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Lies or Misperceptions: How Mediators Deal with Clients' Differences - Alternative Dispute Resolution News

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Posted on: Oct 7, 2014

The following is an excerpt from "Dealing with differing perceptions of reality", an article by Marilyn Odendahl in The Indiana Lawyer. The following IndyBar members are referenced in the article: Nancy L. Cross, Cross Pennamped Woolsey & Glazier PC; Elodie Meuser, The Mediation Option; and Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.

During a mediation session where two spouses are trying to hammer out a divorce agreement, mediators say it is common for one spouse to assert a fact and the other to call the statement untrue.

Proclamations such as who helped the children with their homework or who was responsible for the family dog running away can unleash retorts that statements are lies.

Mediators say while they are uncertain about the amount of deception or lying that may occur in a session, they do not believe dishonesty is a major problem. Read more...

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