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Rachel Fishman Green, Esq.

Would I Prefer Mediation For My Divorce?

Rachel Fishman Green, Esq.

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?

Trustee - Beneficiary Mediation

John A. Gromala & David F. Gage

Mediators can provide a critical service to both trustees and beneficiaries. Being independent, with no stake in the outcome, they can meet with the parties together and separately to help them focus on a search for a solution that meets the needs of all.

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Norman Pickell

Child Support And Mediation

Norman Pickell

Perhaps the most important benefit of mediation in child support (and family law) cases is the preservation of the relationship that must exist between parents after separation. Once you are parents, you are parents forever!

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The Dirty Dozen Of Communication

Department of Veterans Affairs

Effective communication is the key to conflict prevention and resolution. Knowing what makes things worse can help. The Department of Veterans Affairs have identified 12 communication practices to avoid.

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Daniel Dana

Managing Cultural Differences

Daniel Dana

Simply informing members of today's organizations about cultural differences is an incomplete strategy for helping workmates bridge the gaps that impair cooperative work. To achieve maximum benefit, information should be supplemented with behaviorally specific skills or "tools" that equip trainees with practical techniques for solving workplace problems that derive from culture-based differences.

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Nancy Foster

Barriers to Every Day Communication

Nancy Foster

One of the most common complaints from clients entering mediation is that they cannot communicate with each other. All of us have experienced, at one time or another, the frustration of feeling misunderstood and being unable to make ourselves understood by another person. Barriers to Every Day Communication

Kenneth Cloke

Removing The Masks In Mediation

Kenneth Cloke

Most people in conflict strike a variety of poses or "acts." These melodramatic affectations are highly effective in capturing other people's attention. None, however, describe who they really are, or allow others to see them as multi-faceted, complex individuals. In this way, each pose keeps them locked in conflict. Mediating dangerously means helping them drop the pose and cut out the act.

Ron Kelly

Can You Prevent Claims And Lawsuits On Your Construction Project?

Ron Kelly

Why do so many custom construction projects end up in fights? The following trio of articles is aimed at the three main players in custom construction. Owners, contractors and architects each have different and valid perspectives.

Student Mediators Step in When Trouble Brews

American News Service

Rumor, gossip or a dirty look may be all that's needed to provoke a physical confrontation in school, said eighth-grader Amy Ortiz, but the practice at her school of mediating differences as they arise has brought what she believes is a significant decrease in the number of violent altercations.

Norm Brand

Using Mediation Effectively

Norm Brand

Mediation can be a powerful tool for settling disputes. The recent Teamsters strike at UPS was settled with the assistance of a mediator. The potential lawsuit over not renewing the contract of Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams was resolved through mediation. Despite the enormous growth in mediation of private disputes, mediation does not appear to have undergone significant growth in cities, counties, and municipalities. Yet public disputes -particularly public sector disputes - are prime candidates for mediation.



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