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Upstate Mini-Conference September 19, 2015

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Clare Piro on LookTV News.

Clare Piro on LookTV

Watch NYSCDM President Clare Piro explain divorce mediation and its benefits during her recent interview with Jesse Jackson … [Continue...]

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Susan Ingram

Mediators and Mental Health Professionals: Working Together to Help Our Clients Through a Divorce

Did you know that divorce and marital separation are the 2nd and 3rd most significant stressors in an individual’s life? Due to its very nature, I believe that the work of divorce mediators is particularly challenging, and also incredibly rewarding. Clearly, the couples who come to us are going … [Continue..]

Bobbie Dillon

Teaming Up Against Destructive Conflict

Destructive conflict often sends people spiraling downward in a negative cycle of me versus you. This creation of “other” is the basis of conflict escalation which allows one person or group to dehumanize the other which makes it “okay” to perpetrate everything from indignities to violence. Read … [Continue..]

Daniel Burns

How to Lose Custody

The law with regard to custody is fairly simple to recite. A court will award custody to the parent it feels has the “best interest” of a child in mind. I recently read a case where the application of this test ended up costing a mother custody. Read the rest of Dan's article to learn more about … [Continue..]

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