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How to Mediate a Prenuptial Agreement

by Laurie Israel  Any lawyer who has dealt with prenuptial agreements knows what a stressful and upsetting task it can be for the client. Usually, only one party wants one.  The other less-moneyed party does not, and that party is … Continue reading

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7 Phrases Every Healthy Couple Should Feel Comfortable Saying

Words matter.  Back in the late 1960s, a Canadian philosopher named Marshall McLuan  coined an expression, “the medium is the message,” that struck a chord. The phrase went around the world.   In a marriage or committed relationship, words are the … Continue reading

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Underwood Family Values – A Template for a Marriage

by Laurie Israel I’m a late adopter. While the Netflix-produced political drama “House of Cards”  premiered back in February of 2013, and four seasons (totaling 52 episodes) have already aired, with a fifth season in the works, I only started … Continue reading

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Where Does Marital Mediation Fit In?

As published in the Futures Project of Mediate.com on March 2, 2015.  Abstract: Mediation has been categorized into three types:  facilitative, evaluative and transformative.  In this article, Laurie Israel discusses which category marital mediation falls into.  She concludes that it has … Continue reading

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Is Mediating Prenups a form of Marital Mediation?

My mediation practice during the past several years has taken a turn towards mediating prenuptial agreements.  Here’s how it happened: At times being the “other” attorney reviewing the agreement sent by the lawyer of the more moneyed spouse-to-be, I noticed … Continue reading

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Use of Marital Waivers in Marital Mediation

ddddddd As published in The Huffington Post, April, 2014. All married people struggle with disputes that arise in a long-term committed relationship. What to do about the predictable and ever-repeating disagreements and mutual criticisms that come up from time to … Continue reading

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Susan Boardman’s Article on Marital Mediation published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Susan K. Boardman, a family mediator based in Connecticut, has been working in the marital mediation field for many years, as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. Her seminal article on marital mediation has appeared in the recent issue of Conflict … Continue reading

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Eliminating “Hot Speech” in Marriage

As published on The Huffington Post, Divorce section, September 10, 2013.  We live in a very fast world. Information is shared instantly.  A public figure might do something at 9 a.m., and by 9:15 a.m. it’s all over the Twitterscape … Continue reading

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The Great Banana Wars: Marital Conflict, Communication, and Dispute Resolution

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How to have a happy marriage

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Infidelity: An Opportunity for Marital Truthfulness

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Infidelity in marriage — what does “Hedonic Adaptation” have to do with it?

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Should marriage contracts be renewable?

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Quick Advice for Dealing with Difficult In-Laws

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Marital Mediation for Newlyweds: Creating a Solid Foundation

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Marital Mediation Explained

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Marital Mediation and Communication

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A Divorce Attorney Can Rush You Into Divorce

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Don’t Take Your Spouse for Granted

Mark Suster is a well-known technology blogger, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. On the occasion of his wedding anniversal, he departed from his usual tech startup advice to talk about his marriage. When I was in my early 20′s I was … Continue reading

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Functional and Dysfunctional Marriage

I always cry at weddings. It’s not because I think the wedding is so beautiful or the newlyweds are so adorable. It’s because I know (and they don’t) how difficult marriage will be for them. You will see tears on … Continue reading

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