Author Archives Brian S. Beck, M.A.

I Want Custody of My Children

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on April 06, 2013  /   Posted in Divorce Mediation

I recently spoke to a client who said, “My ex is gonna freak when I tell her I want custody of our child.” This client was focused on the idea that the word “custody” implies – ownership of the child. Many people falsely believe that they’re fighting over possession of their children and the “custody”
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Can a Mediator Help a Couple Stay Together

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on April 02, 2013  /   Posted in Divorce Mediation

Yes, a mediator can help a couple who is trying to stay together. Divorce converstaions can be difficult. You may  often avoid conversations or have a hard time bringing up the topics that will most help you and your spouse move forward. The mediators at OvalOptions can help you and your spouse have these conversations
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Punxsutawney Phil in Mediation

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 25, 2013  /   Posted in Business Options, Pub Dialogues

The Associated Press reported this weekend that Ohio authorities have issued an indictment of Punxsutawney Phil, alleging that he “did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early.” Additional sources have suggested that Phil is seeking to file suit regarding the slanderous social media war being
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Martha Stewart in Mediation

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 11, 2013  /   Posted in Business Options

Sources have reported that Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia have been ordered to participate in mediation after three weeks of court testimonies. Court-ordered mediation is becoming more and more common in high-profile disputes. A perfect storm of conditions helps to make mediation more common in our daily lives. The courts are overwhelmed
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Not every conflict requires lawyers and the court system

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on February 16, 2013  /   Posted in Lawyers

Before you sue, consider mediation Our society is bombarded with the idea of the legal system and the belief that lawyers and judges are the only options for dealing with disagreements. Many people are discouraged by the belief that they must pursue an adversarial process to handle a minor dispute. The fact is that there
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Family Legal advice vs family legal information

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on January 10, 2013  /   Posted in Family Options

Family Legal advice vs family legal information When you find yourself in a family related conflict, whether legal or otherwise, you probably care little about the actual difference between family legal advice and family legal information but the difference is vital to finding the right help for your situation. Legal advice requires knowledge of your
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A discussion of gun violence:

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on December 19, 2012  /   Posted in Pub Dialogues

A discussion of gun violence: With the recent incidents of gun violence in Aurora, Clackamas, and Newtown social media forums have experienced an outpouring of discussion about gun violence, mental health, the NRA and the Second Amendment.  These discussions are emotional and informational. We see this as an opportunity to tackle the issues at hand,
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Making the choice between your friend and your politician

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on October 02, 2012  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

The presidential debates are looming, and many of us need to be reminded how to avoid turning our friends into enemies. The tips below will help you maintain sanity during the political season and avoid the need to choose between your friends and your candidates. Remember every issue has many viewpoints; strive to understand them.
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Behind the Dialogues…

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 27, 2012  /   Posted in Pub Dialogues

Part 1: Out of the chat room, into the pub If you have ever witnessed an online conversation that quickly moves off topic and turns into name-calling animosity, then you will understand the primary motive for The Pub Dialogues. This type of online bickering is quite annoying, and when about important topics it gets us
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