CHAPTER 6

Mediation Skills and Techniques

In a paraphrasing of Prussian Carl Phillip Gottfried von ­Clausewitz, who said in his famous dictum that “war is the continuation of ­politics by other means.” It can be said that adversarial divorce is a breakdown in communication that is war by other means.

Let us be clear from the outset in this chapter. There is no single magical, secret mediation skill or technique to help one resolve a family law or any other type of dispute. However, there is a full array of mediation skills and techniques in the peacemaker’s toolkit that have proven to be helpful in resolving conflict. Knowing which ones suit your peacemaking style and approach, as well as the facts, issues, and personalities surrounding mediation ...

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