Life After Divorce/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2020

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Divorce is a traumatic event but there has to be life after divorce. How does one begin to put together the foundation of a new life? Divorce Magazine conducted an interview with Dr. Harville Hendrix on this topic and others. The article was published on August 26, 2019, and simply entitled as “Exclusive Interview with […]

One Final Thought From Rep. John Lewis

July 26, 2020

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“Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak […]

The Power We Have/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 19, 2020

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Historian Douglas Brinkley on the life of the late Rep. John Lewis: “He believed in the power of love, not the power of hate.” For those brave enough to try to mediate disputes with their “opponents”, they may be so fortunate so as to internalize this truism; the nullity of the power of hate. Mediate […]

Congressman John Lewis: RIP/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 18, 2020

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Congressman John Lewis lived a life dedicated to liberty and justice. His mentor in his life was the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following thought, is both aspirational and helpful to those who need dispute resolution. More importantly, these words were declared by someone who “cheated death” on more than one occasion, in […]

What You Can Control/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 12, 2020

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It is often said by those in the mental health field that we can be far healthier once we realize that we can’t control external events. We can only control how we react to them. A recent article was written for mediate.com by mediator and author, Cinnie Noble. The July article begins by citing the […]

Parenting Post-Divorce/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 5, 2020

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I just came across a blogsite which is authored by Pastor Thom Dick, who serves as Assistant Pastor at the Canadian Southland Church. In an article found here, the Pastor discusses how parenting can work even after divorce.: https://www.mysteinbach.ca/blogs/9555/three-keys-to-successfully-co-parent-after-divorce/ There are three rules to consider in post-divorce parenting. They are as follows: 1. Assume that […]

A Prime Minister Speaks on ADR/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 28, 2020

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An article penned by the Harvard Program on Negotiation (found at https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/international-negotiation-daily/international-negotiations-and-conflict-tony-blairs-10-principles-for-dispute-resolution-negotiations/) discusses the negotiation style of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Of particular note is the following idea: “Because the two sides in a lingering dispute have difficulty seeing each other’s pain, conflict resolution is best viewed as a journey rather than an […]

The Benefits of Mediation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 21, 2020

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Many benefits are listed as “selling points” for mediation. It is fast, it is relatively inexpensive, it is private, etc. However, there are benefits of mediation that go beyond its favorable comparison with standard litigation. It is better to resolve disputes amicably than via confrontation and rancor. Tf you will, mediation is better for the […]

Know When to Listen/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

June 14, 2020

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A good mediator listens more than he talks. A good party to a dispute knows both how to talk and how to listen. The conversation in a mediation is a prelude to successful resolution of the dispute at hand. On June 13, 2020, Maureen Dowd wrote an op-ed about listening and talking, entitled “An Anti-Trump […]

Isolating and Separating?Martin Rosenfeld,JD

June 14, 2020

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A post by Hadassah Fidler appeared at mediate.com (June 12, 2020)on the issue of “Separation in Isolation”. What advice can be given to couples who are contemplating divorce while simultaneously isolating under one roof, due to COVID-19? An Israeli psychologist, Dr. Yossi Shafer suggests that the couple focus on survival and not dwell on long-range […]