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Leyla Balakhane

How Forgiveness Benefits You After The Divorce

(6/24/19)Leyla Balakhane

Everyone wants to be right, but oftentimes, holding onto one’s pride tears the relationship apart.

Ann Cerney

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce

(6/24/19)Ann Cerney

How are we supposed to know, 100%, that our marriage, or significant relationship, is secure?

Lori Frio-Walker

Thinking of Divorce? There are More Ways to Divorce Than You May Think

(6/24/19)Lori Frio-Walker

Divorce and custody mediation creates a safe, cooperative setting for the parties to discuss emotional and substantive issues and engage in collaborative problem-solving.

Denise French

My Divorce is Over… Now What?

(6/24/19)Denise French

Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is.

Gregg Relyea

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes

(6/10/19)Gregg Relyea

Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

Donald T. Saposnek

New Interview with Don Saposnek - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(6/07/19)Donald T. Saposnek

This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

John Lande

Interview with John Lande: The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(6/06/19)John Lande

This is an interview with John Lande, a leading academic in the fields of law and mediation, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Joy Rosenthal

Hold Your Grudges!

(6/06/19)Joy Rosenthal

Are grudges useful in negotiation?

Arthur Rosenbloom

Appearance and Reality in Mediation

(6/06/19)Arthur Rosenbloom

I argue that mediators are well advised to be mindful of the distinction between appearance and reality.

Stuart Watson

Should I Get a Divorce? A Mediator’s Approach

(6/06/19)Stuart Watson

When one or both people in a marriage or long-term committed relationship are struggling with the question “Should I get a Divorce?”, Family Mediation can be an ideal process for the couple to have some difficult discussions and make a fully informed decision about next steps in their relationship.

Phyllis Pollack

Mediating My Own Disputes

(5/31/19)Phyllis Pollack

There is an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish.

Sylvia Smith

How Meditation Can Help During Mediation

(5/31/19)Sylvia Smith

If you're going through a divorce or a rough business settlement, it's safe to say your life has been stressful lately.

Wayne Plenert

Referring Church Conflict to Mediation

(5/30/19)Wayne Plenert

This article outlines what uninvolved church leaders could do: encourage mediation in churches.

Samuel Dinnar

Harvard Shares Five Tips for an Experienced Mediator

(5/30/19)Samuel Dinnar

Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Samuel Dinnar shares his recommendations

Beth Graham

Expanding Access to Remedies Through E-Court Initiatives

(5/23/19)Beth Graham

Amy J. Schmitz, Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law, has published a timely article titled “Expanding Access to Remedies Through E-Court Initiatives.”

Tessa Tompkins Byer

Self-Determination: How Mediator's Goals Put it in Jeopardy

(5/23/19)Tessa Tompkins Byer

In this article, I discuss a recent case in Summary Process court where I prioritized settling the case; as a result, I retrospectively wonder if my reactions to the party undermined her self-determination.

Phyllis Pollack

The “ABC Test” is Retroactive!

(5/18/19)Phyllis Pollack

In 2018, the California Supreme Court drastically changed the employment law landscape in California by adopting the “ABC Test” for determining whether workers are employees ( and not independent contractors) under California wage order laws.

Nicole Wilmet

My Favorite Resource Featuring Robyn Weinstein

(5/18/19)Nicole Wilmet

This month, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet spoke with Robyn Weinstein, ADR Administrator at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to learn about her favorite resource.

Andrew Nadolna

Co-Mediation Can Bring Harmony to a Complex Case

(5/18/19)Andrew Nadolna

When you have a complex, multi-disciplinary problem, should you hire one expert in one aspect of the problem and then hope that that person can manage all the other aspects?

Debra Dupree

The Psychology of Conflict and the Art of Compassion

(5/17/19)Debra Dupree

This article is designed to shift how we manage people in emotionally intense situations.

Gregg Relyea

Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally--And In Workplace Investigations

(5/17/19)Gregg Relyea

Imagine this: As you are conducting an internal investigation of an employee complaint, you get the distinct impression that your conversation with the employee is not going well.

Stuart Watson

The Decision to Divorce: A Mediator’s Role

(5/17/19)Stuart Watson

While mediation is well-known as a successful and affordable method for couples to negotiate and settle a divorce or separation, mediation can also be an effective process for helping a couple make the decision to divorce.

Tammy Lenski

Start With a Small Yes

(5/10/19)Tammy Lenski

The outset of a difficult conversation often feels like a back-and-forth trading of position and perspective with little common ground. Here’s how to use the psychology of agreement to begin shifting that kind of positional debate to collaborative problem solving.

Lorraine Segal

Three Common Ways Conflict Shows Up in Organizations

(5/10/19)Lorraine Segal

Conflict in businesses and organizations can show up in at least three different ways.

Leyla Balakhane

8 Things To Consider When Communicating With Your Ex

(5/10/19)Leyla Balakhane

Divorce taints the line of communication between couples, as the multitude of emotions circulating between them makes it toughto remain civil.

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