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Divorce Mediation: The Best Forum for Families with Special Needs Children
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Families who have children with special needs constitute a significant percentage of the divorced population. Children, all children, present a mixed blessing. Some times they may help to save a marriage; other times they add to the stresses of daily living in ways that parents are not able to handle. 

Sometimes You Need to Give Them Reasons to Mediate
Jeff Murphy
So you would like to mediate your divorce, but you think you’ll have a hard time convincing your spouse to go along. I’m assuming he or she is ready to end the marriage as well and having a conversation about how to do it won’t be a surprise.

Just to be clear: Family Court Doesn’t Resolve Conflict 
Gary Direnfeld
Parents turn to the court thinking a Judge will settle matters and life will be peaceful thereafter. This is far from the truth. 

Litigation vs. Mediation - “Child’s Play” for Understanding Your Options
Jennifer Winestone
This article applies the litigation and mediation processes to a common parenting scenario in order to illustrate the differences between the processes and the advantages of resolving family conflict through mediation.

Are You Really Ready for Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask
Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
This article outlines what couples need to do in order to face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce. A dilemma implies that you are torn between two choices, each of which have undesirable fearful elements. If people have not resolved their dilemmas before the divorce, they go through the process trying to manage their fear in different ways by hiding their doubt, responsibility; vulnerability, or dependency. 

Designing a Successful Parenting Plan
Don Gordon, Jack Arbuthnot
Here are several important issues you should think about as you design your parenting plan. A child needs the love and affection of both parents, but they also need both as teachers. These roles should override your desire to “own” your children. 

The Good Divorce
Dr. Lynne C. Halem
“What is a good divorce?” you ask. “After all, divorce is not a good or a happy event.” Correct you are. Divorce cannot be logically characterized as “good,” if we are referring to the event itself. Divorce is a time of sadness, even regret; it symbolizes the end to dreams once held. “ So,” you ask again,” how can a divorce be good?” 

3 Reasons Why Workplace Mediation Should Be Mandatory
Katherine Graham
A sacred cow of mediation is that it must be voluntary – and anything else is undermining the values of mediation and somehow almost violating people’s human rights. I disagree. And I’ll explain why. 

To Mediate Or Not To Mediate Now, That Is The Question
Phyllis Pollack
With the upmost respect and acknowledgment to Hamlet's famous soliloquy in Shakespeare's Hamlet, (Act 3, Scen3 1, lines 55-87), the question often arises of when should the parties attempt to negotiate a settlement, through mediation or otherwise.  

"13 Tools for Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, with Customers and in Life"
Published in Brilliant Results Magazine, December 2004, by Lee Jay Berman
Conflict happens. It is inevitable. It is going to happen whenever you have people with different expectations. This makes conflict management critical, whether avoiding arguments, disputes, lasting conflict or ultimately, litigation. Conflict can be avoided if steps are taken early in a discussion to diffuse anger and facilitate communication, and it can be resolved by applying a series of thoughtfully applied steps.

"Most Real Estate Squabbles Settled Through Mediation" 
Published in the L.A. Daily News, September 4, 2004, by Gregory J. Wilcox
Some real estate transactions, like relationships, end badly. Buyers discover problems with the house they paid a fortune for and become furious with the seller. Name-calling ensues. Phones ring, lawyers answer. These disputes follow a typical path, though, and the first stop is not a lawyer's office.


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