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Los Angeles Divorce Peacemaking Blog

A Family Mediation Practice Serving

Separating Couples in Los Angeles County, Southern California

The LAFMS Team Welcomes You to the Los Angeles Divorce Peacemaking Team Blog!

Our Los Angeles Peacemaking Blog was launched on May 27, 2011. We will be adding information and links regularly, but in the meantime we already have tons of helpful information about mediation and collaborative processes on our California Divorce Mediation Blog. There we provide answers to questions about the mediation process, suggestions on how to invite your former partner to investigate the value of mediating your relationship transition, discussions on how to succeed in mediation, introductions of our mediators and their styles - and more.

Similarly, if you have questions about family law legal rights and responsibilities, and the best legal and mental health practices concerning divorce, partnership dissolution, child custody and move-away, support or property division issues, California family law statutes, recent appellate decisions, or are interested in the discussion about the potential destruction of adversary litigation, please take a look at my colleague Thurman Arnold's Enlightened Divorce™ Blog. There are some 400 articles there, and the website itself contains hundreds of original pages.

Also, please experiment with the search engine window at the top right of our website pages, using it like you would any search engine word search. It links to and includes materials on four other older and more developed mediation and family law websites, and we hope that you will find it an invaluable, free, and unique resource for those who wish to navigate end of relationship circumstances efficiently, with grace, and even constructively.


July 08, 2012
LAFMS Team Leader, Hon. Gretchen Taylor to Moderate Upcoming Beverly Hills Bar Association , Family Law Section Dinner!
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
LAFMS member, Hon. Gretchen Taylor will be the moderator for the upcoming Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section dinner meeting on July 25th, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event is called " Meet the Mental Health Professionals " and ...
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April 26, 2012
Forensic CPA TERRY HARGRAVE To Teach at May, 2012, AAML Conference in Las Vegas
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
LAFMS Mediator Terry M. Hargrave Speaking Engagement On May 10, 2012, Terry M. Hargrave, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE will participate in presenting "Expert Wizardry in Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support: Hogwarts and All" at the AICPA/AAML ...
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March 23, 2012
LAFMS Exhibiting at March, 2012 ACFLS Conference in Rancho Mirage, CA
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
The LAFMS Team Will Be Exhibiting at the March, 2012, ACFLS Conference in Rancho Mirage The Los Angeles Family Mediation Services' Team will be attending the annual ACFLS (Association of Certified Family Law Specialists) conference in Rancho Mirage ...
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February 04, 2012
LAFMS Exhibiting at February, 2012 California AFCC Conference!
Posted By LAFMS Team
The LAFMS Team Will Be Exhibiting at the February, 2012, AFCC Conference in Santa Monica The Los Angeles Family Mediation Services' Team will be attending the annual California Chapter AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) conference ...
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December 18, 2011
Reasons to CO-MEDIATE
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
Co-Mediation that includes utilizing the expertise and feedback of a mental health professional may be your best choice for successfully transitioning from the emotional aspects of relationships which are ending. Similarly, using a financial neutral ...
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December 13, 2011
Los Angeles Family Mediation Team Celebrates a Second Year and Plans for AFCC 2012!
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
The team members of Los Angeles Family Mediation Services met in L.A. the weekend of December 10 and 11 for our annual holiday celebration and year-end review. LAFMS was launched on May 27, 2011 but all the team members except Terry Hargrave together ...
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November 17, 2011
Why Use a Mental Health Professional If Child Custody is Not An Issue in Mediation?
Posted By Karen Horwitz, MFT
Q. What are the advantages to using a co-mediation team? A mental health professional can be the guiding factor as to whether mediation will be successful or whether it might decompensate due to what feels like insurmountable emotional conflict. This ...
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October 15, 2011
Advantages to Mediation - What Adversarial Divorce Looks Like
Posted By Thurman W. Arnold, III, LAFMS Mediator
Realities of What Family Court Judges Can Accomplish Litigation is the default strategy for adjudicating family law and divorce conflict. Family court judges and commissioners are passionate about serving the family law litigants who appear in their ...
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October 14, 2011
Honoring One More Successful Couple!
Posted By Thurman W. Arnold, III, LAFMS Mediator
I want to compliment and honor those of you who have seen the terrible destruction and waste that is characteristic of family court litigation, and who have been inspired by this insight to inquire about and undertake mediation with LAFMS - or who ...
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October 13, 2011
How Co-Mediation Supports Gender Differences
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
At LAFMS We Honor Gender Differences By Using Opposite Sex Co-Mediators There are huge advantages in opposite gendered mediations by using a male/female co-mediation team. Men and women are hard-wired differently when dealing with conflict, and it ...
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October 08, 2011
Terry M. Hargrave, CPA, Joins LAFMS As a Forensic Co-Mediator!
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
We are pleased to announce that Terry M. Hargrave, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE has joined our Los Angeles Family Mediation Services (LAFMS) team as a forensic accountant and co-mediator. Terry is well known to the Los Angeles Bench and Bar, having served as a ...
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September 22, 2011
Mediation Is Voluntary Process - And It Is Not For Everyone!
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
Mediation Isn't For Everyone To tell the truth, mediation isn't for everyone. It requires a willingness to loosen the reactive fist that relational difficulties tends to close so tightly. Mediation may or may not be appropriate for your ...
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September 15, 2011
Working With Reactivity - Benefits of Co-Mediation with MHP's
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
Strongly Held Emotions Are Often An Elephant in the Mediation Room Divorce is a crisis, and it is fraught with emotional reactivity that often threatens to derail the mediation process. Mediators commonly witness this entirely normal back and forth, ...
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July 13, 2011
CHILD INFORMED MEDIATIONS: Innovations In CUSTODY MEDIATION for Los Angeles PARENTS
Posted By Hon. Gretchen W. Taylor
Custody Mediation Innovations: July 2011 Welcome to the collaborative effort of myself and my colleagues here at Los Angeles Family Mediation Services (LAFMS). The options that mediation solutions offer to lawyers and their clients, and to separating ...
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June 10, 2011
DR. JANE SHATZ 's GUIDELINES for NOT WOUNDING Chldren in Divorce
Posted By Los Angeles Family Mediation Services
Developmental psychologist Jane Shatz of Los Angeles has been conducting child custody evaluations for Superior Courts located in southern California for several decades. She has assisted hundred of families, many of whom find themselves enmeshed in ...
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