How to Deal with In-law Relationships

How to Deal with In-law Relationships

Are in-law relationships inherently difficult?

Are in-law relationships inherently difficult?

Why are some in-law relationships complicated?

Why are some in-law relationships complicated?

Why are the holidays and family reunions so complicated?

Why are the holidays and family reunions so complicated?

What do I do if I've offended my-laws' culture?

What do I do if I've offended my-laws' culture?

Are there safe topics that my in-laws and I can discuss that won't lead to a conflict?

Are there safe topics that my in-laws and I can discuss that won't lead to a conflict?

What do I do if my in-laws refuse to accept me?

What do I do if my in-laws refuse to accept me?

What if cultural or ethnic backgrounds are the cause of problems with my in-laws?

What if cultural or ethnic backgrounds are the cause of problems with my in-laws?

How can I handle a situation where my spouse doesn't get along with their relatives?

How can I handle a situation where my spouse doesn't get along with their relatives?

Can my spouse serve as my intermediary in dealing with their family?

Can my spouse serve as my intermediary in dealing with their family?

What should I do if my in-laws drink too much at family gatherings?

What should I do if my in-laws drink too much at family gatherings?

How do I talk with my spouse about their family without upsetting them?

How do I talk with my spouse about their family without upsetting them?

How can I cool off in a tense situation with my in-laws?

How can I cool off in a tense situation with my in-laws?

What should I do if my in-laws are nasty and mean towards me?

What should I do if my in-laws are nasty and mean towards me?

If I don't like my in-laws, do I have to build a relationship with them?

If I don't like my in-laws, do I have to build a relationship with them?

Why is good listening so important to relationship building?

Why is good listening so important to relationship building?

What does it mean to "take leadership" in building a relationship?

What does it mean to "take leadership" in building a relationship?

What helps to build enjoyable, strong relationships with in-laws?

What helps to build enjoyable, strong relationships with in-laws?

Why are the holidays and family reunions so complicated?

Why are the holidays and family reunions so complicated?

Why are some in-law relationships complicated?

Why are some in-law relationships complicated?

Are in-law relationships inherently difficult?

Are in-law relationships inherently difficult?

How to Deal with In-law Relationships

How to Deal with In-law Relationships

How do you make an effective apology?

How do you make an effective apology?

What are some conflict resolution tips?

What are some conflict resolution tips?

What happens if we cannot agree during mediation?

What happens if we cannot agree during mediation?

How can I begin the mediation process?

How can I begin the mediation process?

What are the benefits of divorce mediation as compared to litigation?

What are the benefits of divorce mediation as compared to litigation?

Is mediation only for people who can get along?

Is mediation only for people who can get along?

What is the goal of divorce mediation?

What is the goal of divorce mediation?

What is divorce mediation?

What is divorce mediation?

What parenting plan is appropriate for very young children?

What parenting plan is appropriate for very young children?

What is the best parenting schedule for parents who live separately?

What is the best parenting schedule for parents who live separately?

How can we make co-parenting work?

How can we make co-parenting work?

What is a co-parenting relationship?

What is a co-parenting relationship?

What factors help children cope with their parents' marital breakup?

What factors help children cope with their parents' marital breakup?

How can I explain to my child if my spouse wants a divorce and I don't?

How can I explain to my child if my spouse wants a divorce and I don't?

What should I do if my children cry when they hear that we're separating?

What should I do if my children cry when they hear that we're separating?

How should I tell my child or children that we're separating?

How should I tell my child or children that we're separating?

Is separation and divorce harmful to children?

Is separation and divorce harmful to children?

How to Prepare Children for a Divorce

How to Prepare Children for a Divorce

How To Change Your Life

How To Change Your Life

Parenting A Blended Family

Parenting A Blended Family

What to do When People are Rude

What to do When People are Rude

Surviving the Holidays as a Single

Surviving the Holidays as a Single

The Top Issues for Singles During the Holidays

The Top Issues for Singles During the Holidays

Family Issues for Singles During the Holidays

Family Issues for Singles During the Holidays

How to Balance a Relationship with Work and Friends

How to Balance a Relationship with Work and Friends

 Are there tips to making an interracial or intercultural relationship work any differently than any other relationship?

Are there tips to making an interracial or intercultural relationship work any differently than any other relationship?

Why would someone be attracted to someone from another race or culture?

Why would someone be attracted to someone from another race or culture?

Are there degrees of difference between interracial and intercultural relationships?

Are there degrees of difference between interracial and intercultural relationships?

What if a couples' difference is religious or cultural?

What if a couples' difference is religious or cultural?

Understanding the Challenges of Interracial and Intercultural Relationships

Understanding the Challenges of Interracial and Intercultural Relationships

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An experienced family-law attorney, John Spiegel has devoted his practice exclusively to family mediation since 1996. John is a graduate of Yale Law School and has been active as a mediation trainer and presenter in Maryland and nationally. He served in 2003 and 2004 as President of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR), a statewide ADR practitioners’ organization, and in 2005 – 2008 as President of the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable, an interdisciplinary professional organization. John has published articles on mediation and law reform issues and has lobbied on behalf of these issues before the Maryland General Assembly. In 2001, he received recognition as a Certified Mediator from MCDR. The father of four children, John views mediation as a continuation of his legal work on behalf of children and families.

How to Deal with In-law Relationships

Family-law attorney John Spiegel discusses how to deal with in-law relationships.

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John Spiegel: My name is John Spiegel and I am a full time family mediator, so in my work, questions about how to built good relationships, lasting long term relationships with family members is at the core of what I do and that includes relationships with in-laws. Today, we are going to talk about different aspects of this and I am going to give you some practical clues that I know would be helpful.