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

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Tips for Divorcing Couples - Videos 2 through 5 (5/29/20)
Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.




Co-parenting and COVID-19 (5/26/20)
Amanda Singer

This is an unknown and challenging time for everyone, as there are so many changes. For those who are co-parenting in separate households, it can be even more difficult to try to navigate these times.




Divorce & Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 - Video (5/18/20)
Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.




Surviving the Pandemic - Advice from 74 Family Experts (5/17/20)
Michael Lang

In this outstanding collection of essays, there are tips for managing disagreements, guidelines for handling children’s needs, information about finances, and even a recipe for Quarantine Cookies.




Who Gets the COVID-19 Stimulus Check in the Divorce? (5/11/20)
Kristyn Carmichael

During this challenging time, many separated spouses are experiencing unexpected confusion and conflict around the Stimulus Check, which was intended to provide financial relief, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).




10 Co-parenting Recommendations for the COVID-19 Crisis, A Mediator’s Perspective (5/08/20)
Anju D. Jessani

Courts look to prior events or precedents in establishing policy, and also in measuring reasonableness, when parties are in a dispute.




Will Your Relationship Survive the Coronavirus Lockdown? (5/08/20)
Rachael Pace

6 Tips to Strengthen your Relationship during Covid-19 Lockdowns




What Is Your Mediation Background? (5/05/20)
Jim Melamed

The "digitization of mediation," now on steroids with the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in dramatic changes and new opportunities for mediators and the mediation field. A part of this includes new meanings for old words.




It's Time to Talk.... (4/17/20)
Kathleen Kauth

Talking about end of life wishes is never fun, and seldom easy.




CV-19 Crisis Brings Heightened Need for Community-based Conflict Resolution (4/10/20)
Susan Raines

Crisis breeds conflict. The stress of economic uncertainty and dislocation caused by CV-19 are only outpaced by the anxiety many feel for the safety of their loved ones.




Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video) (4/03/20)
Jim Melamed

This video on resolving pressing issues at the beginning a divorce mediation is from Jim Melamed's 15-hour "Mediating Divorce Agreement" course available at Mediate.com University.




Consent in Mediation (4/03/20)
Katherine Stoessel

The last family mediation I did got me thinking more specifically and carefully about the principle of ‘consent’ in mediation.




Divorce Mediation: The Healthy Way to Break Up (4/03/20)
Dakota Murphey

There are all sorts of reasons why relationships break up, and when a couple is in crisis it’s easy to turn on the other person and point the finger of blame.




Conflict in Confined Spaces (4/03/20)
Kathleen Kauth

Stay at home orders have been issued, work and schools have closed down, everyone is home together. So now what?




Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic (4/03/20)
Roseann Vanella

As our nation deals with the COVID-19 crisis, divorced parents face many unique challenges.




Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities (3/24/20)
Jim Melamed

Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).




Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic (3/18/20)
AFCC and AAML

Leaders from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have released these guidelines for co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 




Four Reasons to Try Divorce Mediation (3/13/20)
Alex Derr

When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.




Mediation versus Court in Divorce (3/06/20)
Denise French

You really don’t want your day in court! Here’s why.




Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Sue Bronson (3/03/20)
Sue Bronson

Mediator Sue Bronson doesn't rest upon the familiar, but takes what she knows and applies it in new innovative ways. In this 44 minute video, Sue and Michael Lang discuss screening techniques.




People are Idiots (2/28/20)
Liz Merrill

People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.




Parenting by Looking Away: Sometimes the Best Help Doesn’t Look like Help (2/28/20)
Janet Mueller

As a parent, it is easy to get sucked into the hovering way of being.




How Much Does Divorce Really Cost? (2/27/20)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Some who are faced with the prospect of divorce, are deterred by the sheer magnitude of change that will impact their family’s lives.




Break & Repair vs. Preventive Maintenance in Workplace Conflict (2/21/20)
Lorraine Segal

Are you waiting until relationships are broken to deal with workplace conflict? Tip: this is not the most effective way to deal with disagreements and problems!




Promises, Promises (2/14/20)
Joy Rosenthal

The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.




What Is A "High Conflict Divorce," Anyway? (2/14/20)
Carrie Gour

Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares how to identify a high conflict personality, the characteristics of a typical high conflict divorce file, and suggestions on how clients can best manage both.




What About Your Furry Friends? (2/07/20)
Kathleen Kauth

So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?




Do I Need to Hire a Divorce/Family Attorney Before Beginning My Divorce? (2/07/20)
Tye Bourdony

Getting divorced can be one of the most stressful and difficult life situations a person can find themselves in. When confronted with how to best move forward in a divorce, and what to do about an attorney, there is no one clear answer.




7 Tips On How To Protect Child Mental And Emotional Health During A Divorce (1/31/20)
Michael Gorman

Separation is one of the most difficult processes people can go through, but the situation is even more shocking for kids who need to adapt to such a huge change in life.




What if You Die? Divorcing and Death (1/24/20)
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

There’s an interesting dichotomy between married couples’ view of life insurance.



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