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Holiday Parenting/Custodial Time during COVID-19 (11/23/20)
Roseann Vanella

When considering whether or not to bring a child to a holiday gathering (such as Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s house for example), these and other factors need to be taken into consideration.

Can You Be a Litigator and a Mediator? (11/12/20)
Scott Levin

“You know what, Ken? A bad idea would be to let your client walk out of here today and drag this thing out for another year, wasting more time and more money," ~ The Wedding Crashers

Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson (11/09/20)
Stephen Erickson

An interview with Marilyn McKnight and Stephen Erickson about the origins of family mediation, their different conflict styles, and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.

Life After Divorce: Coping with Loneliness (11/06/20)
Leyla Balakhane

Many couples regard their relationship as a source of comfort, reassurance and identity.

Being Emotionally Ready for Divorce Mediation (11/06/20)
Roseann Vanella

A question I often ask clients when they come to me for a consultation for divorce mediation, “Are you each emotionally ready to mediate your divorce”?

Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (10/20/20)
Kimberlee Kovach

An interview with Kim Kovach and Eric Galton about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Because Mediators Deserve a Personality Test Too (10/18/20)
Clare Fowler

This is a personality test, just for those in the dispute resolution field. Because mediators deserve a personality test too.

Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke (10/13/20)
Kenneth Cloke

An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

October Month of Conflict Resolution Week 2: Featuring 4 Peacebuilding Think-Tanks Across the World (10/09/20)
Anupriya Kukreja

As part of our special series for Conflict Resolution Month this October, this is our second article where we have highlighted the following research institutes and think tanks across the world.

Fault Lines/Property Lines in Conflict (10/03/20)
Lorraine Segal

Understanding fault lines and property lines can help us resolve conflicts.

Impact of Couple Conflict and Mediation on How Romantic Partners are Seen: An fMRI study (9/28/20)
Francois Bogacz

This article illustrates that mediation improves conflict resolution and is associated with increased activity in the nucleus accumbens, a key region in the brain's reward circuitry.

Do You Have to be a Lawyer to Draft a Separation Agreement? (9/28/20)
Amy Robertson

Do you have to be an attorney to be a divorce mediator? The short answer is no. The long answer is important to unpack though.

Mediation as a Business Accelerator (9/25/20)
Orit Asnin

This article discusses how mediation can help business, an inspiring example from The Middle East.

Culture and Religion, Evaluating Mediation Approaches: A Case Study (9/18/20)
Gary Clayton

This document will analyze a conflict scenario with respect to the conflict’s candidacy (suitability) for mediation.

In the Time of Covid-19: The Rush to Modification (9/15/20)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Today as the coronavirus keeps us isolated, huddled in our homes, fearful of venturing too far or thinking too deeply, we cannot long ignore the pandemic’s impact on contractual deals that we made when we thought we understood the present and even banked on a better tomorrow.

How to Choose a Divorce Mediator (9/14/20)
Amy Robertson

Mediator fit is really important.

Listening is the Key to Problem Solving (9/14/20)
Larry Ray

Most people when pressed will admit that they are not listening effectively.

Family Mediation vs Family Litigation (9/12/20)
Marian Grande

Many people assume that the only way to resolve a family law matter is to retain counsel and commence a Court action. This is a wrong assumption.

When Three Becomes a Crowd (9/04/20)
Keri Morris

An example of how dispute resolution can help when the courts can’t.

Breaking Up Doesn’t Have to Mean Going Broke (9/04/20)
Roseann Vanella

Why an uncontested divorce makes sense for high net worth couples.

The Importance of Accurately Attributing Gains on Separate Property in Divorce (9/04/20)
Mary Salisbury

Let’s take a simple example to show why a back of the envelope calculation could provide a completely inaccurate picture of the value of the marital vs separate portions of a joint account.

Bearing Witness in Mediation (8/28/20)
Laurie Israel

Recently I’ve been pondering a certain aspect of my experience with mediating divorces. It’s about something that often comes up in my encounters with my mediation clients.

Conflict During COVID--Combined Voices from all Seven Continents (8/28/20)
Gregg Relyea

This article combines voices from all 7 continents as they discuss how COVID has affected the conflict resolution field around them.

Mediating Online: Family Mediation Course (8/26/20)
Jim Melamed is proud to make the first day of our 10 day Online Family Mediation course available for free! The overall 20-hour training is available both "live" September 14-25 and is also available as a recorded course on an ongoing basis. Enjoy!

Mediator’s Thoughts for Parents During the Pandemic (8/21/20)
Dan Simon

Divorce or separation is a big challenge in itself.

The Importance of the Relationship: Using Checklists to Improve Discussions (8/20/20)
Christopher Garcia

This article looks at The Importance of the Relationship; What are the expectations; and what should be discussed?

Comparing Mediation Websites (8/17/20)
Jim Melamed

According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from, is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!

Divorce Mediation: Using Caucusing to Relieve Pandemic Stress (8/14/20)
Roseann Vanella

Caucusing can be an important tool during the pandemic stress.

People are Idiots; Marriage is Dumb; and You Are All Going to Get Divorced (8/14/20)
Liz Merrill

If you get married, chances are you probably also going to get divorced. If you get married more than once, those chances go up.

Why Cancel When You Can Mediate (8/13/20)
Alnoor Maherali

Cancel culture has mutated from a response to troubling behavior by otherwise inaccessible celebrities to a form of bullying against teens and youth. The individual is isolated and ostracized, oftentimes without knowing why and with no way to fix the situation. Mediation is a form of conflict resolution that can help resolve these issues.

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