How to Settle Any Dispute, Including Divorce, Out of Court
by Elizabeth L. Allen & Donald D. Mohr
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Book Description: Affordable Justice tells you how to keep your personal and business disputes out of court, and how to avoid large legal fees. It gives you practical advice about how to use mediation to settle conflicts of all kinds. You will benefit from examples that show you how real mediations worked out. All of the information that you need is contained in brief chapters, which deal with specific subjects, so that you can easily take what you can use and leave the rest. The first section deals with why and how mediation works, the roles that you and the mediator play in the process, and the benefits of using mediation. It helps you determine whether your case is appropriate for mediation and whether or not you should involve an attorney. People who get divorced can save tens of thousands of dollars by mediating. The second section deals exclusively with divorce mediation and how you can protect your children by replacing a custody battle with a negotiated parenting plan. This section tells you how to design an agreement that will provide flexibility to both parents, as well as the children, over time. Another benefit of mediation is healing, which can occur when both parties have an opportunity to speak and be understood. Unlike a litigated divorce, which often ends in a bitter courtroom scene, a mediated divorce usually ends with a signing ceremony in which each person is given the opportunity to create a positive ending to the process, and to end the marriage without rancor and bitterness. The third section describes how employers and employees can keep workplace disputes from escalating, by turning to a mediator at the first sign of difficulty. The fourth section explains how you can resolve a variety of other types of disputes, including arguments with neighbors, insurance claims, and consumer conflicts. It also includes information about how to mediate prenuptial agreements and post-divorce modifications of child support and pare! nting plans. Section five tells you how to negotiate effectively. It gives you specific strategies for maximizing your chances of succeeding in mediation. Section six gives you an inside view of the three different types of mediation and provides assistance in making a selection that will work for you. You will learn how to assess a mediator's qualifications, and whether or not you should choose a team of mediators. Once in awhile, mediation doesn't work. In those cases, your next step should usually be to submit your case to an arbitrator for binding arbitration. Section seven warns you about what to avoid when choosing an arbitrator and gives you a guide to estimating the costs connected with using this process. Affordable Justice contains a directory of hundreds of mediators and arbitrators in the United States and Canada, listed by state and province. It also contains a directory of referral sources, so that you can obtain additional referrals from professional organizations. Book Info: Teaches how to: Keep your personal and business disputes out of court, Avoid large legal fees, Design your own divorce settlement, Manage employee disputes inexpensively, Use mediation and arbitration to your advantage and more. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Table of Contents: Section 1-- Mediation: A User's Guide 1. Mediation--The New Hope 2. How It Works 3. Why It Works 4. The Mediator's Job 5. Your Job 6. The Cast of Characters 7. Attorneys--An Optional Feature 8. It's Safe 9. It's Legal 10. You Get Your "Day in Court" 11. Information is Power 12. You Decide What's Fair 13. You Create a Custom Plan 14. You Control the Outcome 15. You Can Start Anytime 16. It's a Real Time-Saver 17. It's Cheaper 18. It Gets the Job Done 19. It's Private 20. Healing--Part of the Process 21. Relationships Can Be Saved 22. Focus on the Future, not the Past 23. Managing Future Disputes 24. There's More Than One Way to Do It 25. When It Doesn't Work 26. When It's not Appropriate Section 2--Divorce: Avoiding the Horrors of Court 7. Designing Your Own Agreement 28. Full Disclosure--It's the Name of the Game 29. The Goal--A Level Playing Field 30. Understanding the Consequences of Your Decisions 31. Using Attorneys as Consultants 32. Using Other Outside Experts 33. Replacing Custody Battles with Parenting Plans 34. Planning for Future Changes 35. Sparing the Children 36. Letting Go--The Emotional Divorce 37. The Signing Ceremony 38. Court Paperwork 39. Court Appearances Section 3--When Things Go Sour in the Workplace 40. Somebody Broke a Contract 41. So Your Boss is Picking on You 42. You've Got the Employee from Hell 43. Why Bother with Mediation? 44. Eight Ways to Prepare for a Successful Workplace Mediation 45. Preventing Personnel Disasters 46. Preventing Contract Catastrophes Section 4--Dealing with Life's Other Catastrophes 47. Settling Insurance Claims 48. Ironing Out Problems with Neighbors 49. Fixing Broken Promises Landlords, Loans, and Lemons 50. Disputes Over Real Estate Sales 51. Prenuptial Agreements negotiating Your Marriage Contract 52. Making Changes After Divorce 53. Victim-Offender Mediation 54. Kids and School Mediation Section 5--Negotiating Your Best Deal 55. Competitive vs. Cooperative Negotiation 56. Learning to Listen 57. Trusting the Mediator 58. Looking for Ways to Meet the Needs of Both Sides 59. Creating a "High-Low Exchange" 60. When to Settle and When to Walk 61. How a Lawyer Can Help Section 6--Choosing the Right Mediator for the Job 62. The Muscle Mediators 63. The Purists 64. The Centrists 65. The Team Approach 66. Your Mediator's Qualifications 67. The Price Tag 68. Ten Questions to Ask in Advance 69. The Client's Bill of Rights Section 7--Arbitration: A User's Guide 70. Arbitration: A Quick, Cheap Substitute for a Trial 71. Binding or Nonbinding? 72. What Rules Will Apply? 73. Is One Arbitrator Enough? 74. Your Arbitrator's Qualifications 75. Estimating Costs Directory of Referral Sources and Providers