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Mediation as an Option

Is Mediation a good alternative for us? by Randall Poff, Mediator and Collaborative Attorney www.Mediator.Law Mediation is a way of resolving a dispute with the help of an impartial person (the mediator). The neutral mediator helps both…
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FAQ – Fall 2018

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) I’m worried that my spouse might not be fair to me in the divorce process. How can we try to work together in a peaceful process but still make sure I am taking care of myself? Divorce is stressful…
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Giving Thanks After a Split

When you’re a child of divorce, holiday celebrations can come with a lot of baggage. Check out this “first-person” article about new Thanksgiving “traditions.” [click the turkey]   "On a holiday devoted to gratitude, it…
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We, at Bridges, are Peacemakers

"We, at Bridges, Are Peacemakers" by Dona Cullen What Does That Mean? Peacemaking means processing differences in a way that results in resolution. It’s not the absence of conflict. It’s an appreciation of conflict as an opportunity…
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Why Mediation?

. . .why not just “ask the judge?” Mediation is a confidential process for resolving disputes. A neutral professional mediator assists the parties to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of their issues. The mediator does not take…
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Divorce Coach

A divorce coach is a mental health professional – often a psychologist, MA or an LCSW – who assists the clients to effectively move through the divorce. The “divorce coach” is unique to collaborative law. There is…
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IACP Forum, Las Vegas

IACP Forum 17th Annual Networking and Educational Forum October 27-30, 2016 Hilton / Lake Las Vegas Several of your Bridges Divorce professionals are back from the world collaborative conference in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. IACP is…
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Relationships / Feedback

Negotiation requires listening to different perspectives that often conflict with how we see ourselves and our world. This is feedback. It’s hard to give and hard to take. Why is feedback so hard? Because of our insecurities. Why is…
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What is Co-Mediation?

Many family mediation matters are handled effectively by a single mediator, but there are also situations in which two professional heads working together are better than one. Co-mediation involves two trained professionals (usually one lawyer…
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Tips for families to prepare for a peaceful and cost efficient separation.

Finances – Gather information on your monthly expenses, income, and cash flow needs on a monthly basis. To help with this task, there are free sites such as www.mint.com that can categorize spending and help you understand your monthly budget.…
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How do you “bridge” the chasm between you?

As obvious as they are, the elements of a constructive divorce become obstructed from view by the emotional intensity of the experience. It is all too easy to stop caring about what happens and start justifying destructive behavior. It is easy…
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Collaborating collaborators...

Your Bridges’ professionals took Veterans’ Day away from their offices to honor vets and learn from and with about forty local collaborating professionals. We spent the day engaged and engaging with our peers. Tonya started the conference…
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Robin Williams on Conflict

Robin Williams (1951-2014) demonstrates CONFLICT with his Sesame Street friends Collaborative Divorce is so much more than simply negotiating out-of-court. Robin Williams used the collaborative divorce process and is said to have maintained…
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Welcome Portland Monthly readers

Welcome Portland Monthly readers! If you saw our little “bluish” ad on page 85 of the November “Best Restaurants” issue, you’re entitled to a free telephone consultation (be sure to leave a message if you miss us). Please call…
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IACP Institute

Welcome back, Dona! Dona Cullen has returned from Phoenix, Arizona / ASU Mercado, where she took a 2-day course on Facilitation Skills for Collaborative Professionals. Her instructors were Rita Pollak, JD and Catherine Tornbon.
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Welcome Metro-Parent readers

Welcome Metro-Parent readers… If you saw our tall, skinny ad on page 19, you’re entitled to a free telephone consultation. Please call 503-567-2848.
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Portland Green Guide to Networking and Jobs

A guide to networking your way into the green working world of Portland, Oregon. A broad network created this valuable resource for those who want to make a difference. From an overview of career transition to tips on job search and networking…
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2011 Oregon Legislature Repeals 90-day Waiting Period

Prior to January 1, 2012, Oregon law seemed to prevent “a quickie-divorce.” There was a 90-day waiting period between starting a divorce and time of trial or judgment. The waiting period had been in effect since 1971, when Oregon adopted…