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Top Ten Reasons Mediation is Useful in Settling Family Cases in Florida

1. Mediation is often required by court ordered. In most family law cases, the presiding judge will send the parties in family matters to mediation parties before trial and during pending litigation at least once. Depending on the judge, often cases are sent to mediation multiple times during litigation. Mediation is popular with the courts … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons Mediation is Useful in Settling Family Cases in Florida

Psychology & Mediation – Power Duo

Mediator & Arbitrator Marie Grace combines a unique mix of mediation and psychology background to her mediation/arbitration work, with extensive professional experience in clinical practice, private and public sectors. She considers herself to have had a unique education & career path over the more than 25 years. Dr. Grace’s neutrality as a mediator and arbitrator … Continue reading Psychology & Mediation – Power Duo

How to Prepare for Mediation

How to Prepare for Mediation by Denise Wheeler Wright Wright Mediation, Inc. Many parties going into mediation feel stressed because they don’t know what to expect. Being prepared for mediation will help everyone involved in the mediation have a successful experience. The following suggestions provide a guide as to how to prepare for … Continue reading How to Prepare for Mediation

Your Body in Conflict

Dr. Raymond Ferrier is a mediator, coach and facilitator. He has lived, studied and worked on three continents, which has strongly influenced and widened his perspectives on culture, diversity, and modes of problem solving. With a background in sociology and physical therapy, his interest centers on communication andrelationships at the intersection of the soma and … Continue reading Your Body in Conflict

Can Neutrals Bring Peace to Local Land Use Wars?

STEVEN K. HALL 4399 Commons Drive, Suite 300 Destin, Florida 32541 (850) 337-4620 E-Mail: Steve is certified as a Circuit Court Civil mediator. He is approved by both the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for work with parties in their respective mediation programs. He is a … Continue reading Can Neutrals Bring Peace to Local Land Use Wars?

Improving chances for a mediated settlement

For 40 years, as a practitioner, educator, author and advocate for mediation, Michael’s has been a leading voice in the developing profession of mediation. Michael has assisted divorcing couples, helped resolve probate and other family conflicts. He has mediated disputes in businesses, government agencies, universities and other workplace settings. As a trainer he has designed … Continue reading Improving chances for a mediated settlement

Mediator as Insurance Appraisal Umpire

Curtis Hutchens is a Florida AV Martindale Hubbell attorney with 30 years of experience in handling hundreds of mediations and thousands of insurance appraisals. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, past president of the Windstorm Insurance Network, (2016) and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. For the past five years … Continue reading Mediator as Insurance Appraisal Umpire

Susan Dubow’s award

The Dispute Resolution Center Appreciation Award was inaugurated 21 years ago to formally recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of ADR in Florida over a significant period of time. This year’s recipients are Charles Castagna, and Susan Dubow. Susan Dubow is a past president of our organization. Join us in congratulating her … Continue reading Susan Dubow’s award

Family Law: New Legislation Effective Jan 1, 2018

CS/CS/SB 590: Child Support and Parenting Time Plans GENERAL BILL by Appropriations ; Judiciary ; Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Stargel ; Gibson ; Campbell Child Support and Parenting Time Plans; Authorizing the Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents in Title IV-D child support actions; providing the purpose and requirements for a Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan; … Continue reading Family Law: New Legislation Effective Jan 1, 2018


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