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Mediation is a time- and money-sparing strategy for solving disputes. It maintains peace for family-owned-business conflicts, for arguments between neighbors, for inheritance challenges.

Mediation conflicts issues can be as small as which daughter is entitled to grandma’s diamond ring or as large as a multi-million dollar building encroaching on a corner of someone else’s land.

Mediation is well known for its benefits in divorce. Many studies have shown that divorce mediation yields more satisfaction with the divorce process and outcome, as well as a better-post divorce relationship with the ex-spouse.

When children are involved, mediation really shines. Children report their needs are better met through mediation than litigation. Parents cooperate more and are more likely to honor terms of the parenting agreement, since each parent had an equal share in setting the terms.

Mediation is more effective, faster, and much cheaper than litigation. A 2005 issue of Money magazine reports a mediated divorce costs between $3000 and $10,000, compared to an adversarial divorce, which averages about $35,000. If court is involved, add another $20,000 to $50,000.

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Rescue Marriages

It probably seemed pretty clear how the first problem marriage structure, of the over- and under-functioning spouses, could lead to marital stress–although  many of these couples stay together for the long-term. The second ‘problem marriage,’ in my view, though, is that of the rescue marriage, and oftentimes it’s harder for people to see the problem with […]

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Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family

Anne Robert’s guest post add important information to my multiple earlier posts on challenges for blended families. Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family Blending families is never easy, and many couples (and their children) need support and mediation in order to overcome their vision of what the ‘perfect family’ looks like and accept the reality […]

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The Long-Term Consequences Of Childhood Bullying

An important post from guest writer Anne Roberts.   Bullying is bad. It’s horrendous to experience, it’s soul-destroying, and it smashes children’s personalities to pieces just as they’re hitting a crucial stage of their development. Some, however, are still of the opinion that bullying ‘builds character’. Well, it’s time to put that idea down. Science states […]

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Meditation on nothing–letter to psychiatrist. Holiday guest post by Rhona Finkel

Dear Dr. Jaffe, Have you ever noticed there can be a lot of “nothing” lying around? I mean, just take my first niece. She went to meet my soon-to-be-sister-in-law who [quite unfortunately] came with her own babies—two cats. Named after two delicacies at Walker Brothers pancake house, they were Apple Pancake (may he rest in […]

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