fb pixel fb conversion Family Law Mediation | Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University

Family Law Mediation

Faculty: To be posted
* Includes 3 hours Ethics credit for CLE

This highly interactive, interdisciplinary training (taught by a judge and a psychologist) is designed for judicial officers, private counsel, staff attorneys in courts, custody evaluators, psychologists, and others who wish to learn and improve their skills in mediating family law conflicts. Special emphasis is placed on resolving disputes when there is limited time and when there are limited resources available.  After exploring an overview of core models and principles of mediation and successful techniques, participants will learn a range of specific dispute resolution strategies available through mediating. Interspersed within discussion and role-plays are presentations of critical child development research, essential perspectives on the psychology and dynamics of divorce, the ways in which high levels of conflict and emotions in family law cases present special problems, and hidden opportunities for dispute resolution, as well as other practical information.  

What you will learn:

  • An overview of core mediation principles
  • Mediating as an attorney, therapist, judicial officer, facilitator, or judge pro tem 
  • Managing implicit power imbalances
  • The psychology and dynamics of high-conflict divorce
  • Specific mediation models appropriate to your jurisdiction
  • The anatomy of custody disputes
  • Gate-keeping, attachment, and alienation
  • Mediating personal property, custody, and visitation issues
  • Getting past the obstacles to stipulations
  • Mediating cases involving domestic violence
  • Special problems:  self-represented litigants, the present economy, and parents who hardly know one another
  • Canons, ethics, obligations, and red flags