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That Which is Possible/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 5, 2017

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The New York Times, in a recent editorial, wrote this about the Trump Presidency: “… (P)olitics is not “The Art of the Deal,” but the art of the possible.” There is often not only one definitive solution to a particular problem. The parties themselves need to search for a solution which is consistent with their needs […]

What Did You Say?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 16, 2017

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There are times where we find a need to respond to a “vicious hit”. It may be in our role as mediator or in a role as one negotiating in a mediation session. How does one deal with abrasive comments? There is no easy answer, but it is done with patience, wisdom and a positive […]

Safeguarding Wisdom/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 2, 2017

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Kathleen Parker wrote about the last tweet-storm of President Trump. She referred to the “fine art of disregard”. When under verbal assault, one needs to learn how to ignore certain comments. The “disregard” allows important work to get done. Not everybody who disagrees with us is our enemy. A successful mediation is often sparked by […]

Ownership Over a Dispute/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 19, 2017

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The Belfast Agreement of Northern Island was mediated by the former Senator George Mitchell in 1998. The peace that has reigned in that part of the world for nearly 20 years, was a tribute to the skill and negotiation acumen shown by Mr. Mitchell in his mediator role. One conversation, as narrated by Mr. Mitchell, […]

Boilerplate Divorce Agreements/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 29, 2017

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Boilerplate agreements are comprised of typical clauses that simply require an occasional fill-in or brief reference. A mediation client recently showed me such an agreement that a family lawyer had prepared for her. Once she agreed to its content, it would be shared with opposing counsel. Once signed by both parties, the divorce matter would […]

Would You Believe?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 6, 2017

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This appeared on twitter as tweeted by John Logan: CEO of the 1st company in the world to offer Marriage Insurance.Contact me if you’re interested in investing. http://www.divorceprobability.com.  Life is sufficiently complex that it is difficult to envision that a test can show the likelihood of marital viability. However, there are definite means of determining […]

What You Don’t Do/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

April 12, 2017

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Richard Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations. He often appears as a very insightful and well-informed “talking head” on the Morning Joe program. He was recently asked what the recent gassing on Syrian innocents can teach us about President Assad and past US policy. His statement can be paraphrased as follows: “We […]