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Honoring AFCC’s 60th Anniversary author.

Honoring AFCC’s 60th Anniversary

This article honors the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 60th Anniversary Celebration now taking place in Los Angeles....

By James Melamed, J.D.
Mediate.com’s Mental Health and Mediation Conference is Now Online! author.

Mediate.com’s Mental Health and Mediation Conference is Now Online!

The listservs and chat rooms have been abuzz this week -- everyone's talking about the conference! We had 39 leading...

By Clare Fowler
Navigating a High Conflict Divorce author.

Navigating a High Conflict Divorce

Divorces often start from a place of conflict or stress, but some divorces are more contentious than others.  A number...

By Sarah Jacobs
Better Reflecting Mediation to the World author.

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World

While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are...

By James Melamed, J.D.
Inside the Mediation Room with Guest Lara Traum author.

Inside the Mediation Room with Guest Lara Traum

In this episode, Michael and Karen interview Lara Traum. Lara is an attorney and mediator in private practice, offering assistance...

By Lara Traum, Michael Aurit, Karen Aurit
Inside the Mediation Room with Guest Ken Neumann author.

Inside the Mediation Room with Guest Ken Neumann

In this episode, Michael and Karen Aurit interview Ken Neumann. Ken is an expert in the field of family and...

By Ken Neumann, Karen Aurit, Michael Aurit
Notice to Mediate: When to serve one in British Columbia author.

Notice to Mediate: When to serve one in British Columbia

If you've just opened your divorce case in British Columbia, see if you and your ex can talk through your...

By Ben Coltrin
What Happens Now? Succession Planning for Family Owned Businesses author.

What Happens Now? Succession Planning for Family Owned Businesses

“Won’t Someone Take Over for Me?” read a recent headline in the Business Section of The New York Times (01/05/2023). ...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
What If We Don’t Agree on Everything in Divorce Mediation? author.

What If We Don’t Agree on Everything in Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation does not always end in a full agreement. Sometimes, there are a few topics you can't agree on...

By Zarira Love
New Jersey: Why Divorce Mediation is Needed More Than Ever author.

New Jersey: Why Divorce Mediation is Needed More Than Ever

Spouses who are planning to get a divorce in New Jersey in 2023 are in for a very unpleasant surprise....

By Roseann Vanella
Uncertain Times call for Creative Problem Solving for Divorcing Couples author.

Uncertain Times call for Creative Problem Solving for Divorcing Couples

At present, divorcing couples are being required to make decisions in the midst of an environment marked by uncertainty and...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
What is Mediation? author.

What is Mediation?

Mediation may be thought of as "assisted negotiation." Negotiation may be thought of as "communications for agreement." Hence, mediation is...

By James Melamed, J.D.
The Role of Mediation for Better Mental Health in Relationships author.

The Role of Mediation for Better Mental Health in Relationships

Did you know that loving, positive relationships go hand in hand with lower stress levels? Unfortunately, though, this means that...

By Sophie Bishop
Why Family Mediation is like Climbing a Mountain author.

Why Family Mediation is like Climbing a Mountain

Most of my family mediation clients need a separation agreement and they understand this. They do not always understand all...

By Amy Robertson
New Year, New You: 3 Resolutions Worth Making author.

New Year, New You: 3 Resolutions Worth Making

Starting over can seem impossible after divorce. We may have lost who we are, had our future erased, or felt hopeless....

By Melissa Provence
Who Can I Bring To Custody Mediation? author.

Who Can I Bring To Custody Mediation?

Walking into custody mediation can feel intimidating. You'll have to speak openly about what you believe is best for your...

By Zarira Love
Mediate.com Podcast Episode 30: Using Caucus in Family Mediations with LaTanya Moss author.

Mediate.com Podcast Episode 30: Using Caucus in Family Mediations with LaTanya Moss

There are different perspectives on the use of caucus in mediation. Maybe you use caucus early and often in your...

By Veronica Cravener
5 Ways to Wrap Up Conflict for the Holidays author.

5 Ways to Wrap Up Conflict for the Holidays

Do holiday family gatherings cause you stress and anxiety? You are not alone. What happens when we suddenly have all...

By Amy Robertson
Five Ways to Repair a Marriage author.

Five Ways to Repair a Marriage

Doni, a friend of mine since high school, sidled up to me in the supermarket one day and said he...

By Mordechai Rhine
Inside the Mediation Room: Guest Chip Rose author.

Inside the Mediation Room: Guest Chip Rose

In this episode of Michael and Karen Aurit's video podcast "Inside The Mediation Room," their guest is Chip Rose, a...

By Chip Rose, Michael Aurit, Karen Aurit
Custody Mediation – Before or During Litigation? author.

Custody Mediation – Before or During Litigation?

Parents can try both litigation and mediation to determine parenting arrangements after they split. But should you go to mediation...

By Zarira Love
Who Should Use Custody Mediation? author.

Who Should Use Custody Mediation?

Most parents fighting over child custody would benefit from mediation. In general, having a neutral professional help you negotiate calmly...

By Shea Drefs
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen: Consider Mediation! author.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen: Consider Mediation!

So, if the rumors flying around the internet are true, it looks like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen may be...

By Colin Rule
When Unmarried Couples Separate – What’s Best for the Children? author.

When Unmarried Couples Separate – What’s Best for the Children?

Separating married couples, with or without children, know that divorce requires the legal dissolution of the marriage.  Divorce is not...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Mediation – A Sound First Step to a Successful Prenup author.

Mediation – A Sound First Step to a Successful Prenup

Prenuptial agreements are not always necessary when embarking on a marriage. They usually create more problems than they solve. The...

By Laurie Israel
Post Divorce Haunts: Unresolved Issues or Changes in Circumstances Come Back to Haunt Divorced Couples author.

Post Divorce Haunts: Unresolved Issues or Changes in Circumstances Come Back to Haunt Divorced Couples

Divorce agreements tell a story.  The story speaks not only of arrangements for children’s living and times spent with each...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Significant Participation, Agreement Levels Highlight Potential for ODR in Family Cases author.

Significant Participation, Agreement Levels Highlight Potential for ODR in Family Cases

University of California, Davis, Professor Donna Shestowsky and I recently had the pleasure of conducting the first neutral evaluation of any family...

By Jennifer Shack
“When ‘Happily Ever After…’ becomes ‘Under Construction Forever After’”* author.

“When ‘Happily Ever After…’ becomes ‘Under Construction Forever After’”*

Review of Ellen Bruno’s Documentary Film, Split Up—The Teen Years Back in 2013, I reviewed for Mediate.com a documentary titled...

By Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D
Who Gets the Custody of Pets in a Divorce? author.

Who Gets the Custody of Pets in a Divorce?

Pets are an integral part of a family, so no wonder when a couple is contemplating a divorce, the fate...

By Roseann Vanella
Back to School Basics for Busy Co-parents author.

Back to School Basics for Busy Co-parents

Back to school is upon us, and for most parents, it can bring a whole new set of challenges not...

By Melissa Provence

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