Monthly Archives: February 2014

Two Ways at Once: Resolving a Modern Dilemma Through Mediation

Sandy Balick of Consensus Point Mediation LLC discusses how marital mediation can solve modern dilemmas.Have you ever witnessed this scenario? Someone steps into a canoe or a rowboat – which promptly lurches away – even while the other foot’s rooted to the dock. This situation of going in two directions at once can’t last long, and it usually ends with the hapless boater cast inelegantly into a cold lake.

This is similar to the condition of many couples in marriages of significant duration. Though there is mutual respect, the love and emotional aspects that once were important binding factors in their marriages have withered. Yet these spouses find themselves yoked together by important and valuable shared professional or business pursuits that they wish to maintain. Their relationship is going in two directions at once as they work to maintain a valuable business against a backdrop of mounting shared personal and emotional dissatisfaction.

What’s to be done? The couple needs to be able to pull off the tricky division of a personal relationship while continuing their financially vital business collaboration. Their failure to bring this off may place a valued asset at risk, and inject tension and recrimination into a previously civil, if loveless, relationship.

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