Monthly Archives: November 2012

Is Timing Everything? Part 2

Sandy Balick of www.Consensuspointmediation.com continues the discussion on how mediation can be very effective and productive even when the timing seems less than ideal.Where circumstances are ripe for mediation – both spouses are agreed that separation and/or divorce is the goal and that they wish to settle things in an environment in which they, alone, determine what’s fair – the decision to proceed is easy.

In more clouded circumstances, couples may struggle with next steps. Mixed feelings may act to complicate the picture such as a desire to stay together until the children have reached a certain age or have completed high school.

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Is Timing Everything? Part 1

Sandy Balick of Consensus Point Mediation LLC and www.consensuspointmediation.com discusses how mediation may be a powerful tool in assisting the parties to evaluate things, even if the timing seems less than ideal.The phrase, “timing’s everything“ is what we used to call a commonplace – defined by my ancient Merriam-Webster New Collegiate, 2ed., 1959 (I remain fiercely loyal to my first serious dictionary) as “(a)nything common, ordinary or trite.”  Shopworn though the phrase may be, it rings true for all of us. Sometimes it’s a rueful regret over a missed opportunity – sometimes it’s expressed in a celebratory mode as in having sold your Facebook shares before the great swoon.

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Blog Goes to Dog

Sandy Balick of www.consensuspointmediation.com provides some reading recommendations regarding pets and their place in the family (and divorce).I was surprised and somewhat gratified by the response to my last blog “Pets Need Mediation Too” regarding the mediation of pet issues in divorce and their inclusion in separation agreements. I say “somewhat” only because I thought at least someone would enthuse over just how adorable Peaches and Coco are. I’m not offended though – all parents believe their kids are cutest, don’t they?

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