What is the Meaning of Impasse in Dispute Resolution?

impasse meaning

The word impasse has a particular meaning when it applies to alternative dispute resolution.  The Collins English Dictionary defines the impasse noun by describing a situation, particularly, “If people are in a difficult position in which it is impossible to make any progress, you can refer to the situation as an impasse.”  While the meaning …

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Average Settlement Offers During Mediation – Best Tips for 2023

Average settlement offers during mediation

Average settlement offers during mediation are an important consideration when a party is considering using mediation to settle a lawsuit. Combining this knowledge with other tips and tricks for settling a lawsuit through mediation can ensure that a party is prepared to tackle a mediation during a civil lawsuit and achieve the best possible outcome. …

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Fairness and Neutrality in Mediation

Fairness and Neutrality

Allen Brent smirked across the negotiating table at Sheila. “You know, Ms. Baker, you haven’t got a snowball’s chance of winning. I’m authorized to offer you three months’ salary and a waiver of costs in return for complete dismissal, No more.” “Three months! That’s unfair. Renee got a year! And she didn’t have my medical …

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Developing True Mediation Competency

By Bruce A. Edwards, Esq. The Key to Developing True Mediation Competency In addition to skills training in mediation, what do mediators need to improve their mediation competency?  While mediation skills training remain essential to the practice of mediation, the key to developing mediation competency begins with self-reflection and self-management.  Before we can effectively assist …

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Morton’s Resolution Model: The Resolution of Conflict

Conflict is often painted in a bad light.  It can make people feel uneasy and often contributes to the breakdown of relationships. However, not all conflict is destructive, and there are times when conflict may be beneficial for a situation or relationship.  The idea that conflict will have either constructive or destructive results is the …

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Structural Barriers to Good Communication and Agreement

Structural Barriers to Communication - ADR Times

Communication is an important part of any workplace or group setting, and a key component of reaching agreements.  When communication is healthy, a workplace or group can be productive and reach its objective.  When communication breaks down, other aspects of the workplace begin to fall apart as well.  In some cases, communication breaks down as …

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Transformative Moments in Commercial Mediation

Transformative Moments in Commercial Mediation

Mediation is a dynamic process. This can mean stepping back, leaning out, and adopting a process that empowers the parties to set their own agenda and seek outcomes that may greatly vary from the objectives set forth in the briefs by lawyers who are trained as advocates more than problem-solvers. In disputes where distributive bargaining …

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Types of Mediation: Evaluative, Facilitative, and Transformative

Types of Mediation

Understanding the types of mediation is a vital skill when preparing for and participating in mediation.  Knowing how the mediator is operating and what skills they are using is important for the parties and their counsel to work best with the mediator and still emphasize what is an important consideration for them.  It is also …

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Divorce Mediation Cost – Ultimate Guide

divorce mediation cost

Divorce mediation cost It is important to understand divorce mediation costs when considering divorce mediation.  divorce mediation process can be a difficult and confusing and one that you pay a lot for. Divorce mediation cost are important to understand and consider, especially because divorce mediation is often presented as the cheaper option. This is not …

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The Broken Family

The Broken Family

The Central Valley of California, known for its good weather and rich soil, is considered the breadbasket of the country. The many people who live in this agricultural community work hard. They know that the literal fruits of their labors feed people, and they are proud of their role in society. They are strong believers …

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