In the divorce mediation process, rather than each party hiring separate attorneys, there is one “advocate” for the couple whose job it is to be an impartial guide through the process. The goal is to arrive at a fair and equitable solution to all of the issues involved in the divorce. The process strives to be fair and amicable, rather than litigious and adversarial.
Historically, most Divorce Mediators have been attorneys, whose training and experience enables them to discuss the legal and financial aspects of support and custody issues. There are many talented family law attorneys who can be very helpful in dissolving a marriage, and I have referred many of my clients over the years to attorneys for both litigated divorces as well as mediation.
However, over the last twenty years or so there has been an increasing number of Divorce Mediators who come to the field from a psychological background rather than the law. The advantages that a psychologist brings to the table derive from our training and experience in mediating relationships in both marriage counseling as well as in separation counseling.
The nuances of any relationship—be it one year or 40 years—are ones that psychologists are trained to understand and work with. Indeed, the focus of the training and experience that a psychologist has is, by definition, focused on the emotional components of relationships, as well as the often complex dynamics among married couples and their children.
I hope you can take some time to read more about my background and how I work with couples, so that you can make a knowledgeable decision in choosing what direction to take in pursuing your divorce. I know that this is a very emotional and stressful time in your life, and if you choose to work with me I will try my very best to help you get through the process with as little stress and discomfort as possible. You are welcome to check out my other website that I developed many years ago for my psychology practice:
Regardless of your path, I wish you and your partner the best in moving through this chapter in your lives.