Multi-Divorce & Blended Families

MULTI-DIVORCE & BLENDED FAMILIES | CUSTODY AND VISITATION ISSUES & THE GAL INVESTIGATION (PDF LINK)
By Karen A. Forman

His, Mine & Ours: Multi-Divorce & Blended Families | Custody and Visitation Issues & the GAL Investigation

“The step-parent relationship is the barometer of how (or if) the family is coming together—and the child (ren) will determine this outcome because you can not force a child to like you….” (Gillespie, 2013)

It can be difficult to find the right balance when you are a stepparent.  Many well-intentioned adults try to blend their families with high expectations. Their new marriage is all about finding a loving spouse after divorce.  High expectations and hope convince them that their separate households will come together under one roof and live harmoniously.  This is most often not the case. Yet, more and more, the blended family is becoming the norm. According to the 2006 US Census: Continue reading

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Cultural Competency

THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM INVESTIGATION (PDF LINK)
By Karen A. Forman

Both voluntary immigration from other regions as well as the results of the Atlantic slave trade, brought a mix of people to the Americas, including Europeans, Africans, and, to a lesser extent until the 20th century, Asians. Thus began the process of diversifying the population of the Western Hemisphere. While the majority of the U.S. population were white immigrants from northern and western Europe and their descendants, they maintained most of the power, social and economic, of the nation. Continue reading

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Co-Mediation: Defined

CO-MEDIATION: DEFINED (PDF LINK)
By Karen A. Forman

Co-Mediation is a style of mediation that involves multiple mediators, usually two, which in some way may compliment each other by gender, personality, culture, professional background, or by other ways in a manner that can improve the quality of both the mediation process and its outcome. Interdisciplinary mediations, that is, mediations performed by mediators with different professional backgrounds and disciplines. Continue reading

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