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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, 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.

Mediating Custody in Highly Contested Divorce Cases (6/27/19)
Alfred Ramos

Child custody is often the most contentious aspect of divorce proceedings.

How Forgiveness Benefits You After The Divorce (6/24/19)
Leyla Balakhane

Everyone wants to be right, but oftentimes, holding onto one’s pride tears the relationship apart.

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce (6/24/19)
Ann Cerney

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

Thinking of Divorce? There are More Ways to Divorce Than You May Think (6/24/19)
Lori Frio-Walker

Divorce and custody mediation creates a safe, cooperative setting for the parties to discuss emotional and substantive issues and engage in collaborative problem-solving.

My Divorce is Over… Now What? (6/24/19)
Denise French

Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is.

Ascending the Status of Mediation - Supporting the National Mediation Policy Act (6/17/19)
Donald T. Saposnek, Michael Aurit

The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) recently became the first major organization to endorse The National Mediation Policy Act, a seminal national effort to improve the sanity of discourse in our country.

Children First in Your Divorce (6/14/19)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

How to mediate in the best interests of the children.

Reclaiming Who You Are Post-Divorce (6/14/19)
Melissa Adkins

It took me a long time to accept that the only thing worse than my fear of my own emptiness, was the emptiness of my bottomed-out relationship with my husband of nearly 12 years.

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