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Upstate Mini-Conference September 19, 2015

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Clare Piro on LookTV News.

Clare Piro on LookTV

Watch NYSCDM President Clare Piro explain divorce mediation and its benefits during her recent interview with Jesse Jackson … [Continue...]

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Bobbie Dillon

Teaming Up Against Destructive Conflict

Destructive conflict often sends people spiraling downward in a negative cycle of me versus you. This creation of “other” is the basis of conflict escalation which allows one person or group to dehumanize the other which makes it “okay” to perpetrate everything from indignities to violence. Read … [Continue..]

Daniel Burns

How to Lose Custody

The law with regard to custody is fairly simple to recite. A court will award custody to the parent it feels has the “best interest” of a child in mind. I recently read a case where the application of this test ended up costing a mother custody. Read the rest of Dan's article to learn more about … [Continue..]

Renee LaPoint

How Do You Blend A Family?

Add two adults, a gaggle of children, a couple of pets, a new house, financial changes, STRESS and a whole lot of work….and blend! A blended family is a family consisting of a couple and their children from their current relationship and all previous relationships. To blend a family successfully, … [Continue..]

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