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Nursing Homes May Continue to Use Arbitration Agreements (5/22/17)
Sarah Cole

In a very unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a Kentucky nursing home can enforce contracts signed residents’ relatives that required all disputes involving the nursing home to arbitration.

Nesting a New Co-Parenting Arrangement (5/22/17)
Hadassah Fidler

Divorce is a hard process and perhaps nobody knows this better than the children of divorced parents, who can find themselves caught up in a situation over which they have little control facing an uncertain future.

Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up (5/15/17)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.

Marital Conflict is Not a Mental Health Disorder (5/12/17)
Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When two people form a union, whether a legal union – such as marriage, or a domestic partnership, there will be conflict.

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!) (5/08/17)
Phyllis Pollack

The tribal effect is often deliberately used to manipulate and divide people. It preys upon the “us v them” mentality.

Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked (5/04/17)
Jim Melamed

According to, is most visited and most linked mediation website.

Best Practices for Managing Wills Between Family Members (4/28/17)
Elaine Rushing

An “unnatural” disposition in a decedent’s will can cause intra-family conflict, and will contests are often expensive and lengthy.

BBB Complaints Against (4/27/17)
Jim Melamed

At, we receive multiple complaints each week about another company, These detailed reports from BBB are instructive as to how this other company operates.

A Pop-Up Mediation: Multi-Party Dialogue Using Mediation Brexit: A Constitutional Crisis? (4/21/17)
John Sturrock

On the evening of Tuesday March 28th 2017, a pop-up mediation event on Brexit took place at the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh.

Family Justice Reform in British Columbia and the Northern Navigator Initiative: A Preliminary Review (4/14/17)
Nicole Garton

This paper looks at the problem of diminishing access to family justice in British Columbia from a court users perspective, and the interplay of dispute system design and culture in terms of helps and hindrances to these innovation efforts.

My Story & Why I Got Started - Audioblog (4/07/17)
Patricia Porter

In this inaugural show, Pattie Porter connects with the audience by sharing her story of growing up in a high conflict family, and this led eventually to her work as a conflict management expert.

Interview with Jay Folberg (4/07/17)
Jay Folberg

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Jay Folberg filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series. Recognized as a Top Attorney Directory for SEO! (4/07/17)

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Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill….and Argue! (4/07/17)
Phyllis Pollack

As they are going up the hill, from out of nowhere, Jill makes an offhand but biting remark to which Jack responds negatively. The ensuing conversation gets totally off track on whether they should go up the hill and instead focuses on Jack’s personality traits and then on Jill’s personality traits.

When in Conflict, Ask Yourself, "What are the unmet needs?" (4/07/17)
Meredith Richardson

When you are in conflict, what are your unmet needs? What are the unmet needs of the person with whom you are in conflict?

Divorce Lawyers: 5 Little Known Things You Need To Know (4/03/17)
Vicki Shemin

There is an inescapable fact: the relationship between a divorce attorney and a client is, at best, a business relationship.

Interview with Marilyn McKnight (3/29/17)
Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the AFM and ACR, filmed as part of our Views from the Eye of the Storm Series.

Can You Use a Mediator in an Uncontested Divorce? (3/28/17)
Gabriel Cheong, Esq.

If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreement in mediation, you still have the option of going to court.

Interview with Joan Kelly (3/27/17)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Joan Kelly, well-known clinical psychologist, researcher and founding Executive Director of the Northern California Mediation Center, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Interview with Steve Erickson (3/25/17)
Stephen Erickson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Stephen Erickson, one of the founders of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Interview with Don Saposnek (3/21/17)
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's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Interview with Lisa Parkinson (3/20/17)
Lisa Parkinson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting (3/14/17)
Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.

Advancing Your Family Mediation Career at APFM 2017 In Memphis (3/09/17)
Michael Aurit

We met three years ago at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) Conference in San Diego. At the time, each of us was barely a year out of law school and preparing to take a leap to begin our own divorce and family mediation practice.

Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth (3/07/17)
Jay Folberg

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.

Interview with Chip Rose (3/06/17)
Chip Rose

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's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update) (3/06/17)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.

Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide (3/06/17)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce

Harmful Effects of Child-Custody Evaluations on Children (3/03/17)
Ira Turkat

Child-custody evaluations have become commonplace in family-law disputes over living arrangements, parental decision-making, and time-sharing with offspring.

A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model (3/03/17)
Wayne Plenert

The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.

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