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Adult Kids of Divorcees Should Be Spared from the Drama (5/17/18)
Tracee McCole

Many parents do not know how to help their adult children deal with divorce.

Five Huge Benefits of Choosing Mediation (5/11/18)
Emily Andrews

Let’s face it, divorce is messy and painful and can be very expensive.

Top Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Fallout Of A High Conflict Break-Up (5/08/18)
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan is an author, therapist, mediator, and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating.

Why I wrote “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls” (5/03/18)
Laurie Israel

Why I wrote “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls”

Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask (5/01/18)
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson

This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.

Interview with Jay Folberg (5/01/18)
Jay Folberg

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Jay Folberg filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

3 Reasons Why You Want to Mediate Guardianship Disputes (4/27/18)
Lee Drizin

Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.

Listen to Your Heart, Not Your Friends & Family (4/27/18)
Judith Weigle

The divorce settlement will always reflect the tone of the marriage when done out of court in a mediation or through opposing attorneys as the voice of the parties, even more than the law.

Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked (4/18/18)

According to, is most visited and most linked mediation website. In business since 1996, has over 6 million annual site visitors and serves as a bridge between professionals offering dispute resolution services and people needing these services.

The Intractability Barrier in Child Dependency (4/13/18)
Randy Drew

Stories of successfully breaking the intractability barrier in child dependency mediation: Conflict can be dealt with more successfully & less harmfully. (Say it with me.)

Why Are You And Your Sibling Fighting Over Your Parent's House? (4/12/18)
Kamela Laird

In this model, the lawyer-mental health professional duo creates a safe container for you and your sibling to communicate authentically about what really matters to you.

Is the Overconfidence Effect Sabotaging Your Communication? (4/05/18)
Tammy Lenski

The overconfidence effect is a natural bias toward believing that we’re better at something than we actually are.

A Modest Proposal to Mitigate Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Workplace (4/05/18)
Stephanie Klein

Social and news media bombard us daily with accounts of sexual harassment and misconduct by captains of industry, the arts and politics. Recognized as a Top Attorney Directory for SEO! (3/26/18)

Now celebrating our 23rd Year, has been recognized as a Top Law Firm Directory.

Strategies for Giving Feedback That People Can Hear (3/23/18)
Kathy Popaleni

More often than not, we are surprised when we get a negative reaction after having provided feedback to a peer or colleague.

Splitting America Redux: Implications for Keeping our Kids Safe (3/16/18)
Donald T. Saposnek

After 911, our lives changed seemingly forever. No longer a safe, secure, innocent society, Americans have come to a tipping point.

Why Ego Management is Key to Effective Mediation (3/16/18)
Bruce Edwards

In the 1990s, the very suggestion of facilitated negotiation was viewed with equal parts suspicion and contempt by most seasoned trial lawyers

Healing Effects of Mediation on Kids to Achieve and Spread Infinite Positive Outcomes (3/16/18)
Denisha Shah

The article is sums up the infinite reasons/ outcomes that the healing effects of mediation can bring to kids in our society.

Working with Challenging Family Situations: A Mediator's Perspective (3/16/18)
Mark Baer

If you were asked to stop doing any of these simple tasks, what feelings and emotions might you experience?

The Need for a Paradigm Shift for Transforming Relational Conflict (3/16/18)
Laura Tarcea

This paper provides a brief overview of mediation with a focus on clients’ self-determinism in family mediation or family dispute resolution (FDR) and Ontario court-connected alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs.

Playing the Blame Game the Right Way (3/16/18)
Sat Sindhar

A common reason for workplace tension is biased judgement.

What it Takes to be Conflict Masterful (3/09/18)
Cinnie Noble

How we define conflict mastery and the characteristics needed to be and be seen as such varies.

Change Is Coming: Tax Reform Act Punishes Divorcing Couples (3/02/18)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The new act aims to prevent this “nefarious” practice, often labeled as a divorce subsidy, by rendering alimony payments as after tax income, beginning with the 2019 tax year.

You Look Like Someone I Can Trust! (2/22/18)
Phyllis Pollack

When my sister had just been born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms, then turnd and handed the baby to a trusting stranger.

Can this Key Ingredient Protect Your Marriage from Relationship Conflict? (2/16/18)
Tammy Lenski

Couples can have big fights, frequent conflict, and even bicker all the time and still have healthy, fulfilling, and lasting relationships. How so?

4 Game-Changing Tips to Build Your Divorce Mediation Practice (2/15/18)
Michael Aurit

Whether you are just opening the doors of your divorce mediation practice, or you have been a professional family mediator for many years, considering these 4 Game Changing Tips with potential clients can be game-changers for developing your more successful mediation practice.

Educating the Dispute Resolvers of the Future (2/09/18)
Sabine Walsh

The ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, and the growing number of others like it, are contributing to a change in the way disputes are going to be resolved in the future.

What Does the 2017 Tax Law Mean for Divorcing Couples? (2/02/18)
Meredith Richardson

I sat down with Jill Boynton of Cornerstone Financial Planning to find out how this law will effect divorcing couples.

Ask the Judge - Do I need an Attorney's Help to Create a Parenting Plan? (2/02/18)
Sherrill Ellsworth

As long as you and your coParent are committed to working together to create a Parenting Plan that’s best for your children, there is no need for extra costs.

Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth (1/30/18)
Jay Folberg

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.

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