As divorce rates rise, family mediation represents an alternative way of making settlements without involving an already overburdened judicial system. This book presents a discussion of the current North American trends in the burgeoning field of family mediation by featuring both a review of the literature and a model for family mediation practice. The practice model presented here, Therapeutic Family Mediation, stresses an ecological perspective, and considers the feminist critique of the mediation process. The authors also address mediation's role in the important issues of joint custody, ethnicity, and child protection. Future directions in family mediation are examined in the final part.

Closing Thoughts: Thematic Issues and the Future of Family Mediation

Closing Thoughts: Thematic Issues and the Future of Family Mediation

Closing thoughts: Thematic issues and the future of family mediation


This volume has carefully considered four themes central to family mediation practice: the divorcing process, mediation practice, child custody, and new developments. In the process, we have sifted through an immense amount of information and considered a variety of options, scenarios, and contemporary issues. In this final chapter, we pull back from fine-grained analysis in an effort to distill, identify, and discuss the key trends and implications for each theme that we believe will collectively shape the future of family mediation in North America over the next decade or so.

Theme 1: Divorce

1. The rate of divorce will gradually decline. The past 35 years have witnessed an ...

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