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Are You Ever Too Old to Get Divorced?

{2:42 minutes to read} A couple from Eastern Europe had been married about 65 years. This was their second marriage. They had a bunch of kids who were now in their 60s, and mom and dad decided it was time to get divorced. They had been unhappy for the last 25 years. Their attorney called me and said that he knew this was a little unusual because of their age, but he had spoken to both of them and they really needed to get it done. He said, “I was wondering who makes a career out of doing unusual mediations, and I thought of you.” […]

There are No Experts Only Opinions

{3:18 minutes to read} I watched a YouTube video recently where a Norwegian scientist talked about global warming. He had [...]

Does Divorce Mediation Have a Place in Domestic Violence Cases?

{2:54 minutes to read} Divorce mediation in domestic violence cases? The judges and the court say, “Never!” But are they [...]

The King of Mediation, Really?

{3:48 minutes to read}  After a difficult couple of weeks mediating with high conflict couples, divorce lawyers calling me and [...]

You’re a Mediator. Really?

I was recently emailed a 65-page Settlement Agreement by an unhappy couple. They said that the mediator who created the Agreement was horrible: He had produced this incredibly long Agreement, but they still had tons of unresolved issues. They explained that the odd part was that the husband and wife were in complete agreement on everything. However, a week or two after they had been in to modify the Agreement for the third time, the mediator called them and said, “I’ve discovered more issues. You have to come back.” They said, “We used the services of this mediator to create our Settlement Agreement.” I asked, “Do you mind telling me who it is?” […]

Why Do Judges Think Court is Where Families Belong?

Here in New York, when couples end up in court, the Judges do not have the ability to order cases [...]

Why Is a Divorce Mediator like a Car Mechanic?

A car mechanic: Has all the right tools; Has been trained; Keeps up with the latest changes and software for [...]

What Lawyers Don’t Know

This blog is about some attorney responses to my blogs, which have been so bizarre, I had to write about [...]

How Not to Mediate!

When I was first trained as a mediator through an internship at NYU, I was sent to a government agency [...]

Can Mediation Work With High Conflict Couples?

A small percentage of my clients have reached the point in their relationship where it is too difficult for them [...]