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NCJ Number: 99275 Find in a Library
Title: Making Decisions
Journal: Mediation Quarterly  Issue:8  Dated:(June 1985)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): J A Lemmon
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 106
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Ten papers deal with various ethical issues associated with family dispute mediation, including the proper use of attorneys in mediation, criteria for fairness in child custody mediation, issues in court-connected mediation, confidentiality, and ethical standards for court-connected mediators.
Abstract: In the opening paper, a minister and divorce lawyer engage in a dialog about the role of attorneys in divorce mediation proceedings, followed by a paper that identifies criteria for fairness in mediating child custody disputes. Another paper compares the ethical issues of neutrality, confidentiality, competence, and interface with other professionals in divorce mediation with these ethical issues in labor mediation. In the proposed court divorce mediation model presented in one paper, five stages are described: orientation, initiation, exploration, formulation, and finalization. A paper explains court-connected divorce mediation services compared with private mediation and outlines some of the major controversies and some dilemmas associated with court-connected mediation. After exploring issues pertaining to confidentiality in the mediation of child custody disputes, another paper explains the Los Angeles Superior Court confidentiality rule for court-connected family mediation. Other papers focus on ethical standards for court-connected mediators, model standards of practice for family and divorce mediation, characteristics of Illinois' Professional Standards of Practice for Mediators, and a social perspective on ethical issues in family mediation. References are listed for most of the papers. For individual papers, see NCJ 99276-84.
Index Term(s): Attorney client relations; California; Child custody; Conciliation courts; Divorce mediation; Mediators; Professional conduct and ethics
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