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 2: Patterns of Conflict
It will now be apparent that doing financial mediation involves at least two sets of knowledge: general knowledge about finances (including mortgages, interest rates, taxation, and the like) and specific knowledge about the three key aspects of finances in divorce (child support, alimony, and property division). It will also be clear that such technical knowledge in and of itself is insufficient for competence in the mediation of financial plans. This is so because these technical aspects of financial mediation are superimposed on a complex relational dynamic. Indeed, in our experience, couples in mediation fall into three broad categories: those that are in conflict over children but not about money, those in conflict ...