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Carrying the Weight of Conflict (11/16/18)
Cinnie Noble

It often seems that we carry a heaviness in ourselves – our hearts, our heads, our whole beings – when we are in conflict with another person.

When Did Bullying Stop Being Something that Only Happened in the Playground? (11/16/18)
Katherine Graham

It's Anti-Bullying Week; and bullying is now just as much synonymous with workplaces as with problems at school.

Interview with Ken Cloke (11/15/18)
Kenneth Cloke

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Scorched Earth Clients: Mediating with High Conflict People (11/12/18)
Darrell Puls

You have met them if you have been mediating for any length of time: High Conflict People.

Zealous Advocacy Can Kill (11/12/18)
Laura Tarcea

His divorce was going really badly: aggressive lawyers on both sides, court battles and blame-ridden affidavits!

Mediator as Judge (11/01/18)
Laurie Israel

When trained as a mediator, the first thing I learned was that mediation is a client-driven process.

Family Feud? Use Eldercaring Coordination for High Conflict in Eldercare (11/01/18)
Sarah Gross

This article distinguishes elder mediation and eldercaring coordination, and discusses the benefits of eldercaring coordination for high-conflict cases.

Don’t Dread Divorces this December (10/30/18)
John Fiske

Thanks to the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, (“TCAJA”), divorce lawyers and mediators know that December will be a busy time and some of us may be working right up to the close of the courthouse on Monday, December 31st.

Two Points: Detrimental to any Mediation Process (10/26/18)
Muhammed Rafeeque

The post is about TWO points which may go against the Mediation Process in India: (i) A constant persuasion of Mediator on either parties would have opposite effect.

What is Child-Inclusive Mediation? (10/26/18)
Dakota Murphey

If you are a parent going through separation or divorce it is highly likely you are worried about the effect it will have on your children.

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce (10/19/18)
Diane Kramer

Are you struggling with Co-Parenting after divorce? If you are, it is no surprise.

The Type of Problem That Makes Conflict Resolution Harder (10/13/18)
Tammy Lenski

Gravity problems make conflict resolution more difficult because they sidetrack us from actionable problems.

Blind Justice: Can Individuals Be Bound to Arbitration Clauses They Can’t Read? (10/13/18)
Michael Heller

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston recently declined to enforce an arbitration clause in the Container Store’s loyalty program against blind customers.

APFM: The Dream, Progress to Date, and New Goals (10/12/18)
Virginia Colin

In March 2012, eleven amazing people announced the creation of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. They had big dreams and grand expectations. Let’s look at how far we have come and where we may go.

What Do Marriage Counselors and Mediators Do? (10/12/18)
Ben Hartwig

There is a big difference between marriage counselors and mediators, and each is specific to the condition of a relationship.

Interview with Chip Rose (10/10/18)
Chip Rose

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Chip Rose, a national leader in the fields of divorce mediation and collaborative practice, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Book Review: The Master Agreement by Jay Bultz (10/08/18)
Donald T. Saposnek

'The Master Agreement', now in its Second Edition, offers a comprehensive manual of issues, clauses and phrases for use in drafting Marital Settlement Agreements. This book is unique, of very high quality, will save you time, and elevate the quality of your drafting.

How to Break Free of An Addictive Relationship (10/05/18)
Meredith Richardson

You can choose whether to continue with an addictive relationship.

Family Mediation and Domestic Abuse (10/05/18)
Ryan Compton

Mediation in Worcester, Gloucester and the surrounding areas is increasingly the default option when it comes to family dispute resolution.

Interview with Maxine Baker-Jackson (10/02/18)
Maxine Baker-Jackson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Maxine Baker-Jackson, former Director and Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Court, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Making Referrals to Divorce Mediation or Family Mediation (9/28/18)
Georgia Daniels

Mental health professionals may have a general idea about what divorce mediation is but want to know more about it before making referrals. This article discusses critical points for you to consider before referring your clients to divorce mediation or mediation of other family issues.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Find Out What it Means to Me! (9/24/18)
Joy Rosenthal

I write this just days after the death of the infamous Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The Mediation Miracle (9/21/18)
Leonard Edwards

In the past few decades, California has led a national shift in paradigms for family conflict resolution that has freed trial courts to do what they do best—ensure due process of law and serve as the court of last resort.

People-Pleasing (9/06/18)
Cinnie Noble

Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?

Do We Need to Raise Our Voice? (9/06/18)
Stuart Hanson

"Keep calm and carry on" is generally a mantra I refer to when I am in the mediation room.

Co-Parenting Tips During a Divorce (8/31/18)
Mitch Cohen

By following some simple tips and committing yourself to being the best co-parent possible, you can help to ensure your children thrive during and after the divorce.

5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Family Mediation (8/31/18)
Laura Ward

The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.

Revenge as a Learning Experience (8/24/18)
Phyllis Pollack

No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”.

The Tax Reform Law Impacts Families (8/24/18)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The attached articles highlight further effects of the tax reform, one specifically focused on Prenuptial Contracts, and the second more generally on family financial decisions.

Addressing Your Child’s Repressed Anger (8/15/18)
Linette Garcia

If a parent wants to set their child up for success, they should strive to teach them how to handle their emotions in a healthy way.

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