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Conflict is part of being human and is all around us. Sometimes, it can feel unmanageable and impossible to deal with conflicts on our own. It can feel even more overwhelming in times like these, where face-to-face communication is very limited due to COVID-19.read more
LANSING, Mich. — Farming is stressful enough, but add financial conflicts to the mix and the job is even harder. Mediation is a conflict resolution process that can help solve problems on the farm. “It’s a communication process in which people with a disagreement work with a neutral third party to develop solutions,” said David Gruber, executive director of Roundtable Strategies, during a webinar hosted by AgriSafe.read more
Divorce is a not-so-fun choose-your-own-adventure—hire a mediator? Go straight to a divorce lawyer? The circumstances of your split matter a lot, says Dr. Jann Blackstone, co-author of Co-Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: Putting Your Children First and a former child custody mediator for the California Superior Court.read more
If you have legal issues that are causing family conflicts, it is best to find ways to resolve it right away. Below are some ways on how you can resolve legal issues within the family.read more
Conciliation shares some features of mediation in that it is a more informal, more affordable, and more efficient process than going to court.read more
No matter what your feelings are toward each other, you may both be clear communicators and able to work together. If you have children, you may want to avoid a contentious process to protect them, too. In these cases, mediation may be your solution.read more
Our favorite tip from the book? There’s a two-word phrase that Carter uses daily with her husband that she calls “the ultimate open question.”read more
Delphine Eskenazi explains how the Paris Bar is deploying mediators to resolve parental access disputes during Covid-19read more
Due to COVID-19, ADR (most often mediation) is the only immediate option available for many, and that mediation now generally must take place online.read more
In their Mediation column, Abby Tolchinsky and Ellie Wertheim write: Mediation is a tool that lends itself to these critical pandemic times—for families previously living with great levels of tension and conflict, the chance to have a facilitated conversation and ease the pressure can help spare them added anxiety and even resolve or preclude anger.read more
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