Mediation vs. Litigation

Mediation vs. Litigation

For those facing the need to resolve a dispute, they may return to the common question of whether mediation or litigation is the best option to resolve the dispute.  Comparing the two processes will often result in a lot of differences, and the types of resolution are very distinct.  However, this does not intrinsically mean …

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What are the five methods of dispute resolution?

What are the five methods of dispute resolution?

Understanding just what the five strategies or methods of dispute resolution are can be incredibly helpful when engaging in a dispute resolution process.  This can help a party prepare for the process adequately with the right strategy and can give the party insight into their own needs as well as the other party’s needs.  The …

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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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What is an Amicable Divorce?

Amicable Divorce

What is an amicable divorce? When a divorce is inevitable, a couple may begin to evaluate the options they have to resolve their divorce inexpensively and as cooperatively as possible. This question will especially crop up when the parties are on good terms with one another but need to separate their lives.  An amicable divorce may …

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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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Peacemaking

Peacemaking

I use the term peacemaking to describe the values and processes involved in transforming difficult and intractable conflicts. Peacemaking encompasses mediation; however, mediation, especially mediation of litigated disputes, does not necessarily include peacemaking. Knowing the difference is useful because it can influence the processes and interventions used by mediators. Join now to enjoy full access …

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The Zen-Resolution Revolution

The Zen-Resolution Revolution

Ever have one of those moments where you were just so frustrated that you couldn’t think straight? Where all you could think about was the problem or source of your anxiety or anger? Where you couldn’t stop thinking about it – milling about it – no matter how hard you tried? Of course you have, …

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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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Individualist vs. Collectivist Peacemaking

Individualist vs. Collectivist Peacemaking

“Blessed are the peacemakers.” We value peacemakers. We may even aspire to be among them. But often we have no firm conception of what it means to “make peace.” Does it mean to cause the cessation of conflict, by whatever means? Or does it refer only to non-violent efforts to mediate disputes, or to bring …

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