Separation and Divorce

The issues typically addressed in a separation and/or divorce are: parenting plans, parental rights and responsibilities legal and physical, parent-child contact schedules, child support, property division, spousal support/alimony, parentage, tax considerations, debt. Some other issues that may arise are: bankruptcy in divorce, post-decree issues, and step-parenting.

Blended Families/ Step Families

Blending families can be challenging and sometimes difficult. Some families choose to use mediation to come to agreements about the many issues that can arise.
When given the opportunity to be listened to in a neutral setting, families can work out many things that they face when blending their children.
When difficulties arise with former spouses and/ or partners, family members find mediation helpful when they are having difficulty resolving the competing interests.

LGBTQ Families

I provide a welcoming and safe environment for all of my clients. I have been mediating issues of separation and subsequently divorce for the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. I was a proud supporter of the freedom to marry movement in Vermont since its inception in the early 90’s. I have been an advocate of LGBTQ rights throughout my life.

Our bathroom is gender neutral and is open to everyone. 

Divorce Coaching

Divorce coaching involves working with one client and addresses the issues relating to the separation and divorce process.
Although I am not able to give legal advice, I can give information about the legal process. The client and I collaboratively brainstorm areas of resolution, review court forms, and I give information about filing if relevant.
I may or may not suggest that the client consult with one of the “mediation friendly” attorneys I have worked with over the years.

Parentage / Never Married Parents

Never married parents have unique issues that are well served in mediation. I have knowledge and experience in this area, making sure that the agreements you arrive at are such that both parents feel are best for their children.

Marital and / or Pre Marital Mediation

Couples who wish to resolve areas of current conflict or disagreement and/or couples who wish to avoid disagreement in the future, may choose to engage in this process. The types of issues couples often work out are financial arrangements, the division of chores and/ or recreation opportunities, parenting styles and expectations, communication, etc.