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Marital Mediation Articles

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.

Divorce Mediation In New Jersey

(3/03/17)Carrie Schultz

This article is about the divorce mediation process, including specific recommendations for New Jersey.

Conflict Analysis & Intervention Selection for Parenting Coordinators: Strategies for Success

(2/28/17)Nicole Garton

This article provides background information on parental conflict and its consequences for children. Three conflict analysis models are presented to assist parenting coordinators to diagnose parental conflict and select effective intervention strategies.

Is Divorce The Real Target?

(2/17/17)Armand and Robbin DAlo

When the fire of love feels dead or the threat of divorce is put on the table what is really happening?

Divorce Mediation In Ohio

(1/13/17)Eric Laubacher

This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.

Learning to Love

(1/06/17)Jason Dykstra

This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.

Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce

(12/18/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.

Holiday Stress? There Is a Way to Fight

(12/18/16)Armand and Robbin DAlo

Conflict is a part of life, and so exposure to it can be an important lesson in emotional literacy for kids if it is handled properly.

How to Give Your Spouse the Best Christmas Present Ever

(12/09/16)Meredith Richardson

When things are going well in a marriage, when you've been together for years and years, you can take your spouse for granted.

Parenting Across the Miles

(11/28/16)Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?

Are They Ready to Divorce?

(11/17/16)Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.

UNCITRAL and the enforceability of iMSAs: the debate heats up – Final Installment

(9/23/16)Nadja Alexander

The mounting global hubbub surrounding mediation, and highly varied perceptions regarding the nature and value of mediation, underscore the need for thoughtful conversation and deliberate reflection on present trends and tendencies.

Self-help Mediation Tool for Couples

(9/02/16)Søren Braskov, Asger Neumann

This article presents a self-help tool for people in the marriage or relationship. The tool includes principles for mediation and refers to the use of a mediator if conflicts are too difficult for themselves to solve.

The Regulatory Robustness Rating in Practice: Conclusion

(9/02/16)Nadja Alexander

Yes, here it is. The final part of the Regulatory Robustness Rating (RRR) trilogy.

5 Ways to Decide if Mediation Is a Cost-Effective Solution for Your Divorce

(8/12/16)Shawn Leamon

The article provides 5 tips to help people going through divorce determine if mediation is a cost-efficient solution to resolve their divorce.

Mediation Center Director Re-Inspired by the Transformative Approach

(7/15/16)Dan Simon

Our intent in a recent training was to provide new mediators training in parenting plan mediation, we received so much more. Over the course of the weekend, I found myself reexamining some of my beliefs about mediation practice.

6 Reasons Name-Calling Can be a Healthy Part of Mediation

(7/01/16)Dan Simon

In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session.

Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator

(6/27/16)Richard Peachey

Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.

Underwood Family Values – A Template for a Marriage

(6/10/16)Laurie Israel

The Underwoods, the main characters in the show House of Cards, have been married a long time when we meet them - 26 years - as the series begins. They seem to be a very solid two-person unit, that have things to teach us about balancing personal fulfillment and commitment to the marriage.

You Thought Your Marriage Was Miserable- Wait Till You Get To Court…

(6/10/16)Patricia Porter

The breakup of a marriage almost always involves some level of conflict between spouses, but the process of litigation during divorce ratchets that conflict up to a level of devastation for all members of the immediate and even extended family.

Mashburn on Mediation in Open Adoption Cases

(6/10/16)John Lande

I remember one case that broke my heart in which I wish we could have arranged an open adoption.

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