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Marital Mediation Articles

People are Idiots; Marriage is Dumb; and You Are All Going to Get Divorced

(8/14/20)Liz Merrill

If you get married, chances are you probably also going to get divorced. If you get married more than once, those chances go up.

Why Cancel When You Can Mediate

(8/13/20)Alnoor Maherali, Ehsan Ali

Cancel culture has mutated from a response to troubling behavior by otherwise inaccessible celebrities to a form of bullying against teens and youth. In the latter situation, the individual is isolated and ostracized, oftentimes without knowing why and with no way to fix the situation. Mediation is a form of conflict resolution that can help resolve these issues by communicating the concerns that caused the ‘cancelling’ and addressing them constructively.

6th Key-Government: Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, & Security

(7/10/20)Alicia Kuin

Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.

Using Mediation for Family Business Disputes

(6/19/20)Roseann Vanella

Being in business with family members involves some unique dynamics that are not present with other types of business arrangements.

Separation in Isolation

(6/12/20)Hadassah Fidler

The message is to socially distance ourselves from others. But what if it’s your partner you want to socially distance yourself from?

Family Violence and Family Mediation – Can the two go together?

(6/12/20)Keri Morris, Nurit Zubery

The Independent Panel examining the 2014 Family Justice Reforms confirmed there is a place for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) in situations where family violence has occurred or is a concern.

Mediating Disputes Involving Financially Shaky Defendants

(6/12/20)Arthur Rosenbloom

My experience suggests that the mediator's toolbox contains techniques that can help financially shaky defendants settle.

Managing Conflict at Home During COVID-19

(6/08/20)Sarah Ater

This links to a free course for practitioners, or to show to their clients as a resource, for resolving home conflict during the quarantine.

Tips for Divorcing Couples - Videos 2 through 5

(5/29/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

Co-parenting and COVID-19

(5/26/20)Amanda Singer

This is an unknown and challenging time for everyone, as there are so many changes. For those who are co-parenting in separate households, it can be even more difficult to try to navigate these times.

Divorce & Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 - Video

(5/18/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

Who Gets the COVID-19 Stimulus Check in the Divorce?

(5/11/20)Kristyn Carmichael

During this challenging time, many separated spouses are experiencing unexpected confusion and conflict around the Stimulus Check, which was intended to provide financial relief, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

10 Co-parenting Recommendations for the COVID-19 Crisis, A Mediator’s Perspective

(5/08/20)Anju D. Jessani

Courts look to prior events or precedents in establishing policy, and also in measuring reasonableness, when parties are in a dispute.

Mediating Families Are Closer Post-Divorce

(5/01/20)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan Kelly describes a research finding which concluded that families who mediated during the divorce had father's who were significantly more involved in their children's lives twelve years post-mediation.

Interview with Don Saposnek

(4/10/20)Donald T. Saposnek

This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging

(4/01/20)Constance Ahrons

Constance Ahrons discusses the pre-joint-cutody model for the relationship between Ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses where hanging on.

Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities

(3/24/20)Jim Melamed

Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).

Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic

(3/18/20) AFCC and AAML

Leaders from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have released these guidelines for co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Four Reasons to Try Divorce Mediation

(3/13/20)Alex Derr

When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.

People are Idiots

(2/28/20)Liz Merrill

People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.

Parenting by Looking Away: Sometimes the Best Help Doesn’t Look like Help

(2/28/20)Janet Mueller

As a parent, it is easy to get sucked into the hovering way of being.

How Much Does Divorce Really Cost?

(2/27/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Some who are faced with the prospect of divorce, are deterred by the sheer magnitude of change that will impact their family’s lives.

Break & Repair vs. Preventive Maintenance in Workplace Conflict

(2/21/20)Lorraine Segal

Are you waiting until relationships are broken to deal with workplace conflict? Tip: this is not the most effective way to deal with disagreements and problems!

Promises, Promises

(2/14/20)Joy Rosenthal

The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.

What Is A "High Conflict Divorce," Anyway?

(2/14/20)Carrie Gour

Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares how to identify a high conflict personality, the characteristics of a typical high conflict divorce file, and suggestions on how clients can best manage both.

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