The Biased Mediator

"The Biased Mediator" By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Christian von Baumbach (this article was first published in E-Mediation Magazine) Mediators are 100% impartial! They are not passive observers of a conflict, of course, but actively support all parties equally to express their views and needs and come to solutions that are in their best interest. Most definitions of mediation emphasize the role of the mediator as a neutral or impartial third party. Impartiality is a key principle of mediation. But is this really true? Probably not, at least not 100%. Biases are a natural, and to some extent unavoidable, part of human nature. Our biases help us to navigate through our daily lives without having to think too much about every…

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Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 2 Enforcement of Orders Relating to Children and Other Amendments –

Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 2 Enforcement of Orders Relating to Children and Other Amendments- This article is written by Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, trainee at OTP Law Corporation This article is Part 2 of an article on the Key Amendments to the Women Charter. You can read Part 1 here. III. Enforcement of Custody Orders and Child Access OrdersPost-divorce, parties may encounter problems relating to custody, care and control, and child access. Since the Circuit Breaker in Singapore, some parents who were granted access to their children realised that their spouses who were granted care and control, had used the pandemic as an excuse to block access.As a result, one parent may not be able to…

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Internationale Entwicklungen zur Vollstreckbarkeit von Mediationsvereinbarungen

Internationale Entwicklungen zur Vollstreckbarkeit von Mediationsvereinbarungen By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Member Christian von Baumbach & PracticeForte Board of Advisors Christoph C. Paul Christian von Baumbach is a mediator and a communication consultant with a focused area on International and Intercultural Mediation for families, teams and organisations.Christoph C. Paul was honoured with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his work in implementing cross-border family mediation in conflicts involving parents and children. In 2010 he received the Socrates Award for Mediation in recognition of his lifelong work as a mediator and as a “mediator of mediation” in institutional contexts. Disclaimer:Please note that the topics of discussion on this website are prepared for the purposes of general information only. …

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Therapeutic Justice In Family Cases: The Psychologist, Part 7

Therapeutic justice in family cases: The psychologist, part 7 Article By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Sylvia Tan Psychologists are mostly trained in assessment and treatment of mental health issues. We undergo four years of undergrad training, two years of post-graduate studies and specialist clinical supervision before we can be registered with a registration board. Psychologists generally end up working in the hospitals, government services or schools, working with individuals with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, etc., through talk-therapy, using evidence-based therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). While mental health treatment is usually what psychologists specialize in, some choose to work in the psycho-legal field of family law i.e. working with families undergoing divorce. This is because family…

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Body and Mind In Conflicts

Body and mind in conflict Article by PracticeForte Afrfiliate Christian von Baumbach In conflicts, as in all aspects of human life, there is a close connection between body and mind. A fight is never solely physical or mental, it is always both. The Japanese martial art of aikido allows us to observe conflicts from an interesting perspective. The fundamental principles are learned and experienced through physical training, but the goal is the transformation and development of the mind. In this article let us look at some principles of Aikido and think about what we can learn from these for dealing with conflicts in general. The focus of aikido is not to defeat one’s opponent, but to defeat oneself. Consistent practice…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases (Part 1)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –Part 1 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 1st part of a series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. In the other 3 instalments, we will explore the role of different players in the administration of therapeutic justice, namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant, The Mediator, The Mediation Advocate, The Neutral Evaluator & The Counsellor.In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of a divorce i.e. property division, financial support and importantly, children’s matters including custody, care and control, access.Heal Us Not…

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Covid, Co-Parenting? Just Cooperate

COVID, CO-PARENTING? JUST COOPERATE. Article by Susan Tay This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation Disclaimer: This article is for parents who love their children, protect them and want what’s best for them. Not the rare few where the law has been unequivocal in saying children are not safe with. Is It Really Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Circuit breaker, 4 weeks, (and may be counting; for which we can only hope for the best but wisely expect the worst), the prospect of no physical contact with your child/children. That can be rather heart breaking for most parents. But ask the parents, will they rather suffer not holding their child or put their child’s safety…

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PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators

PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators This article is written by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay (Mediator, Collaborative Practice Lawyer, Parenting Co-Odinator) I am writing this while serving self-quarantine and working off site. Mylene and I were away in Thailand when we were suddenly told to “grab the 1st flight out and come home” if we want to avoid the mandatory 14 day stay home notice. We were due back 2 days later but heeded all the advice, cancelled our return flight, booked 1st and only flight out of Bangkok the next morning and flew back. That was last week. I have been working away from office. I haven’t seen my colleagues or…

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Are Parents Always Liable for Their Children’s Maintenance?

Are parents always liable for their children's maintenance? This article was written by Eric Lip and Emelia Kwa, associates at OTP Law Corporation. Both passages below are a fictional re-telling of the facts of the case, to provide each party’s possible perspectives. UYT v UYU - Are parents always liable for their children’s maintenance? A son’s thoughts My parents divorced when I was 8 years old. Back then, they had decided that my dad wouldn’t have to support me financially. For the rest of my life, my mum was the one who single-handedly raised me and supported me, without any help from my dad. Over the years, my dad began life anew and remarried. I now have two step-brothers. My…

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A Thankful Attendee of the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass

A Thankful Attendee of the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass This article is written by Chloe Chua Kay Ee - National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law On 16 October 2019, a couple of friends and I attended the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass jointly organised by PracticeForte, ALSA Singapore and SMU Law International Relations Club. As final year law students who are keen on going into family law, this 4-hour workshop was deeply enriching and beneficial to us. Furthermore, it managed to be what most typical law classes have failed to be, it was fun! The Masterclass could be broadly categorised into 2 categories – the seminars, which equipped us with the fundamentals of cross-border mediation and gave us insight into practical experiences,…

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