It’s All About the Pie?

Cindy Best

Is there a trick to mediation? No, not really. But there is a pie and it needs to be divided evenly. Once you know and understand property law and legal decision making you will know that the pie is divided in half. But the real trick: what pieces of the pie are you going to want? It doesn’t have to be the exact half. It can be two pieces here and one piece from the other side of the pie and so forth. This is all negotiated. A neutral third party mediator can help you see the forest for the trees. A mediator can find out what’s most important to each party and make sure each person feels comfortable about that. Sometimes each party really wants something different and the split of the pie can actually please both parties. So, how the pie can be split is an art. It can require some skill, experience, and creativity. 

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