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From the Desk of Jeff Weissman:
Tips for Successful Family Mediation
Introduction
• 1. Come prepared to the mediation session with all
financial documents germane to the negotiation.
2. Be pr...
Tips
• 4. Be polite, honest, and respectful. Pay close
attention and listen to what the other person has to
say. Avoid rud...
Conclusion
• 6. Get plenty of rest the night before mediation and eat a
nourishing meal so that you can think clearly duri...
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From the Desk of Jeff Weissman: Four Tips for Successful Family Mediation

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1. Come prepared to the mediation session with all financial documents germane to the negotiation.

2. Be prepared and willing to compromise. Mediation is not a "zero-sum" game. It is about understanding the positions of the other side and reaching an agreement that works for both parties.

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From the Desk of Jeff Weissman: Four Tips for Successful Family Mediation

  1. 1. From the Desk of Jeff Weissman: Tips for Successful Family Mediation
  2. 2. Introduction • 1. Come prepared to the mediation session with all financial documents germane to the negotiation. 2. Be prepared and willing to compromise. Mediation is not a "zero-sum" game. It is about understanding the positions of the other side and reaching an agreement that works for both parties. 3. Put your children’s needs first. Consider potential issues such as living arrangements before you come to mediation. Think about your child’s particular health care needs, educational requirements, plans for holidays and other special events, discipline, and religious training.
  3. 3. Tips • 4. Be polite, honest, and respectful. Pay close attention and listen to what the other person has to say. Avoid rude behavior or body language such as rolling your eyes or sighing. Do not threaten or raise your voice. Request a short break if you become too emotional to think or speak clearly. 5. If you do not understand a comment, ask for clarification. If necessary, repeat what the person said and request confirmation. If you do not agree, calmly explain your reasoning. Be realistic.
  4. 4. Conclusion • 6. Get plenty of rest the night before mediation and eat a nourishing meal so that you can think clearly during the mediation session. Dress comfortably. Arrive on time, because showing up late may set up an adversarial atmosphere before the mediation session begins. Attorney Jeff Weissman maintains board certification in marital and family law and operates as a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator. A Juris Doctor recipient from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Weissman serves as a Partner with Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., Legal Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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