Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mediation Outcome: Not a Reflection of Self-Worth

A provocative new law journal article deconstructs the psychodynamics of the mediation / negotiation process.  Professional mediators certainly understand, if only instinctively, the primacy of ego, self-esteem, and self-identity in any mediation; but the piece articulates a framework and diagnostic … Continue reading

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Want a Divorce in Saudi Arabia? Just Hit Send

When a Saudi man sent a text message to his wife announcing his separation, the wife was “overjoyed.”  Since it is difficult to get a divorce in Saudi Arabia, the wife seized the moment and wasted no time in filing … Continue reading

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TV Drama about a Mediator Debuts January 20 on USA Network

On January 20, the USA network debuts its newest drama, “Fairly Legal.”  The show focuses on Kate, a reformed litigator who, disgusted with the practice of traditional law, becomes a mediator, or as the network press release puts it, the … Continue reading

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Marriage: What’s it Good For?

In an earlier post, I noted a recent poll that reflects changing American attitudes toward marriage and, in particular, reflects a marked increase in cohabitation.  The other day I happened upon a Time magazine piece, “Marriage: What’s it Good For?”, … Continue reading

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Using Cohabitation Agreements with Same-Sex Marriages

Two women married in Massachusetts and moved to Texas where they sought to divorce. The Texas court refused to divorce them because it did not recognize the validity of the Massachusetts marriage. Same-sex couples who marry here in Massachusetts may … Continue reading

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The Latest Great Equalizer

The New York Times article, “Taking Sides in a Divorce, Chasing Profit,” features a new kind of business practice, lawsuit investment.  One such practice works solely with divorce cases. Balance Point Divorce Funding, founded by Stacy Napp in 2009, “furthers … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Mediator Laurie Israel, “Are You Really Ready for Divorce?”

Most Massachusetts mediators agree that married individuals should “beware that many attorneys will go into full-force fighting gear” when it comes to a clients divorce. Continue reading

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