Collaborative Law vs Mediation

Collaborative Law vs Mediation

Collaborative Law vs Mediation: what should you pick? Amy and Bob Cromwell married ten years ago and have three children.  The spark between them died years ago.  They work together in the family business, Cromwell’s Crackers. After some painful conversations, they have decided to divorce. The Cromwells do not want lengthy and contentious litigation that …

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What is a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

Divorce Settlement Agreement

When couples are getting divorced, they may wonder what a settlement agreement is for a divorce.  If their only exposure to divorce is the long court battles that include lawyers yelling at each other and parties that refuse to speak after, they may not know that there is another way to achieve the goal of …

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Understanding and Preparing for Separation Mediation

Separation Mediation

When parties are considering using mediation to help them separate effectively, they may wonder how to prepare for separation mediation effectively.  For some, they may not even know what mediation entail, and they will have no idea how mediation will work for them.  Mediation is a commonly used practice, especially in family law matters, yet …

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Conciliation Process: A Step-by-Step Guide (Part I of II)

Process of Conciliation

Conciliation is a word that is often used in alternative dispute resolution forums as an attitude or skill to possess when attempting to settle a dispute through alternative forms of resolution, but the process of conciliation stands on its own as a form of alternative dispute resolution.  Conciliation is a method of dispute resolution that …

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How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

What Can I Expect at a Divorce Mediation?

If you are getting divorced, you probably have a lot of questions about the process and the available options for divorce, including, “Dow does divorce mediation work?”  Divorce mediation is one of the many alternatives available to people who are getting divorced that helps keep the arguments and divorce out of the court system.  It …

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Conflict Resolution Includes All of the Following Except…

Conflict Resolution Includes All of Following Except...

Conflict, whether between individuals, groups, governments, or some combination of these, comes in many forms: wars, social unrest, labor actions, protests, religious struggles, violence between individuals, political clashes, even family disagreements. Every form of conflict is a purposeful effort to meet some need or gain some advantage, whether it is status, power, wealth, a sense …

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Mediation vs Arbitration: What is the Difference?

Mediation vs Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are both processes found within the alternative dispute resolution sphere because they offer ways to resolve disputes outside of traditional litigation.  However, the processes are very different and work best in certain situations over others.  Some people will have opinions about which system will work the best which are usually informed by …

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ODR: Online Dispute Resolution Explained

ODR: Online Dispute Resolution

Online dispute resolution can be a useful tool when facing a dispute where it is difficult or impossible to get the parties together to participate in dispute resolution. Online dispute resolution takes a variety of dispute resolution mechanisms and uses technology to help achieve a resolution online.  It primarily focuses on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, …

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What are Impasse Solutions in Negotiation?

What are impasse solutions in negotiation?

What are impasse solutions in negotiation? We negotiate our way through life.  Every day, we enter into a series of agreements and exchanges to meet our needs.  “Negotiation” is simply a communication process between people who are trying to meet their needs and goals regarding something and need their negotiating counterparts’ cooperation to do so.  …

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Conciliation

Alternative dispute resolution conciliation

When talking about alternative dispute resolution, conciliation is a necessary technique to discuss.  The process helps parties come up with solutions and find new ways to consider a solution.  It is a creative process between the parties and the conciliator to identify solutions that are outside of the realm of what the parties have considered …

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