Family Options

Thinking Divorce? A Mediator Can Help

Posted by Larry Cerrillo on April 10, 2013  /   Posted in Divorce Mediation

According to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce. As bad as it is for first marriages, it seems lessons are not learned. Childlessness is cited as a common cause, but often it is problems with children,
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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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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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Policy Formation : HOA – Home Owner Conflict Resolution

Posted by Devin Rau on December 26, 2012  /   Posted in Family Options

As a Conflict Practitioner, I am always on the lookout for situations where people or groups find themselves in positions where their respective interests come into conflict.  Those that particularly interest me are ones where norms of behavior or changing social institutions, rather than the people involved, create conflicts.  Recently, while researching the viability of
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Avoiding Family Conflict During the Holidays

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on December 08, 2012  /   Posted in Family Options

Avoiding Family Conflict During the Holidays Happy Holidays are not always so happy. You might actually be dreading a potential conflict or confrontation with a family member you have not seen since last December.  The anticipation of such conflict might even cause you stress. Getting together with your family can be an opportunity for tension
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