My work representing divorcing clients started in 1984. By 1988 I added an important tool, attorney/psychologist team mediation. The intensity, creativity and transformative power of mediation fed my soul. The stress of family law litigation and mediation also gifted me a lifelong membership in the insomniac club. Now in the age of Trump, Brianna Taylor and Covid 19, … [Read more...] about Insomnia restores my connection to Restorative Justice
Family planning is way beyond what it once was - sex for reproductive purposes. Now, babies are being formed in test tubes and petri dishes in countries all around the world! What follows is an emerging area in the law - Assisted Reproductive Technology, or ART. As usual, the progress of society and the development of cultural trends are far ahead of the law in this specific arena. Said another … [Read more...] about Introducing Integrative Mediation When Assisted Reproductive Technology Goes Wrong
Using integrative mediation to create a parenting plan results in a workable plan that is in the best interest of the children. Both parents are more likely to comply with a parenting plan that they themselves created. Having a lawyer as a mediator ensures that the parents get information about legal issues that may be associated with parenting plans, such as whether each parent has the … [Read more...] about Creating a Parenting Plan Using Integrative Mediation
Divorce is never easy, but many divorcing couples are reducing the emotional trauma and financial burdens of splitting with an innovative approach to divorce settlement that addresses both the legal and emotional issues at the heart of the conflict. Unlike the traditional adversarial model of divorce, Integrative Mediation is non-adversarial and designed to resolve contentious issues and … [Read more...] about Integrative Mediation: A Groundbreaking Approach to Divorce that Saves Couples Time, Money & Trauma
Our minds are capable of many wonderful things, from language to love. Descartes went so far as to conclude that using our minds proves that we exist. But minds are tricky things and even the best ones are not perfect. Indeed, so widespread are many of the mind’s imperfections that psychologists have given them names. Things like “confirmation bias”—the tendency to give more weight to evidence … [Read more...] about Keep Your Conflict Demon-Free
Integrative mediation is a specialized form of divorce or separation mediation that involves two neutral third parties: a mental health professional and an attorney. With these two neutral professionals assisting a couple through the mediation process, a more comprehensive and meaningful resolution can often be reached. One of the main keys to a successful integrative mediation is the concept of … [Read more...] about Full Disclosure in Integrative Mediation
Your parent died a few months ago. That, in and of itself, is tragic enough. You’re neck deep in the grieving process and unsure how to do it justice. You’re overwhelmed by the notion that many legal and financial things need to be taken care of to administer Mom or Dad’s estate. To top it off, your sibling is arguing with you everywhere you turn, demanding things be done a certain way, the way … [Read more...] about WHY ARE YOU AND YOUR SIBLING FIGHTING OVER YOUR PARENT’S HOUSE?
To Resolve Probate, Trusts and Eldercare Issues. “Winning” by proving in open court that your mother or father is failing mentally, or that your sibling has taken money or improper control of family funds, is traumatic and expensive.[i] Integrative mediation can offer a more relevant and satisfying alternative. By using both an attorney and a mental health professional, … [Read more...] about Using Integrative Mediation