Do you have to handle mediation or collaborative law sessions differently when one of the parties has a diagnosed personality di

By Laura M. Urbik Kern
June 06, 2016

If you try to learn about those particular conditions, they also teach you how to approach those types of people and how to get them to come around. A narcissist, for example, is always right – they know everything, they're the best, they're the best parent, they're this, they're that. So you flatter them in your mediation: “Wow that's a great thing you did for your son.” Then you say, “Don’t you agree?” And she may say no. Say, “Really? Come on, it's your kid.” That's the kind of stuff that you can do in mediation that you can't do in court. You can't have that conversation and say, “Come on, what are you thinking here?”

With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases. To learn more about Laura, visit her firm's online profile or her website

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