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Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach, Revised Edition

Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach, Revised Edition

Donald T. Saposnek

ISBN: 978-0-787-94051-5

May 1998, Jossey-Bass

416 pages

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Effective Mediation

Seasoned mediator Donald Saposnek has revised and updated his classic primer which offers the most current information on issues and procedures concerning child custody mediation and includes important updates on new research and laws. Using metaphors drawn from Aikido, Saposnek's compassionate book offers guidance for developing the essential therapeutic skills and mediation techniques that will help solve difficult problems and create cooperation.

Mediation as a Cooperative Problem-Solving Approach.

The Needs of Children Through Divorce.

Attitudes and Skills Needed for Effective Mediation.

The Strategic Approach: Aikido as a Model for Mediation.


Beginning Mediation: Setting the Context for Negotiations.

Phases of Mediation: From Gathering Information to Reaching Agreements.

Drafting the Mediation Agreement.

STRATEGIES USED BY CHILDREN, PARENTS, AND MEDIATORS.Parents' Motives and Methods in Custody Disputes.

Strategies for Eliciting Cooperation Between Parents.

Skills and Techniques for Managing Conflict.


Case Study #1: A Less Complex Case.

Case Study #2: A More Complex Case.


Special Circumstances Affecting Mediation.

Ethics, Values, and Morals in Mediation.

Making Mediation Work: Recommendations for Mediators, Attorneys, and Judges.

Appendix A: Uniform Standards Of Practice For Court Connected Child Custody Mediation For the State Of California.

Appendix B: Academy of Family Mediators Standards Of Practice For Family And Divorce Mediation.

Appendix C: Confidentiality Forms.

Appendix D: Pre-Empting Statement Categories For Commencing Child Custody Mediation.

Appendix E: List Of Strategies Of Used By Spouses, Children, And Mediators.

Appendix F: Sample Mediation Agreements.
"This book should be required reading for anyone who is beginning to mediate child custody disputes." (Mediation News)

"The best book now available focused on the custody mediation process." (The Alternative Newsletter)

"The seminal work in systems theory applied to mediation, this will be invaluable to all practicing mediators as well as other professionals involved in custody disputes."

"This revised book is a gem. Saposnek's compassionate, ethical, and strategic approach is carefully balanced with an in-depth knowledge of families-- essential reference." (Janet R. Johnston, executive director, Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition, associate professor, Administration for Justice Department, San Jose State University)

"Don Saposnek, one of the fellow pioneers in mediating child custody disputes, has completely updated his classic work. This new edition contains valuable new case material gleaned over twenty years of mediating these disputes. Many authors have written about mediation, but few have the depth and breadth of experience of Don Saposnek." (Hugh McIsaac, director, Family Court Services, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, Oregon)

"This classic guide has been thoroughly updated and enhanced. It is a must read for those becoming custody mediators and a helpful reference for experienced mediators." (Jay Folberg, dean and professor of law, University of San Francisco School of Law and co-author, Divorce Mediation, Joint Custody and Shared Parenting, and Mediation)