-78, an Act to amend the Divorce Act at the joint conference of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF) and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). read
Too often, we ignore or neglect the cleanup needed after the interpersonal storms which occur over time in our relationships with significant others, close and extended family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers which leave behind hurt feelings, strained, and tense encounters and destruction, potentially marring our lives. read
Divorce can be difficult for the entire family. Mediator and author BJ Mann of BJ Mediation Services joined Alexis Arnold on Good Day Rochester to talk about different ways families can cope with their divorce. read
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
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
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
Mediation is always worth trying, provided there is no real power imbalance in the relationship. Not only does the process save money, it helps bring the two of you to the table to talk about difficult things and find a joint solution you can both live with. read
Should things get difficult this Thanksgiving, check out Mediate.com for great communication suggestions and to find a family mediator. Now in business for 23 years, Mediate.com offers America's and the world's most used directory of mediators. read
Family mediation can possibly help your family overcome a conflict. What mediation does differently is attempt to solve disagreements in two or three sessions, which can be cost effective -- if the situation fits. read
There is a rising rate of divorce in Kenya and globally, as couples rush for annulment before exploring other options available to them. There are some marital issues that can be solved without getting into a hostile and dramatic court process. read
Many matrimonial attorneys will take on divorce mediation cases and agree to act in the capacity of divorce mediator. Sometimes, the attorneys are trained and experienced in divorce mediation, whereas other times they are not. The results will vary based on the mediator’s understanding of how divorce mediation should be conducted. read
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), India’s highest decision-making body on Muslim affairs has planned to open Darul-Qaza or Sharia courts in all the districts of the country. He further added that the board is also of the view that the increased number of these Sharia courts will encourage people to approach them for disputes arising out of family and property matters. read
You might ask, “Who would ever plan for a divorce?” While no one plans to divorce, the fact is that the divorce rate in the United States is about 50%, which translates to about 2 million divorces annually. Here are the top 10 things to consider before filing for divorce. read