Integrated approaches to resolving same-sex dissolutions

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Abstract

Mediating same-sex dissolutions requires a nuanced awareness of how dramatically the legal landscape for lesbian and gay couples has changed in recent years, as well as an ability to demonstrably appreciate and respond to the complex emotional issues at stake in such mediations. The newly emerging norms of same-sex marriage, domestic partnership, and co-parenting arrangements lead to changing expectations in the context of these social and legal frameworks, but they have also created challenges resulting from the patchwork of changing and inconsistent laws. This article explores how mediators can best integrate the recurring emotional dynamics of such dissolutions in their mediation practice.

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