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Positive Outcomes February 2016

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Talking to Children About Divorce

Jan 29, 2016   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Talking to Children About Divorce


Marilyn McKnight, MA

Marilyn McKnight talks to parents about how to talk to their children about divorce. CLICK ARROW >

      Talking to Children About Divorce

Marilyn McKnight is a mediator, trainer and author who has practiced exclusively in the field of mediation since 1977 after an extensive career in public social work. She received the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1987 and is a leader in promoting the Client-Centered model of mediation. In 1988, Marilyn was elected to the Board of the Academy of Family Mediators where she began the movement toward the certification of mediators and later served as President of the Academy. In 1996, she and her partner Steve Erickson were awarded the Distinguished Mediator Award by the Academy for their outstanding contributions to the field of mediation. She and Steve have co-authored five highly successful books on mediation: Family Mediation Casebook (1988), The Children’s Book (1992), Mediating Divorce: A Client’s Workbook (1998), Mediating Divorce: A Trainer’s Manual (1998), and The Practitioner’s Guide to Mediation (2001). Marilyn is an active member of the ADR Section of the Minnesota Bar Association and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota – School of Social Work, at William Mitchell College of Law and in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Augsburg College. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time at the lake with friends and family.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Your Taxes And Divorce

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Taxes And Divorce

by Robert D. Bordett

If you divorce in 2015, there are a few important things to be aware of in order to avoid potential hassles. Use this quick cheat sheet well in advance of the filing deadline:

  • Know your filing status. If you divorced anytime before and up to December 31, 2015, you are considered divorced for the entire year. There is no “part-time married filing jointly” category. You’ll either need to file as single or head of household, if you qualify.
  • Review your settlement agreement in order to determine who can claim the children as exemptions.
  • Ensure you have an IRS form 8332 signed, if required. This form is the release of claim to exemption for a child of divorced or separated parents. A copy of this form must be attached to your income tax return in order for you to claim the tax exemptions for children not living with you.
  • Determine the amount of your withholdings on your form W4.
  • Ensure you’ve done estimated payments if your withholding is not enough, or if you’re receiving alimony.

There are many more items to consider, but these 5 should get you thinking. If you have questions related to these items, please contact your CPA for assistance.

Robert D. Bordett CFP, CDFA

Family Matters – Professional Family Mediators: Who Are They?

Dec 9, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Family Matters – Professional Family Mediators: Who Are They?


Marilyn McKnight, MA

Marilyn McKnight is one of the five founding members of APFM interviewed in this episode of Family Matters with Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

      Family Matters

What is the history of family mediation in the U.S.? When, how, and why did it start? Many people thought that family mediation would become the first choice approach to divorce in the 1980’s. Why did that not happen? Why are there still so many people who have never heard of family mediation? Why does that matter? What makes a family mediator a professional? Why did the founders of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) decide to form the organization? What are APFM’s current goals? How will the public benefit from APFM’s work? How common is it for people to get divorced without hiring lawyers to represent them? Five founding members of APFM, one guest at a time, discuss these questions and more.

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FEI Working Together for Families Webinar

Oct 5, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on FEI Working Together for Families Webinar

Mediation & Therapy: Working Together for Families
Presented by FEI Behavioral Health & Erickson Mediation Institute

Therapists often say they want to learn mediation skills to use in their work with couples, divorced families and children with separate parents. Many of the problems specific to these families are the result of on-going conflict between the parents. Whether post-divorce, or never married, parents often do not know how to function well on a new level as co-parents. Parental conflict can spill over and the children end up in the middle.

This webinar will explain how techniques used in mediation are able to help separated parents find common ground and keep their children out of the middle of their conflict.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the value of the mediation for families
  • Understand legal and emotional aspects of the divorce process
  • Learn innovative approaches to manage financial conflicts
  • Overcome lack of cooperation between parents

Webinar Details
Date: November 19, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Early Bird Rate: $60 (before 10/9)
Regular Rate: $75
Speakers: Stephen Erickson, J & Marilyn McKnight, MA

Register today: REGISTER HERE


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