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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
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
What is a Prenup Lite? author.

What is a Prenup Lite?

I’m a prenup attorney and mediator. After a long law career that included divorce, estate planning, tax law, and other...

By Laurie Israel
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
Fight Right author.

Fight Right

Sometimes when I am working with couples in conflict, I think, “Oh, they care about each other so much, it’s...

By Joy Rosenthal
League of Mediators of Ukraine, Reflective Practice Institute & AAA Foundation Combine to Elevate Family Mediation in Ukraine author.

League of Mediators of Ukraine, Reflective Practice Institute & AAA Foundation Combine to Elevate Family Mediation in Ukraine

Three organizations of conflict practitioners are announcing the launch of a singularly remarkable project to support family mediators in Ukraine....

By Michael Lang
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
Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes  author.

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes 

Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels. Personal happiness, strong friendships and relationships,...

By Gregg Relyea
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 First Question author.

The First Question

 The first mediation meeting primarily revolves around getting to know your clients, and the clients getting to know you. It...

By Laurie Israel
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
Important Considerations for Sexual Harassment Mediation author.

Important Considerations for Sexual Harassment Mediation

It is an undisputed fact that one can compose a dissertation on workplace sexual harassment mediation and fail to give...

By Earlene Baggett-Hayes
4 Tips for a Stress-Free New Years author.

4 Tips for a Stress-Free New Years

Reprinted from Tammy Lenski's blog and from Coca-Cola's newsletter. The holidays can be a cheerful time — with plenty of...

By Tammy Lenski
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 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
Enhancing Divorce Mediation Outcomes: The Role of a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst author.

Enhancing Divorce Mediation Outcomes: The Role of a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

A Strategic Partnership for Mediators As professional mediators, you understand that the complexities of divorce extend beyond emotional and legal...

By Leah Hadley, AFC, CDFA
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
Should AI Write Your Parenting Plan? author.

Should AI Write Your Parenting Plan?

Should you ask an AI program like ChatGPT to write a legal document like a parenting plan? Although you might...

By Tucker Lieberman
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
Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Interview with Michael Lang by Cinnie Noble (video) author.

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Interview with Michael Lang by Cinnie Noble (video)

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project In a turn-around, Cinnie Noble talks with Michael, asking how he became...

By Michael Lang, Cinnie Noble
How to Deal with Emotional Turbulence During Divorce Mediation? author.

How to Deal with Emotional Turbulence During Divorce Mediation?

Divorce, often regarded as one of life’s most stressful experiences, presents a host of emotional challenges for the individuals involved....

By Roseann Vanella
5 Tips for Divorce Mediation With An Uncooperative Spouse author.

5 Tips for Divorce Mediation With An Uncooperative Spouse

Getting your spouse to attend mediation is one thing; getting them to cooperate is another. Luckily, there are ways to...

By Zarira Love
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
Leveraging Mediation to Foster Mental Health During Divorce author.

Leveraging Mediation to Foster Mental Health During Divorce

Divorce, often viewed through a lens of loss and heartbreak, carries an understated potential for renewal, understanding, and growth.  Deciding...

By Alice Garcia

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