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Episode Info: Episode Overview In this podcast, we speak to one of the best family law mediators in the country, Mark Baer, Esq. Mark shares his insights on what is wrong with family court, but most importantly, how, with compassion & empathy, all families can stay out of court. Why I’m so excited about today’s guest, Mark Baer, from Pasadena, California who is an attorney and mediator, Mark Baer, is that Mark is truly an exceptional attorney and mediator, who speaks and writes tirelessly, getting the message out, that conflict sucks, court doesn’t alleviate it, so get yourself out of the court system. Mark, named California’s Most Compassionate Family Mediator" in 2015, is fond of saying something very true: Any couple can remove them from litigation at anytime, if they so choose. But, that’s the key: if they so choose Mark, seems to have found the secret sauce. With his focus on mediation, he’s been very successful keeping families out of court. In fact, I believe he’s managed to keep to keep all of his clients out of court, for over three years. Like many people, Mark believes that family court, adversarial by nature, pits two parties against each other in a lawsuit, in which there is a winner and a loser, is in need of reform. However, I believe one of his chief strengths and assets is that he focuses on changing hearts and minds, and believes that even in today's imperfect system, it’s only a highly litigious, contentious process if we allow it to be. I believe he’s come to a similar conclusion that I have, that for many of us, more effective than focusing on trying to reform the system, is that if we drive enough public awareness that families don’t need to go to court in the first place, that nearly all matters can be handled with dignity and compassion outside of court through conciliatory means, we all win, and we don’t need to wait years for reform, we can impact change organically, through grassroots efforts. And, what I find so rare and unique about Mark among family law attorneys, is that he is one of the most emotionally intelligent family law attorneys out there. By emotional intelligence, I mean the ability to recognize one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviors. Most of the ills we witness in Family Court stem from lack of emotional intelligence and empathy, an unwillingness for people to vie
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