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.
Parenting Plans: Part 2: Basic Elements and Special Circumstances
Basic elements are those that appear in some form in all parenting plans, including where the children will live, how they will share time with each parent, how major decisions will be made about their care, how parents will deal with changes in circumstances, and how they will deal with future impasses. At present, several variations on such elements are available in the literature (Emery, 1994; Lyster, 1997; Ricci, 1997). The basic parenting plan advanced by the therapeutic family mediation (TFM) model encompasses eight elements, which we list in a form (see Appendix 10.1) and routinely hand out to clients. Below, we explore these elements in some detail, ...