Language Patterns and Mediation
This article is a summary of techniques I use to identify when parties to a mediation use language patterns intended to avoid responsibility making it difficult to reach an agreement.
The NFL Should Try Mediation First
Recently, 12 NFL players and 11 owners met privately to discuss the controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem, without any resolutions or results. What they need is a better technique: Mediation.
The Only Impartial Direction is Up
Here’s me trying to persuade another mediator that she’s not being impartial if settlement is her goal. I’m not going to be able to persuade her, but what do you think?
Interview with Chip Rose
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Chip Rose, a national leader in the fields of divorce mediation and collaborative practice, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Litigation vs ADR – Different Strokes for Different Folks
This article describes the cultural, economic and structural changes in the legal and business communities that have transposed “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) from a “cross-practice” which litigators engage in when they are contractually required or court-ordered to do so to a fully-integrated but increasingly separate and distinct set of dispute resolution services to be offered by law firms or other private “Dispute Resolution Firms”, “Groups”, and “Individual Professionals”.
Nesting a New Co-Parenting Arrangement
Divorce is a hard process and perhaps nobody knows this better than the children of divorced parents, who can find themselves caught up in a situation over which they have little control facing an uncertain future.
Making Mediation Sexy?!
It’s that time of year again! Mediation Awareness Week is about to kick off in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world.
What’s In It For Us?
The vast majority of people still have confusions, if not difficulties, in having a clear representation of WHO a mediator is, WHAT is it that a mediator aims to achieve, for WHOM, WHAT he or she does, and maybe more importantly, IF, WHEN and WHY would someone benefit from using mediation and mediators.
10 Things I Hate About Prenuptial Agreements
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Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for prenuptial agreements in second marriages, especially where there are children of the first marriage. But many of the prenuptial agreements I see are for first marriages and are unfair, badly conceived, and very destructive.