Justice vs. Fairness and the World of ADR

Justice vs. Fairness

Justice and fairness are words that have found their way to the front of our minds this year in the United States.  The country has been facing increased calls for justice and fairness for all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin or other characteristics.  As the year has continued, many people have had …

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How Do I Handle Divorce While Pregnant?

divorce while pregnant

Couples that decide to divorce while one partner is pregnant may be wondering how to deal with divorce while pregnant.  Getting divorced under “normal” circumstances is stressful and difficult, but adding the extra stress of pregnancy to the situation may be too much for some people. Additionally, the overwhelming nature of divorce, especially divorce with …

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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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Same Sex Custody Cases

Same Sex Custody Cases

While the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry were expanded by the Supreme Court in 2015, there are still many issues when it comes to same-sex custody cases.  Cases, where the parents of a child are of the same gender, can have a variety of unique issues that the Courts will have to …

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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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Emotional Abuse in the Workplace

Emotional abuse in the workplace

Emotional abuse in the workplace is a phenomenon that affects many workers around the world.  For those suffering from workplace abuse, life can become incredibly difficult or impossible, turning dream jobs into nightmares.  Emotional abuse can be vicious because it can be difficult to detect if it is not blatant, much like adults may not …

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Jewish Mediation: Historical Insights

Jewish Mediation

Jewish mediation has a long tradition within the religion.  The tradition values peace and law together and sees the value of treating disputes with care and consideration for the other party.  Judaism sees the value that compromise may add to a dispute, but also understands that there are certain limitations on mediations. Because of this, …

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Conciliatory Policy. What is a Conciliatory Approach?

IBA International Arbitration

More businesses, schools, and governments have begun to adopt a conciliatory policy when evaluating and creating their conflict resolution processes.  Yet many people that follow and interact with these processes do not fully understand the term conciliatory and how it affects the dispute resolution process.  For some people, a conciliatory process may feel fresh and …

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Responding to the Types of Workplace Conflict

Detect Conflict at Work

When conflict hits the workplace, it can come in a variety of types that have different impacts and stresses on the workplace.  Workplace conflict can stop productivity and interfere with the culture of the team or company as a whole. Workplace conflict needs to be addressed quickly and efficiently to ensure that the issues are …

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Winning The Race Taking Chances and Assessing The Risks

Winning The Race Taking Chances and Assessing The Risks

I was fortunate enough to attend a Horse Race in Hong Kong. I heard about the race from a friend I met while travelling who just so happened to be a horse jockey in the United States. We were both eager to see what proved to be an exhilarating cultural experience.Apparently, horse racing in Hong …

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