Michael Benjamin is a comprehensive family and commercial mediator in private practice, and on the faculty of the Family Mediation Institute, University of Toronto.
Money and mediation: Patterns of conflict in family mediation of financial matters
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2007
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 349–361, Summer 2001
How to Cite
Benjamin, M. and Irving, H. (2001), Money and mediation: Patterns of conflict in family mediation of financial matters. Mediation Quarterly, 18: 349–361. doi: 10.1002/crq.3890180404
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2007
Current treatment of family mediation involing financial matters portrays it as a complex but rotine area of practice based on legal principle and typically handled by lawyers. Little if any mention is made of the fact of that negotiation around money (assets) and its division can be a source of intense spousal conflict. In turn the literature offers pratitioners little or no guidance as to either the bases of such conflict or how best to deal with it in mediation. In describing five distinctive patterns of conflict around money, we address both limitation of the literature.