Category Archives: Conflict

Marital Mediation – What is it?

Susan Ingram of susan-ingram.com explains what martial mediation is and how she can help married couples resolve difficult issues.

Very little has been written to date about an intriguing and ‘new’ use of mediation in the family setting. Most people have heard about divorce mediation, which gives divorcing couples the opportunity to reach agreements about their property, parenting and support without having to go through a litigated (contested) divorce. The mediator, who is neutral, facilitates the conversations the couple needs to have, and helps them brainstorm options – enabling them to come up with better, win-win solutions for themselves and their children.

Read More

Four Techniques to Promote Active Listening

Susan Ingram, Esq (www.susan-ingram.com) discusses four techniques she uses to promote active listening while mediating her divorcing clients.

In my last blog article, I discussed the role of Active Listening in conflict resolution. The importance of Active Listening cannot be overstated. It is only when both people listen in this way that they can begin shifting from their hard positions to more constructive ground where they are able to meet their own needs as well as those of the other person.

Read More

The Mediation Process: 5 Key Elements

Susan Ingram, Esq of www.susan-ingram.com discusses the divorce mediation process and a mediator's role in it.

There are two principal aspects to the role a mediator plays when helping couples resolve their issues during mediation. One relates to the substance and the other has to do with the process itself. Substance refers to the issues that must be addressed and resolved when a couple is separating or divorcing. Process relates to the ground rules that are established, and then how the conversations take place and move along, ultimately to resolution. Each is equally important, in its own right. Two earlier blog articles (Issues & Additional Issues in Divorce Mediations) described the specific issues that need to be discussed in divorce mediation.

Read More