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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.




Mediation versus Court in Divorce (3/06/20)
Denise French

You really don’t want your day in court! Here’s why.




Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Sue Bronson (3/03/20)
Sue Bronson

Mediator Sue Bronson doesn't rest upon the familiar, but takes what she knows and applies it in new innovative ways. In this 44 minute video, Sue and Michael Lang discuss screening techniques.




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.




What About Your Furry Friends? (2/07/20)
Kathleen Kauth

So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?




Do I Need to Hire a Divorce/Family Attorney Before Beginning My Divorce? (2/07/20)
Tye Bourdony

Getting divorced can be one of the most stressful and difficult life situations a person can find themselves in. When confronted with how to best move forward in a divorce, and what to do about an attorney, there is no one clear answer.




7 Tips On How To Protect Child Mental And Emotional Health During A Divorce (1/31/20)
Michael Gorman

Separation is one of the most difficult processes people can go through, but the situation is even more shocking for kids who need to adapt to such a huge change in life.




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.



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