Let’s Chat!

Let's Chat!

Curious about mediation? Start here! Let’s Chat!  The first step is to schedule a consultation or 15-minute chat to discuss your specific needs and situation.  A brief conversation can help you discern whether the mediation method is the right choice for your family. Schedule a FREE and confidential chat here: Let’s Chat! Sample Script If…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation

FAQ

How long does it take? Most mediation cases will take between one and three sessions. We meet together in my office or using the Zoom platform for 2-hour sessions. We schedule sessions a week or so apart so that you have time to gather the information you need between appointments. If you are both prepared,…

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The Six Stations of Divorce

Bohannon's Six Stations of Divorce

As couples divorce, they may experience different phases during the process.  In 1970, anthropologist Paul Bohannan proposed a model consisting of six stations, or types, of divorce: EMOTIONAL, ECONOMIC, CO-PARENTAL, COMMUNITY, LEGAL and PSYCHIC.  The mediation method is a gentle tool to help guide couples through these stages of the divorce process. THE EMOTIONAL DIVORCE:…

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No-Fault Divorce Mediation

No Fault Divorce Mediation.

Mediation can be used for any divorce, however, most mediation couples will choose the uncontested, no-fault divorce option. In Pennsylvania, a mutual consent no-fault divorce is the cheaper and faster option. CHOOSE NO FAULT. There are several different types of divorces in Pennsylvania. When a couple makes the decision to end a marriage, the decision…

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Mediation for Separation

Are you considering separation? If so, it may be helpful to decide on the terms. Generally, there are two types of separation—informal and formal. Whether informal or formal, a separation can be physical, financial, or both.

INFORMAL SEPARATION

In an informal separation or trial separation, couples can use a mediator to agree to terms, including finances, custody, support, and other arrangements, without signing any legal documents.

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Uncoupling: The End of a Relationship

Uncoupling: The End of a Relationship

In 1976, sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the term “uncoupling” to describe the series of stages toward ending a relationship. She found uncoupling proceeds like this: UNCOUPLING Dissatisfaction: The partner initiating the process starts to become unsatisfied with the relationship and begins thinking about what they really desire out of life. Some describe a sense of…

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Things to Consider Before Divorce

Before Divorce Consider

Before starting a divorce, consider taking steps to ensure a smooth mediation process. Rushing into a legal and financial separation is not wise and can end up costing you and your family financial and emotional heartache. Here are a few things to consider before beginning the divorce process. 1. Individual Therapy Working on yourself before…

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Mediation Resources

There is a wealth of information available about divorce, but couples in mediation often desire specific tools and resources to facilitate a peaceful separation and co-parenting plan. Below you will find a list of my favorite resources, including links for mediation and conflict resolution. Books Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate, Gabrielle Hartley…

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