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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 […]

Focusing on the Positive/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 8, 2017

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Tevi Troy, a former HHS official, wrote an article for the WSL entitled “”In Hurricane Relief, 2 out of 3 Ain’t Good”. Mr. Troy discusses how it only takes one failure, such as Katrina, to mark a president’s tenure as unsuccessful. “(Y)ou can do a great job with weather disasters for four years, but the […]

Two Wise Men/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

September 10, 2017

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James Baker, a Republican, and Andrew Young, a Democrat, together wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal on the issue of identity politics and how it has divided Americans.  This section stands out prominently for what it tells us about disputer resolution principles: “Both of us have been at the center of heated disputes […]

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, […]