Mediation is making its mark on the world

Mediation is making its mark – The path from the destructive to the effective

Mediation is making its mark. It is making its mark on conflicts of great magnitude and taking place every day. There are numerous and ongoing examples of how behind the scenes conflict mediators have facilitated large scale political and social change. Take for instance the Church of England’s conflict over women bishops and the subsequent[…]

Carolyn Hanes

Meet the Author: Carolyn Hanes

Carolyn Hanes is a regular contributor to the New Landscape Mediation blog and provides us with great insights into family mediation, mediation with children, and mediation after divorce. She is a well-respected lawyer and mediator, and holds the following qualifications: Carolyn Hanes studied music at Sheffield University 1983 – 1986 BMus(Hons) 2:1 and later went[…]

Bungee jumping and divorce cut from the same cloth

Bungee jumping and divorce: cut from the same cloth?

Bungee jumping and divorce: are these activities cut from the same cloth? Most people enjoy a bit of a thrill every now and again. We find these excitements and thrills in a wide array of places, and we are each free to choose the degree of buzz and excitement we wish to experience dependent upon[…]

Family dispute mediation, any volunteers

Family dispute mediation, any volunteers?

Family dispute mediation, any volunteers? Well, the truth of the matter is that anybody who takes part in family mediation is there on a voluntary basis. In fact, along with Impartiality, Confidentiality, and Legal Privilege, the voluntary nature of mediation is a core tenant of the process. Nobody can safely discuss or negotiate matters for[…]

New partners and children after divorce part 4

New partners and children after divorce – part 4

In this final part of our series on introducing new partners to your children after divorce, we will give some specific suggestions for the introduction itself. So far, if you’ve been following this series and our suggestions thus far for introducing your new partner to your children after divorce, you’ve ensured your relationship is likely to[…]

New partners and children after divorce part 3

New partners and children after divorce – part 3

In part 3 and 4 of our series “New Partners and Children after Divorce” on introducing new partners to your children following a divorce, we will begin to give a step by step set of suggestions on how you might handle this very important period in your children’s lives. As we’ve stated in previous blogs[…]

New partners and children after divorce part 2

New partners and children after divorce – part 2

If it has legs, then patience is an investment. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean that everybody deserves to be happy, and everybody deserves to find a loving relationship in which they can flourish as individuals. If, after a divorce we also feel pretty battered by our last relationship, our desire for[…]

New partners and children after divorce part 1

New partners and children after divorce – part 1

“Guess what? Dad has got a new girlfriend!” I sincerely hope that none of you, my dear readers have ever said this to their children following your separation. But what do you say? How should you introduce a new partner to your children? This series of blogs will address some suggested dos and don’ts of[…]

Pandoras Box

Divorce can be like opening Pandora’s Box

Divorce can be like opening Pandora’s Box. As Pandora’s Box was opened, out poured all the destructive evils of the world with it – in a desperate attempt to shut the box, Pandora could only do so when all but one thing had escaped into the ether – that one thing that lurked at the bottom[…]

Maintaining a relationship with your children when you live away from their home

Maintaining a relationship with your children when you live away from their home

Maintaining a relationship with your children when you live away from their home is not easy. It takes a great deal of concerted effort that doesn’t always yield immediate tangible results. But, if you do make this effort, there is no reason that you can’t only maintain your relationship with your kids, but actually make[…]