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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.




Interview with Larry Fong (5/30/17)
Larry Fong

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Larry Fong, a leading Canadian Family Mediator, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.




Mediation, Elder Abuse And Saving The Family: Mediation & Conflict Strategies To Avoid Elder Abuse (5/26/17)
Patricia Porter

As Americans are getting older, more and more issues arise relating to elder abuse in financial and health care settings. Studies show that the majority of abuse occurs within the family. What can be done to resolve these issues? Listen to a respected elder abuse mediator and author, Steve Mehta, and learn how to address these difficult issues.




Need Help Getting Your Spouse to the Negotiating Table? (5/26/17)
Eileen Coen

What happens when you want to use mediation for divorce, but your spouse doesn’t? It’s a fairly common situation but not a hopeless one — so don’t give up before trying some tried and true strategies to bring them onboard.




Interview with Zena Zumeta (5/23/17)
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.'




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.




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 Mediation.com (4/27/17)
Jim Melamed

At Mediate.com, we receive multiple complaints each week about another company, Mediation.com. 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.



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