Judy Gordon Mediation Services
2525 Golden Rain Road, Suite 9 Walnut Creek, CA 94595

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Family Articles

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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles




The Long Term Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children (7/30/21)
Natalie Maximets

Growing up is complicated enough on its own. Having parents' divorce can make it even harder. To avoid the psychological effects of divorce on children, parents should go through the process gracefully.




Now More than Ever, Creativity is Needed in Divorces (7/18/21)
Roseann Vanella

We live in an uncertain world where things can change radically at the drop of a hat. We experienced this last year in a huge way with the Covid-19 outbreak.




3 Strategies for Effective Co-Parenting (7/12/21)
Ben Coltrin

Above all, remember that co-parenting is about your kids.




Confirmation Bias: Something Mediators Need to Appreciate (7/08/21)
Charlie Young

As far as I can tell, much of the research on how neural functions affect mediation has been done in the last 20 years.




Insurrection, Demagoguery, and the Mediation of Political Conflicts (7/06/21)
Kenneth Cloke

Following the “insurrection,” “putsch,” or “attempted coup” in Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021, and the subsequent acquittal of President Trump on impeachment charges, we find ourselves facing extremely significant and difficult, yet very different political conflicts and challenges from those we faced before.




For Family Cases Involving Reports of Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred by Parents (7/06/21)
Jennifer Shack

In a randomized controlled trial of family cases involving parents reporting high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV), parents felt safer in and were more satisfied with shuttle and videoconference mediation than litigation.




An Affirmative Higher Social Responsibility Duty to Serve Systemic Social Change through System Design (7/06/21)
Charles Crumpton

This article reflects on a panel discussion that took place on April 14, 2021, as part of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Virtual Spring Conference, titled "Dispute Resolution Pandemic Pivot: Systems Design for Socioeconomic Inequality issues.”




Battling Burnout: Mental Health and Self-Care in Mediation (6/27/21)
Lydia Ray

Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?




Co-Mediation in A Volunteer Co-Mediation Process. Some Simple Ideas (6/27/21)
Deborah Heller

The article suggests that there is little formal training for mediators, especially volunteer mediators who may co mediate with many different partners to work effectively together, and makes some simple and concrete suggestions for ways to remedy this.




The Remarkable (And Often Very Surprising) Benefits of Virtual Mediation (6/25/21)
Eric R. Galton

A funny thing happened on April 1, 2020. After over 30 years and 7,500 cases as an in person, high-touch mediator, I grudgingly became, out of necessity born by COVID-19, a virtual, online mediator.




Settlement Verification in the Virtual World (6/25/21)
Ross Feinberg

My goal has always been to provide each and every mediation participant with the most satisfying experience possible.




Co-Parenting Online Course – How to Not Put Your Kids in the Middle of Your Divorce (6/18/21)
Jen Schimbeno

The ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) ACE’s study, is one of the largest studies about traumatic events in the lives of children ages 0-17. This study identifies three types of risk factors for trauma in children: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.




Race and Caste, Gender and Patriarchy, Wealth and Class: Mediating the Systems, Structures, and Sources of Prejudice (6/16/21)
Kenneth Cloke

As a society, we have not resolved many enduring disputes, or convinced each other, or even discussed them intelligently, but ended up instead screaming at one another, clashing violently, and being prepared to manipulate, and even jettison the entire democratic process if it doesn’t back the candidates and policies we support.




5 Ways Conflict Resolution Practitioners Can Prevent and Resolve Special Education Conflict During the Pandemic (6/16/21)
Heather Kennedy

The current pandemic has created a crucial need for those experienced in conflict resolution practices to prevent and resolve conflict in the education of students with disabilities. Public agencies, schools, and families should utilize those trained in conflict resolution, including mediators, negotiators, and advocates, to combat this crisis and lessen adverse outcomes for those involved.




Online Mediation Training Task Force Family / Elder Committee Report (6/16/21)
Susan Guthrie

The Family and Elder Committee was initially tasked with Considering the Following Questions: 1) How can family and elder mediation training be improved to embrace online mediation; and 2) How can family and elder mediation training best be offered online, for basic training, advanced training, and ongoing continuing education?




Proposal for Standard Explanation in Mediation (6/11/21)
John Lande

Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion.




Mediation and the Four Agreements (6/11/21)
Rafeena Bacchus

The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec wisdom which is said to embody the essential unity of truth and described as a way of life. I believe that if we adopt these Four Agreements they will create enough personal power to change the way we mediate and resolve conflict, leading to better and more satisfying settlements.




You Might Have more in Common with Bill and Melinda Than You Think… (6/01/21)
Joy Rosenthal

Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced that they are divorcing after 27 years. Besides having to address their billions of dollars and their enormously influential foundation, this has brought attention to issues of a mature (or “gray”) divorce.




The Problem With the Label "High Conflict Divorce" (5/28/21)
Carrie Gour

It’s generally true in conflict that “it takes two to tango.” In the world of divorce, the fundamental problem with being labelled “high conflict” is how rarely both parties are dancing together.




Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (5/24/21)
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.




Dispute Resolution with Collaborative Law (5/19/21)
Christen Ritchey

Collaborative law is the best way for families to navigate tough transitions and here is why.




Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Coaching and Limited Scope Representation (5/18/21)
Forrest (Woody) Mosten

What can mediators learn from the online experience of other collaborative dispute resolution professionals? How do we best integrate online mediation with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice and limited scope representation?




New Mediators' Guidance from Youth Conference (5/18/21)
Jonathan Rodrigues

This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference. This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from newer mediators. These 6 sessions comprised up and coming thought leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.  




Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson (5/17/21)
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.




Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke (5/09/21)
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.




Approaching Custody with Reason vs. Rancor (5/08/21)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

No matter how a couple may approach questions involving parenting after divorce, the answers are never easily derived.




Cryptocurrency and Divorce (5/07/21)
Denise French

Naturally, as a Divorce Financial Advisor, I began thinking how these types of crypto assets were going to impact divorce settlements.




Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation Training (5/01/21)
Forrest (Woody) Mosten

The second Forum of the Online Mediation Training Task Force centered on new and emerging issues of online mediation and the training of mediators online.




Mediation and Co-Parenting: Why It Works (4/30/21)
Denise French

As difficult as a divorce can be for a married couple, it can be just as upsetting and confusing for the children of the relationship.




Divorce and Property Division: Am I Entitled to More Because my Spouse Ruined Our Marriage? (4/23/21)
Roseann Vanella

There are a lot of reasons why couples decide to get divorced. Financial troubles, lack of communication, continual arguing, unrealistic expectations, lack of intimacy, infidelity, and abuse are among the more common reasons why couples split up.



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