Neutral Information

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Talking to a supervisee today about a case where mediation seems likely to end set me thinking (again as I spend time thinking about some very exciting things!) about not just legal information as given in mediation but also about legal … Continued

Making It Worth My While

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Just about the daftest thing I can do when negotiating is to adopt and maintain a position which means the other person has nothing to lose by going to court, going to war or simply continuing the struggle. When I was still … Continued

Talking Matters

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We mediators sit around our tables with parents. The important people most directly affected by discussions about child arrangements are absent. That children would like a direct voice is established by study after study and report after report. It’s hardly surprising. … Continued

Engagement

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Assessing whether any case is suitable for mediation isn’t an easy task. Like many things in life, knowing how to do it is a combination of science and art with a huge leavening of experience. I once sat in a meeting where … Continued

Closing the Deal

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How often when you are mediating do you encounter an apparently insurmountable problem just at the point when logic dictates that all the t’s are crossed and almost all the i’s dotted? There you are on a roll with what … Continued