Category: Family

Why Family Mediation is like Climbing a Mountain author.

Why Family Mediation is like Climbing a Mountain

Most of my family mediation clients need a separation agreement and they understand this. They do not always understand all...

By Amy Robertson
New Year, New You: 3 Resolutions Worth Making author.

New Year, New You: 3 Resolutions Worth Making

Starting over can seem impossible after divorce. We may have lost who we are, had our future erased, or felt hopeless....

By Melissa Provence
Who Can I Bring To Custody Mediation? author.

Who Can I Bring To Custody Mediation?

Walking into custody mediation can feel intimidating. You'll have to speak openly about what you believe is best for your...

By Zarira Love
Mediate.com Podcast Episode 30: Using Caucus in Family Mediations with LaTanya Moss author.

Mediate.com Podcast Episode 30: Using Caucus in Family Mediations with LaTanya Moss

There are different perspectives on the use of caucus in mediation. Maybe you use caucus early and often in your...

By Veronica Cravener
5 Ways to Wrap Up Conflict for the Holidays author.

5 Ways to Wrap Up Conflict for the Holidays

Do holiday family gatherings cause you stress and anxiety? You are not alone. What happens when we suddenly have all...

By Amy Robertson
Five Ways to Repair a Marriage author.

Five Ways to Repair a Marriage

Doni, a friend of mine since high school, sidled up to me in the supermarket one day and said he...

By Mordechai Rhine
Inside the Mediation Room: Guest Chip Rose author.

Inside the Mediation Room: Guest Chip Rose

In this episode of Michael and Karen Aurit's video podcast "Inside The Mediation Room," their guest is Chip Rose, a...

By Chip Rose, Michael Aurit, Karen Aurit
Custody Mediation – Before or During Litigation? author.

Custody Mediation – Before or During Litigation?

Parents can try both litigation and mediation to determine parenting arrangements after they split. But should you go to mediation...

By Zarira Love
Who Should Use Custody Mediation? author.

Who Should Use Custody Mediation?

Most parents fighting over child custody would benefit from mediation. In general, having a neutral professional help you negotiate calmly...

By Shea Drefs
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
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen: Consider Mediation! author.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen: Consider Mediation!

So, if the rumors flying around the internet are true, it looks like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen may be...

By Colin Rule
When Unmarried Couples Separate – What’s Best for the Children? author.

When Unmarried Couples Separate – What’s Best for the Children?

Separating married couples, with or without children, know that divorce requires the legal dissolution of the marriage.  Divorce is not...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Mediation – A Sound First Step to a Successful Prenup author.

Mediation – A Sound First Step to a Successful Prenup

Prenuptial agreements are not always necessary when embarking on a marriage. They usually create more problems than they solve. The...

By Laurie Israel
Post Divorce Haunts: Unresolved Issues or Changes in Circumstances Come Back to Haunt Divorced Couples author.

Post Divorce Haunts: Unresolved Issues or Changes in Circumstances Come Back to Haunt Divorced Couples

Divorce agreements tell a story.  The story speaks not only of arrangements for children’s living and times spent with each...

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Significant Participation, Agreement Levels Highlight Potential for ODR in Family Cases author.

Significant Participation, Agreement Levels Highlight Potential for ODR in Family Cases

University of California, Davis, Professor Donna Shestowsky and I recently had the pleasure of conducting the first neutral evaluation of any family...

By Jennifer Shack
Mediate University Course Bundles author.

Mediate University Course Bundles

Here are Mediate University's Mediation Course "Bundles" to help you best and most affordably accomplish your mediation basic and advanced training...

By James Melamed, J.D.
“When ‘Happily Ever After…’ becomes ‘Under Construction Forever After’”* author.

“When ‘Happily Ever After…’ becomes ‘Under Construction Forever After’”*

Review of Ellen Bruno’s Documentary Film, Split Up—The Teen Years Back in 2013, I reviewed for Mediate.com a documentary titled...

By Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D
Who Gets the Custody of Pets in a Divorce? author.

Who Gets the Custody of Pets in a Divorce?

Pets are an integral part of a family, so no wonder when a couple is contemplating a divorce, the fate...

By Roseann Vanella
Back to School Basics for Busy Co-parents author.

Back to School Basics for Busy Co-parents

Back to school is upon us, and for most parents, it can bring a whole new set of challenges not...

By Melissa Provence
Custody Mediation with a Narcissist Spouse author.

Custody Mediation with a Narcissist Spouse

A narcissist is so caught up in themselves that they fail to think about others. They lack empathy and do...

By Zarira Love
Nesting Divorce: When Co-Parents rotate in and out of the home author.

Nesting Divorce: When Co-Parents rotate in and out of the home

When you are considering a divorce, it is a reasonable question to ask whether you could stay in the same...

By Roseann Vanella
Both Sides Now author.

Both Sides Now

I’ve looked at life from both sides now From win and lose and still somehowIt’s life’s illusions I recallI really...

By Joy Rosenthal
Things to Consider When Divorce Includes Children with Special Needs author.

Things to Consider When Divorce Includes Children with Special Needs

Divorce is never easy for anyone. Breaking off what you once thought might be a lifetime commitment can be painfully...

By Roseann Vanella
Can Children be Involved in Mediation? author.

Can Children be Involved in Mediation?

Divorcing parents are understandably uneasy regarding their separation and divorce, mainly what it means for their kids. Parents stress about...

By Marian Grande
5 Benefits of Mediation for Family Law Dispute Resolution author.

5 Benefits of Mediation for Family Law Dispute Resolution

As a lawyer, judge, and now mediator, I have handled thousands of cases in multiple areas of the law. I...

By Sherry Klein Heitler
What the Statistics Tell Us About Divorce and Custody Mediation author.

What the Statistics Tell Us About Divorce and Custody Mediation

A recent Custody X Change study found that 93 percent of divorcing parents tried an alternative dispute resolution method –...

By Ben Coltrin
Pensions in divorce: What are they and how are they split? author.

Pensions in divorce: What are they and how are they split?

Pensions have almost become a benefit of the past, having been replaced by 401(k) plans.  However, they still exist for...

By Mary Salisbury
LGBTQ Couples And Divorce Trends author.

LGBTQ Couples And Divorce Trends

As the number of LGBTQ marriages has significantly increased in recent years, the number of divorces has also gone up....

By Carmela DeNicola
Justice and Fairness author.

Justice and Fairness

For an upcoming book club discussion, I am reading Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East...

By Phyllis Pollack
Family Law Mediators: A Tool to Reduce Conflict in and out of Mediation for Your Co-parent Clients author.

Family Law Mediators: A Tool to Reduce Conflict in and out of Mediation for Your Co-parent Clients

As a family law mediator, it can be really difficult to work with a couple who are at each other’s...

By Jen Schimbeno, Brandyn Roark Caires

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