Author Archives: Elizabeth A. Hyde

Co-Parenting Resources

One of the most important, but often overlooked, part of the parenting coordination (PC) process is parent education and coaching. As PC is not inexpensive, parents are often unable or unwilling to engage in additional costs outside of the consensus and decision-making phase. The resources available for parents to engage in their own education are considerable and extremely accessible. As …

Enforcement of Agreements and Orders in a Closed PC Process

Walk softly and carry a big stick is a variation on a phrase popularized by US President Theodore Roosevelt in a 1903 speech when he said to the crowd “speak softly and carry a big stick”. In other words, attempt peaceful negotiations while also being prepared for confrontation by displaying one’s power, especially elements of force. When I think of the …

What does a successful Parenting Coordination client look like?

I spend a considerable amount of time each month talking to prospective clients about various dispute resolution processes. I tell them what my processes look like and what my expectations are for the clients. Recently a client asked how I would describe a successful PC client. It was an excellent question as to the more we can explain to clients …

The (Unique) Perils of The PC Process

The parenting coordination process is a difficult one for both clients and PCs. Invariably there is one parent who is more committed; or is driving the process. In addition, once the arbitration phase of the process has been utilized, the losing parent usually disengages altogether. Throw in the fact that many parents have not been fully educated on the process …

BIFF, EAR and other effective conflict resolution skills

The mediate393 roster members and guests just spent 2 days listening and practicing the skills and techniques of Bill Eddy. With over 1500 mediations to his credit, Bill is a master at dealing with high conflict and personality disordered clients. His methods for dealing with this client population are ones that we can all integrate into our own practices and …

Are you lost in litigation?

If you are spending tens of thousands of dollars in court, consider trying mediation….

How to reduce the high costs of divorce?

What the Toronto Star story about the high costs of divorce missed: mediation is now available at no charge to anyone in family court in Toronto. What better way to reduce the high costs of divorce?

Your will and mediation

The Kaptyn estate/family dispute has the wealth and high profile personalities to capture media attention. But the problems that Justice David Brown is trying to resolve in that case are hardly unique.