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Interview with Nina Meierding (10/17/17)
Nina Meierding

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Changing Your Direction in Conflict (10/13/17)
Cinnie Noble

What insight do you have into your conflict?




What ADR Professionals Can Learn from Litigating Divorce Lawyers (10/13/17)
Larry Gaughan

Well over 90% of all divorce cases are resolved by agreements, but there are two divergent methods for negotiating those agreements.




How Conflict Is Like Sex (10/06/17)
Peter T. Coleman

Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.




From Litigation to Conflict Resolution (10/06/17)
Joe Markowitz

“From litigation to conflict resolution” describes what happens with most contested legal disputes; they tend to follow a trajectory from an adversarial to a more cooperative process.




When in Conflict, Ask Yourself, “What are the unmet needs?” (10/06/17)
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?




Interview with Zena Zumeta (9/30/17)
Zena Zumeta

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Zena Zumeta, long time mediator, trainer and former President of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.'




All for One … One for All: Collaborative Process Or Collaborative Lifestyle (9/29/17)
Marty Klein

In 2007, after twenty-three, war-torn years of litigation, I just knew that there had to be a better way of resolving conflict in people’s lives. Thus began my quest – my journey into the world of alternate dispute resolution.




Mediation in Domestic Violence Case: Whether to Use or Not to Use? – An Indian Perspective (9/22/17)
Sandeep Bhalothia

In this article, I aim to identify two opposite interests associated with the settlement of domestic violence cases, and look at the Indian law to see how those two interests are equitably balanced, therefore, providing a recommended way forward, not necessarily a perfect one, to handle cases related to domestic violence.




Can Your Beliefs About Someone Alter Their Behavior? (9/14/17)
Tammy Lenski

If you believe someone is aggressive, could they behave more aggressively with you than with others?




10 Things to Consider Before Signing a Prenuptial Agreement (9/14/17)
Debbie Smith

So you need to determine things to consider before signing a prenuptial agreement and don’t know where to start?




Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" - Book Review (9/08/17)
Joshua N. Weiss, Gregg Relyea

This article includes reviews by Dan Shapiro, Director, Harvard Law School, International Negotiation Program, and other notables, including Bill Ury and the Dalai Lama, of the children's book Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" by Gregg Relyea and Joshua Weiss.




Using ADR Ideas to Negotiate Divorce Agreements (9/01/17)
Larry Gaughan

In negotiating a divorce agreement, it’s important to understand how the spouses negotiated with each other during their marriage.




Mediate.com Helps Divorcing Couples Resolve and Learn From Conflicts (8/14/17)
Sean Garrity

Founded more than 20 years ago as a vehicle to connect professional mediators with individuals who need dispute resolution services, Mediate.com today presents more than 15,000 articles and top-tier resources for its 5 million annual visitors.




Why Don’t Transformative Mediations Get Violent? (8/11/17)
Dan Simon

“It’s important to set ground rules at the start of a mediation, and then you can remind the parties of those rules if they get off track later,” said a trainee in one of my mediation courses.




Knowing our Neighbours – a Mediator’s Reflection (8/08/17)
John Sturrock

I am travelling back from a couple of days in and around Dublin, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals.




Prenup? That’s Good News! (8/08/17)
Joy Rosenthal

Your wedding day is only a few months off and your fiancé nervously mentions that he would like a prenuptial agreement.




Children, Divorce, and Dating (8/01/17)
Shannon Rios Paulsen

In my role as a counselor for children of divorce, my focus is the children. The question about dating arises in every session of “Co-parenting Through Your Divorce” that I facilitate. This article addresses this question for parents of divorce and for those who are dating others who are divorced with children.




Bargaining in the Light of the Law: The Case of Divorce (7/28/17)
John Fiske

By now, in 2017, divorce law has become clear and often even predictable.




Co-Parenting (7/19/17)
Michael Scott

There are many threatening and frightening things that happen to individuals whose relationship ends up in separation or divorce. A successful divorce is one in which the parents divorce each other but do not require the child to divorce one of the parents.




Interview with Ken Cloke (7/12/17)
Kenneth Cloke

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Divorce Lawyers: 5 Little Known Things You Need To Know (7/06/17)
Vicki Shemin

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




Massachusetts Divorce: How Long Does it Take? (7/06/17)
Marion Wasserman

Let us imagine a couple in agreement on pursuing the quickest possible Massachusetts divorce.




Marriage, Dystopian Society--A Story about conflict prevention (6/16/17)
Larry Gaughan

This article envisions what it would take, a century in the future, to create a society without any marital strife.




It Takes A Solomon: Tearing Children Apart in Divorce (6/16/17)
Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When a couple with children decide that it is time to divorce it is important for them to remember they are not divorcing their children, nor are they divorcing their shared role as parent.




How to Mediate a Prenuptial Agreement (6/14/17)
Laurie Israel

Marriages can be damaged by a destructive prenup or by a harsh prenup negotiation process.




Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked (6/13/17)
Jim Melamed

According to Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website.




Interview with Carl Schneider (6/10/17)
Carl Schneider

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Carl Schneider, a psychologist and divorce mediation pioneer, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Save a Marriage through Mediation (6/08/17)
Vicki Shemin

This is the true story of a couple that considered divorce, but decided to stay together after drafting a postmarital agreement regarding the parenting of their young son.




It Takes A Solomon: Tearing Children Apart in Divorce (6/02/17)
Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When a couple with children decide that it is time to divorce it is important for them to remember they are not divorcing their children, nor are they divorcing their shared role as parent.



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