“Why can’t we all just get along?” If you say that often, perhaps it’s time to find the answer. People who work with successful families know that financial resources, social status, career or educational opportunities and even intact marriages do not guarantee family harmony. All families are subject to conflicts, pressures and the unmet needs of family members. In fact, family issues and conflicts may arise from a family’s resources and status – especially when resources and status affect a family member’s identity or sense of meaning. This series of articles (7 in all) discusses the best strategies for family dispute resolution through the use of mediation.