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Effective Communication Makes for Optimal Mediation - Part 1 (9/13/19)
Laura Tarcea

This article is a look at the implications of communication skills in the context of family mediation and recommendations.

The Mediator's Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes (9/13/19)
Gerry O'Sullivan

Mediators need to formulate and ask incisive questions that challenge entrenched thinking and shift perspectives.

Three Sides to Every Story (9/12/19)
Cinnie Noble

When we talk about an interpersonal dispute between two people, we commonly say there are two sides to every story – the other person’s version of events and issues and our own.

Choose the Road Less Traveled in Conflict (9/06/19)
Meredith Richardson

Are you stuck in a rut in your relationship with someone?

Divorce Done Differently! (9/06/19)
Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving.

Moving Parents – and a Moving Conversation (8/30/19)
Dan Simon

Empowerment and recognition shifts can happen between people whose interaction has fluctuated for years.

Eldercare Mediation: Setting Families up for Success (8/30/19)
Kathleen Kauth

Working with families to help an older adult identify how they want to spend their final years and communicate it to all involved parties.

Mediating with Families, 4th Edition - Book Review (8/23/19)
Zena Zumeta

Mediating with Families is an excellent resource both for practitioners and teachers/trainers of family mediation. It includes a broad discussion of family mediation, with techniques, case examples, resources and theory. It is an excellent addition to the field.

Czech Transformative Mediators Empower Parents and Kids (8/16/19)
Dan Simon

Transformative mediation is thriving in Brno, Czech Republic.

7 Signs You May Need Marriage Mediation (8/16/19)
Dakota Murphey

Every marriage goes through some rough patches, and unfortunately, trying to figure it out on your own can often lead to crucial things being left unsaid and strong relationships ending up on the rocks.

CMS Issues Final Rule Allowing Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements (8/09/19)
Beth Graham

Nursing homes are now able to have protection and a clear plan with arbitration agreements.

Benefits of Mediation Program for Recently Evicted Families with Children (8/09/19)
Wean Khing Wong

This mediator proposes a upcoming homeless mediation program, the difficulties of working with the homeless population, and the skills a mediator can bring.

5 Mediation Strategies for a Successful Divorce Agreement (8/09/19)
Leah Hadley

There are many benefits to choosing mediation for your divorce, but it’s also important to understand and prepare for the challenges.

Interim Agreements (8/09/19)
Lori Goldstein

Are you considering a change in your marriage, but a divorce or a formal separation seems premature?

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes (8/05/19)
Gregg Relyea

Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

Power as Role and Reality in Mediation (8/02/19)
Richard Barbieri

The most valuable lesson I learned from the book, and the teacher, was the importance of power in any discussion.

Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask (7/30/19)
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson

This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce (7/30/19)
Ann Cerney

How are we supposed to know, 100%, that our marriage, or significant relationship, is secure?

Five Ways to Attract and Retain Young Professionals to your ADR Program or Organization (7/30/19)
Stephanie Klein

If you've noticed that your ADR program or organization (or the field in general) is lacking in young professionals, you are not alone. In this article, I offer five practical ideas that ADR program leaders can implement now in order to get and keep young professionals in ADR.

The Psychology of Conflict and the Art of Compassion (7/24/19)
Debra Dupree

This article is designed to shift how we manage people in emotionally intense situations.

Establishing Standards for Online Domestic Relations Mediation (7/18/19)
Jim Melamed

Leading national family mediation organizations, including Mediate.com, have abided by common standards for divorce and family mediation for over two decades. Do these standards need to be updated to address issues of online mediation? If so, how?

Divorcing After Long-Term Marriage Checklist of Considerations (7/18/19)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

For couples facing divorce in their late fifties, sixties, and beyond, the questions and issues are quite distinct from those facing younger couples.

Celebrating Pride – Reflections on Being a Gay Mediator (7/18/19)
Frederick Way

This article discusses this mediator's viewpoint that as a mediation profession need to celebrate our own pride.

We Have to Love More, Hate Less. We Got to Listen More and Talk Less. (7/12/19)
John Lande

A quick thought on what we can learn from women's soccer.

Why Retainers are Important to the Mediation Process (7/12/19)
Laurie Israel

For most mediations, having the financial relationship between the mediator and the clients prepaid through a retainer can be a very strong impetus towards making the mediation process stronger and more effective.

What Happens in the Mediation Room? (7/12/19)
Joy Rosenthal

I ask both parties to come in for an introductory meeting when they inquire about divorce mediation.

The Divorce Process: Mediation Saves Money, Time and Trauma (7/12/19)
Stuart Watson

The divorce process has significant impacts on the lives of the spouses and their families depending on how they go through the divorce. This article outlines how divorce mediation can save families money and time, and reduce trauma when compared to a traditional, litigated divorce process.

Domestic Violence Theories and Mediation (7/05/19)
Georg Stratemeyer

This article proposes that the family mediation process formalizes the separation, as partners are encouraged to try to work out how to co-parent their children, and increases the risk for victims of domestic violence.

Marriage and Divorce Under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (7/05/19)
Jay Safier

As a former practicing CPA, who is now a professional mediator, I pose the following question: What has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act done to help couples improve the statistics regarding the institution of marriage and make the emotional issues of divorce less stressful?

Mediation Field Mourns the Loss of Family Mediation Pioneer Lawrence D. Gaughan (6/28/19)
Michael Aurit

It is with deep sadness that we learned this week about the passing of Lawrence D. Gaughan, a pioneer professional family mediator.

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