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.
Financial Plans: Part 1: Technical Matters
Money is integral to the marital relationship. As such, conflict over its acquisition, accumulation, distribution, and expenditure is commonplace if not universal (Millman, 1991). Indeed, Betcher and Macauley (1990) regard money as one of “the seven basic quarrels of marriage.” Across couples, such conflict varies widely in both frequency and severity. At one extreme, conflict about money may be routine but mild and infrequent and thus integral to the ongoing marital relationship (Gottman & Silver, 1999). At the other extreme, it may be frequent and bitter, prompting couples to seek help (Carter & Peters, 1996) or becoming a key reason for divorce (Gigy & Kelly, 1992). That being the case, it will come as ...