Family Options

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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What is divorce mediation and how can it help?

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 18, 2012  /   Posted in Family Options

Negotiating divorce is one of the most common uses for mediation and many people have common questions about the process. Here is a quick Q&A for you. 1. What is mediation? Mediation is a process that works outside of or along with the court system. The purpose of mediation is for a neutral person to
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Resolving Disputes When Logic Collides with Emotion (Part III)

Posted by Robyn E. McDonald on April 30, 2011  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

(Part III of a Three Part Series) Return to Part II So, what can the Achy Breaky (“A/B”) person do to deal with someone who can’t get out of the way of their own calculations? Cheat Sheet for the Achy/Breaky Person Get your facts straight before wailing and keening. Before diving into conflict (legal/domestic/employment), figure
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Resolving Disputes When Logic Collides with Emotion (Part II)

Posted by Robyn E. McDonald on April 30, 2011  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

(Part II of a Three Part Series) Read Part I Here So, how do Logical (Facts & Figures) People and Emotional (Achy/Breaky) People work with each other personally or professionally?  Remember that you both have different ways of looking at things, and neither is right or wrong – they’re just different. That alone will get you
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Can Mediation Help Oprah Guest?

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on April 25, 2011  /   Posted in Family Options

Imagine being the victim of a horrible act of violence. Watch this short segment of the Oprah show and put yourself in Carolyn Thomas’s place. Now imagine sitting in the same room and talking to the man responsible. Would you want to be a participant in this mediation?  When Carolyn refers to “mediation,” she is
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Mediation versus Litigation: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on November 07, 2010  /   Posted in Family Options

What’s the difference between mediation and litigation? A lot! Anyone who’s been divorced knows it takes years to recover. Even “friendly” divorces are costly emotionally and financially. Bitter divorces are nearly impossible to recover from, and the scars can last a lifetime.

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