Mending Fences is a podcast about dispute resolution and effective ways to communicate and live across differences. Hosts Patrice Brymner Jennifer Hawthorne are both family mediators and collaborative law attorneys, but their conversations go well beyond family law. They explore the personal, interpersonal, legal, and cultural impact of conflict. Intro/outro: "North Oakland Extasy," by Squadda B
GUEST: Sheila Kelly on Dignity, Kids, and Conflict
Sheila Kelly, LMC, joins Jen and Patrice for a powerful and free flowing conversation about dignity, kids, identity, compassion, and communication. Jen and Patrice hope this is one of several talks focused on dignity and the first of several talks with Sheila.
This Will Cost How Much?
Money can be hard to talk about. Accurately predicting the cost of a dispute resolution process might be impossible. So, how can you and your attorney or mediator have useful talks about what a given process might cost? Jen and Patrice walk through the factors that make cost estimates so difficult. They also talk about a variety of billing practices and the importance or keeping communication about money open.
GUEST: Brendan Mahan on ADHD and Conflict
What happens to the ADHD brain during conflict? Jen and Patrice sit down with Brendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials to talk about the challenges of dealing with ADHD in conflict resolutions settings. This conversation is full of great information for both practitioners and participants.
When Can I Start Dating?
For some folks, "moving on after a divorce" might happen before the process ends. Jen and Patrice discuss the legal and practical considerations of moving forward. Will it impact the divorce process? How should you talk to your kids about this?
Why Do Mediators Need to Stay Neutral?
Jen and Patrice explore the importance neutrality for mediators and the challenges of staying neutral. The mechanics of maintaining neutrality and the way mediators talk to their clients about neutrality will vary between mediators and cases. At the same time, the integrity of a mediation process may rest on the mediator's ability to stay impartial while still being responsive.
Where Did You Learn About Conflict Resolution?
Conflict is inevitable. People will disagree and have differences. But we don't all engage with conflict in the same ways or seek the same solutions. In the first of many talks, Jen and Patrice explore how people learn to express and resolve differences. What and who has influenced the way we engage when we don't agree? Our first teachers might be siblings and/or peers, but there have surely been others along the way.