How Mediation Leads to Better Relationships

Divorce, family law matters and civil disputes can all be advanced through the employment of the mediation process. During mediation, a professional third-party neutral assists parties resolve their legal issues on their own terms.

Mediation is often the opposite of litigation, which pits the parties against each other because of its adversarial nature. Mediation depends on the collaboration of the parties. Even if parties have a history of poor communication with each other, they benefit from the professional assistance of a mediator who can often funnel messages back and forth between the parties. He or she can point out the potential risks of not settling the dispute or pointing out how a local court may rule. By making these observations, a mediator can often deliver a message in a way that the party will be receptive to.

The parties serve an important role in the process because they must work together in a productive manner. They must treat other respectfully throughout the process. However, when they are finished with the process, they are often proud of the progress they made during mediation. They benefit from the effective communication techniques the mediator uses and can rely on these tools if any future problems arise.

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I joined the family law group at the Law Offices of Peter J. Russo in January 2017. I concentrate my practice in the areas of divorce, custody, adoption, child support, alimony, and spousal support; as well as the distribution of assets before, during, and after marriage. I am a 2014 graduate of Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg. I am admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, including the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Pennsylvania. I am also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the York County Bar Association.

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Three Ways an Order of Protection Can Help


When an intimate partner or household member turns violent or puts you in fear of imminent harm, you may wish to secure an order of protection against this purpose. Taking this step can provide you with several benefits, including:

Prohibition on Contact

An order of protection instructs a person not to contact you in person, on the phone or through other means. He or she may be instructed not to visit your home, workplace or other areas that you are known to frequent. Having this protection in place can help you feel safer in your everyday life. It can also prevent future injury or even death in some cases.

Instructions Regarding Children

If the petitioner and respondent share children, the children may become part of the protection order if their safety is at risk. An order of protection may include instructions regarding child custody, visitation or child support.

Receipt of Other Rights

An order of protection may provide additional rights, such as the right for the victim to remain in a shared residence or for the respondent to provide support. Additionally, having an order of protection may help a victim assert other rights, such as not being mistreated by his or her landlord.

Work/Life Balance

How to Be More Present at Home


Balancing your work and home life can be a challenge, but not impossible. Often the trick is being present at home so that you relish the moments rather than letting your work life seep into your home. These tips can help you make the most of your time at home.

Do One Thing

Forget multi-tasking. Focus on doing one thing at a time, such as reading a book to your kid, bathing or doing the dishes. Slow down.

Space Out Activities

Cut your to-do list in half and disburse activities throughout the day rather than trying to hurry through everything. Give yourself down time in between tasks to avoid burnout.

Take a Few Minutes to Yourself

Hide out, take a walk or go to the man or woman cave a few minutes each day where you can simply sit without having to be responsible for anything. A few minutes to decompress can make a major difference in your stress level.


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Four Quick Health Hacks


Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Some easy ways to be just a little healthier include:

Lengthen Your Playlist

If you love exercising to music, make sure that your playlist will last as long as your target workout time. When the music stops, you can too knowing that you didn’t quit too soon.

Put the Phone to Bed

The small screen can impede your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Set your phone’s bedtime at least half an hour before your own to increase your sleep time.

Snack Before Going Out

If you will be somewhere with tempting appetizers, free drinks or a long buffet line, fill up on healthier options before heading out. This can help save you money, too!

Add Lemon and Cayenne Pepper to Water

Drink a glass of water mixed with lemon juice and cayenne pepper each morning for an added immune boost and detox.


How Humor Can Jumpstart Your Career

In today’s sensitive work environment, people may simply go through their work tasks without trying to insert too much humor into the day. However, tasteful humor can help you stand apart from the crowd. For example, one international survey found that 91 percent of executives thought that a sense of humor is important to career advancement.

A good sense of humor can demonstrate a person’s maturity level and wit. Additionally, humor helps bond people together and feel more connected. It also helps to relieve stress. A good sense of humor can help people laugh and have a better time while they work. It can also make people feel more comfortable so that it is easier to work as a team. Given these benefits, business appropriate humor can help lighten the most serious of offices.

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