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Instant Divorce Law Challenged

Geeta Anand of The New York Times reports that in India, a Muslim instant divorce is being challenged by a grassroots resistance movement.  Instant divorce, in this context, entails a husband repeating “I divorce you” three times.  Thereupon the marriage is dissolved and the wife loses all rights to reside in their home and often

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Listening Skills for a Volatile Age

The Wall Street Journal, March 15th published a piece by Clare Ansberry  about retreat centers during this current age of high anxiety.  Attendance at various centers, including the Garrison Institute in NY State is up by 20% since the November election.  The goal of these retreat experiences, in general is to help people establish ” a sense of

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Talking Stick in Mediation

We work with some beloved colleagues in a peer support group on a monthly basis.  Several months ago, a fellow mediator shared with us that she uses a TALKING STICK in some mediations.  We were all intrigued as she described the hold this simple ritual object had over a high conflict couple’s communication.  They made real

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Meditation and Lawyering

We recently had a meditation professional share the following article with us about a pioneer in legal education.  Charles Halpern, currently UCBerkeley Law School began meditating himself when he was the Dean of CUNY Law School.  He has since then gone on to develop a course in meditation for law students and for lawyers.  Each

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Mediating during and post-divorce

We recommend, when couples are exploring the best process for negotiating their divorce or separation that they begin with the least contentious and expensive process: mediation.  In other words, it is easier to “ramp-up” than to deescalate.  However, we have recently had the opportunity to mediate with a variety of couples who have been through

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Joint Decision-Making in Divorce

Today, the New York Law Journal reported D.V. v. A.K., a Nassau County Supreme Court decision about parenting decision-making post-divorce. The Father–who is Jewish–brought an emergency petition, seeking to prevent the Mother–who is Catholic– from baptizing the children.  The parties had mediated their divorce, and had come to a full and thorough agreement last year.

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Family conflict and mediation podcast

This podcast episode appeared on This American Life and also on a terrific new podcast, https://gimletmedia.com/heavyweight/   This episode, https://gimletmedia.com/episode/1-buzz/ explores the history and dynamics of two brothers, now in their 80s.  The interviewer is the son/nephew and serves as a mediator of sorts, helping each brother express his perspective on their conflict-filled family history.  It is a

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