Browsing All posts tagged under »Divorce ethics«

Five Reasons in Support of Mediation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 15, 2015


Many of us have seen the history of the world according to Mel Brooks. In one scene, Moses announces that he has brought the 15 Commandments. As soon as one tablet falls and shatters, Moses updates that announcement to the fact that he has 10 Commandments. Most lists consist of 10 bullet points in favor  or against X,Y or Z. After […]

Words That Hurt/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 3, 2015


It was a proud father at work. Former Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling, used his Twitter account to congratulate his daughter upon her acceptance to college. Eventually, two posts appeared which were offensive and were directed at the young woman. Eventually the identities of the two posters were disclosed. One lost a part-time job and one […]

Negotiating in Good Faith/ Martin Rosenfeld, JD

February 21, 2015


How is this for a good quote, by Henry Adams,  about dealing in good faith? “No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.” A person who is not able to fully engage in a mediation, may be hampered by prior judgments, commitments, or experiences. […]

Mediation and Two Rooms/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 28, 2015


A colleague, Attorney William Donahue, recently wrote on a mediation where the parties could not be in the same room. The post appears at this link: The idea of having a mediation even where there is severe antagonism between the parties is not a new one. However, Attorney Donahue brings up an interesting point. […]

Divorce, Civility and a New Idea/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 11, 2015


On New Year’s Day, USA Today ran a story on an attorney and entrepreneur named Michelle Crosby. Attorney Crosby appeared in Court 15 times as a child, during her parents’ divorce proceeding. She learned then how “broken” the divorce system happens to be. Her solution was the creation of a program for divorce called Wevorce […]

A Lesson From Social Media/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 14, 2014


Allison Lichter wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal on 8/6/14 regarding Social Media “manners”. For example, some people preach to the choir while others wish to start passionate debate. One suggestion for dealing comfortably with discussions on the Social Media on controversial topics is described by Professor Ethan Kross of U. of Michigan. […]

A Senator is Remembered/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 29, 2014


Howard Baker, a former Republican Senator, Majority Leader, and White House Chief of Staff  recently passed away. A colleague of his in the Senate, Robert Dole remembered him this way: “Howard has left a lasting imprint on civility in politics.” It is comforting for surviving family and friends to know that Senator Baker is remembered […]