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What if You Die? Divorcing and Death (1/24/20)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

There’s an interesting dichotomy between married couples’ view of life insurance.




The Beauty and Terror of Change (1/24/20)
Keri Morris

In my role as mediator one of the questions I am asked most often by parents, community groups, and interested parties is if an agreement reached at Family Dispute Resolution is legally binding and enforceable through the family court.




Dividing the Burial Plot in Divorce (1/17/20)
Mary Salisbury

This article addresses an often overlooked asset in divorce, the burial plot, and the surprising negative consequences of failing to address this asset in the divorce decree.




5 (Perhaps Unexpected) Ways to Reduce Legal Fees When Getting a Divorce (1/10/20)
Carrie Gour

For anyone going through a litigated or high conflict divorce which can be very expensive, Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares her top 5 tips for keeping costs down.




Negotiating With My Client (1/10/20)
Varsha Manoj

As a freshly minted lawyer, I came to a realization within a few months of joining the workforce - my very expensive university education prepared me for only half the battle.




Somewhere Between Reasonable and Crazy (1/03/20)
John Lande

The very touching Netflix movie, Marriage Story, provides an unusually realistic depiction of divorce dynamics.




The Horror of Bullying at France Telecom (1/03/20)
Arran Heal

Between 2008 and 2009, 35 employees of France Télécom committed suicide.




Mediation versus Court in Divorce (1/03/20)
Denise French

“I’ll get my day in court!” ……. “The judge won’t like what you did!” …….. “I’m going to spread your dirt all over the courtroom!”




Do Post-Nuptial Agreements Belong in Marital Mediation? (12/27/19)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Marital mediation is neither marital therapy nor couples therapy.




Did You Just Relinquish Control? (12/27/19)
Sarah Ater

This article shows how mediation can be used to intervene in early or advanced stages of conflict.




A Guide To Creative Christmas Plans For Divorced Parents (12/19/19)
Michael Aurit

This article discusses six options that are successful ways of sharing time with children over the holidays.




Co-parenting During Divorce: 9 coping strategies to help your children (12/19/19)
Dakota Murphey

The relationship between the two marital partners may be coming to an end, but what about the children?




Why You Should Mediate Your Divorce Instead of Litigating It (12/12/19)
Lisa Taylor

This article shows a clear timeline for mediating your divorce. The purpose of mediation is to get you talking about how to settle every issue right away, so the process is usually much faster, much less expensive, much less stressful and overall much more satisfying than litigation.




The Business of Disputes in Sports: A Chinese Perspective (12/12/19)
Ranse Howell

As part of a broader commitment to expand JAMS’ global footprint, the JAMS International Operations group recently organized an event in Beijing, China.




Conflicts in the 'Family' Work Environment (12/12/19)
Kathleen Kauth

What do you do when work treats you “like family”?




Holiday Gift Giving Guidelines for Divorced Parents (12/12/19)
Roseann Vanella

Recently, a divorced parent asked me my opinion on how to go about giving holiday gifts to her children.




Divorce and Social Security (12/11/19)
I. Jay Safier

This article will discuss how benefits are distributed to two people who are now divorced.




What to Do After You Get Your Divorce Judgment (11/29/19)
Joy Rosenthal

When we submit your divorce papers to the court in order to obtain a Judgment of Divorce (JOD), the terms of the Settlement Agreement become the law.




Mediating Your Divorce: How to Split Your Retirement Savings (11/29/19)
Dakota Murphey

As well as working with a skilled divorce lawyer, it can be in your interest to take advice from an experienced pension planner in order to achieve good solutions to these sorts of issues.




Four Ways to Sidestep Conflict and Enjoy Your Holidays (11/29/19)
Amy Robertson

If the thought of enduring a meal—let alone an entire weekend—with your family or in-laws has you tensing up then you might want to keep reading.




Thanksgiving After Divorce: New Turkey Time Traditions (11/26/19)
Michael Aurit

Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult holiday to plan for and experience for parents and children after divorce.




Happy Thanksgiving !!!! (11/22/19)
Phyllis Pollack

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day!




RSI Publishes Report on Improving Pre-Mediation Screening for Intimate Partner Violence through Proposed Online Tool (11/08/19)
Eric Slepak

Over the past year, RSI has been working on a project researching and exploring whether and how an online tool could improve the frequency and competency with which mediators screen for intimate partner violence (IPV) prior to mediation.




ACR Taskforce on Safety: Recommended Guidelines -- Part 1 in Series (11/07/19)
Stephen Kotev

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 1 in the series--discussing the ideology and process approach of the Taskforce.




How to Get Your Spouse to Agree to Mediation (11/04/19)
Leah Hadley

One of the initial challenges in mediation that you may face is getting your spouse on board to give it a try.




Montana Nursing Homes and Families Receive Assistance to Resolve Disputes (11/04/19)
Kayre Chatellier

Montana Mediation Association (MtMA) received a Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Grant to prevent and delay resident discharges from Montana Nursing Homes.




Halloween Solutions for Divorced Parents: The Best Treat for Your Children (10/28/19)
Michael Aurit

Halloween may not be as meaningful as other seasonal holidays, but for divorced or separated parents and their children, feelings of “missing out” on fun times can be very challenging.




What to Do After You Get Your Divorce Judgment (10/25/19)
Joy Rosenthal

When we submit your divorce papers to the court in order to obtain a Judgment of Divorce (JOD), the terms of the Settlement Agreement become the law.




Eat, Drink, and Remarry: How to Get a Divorce Worth Celebrating (10/25/19)
Amy Robertson

I was watching the news recently when a segment came on about a California couple who co-hosted a Divorce Party. Now this had my attention!




Advice for Divorcing Men: Common Mistakes in Divorce and How To Avoid Them (10/18/19)
Denise French

One of the most common mistakes in divorce is making promises too soon--here are a few others.



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