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Conflict Management in Divorce author.

Conflict Management in Divorce

Although most of my work in conflict management has been in organizational settings, every now and then I have found...

By Ralph Kilmann
The Power of Mediation in Safeguarding Parental Rights and Combating Neglect and Abuse in Michigan author.

The Power of Mediation in Safeguarding Parental Rights and Combating Neglect and Abuse in Michigan

In the realm of family law, Michigan, like many other states, grapples with the delicate balance between protecting parental rights...

By Phillip Schaedler
Springing Forward After Divorce: Cultivating Hope and Collaboration  author.

Springing Forward After Divorce: Cultivating Hope and Collaboration 

"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming," wrote Pablo  Neruda. This evocative metaphor captures...

By Yanine Simpser
Review of Peter Salem and Kelly Browe Olson, Editors, Family Dispute Resolution: Process and Practice (2024) author.

Review of Peter Salem and Kelly Browe Olson, Editors, Family Dispute Resolution: Process and Practice (2024)

Book available here from Oxford University Press In 2004, Jay Folberg, Peter Salem and Ann Milne edited and published the...

By Zena Zumeta
Five Signs Custody Mediation Won’t Work author.

Five Signs Custody Mediation Won’t Work

Custody mediation is often the recommended way to create a parenting plan, but it does not suit all circumstances. You...

By Zarira Love
The Missing Spice: How Mediators Supercharge Collaborative Practice author.

The Missing Spice: How Mediators Supercharge Collaborative Practice

Imagine a complex culinary creation – a dish bursting with flavor, requiring a symphony of ingredients to come together perfectly....

By Yanine Simpser
AFCC Appoints Bryan Altman as Executive Director author.

AFCC Appoints Bryan Altman as Executive Director

AFCC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Altman as its next executive director. Bryan joins AFCC following a...

By James (Jim) Melamed
Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video) author.

Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video)

This video is from Jim Melamed's 15-hour "Mediating Divorce Agreement" course available at Mediate.com University. Mediating Divorce Agreement with Jim...

By James (Jim) Melamed
The Two of You Weren’t Seriously Dating, Yet You’re Having a Baby Together? author.

The Two of You Weren’t Seriously Dating, Yet You’re Having a Baby Together?

The pregnancy was unplanned. An extra surprise: You didn't intend to have a baby with this person — ever —...

By Tucker Lieberman
Custody Mediation When You Can’t Afford a Lawyer author.

Custody Mediation When You Can’t Afford a Lawyer

A lawyer's input in custody mediation can help you secure an agreement that is fair and in the best interest...

By Zarira Love
Parenting Changed My Conflict Style author.

Parenting Changed My Conflict Style

Being a parent changes many things!  For me,  my conflict style was one of those. On the Style Matters inventory, my highest...

By Ronald S. Kraybill
Remember Your Child’s College Costs and the FAFSA in Divorce Mediation author.

Remember Your Child’s College Costs and the FAFSA in Divorce Mediation

Divorcing parents often forget to decide how they’ll pay for a child’s higher education. If they separate while their child...

By Tucker Lieberman
The Volatility of Child Custody Cases Highlights the Importance of Mediation author.

The Volatility of Child Custody Cases Highlights the Importance of Mediation

Tragic stories about child custody disputes are frequently in the news cycle. Whether it's parental kidnapping or even more extreme...

By Zarira Love
Five Steps Divorced Parents Can Take to Cool Down Holiday Conflict author.

Five Steps Divorced Parents Can Take to Cool Down Holiday Conflict

We all have idealized images of the holiday season–perfect gifts and the warm glow of togetherness. But the gap between...

By Lorraine Segal
Divorcing with Children: Have you thought about Nesting? author.

Divorcing with Children: Have you thought about Nesting?

Separating and divorcing parents spend much time worrying.  They worry about how and when they will separate; they worry if...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Have You Considered the Tax Consequences of Your Divorce Agreement? author.

Have You Considered the Tax Consequences of Your Divorce Agreement?

Most divorcing couples come to the table knowing that division of assets, time with children, and money are all areas...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Should We Wait Until After the Holidays to Start Our Divorce? author.

Should We Wait Until After the Holidays to Start Our Divorce?

January is known as “Divorce Month” because couples who have decided to divorce during the last quarter of the year often wait...

By Roseann Vanella
ODR in Family Law: Developments in Texas – and the Rest of the World author.

ODR in Family Law: Developments in Texas – and the Rest of the World

This program took place Thursday, November 9, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central (online) Co-sponsored by Texas A&M University...

By Nancy Welsh, Colin Rule, Richard Shannon, Darren Gingras, Anita Savage, Laura Kistemaker, Tawanna Lynn Cesare
Leveraging Mediation to Foster Mental Health During Divorce author.

Leveraging Mediation to Foster Mental Health During Divorce

Embarking on a journey through separation? Learn how mediation nourishes the mental health of families, offering a beacon of hope...

By Ms Alice Garcia
Family Trial by Jury vs Mediation author.

Family Trial by Jury vs Mediation

When divorce and child custody cases go to trial, they're usually bench trials, i.e., a judge makes the decision. But...

By Ben Coltrin
Mediate University Course Bundles Have Now Expanded author.

Mediate University Course Bundles Have Now Expanded

Mediation Training Course Bundles Are you entering the mediation field? Satisfy your mediation training requirements and save hundreds of dollars...

By James (Jim) Melamed
Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask author.

Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask

Your marriage is in question and you're facing a real dilemma. You may be the one who is deciding should...

By Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
Dealing with Gatekeeper Parents author.

Dealing with Gatekeeper Parents

Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D., presents a 1.5-hour course describing the current research on Gatekeeper parents, who present unique challenges to...

By Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D
Separated? Consider the Butterfly Effect author.

Separated? Consider the Butterfly Effect

A division supported by the legal system is stressful, expensive, and prolonged; if you have children, it will impact them...

By Amy Robertson
Elevating Your Child’s Voice in Divorce Mediation author.

Elevating Your Child’s Voice in Divorce Mediation

Arrangements for child custody — whether agreed upon by parents or ordered by a judge — must be in the...

By Zarira Love
Honoring AFCC’s 60th Anniversary author.

Honoring AFCC’s 60th Anniversary

This article honors the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 60th Anniversary Celebration now taking place in Los Angeles....

By James (Jim) Melamed
Mediate.com’s Mental Health and Mediation Conference is Now Online! author.

Mediate.com’s Mental Health and Mediation Conference is Now Online!

The listservs and chat rooms have been abuzz this week -- everyone's talking about the conference! We had 39 leading...

By Clare Fowler
Divorce Mediator & Attorney – What’s the Difference? author.

Divorce Mediator & Attorney – What’s the Difference?

“Do you have a lawyer, or are you going with mediation?” If you’re starting the divorce process (or the post-judgment...

By Sarah Jacobs
Navigating a High Conflict Divorce author.

Navigating a High Conflict Divorce

Divorces often start from a place of conflict or stress, but some divorces are more contentious than others.  A number...

By Sarah Jacobs
8 Important Topics Often Overlooked in Custody Mediation author.

8 Important Topics Often Overlooked in Custody Mediation

When you enter custody mediation, your focus is most likely on creating a parenting schedule and dividing decision-making responsibility. However,...

By Zarira Love

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