Rachel Fishman Green, Esq. is an attorney who runs ReSolutions Mediation Services, based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, since 1995. Rachel is the Chair of the Joint Ethics Committee of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, which accepts and (hopefully) resolves complaints about member mediators, and provides education on ethical conundrums for members.
She is an attorney with years of experience as a divorce mediator, and collaborative attorney, and the director of ReSolutions Mediation Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has helped divorcing couples resolve conflicts concerning all aspects of divorce, including division of homes, time with the children, dividing small businesses, fair distribution of pension assets, child support, division of health and child care expenses for children, tax aspects of divorce, how to bring new girlfriends/ boyfriends into children's lives. After graduating the Boston University school of law in 1990, Rachel started practicing divorce mediation in 1995. Today she managed her own divorce mediation practice with offices in Brooklyn Long Island City and Manhattan, NYC.
In addition to helping hundreds of couples to end their marriage in a civilized, less traumatic way, Rachel is a true advocate of divorce mediation, who devotes much of her time to promoting public awareness for the field.
Revisiting Neutrality in Mediation(01/24/14)
What is the most basic and primary characteristic of good mediation? Neutrality! Imagine asking your clients, “Why would you come here, to sit in this room and have your spouse and me gang up on you?”
Going Deeper in Mediation(01/23/12)
This article looks at going deeper in mediation. Specifically, how to resolve zero-sum divorce disputes through mediation. This case study examines detailed scenarios and arguments that often arise in divorce mediations.
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Conflict Addiction – Barriers To Settling(05/28/07)
I was moved to write this article because of my experience of a conflict in my own life. After I had managed to “move on,” I began to think about how compelling this very small dispute had become to me; how much of my thought and psychic energy had been consumed by it. I began to wonder if there is not something especially engrossing about conflict; why we can get hooked into a conflict, and keep the arguments going and going and going, even when the person with whom we are in conflict is not in the room; and whether conflict in and of itself has an addictive quality, that causes us to keep returning to it, arguing our case again and again.
Mediator Neutrality: How is it possible? (03/11/02)
How could a mediator be neutral about your situation when you are getting divorced? Surely one of you is right and the other is wrong! If you know in your bones – and all of your friends agree – that you are right, you may think that mediation would not make sense for you, because you don’t want to compromise.
Can You Have a Mediated Divorce If You Are Angry At Your Spouse?(03/07/01)
Anger is a normal feeling to have during a divorce. In fact, if you didn’t feel angry there would probably be something very wrong. Usually, one person has been unhappy for a period of time preceding the divorce, and was angry during this time. When that person tells the other that he or she has decided to leave the marriage, the other is in shock and has to deal with lots of emotions – sorrow, fear and certainly anger.
Would I Prefer Mediation For My Divorce?(01/11/01)
Mediation is a process where you and your spouse will sit down with a neutral person who will help you, sometimes with and most often without attorneys present, to negotiate the terms of your divorce.
Attorney/Mediator Green reflects on her personal practice to answers some of the common questions about divorce mediation: do mediated divorces reflect the law?, is my case appropriate for mediation? , and what are the benefits of mediation?