Archive for June, 2010

Hiking Boots for Mediators: Detouring Around Impasses

By Laura Melton Tucker, June 29th, 2010

There’s a name for that moment during a mediation when one of the clients looks over at me and summons her inner spelling bee persona: “I’m done. D-O-N-E. Done.” (The last done is with emphasis, in case I missed the point.) In the course of a mediation it is common for clients to spend gobs of time, invest their emotions, and sort out details of their different stories, only to arrive at a point where there is nothing left to say. Neither side will change their position. Neither side will move one more inch to give up one more thing – or dollar – or hour with the children. Both sides are, to quote my client – D-O-N-E.

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