Category: Conduct and Communications

We blog about helping Long Island families to resolve conflicts in the most productive ways possible.

Alec Baldwin was recently asked by Ana Sale, host of WNYC Public Radio’s Death, Sex & Money, “At this point in your life, if a buddy comes to you and says ‘I love my kids. I think my marriage is breaking up.’ What’s the advice that you give him?” His answer: “Find a way that […]

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“I cannot tell I lie – I chopped down the cherry tree.” It would have been easier for George Washington to deny chopping down the cherry tree. However, this legendary story is designed to show us the strength of character that enabled George Washington to lead both the American Revolution and our nation as its […]

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Bethenny Frankel, of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has been embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy.  Their four-year, contentious dispute included a parenting fight, maintenance (alimony), and an apartment Bethenny bought in 2014 during their legal battle which commenced in 2012. Bethenny Frankel is just one of the many […]

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Some people may be out for themselves; to score a win at the other person’s expense. This can happen in a divorce or in other types of dispute or conflicts. Strategies in a conflict may include making false claims or false counter-claims. Thus, one technique is to deny the claims of the other party and […]

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In his TED Talk, What I learned from 100 days of rejection, author, blogger, and entrepreneur Jia Jiang, tells of his quest to overcome his fear of the rejection that began when he was as a six-year-old in Beijing, China. Jiang is the owner of Rejection Therapy, a website that provides inspiration, knowledge and products for people to […]

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Litigation may be the worst way to successfully transition from an intact family to a divorced family. Very often during litigation, there is minimal interaction between the spouses (and they are probably very happy about that); leaving negotiations, or more adversarial procedures to the attorneys and the judge. As difficult as it may be, bringing […]

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Q: How can I ensure that my spouse doesn’t verbally insult or abuse me in the Collaborative Divorce team meetings? A: Your Collaborative Divorce team will include a mental health professional, referred to as a Neutral Family Specialist (“NFS”), who is specially trained to help spouses agree and adhere to explicit rules of collaborative conduct.  […]

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When couples fall in love and marry, they expect it to be forever. However, far too many marriages end in divorce and children become collateral damage in a divorce war. Although divorce causes stress and prompts painful emotions, it does not have to mean the end of the family. It merely signals changes in the […]

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