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Custody Battles/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 30, 2017

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A mediator/attorney whose thoughts have appeared in this blog is Marcy Jones, Esq. I came across an undated article of Mr. Jones’ entitled “Thinking About a Custody Battle? Think Again”. In the articles various reasons are outlined that argue for the parents working out an agreement for the custody of the children, rather than leaving […]

The Challenge of Cynicism/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 26, 2017

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In the December 26, 2017 edition of the LA Times, the author Noah Berlatsky wrote a piece entitled “The age of naive cynicism”. Mr. Berlatsky finds cynicism as being way too prevalent in our age. As he tells us, for those who believe the system is rigged, and things will never change, the resulting apathy […]

Constructive Conversation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 23, 2017

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A recent article appeared at mediate.com by Judy Ringer. The title of the article is straightforward: “We Have to Talk: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Difficult Discussions.” All discussions where this undergird a non-agreement are difficult ones. In the discussion that is sub-titled “Inquiry”, several trenchant points are made. 1. Maintain curiosity The late radio psychologist […]

Divorce and the New Year/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 16, 2017

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It is maintained that internet searches for the word “divorce” go up dramatically in the month of December. Why is it true that divorces are more prevalent in January than at other times? Some of the explanations include the following: *The initiating party for divorce wanted one last stress-free Holiday season with the family. *Financial […]

Back to the Future/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 11, 2017

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A conflict currently exists. The mediator has been chosen. Is there a way to fix the past? The answer to that is obviously in the negative. However, the existence of the conflict represents a challenge as well. What can the parties do to avoid a repeat of the past mistakes? There is always the possibility […]

Having Better Conversations/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 2, 2017

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Celeste Headlee has written on “10 Ways to a Better Conversation”. This advice will aid in mediations, negotiations, and all conversations. Among her suggestions are the following: If you expect no response or disagreement, settle for writing a blog. Conversations of all types invite responses. Do not pontificate. Don’t assume your experience is the same […]