Sheila-Marie Untiedt

It is not too good to be true!

Mediation myths There are many myths regarding mediation that need to be explored and dispelled. There is a lot of misinformation confusion. I’d like to try to clear some of that up by sharing accurate information regarding mediation and the services that mediators offer. Myth #1: Only people who agree can mediate. If that were true, …

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Labor Day

Labor Day is coming, school is starting, the days are shortening and reality sinks in, summer is over. September brings mediation candidates who were able to handle living together in the summer as there are opportunities outside, activities and frankly outdoor seating and they can spread out more. September means in the house, school schedules, …

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Clever Manipulation of Assets

I admit it, I am a fan of true crime drams. Netflix has a series named “Dirty John/Betty Broderick”. The second season features Betty Broderick, a true story of a woman entangled in a terrible divorce to which she has also contributed to the complexity and expense of the divorce she does not want. In …

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Covid Lessons

Covid Lessons Covid made me re-evaluate how my mediation sessions are scheduled and designed, and it was helpful process. Pre-Covid I would arrange to meet with the mediation participants in a professional setting such as a conference room or space in an attorney’s office. Generally those spaces are neither interesting nor inviting. Glass walled conference …

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Election Fall-out

I now have had two mediations with two separate couples in which both women had decided to leave and divorce due to their partner’s changing political views. I had never mediated a situation like this before and now to have two couples in the same circumstances really caught me by surprise. The couples were similar …

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