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 1: Related Topics
Parenting plans: Part 1: Related topics

Helping parents decide how they will share responsibility for their children has long been a staple feature of family mediation practice. This is so for two key reasons. One reason is that it reflects client demand. Roughly half of all divorcing couples in North America have one or more dependent children (Irving & Benjamin, 1995). Of these couples, sharing responsibility for their children is a universal issue and, among a minority, a hotly contested one (Ahrons & Rodgers, 1987; Saposnek, 1998). The rise of family mediation, coupled with efforts at court diversion, has meant that an increasing number of couples in dispute over child care issues have sought a mediated resolution.

The second reason for ...

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