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Talking Stick and Negotiation in a Mediation Session

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/politics/susan-collins-bipartisan-talks-congress-shutdown-talking-stick/index.html We’ve previously discussed how we communicate in mediation, including the benefit of a talking stick when working with high conflict couples.  It seems we are far from unique as reports have it that in the face of the government shut down last weekend, negotiations proceeded with the benefit of a talking stick. Democrats and

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Communication skills in marriage and mediated divorce

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/sunday/engagement-marriage-conflict.html   Daphne de Marneffe writes in the New York Times about how couples can make the transition over the years from starry eyed newly in love to long term intimate love.  She explains that high emotions are an opportunity to communicate deeply and listen full heartedly to each other.  While we urge our followers

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What Happens to the Engagement Ring–Mediation Style

Today, the New York Times featured two pieces on what happens to the engagement ring in the case of divorce and broken engagements–one legal https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/fashion/weddings/should-you-give-the-engagement-ring-back.html.  In New York, it is well settled that a ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage and if the marriage does not occur, then the ring is returned.  After

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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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