Mending Fences is a podcast about dispute resolution and effective ways to communicate and live across differences. Hosts Patrice Brymner and 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.

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GUEST: Maria Natapov on the Dynamics of Step-Parenting

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When Can I Start Dating?

For some folks, "moving on after a divorce" might happen before the process ends.  Patrice and Jen discuss the legal and practical considerations of moving forward. Will it impact the divorce process? How should you talk to your kids about this?...

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How Mediation Works

Jen and Patrice explain how mediation works, and discuss how they see their roles as neutral in this process. Listen Now

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Who We Are

Patrice Brymner and Jennifer Hawthorne, both mediators and Collaborative Law attorneys, talk a bit about who they are, what they do, and how this podcast came to be.  Listen Now

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