Four Different Styles of Mediation

Adapted from Mediation.com Mediation has been practiced and taught in various styles. Each style of mediation comes with its own pros and cons – and it is helpful to understand the uniqueness of each...

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Grief and Loss of Divorce

Dealing with grief and loss related to divorce can be a harsh reality.   Keying in on the kinds of losses that are creating a psychological and emotional grief process can help one navigating through...

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Mediation is a better process for resolving conflict

Mediation offers a better process for communication, understanding, and decision making.  Whether your goal is: A healthier pathway to a restructured family (divorce), The restoration or preservation of a relationship, or The resolution of...

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Divorce and the Stages of Grief

Divorce brings with it a powerful sense of loss.  This loss throws people into a grieving process.  (Also see the Top Ten Losses People Grieve when Divorcing.)  Here is a seven stage model for understanding...

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Parenting Partner Preferred Behaviors

It’s not the divorce that is so damaging to the children, it is the stress created by ongoing conflict between mom and dad.  The following are suggested behaviors that will minimize the stress on...

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When difficulties get you stuck — look at the other side!

When in a conflict situation, adopt an approach that seeks more information than you currently know.  Instead of making assumptions, judgments and positions based on what you know, realize that there is much you...

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Benefits of divorce mediation | Saint Paul, MN

 If you are considering a legal separation or divorce – before you call a divorce lawyer – you should consider the benefits of using divorce mediation. 1.   You will experience significant cost savings both...

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Divorce Mediation: #1 of 10 Reasons to Avoid Adversarial Divorce Litigation | Saint Paul, MN

 #1.   A dependency on litigation to solve ongoing conflict is created when people do not learn alternative skills.  This dysfunctional model is a self-perpetuating trap. When people are unable to come to agreement on...

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Divorce Mediation: #2 of 10 Reasons to Avoid Adversarial Divorce Litigation | Columbia Heights, MN

#2.    Financial and emotional resources are depleted. There is a question that divorcing couples ought to ask themselves.  Who’s children do you want to put through college?  Yours or your lawyers?  And the answer...

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Divorce Mediation: #3 of 10 Reasons to Avoid Adversarial Divorce Litigation | Fridley, MN

   #3.    The other parent is defined as the problem – the adversary.  “We have met the enemy… and he is us.”  This famous like from Pogo (the comic strip character created by Walt...

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