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Divorce Mediation - A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors

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J M Haynes
Date Published
196 pages
The model presented is intended to help divorcing couples negotiate mutually beneficial separation agreements while coping emotionally with the divorce.
The discussion demonstrates how a mediator assists the couple in resolving key issues relating to the division of personal and real property, support, children, and plans for the future. Step-by-step guidelines are provided for moving through the mediation process, and these are illustrated with nine case studies. The first session involves establishing the mediator's credibility and setting the tone for the subsequent relationship, while explaining the mediation process, clarifying the clients' expectations, and establishing empathy with the parties. The second session consists of continuing the building of the family profile through the completion of the individual interview form and beginning the development of individual goals. Subsequent sessions involve negotiation on issues, reviewing progress, gaining accommodations, and learning to trade. The concluding chapter draws some implications of the case studies for practice. Criteria for measuring a successful divorce mediation are provided. Appendixes contain a manual for clients and sample separation agreements.


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