Divorce Mediation


Mediation changes the way people divorce, for the better.  Mediation can lead to better cooperation as co-parents.  It can save you time, money and reduce stress.

Whether your case is a divorce, custody action or modification, mediation can help you work out a settlement and avoid going to court.  With over 12 years of experience as a family law attorney and 8 years as a certified family law mediator, I can work with you to resolve your issues and move forward.

Traditional litigation is incredibly expensive, stressful and time-consuming.  A courtroom is sometimes not the best place to work out family issues.  Families often do better with mediation, which gives you and your spouse the opportunity to explore your positions on the issues and negotiate a satisfactory outcome.

Mediation also allows you to remain in control of the divorce process and outcome. Rather than a judge deciding your case, you and your spouse can arrive at agreements that benefit your specific family and its needs.

Another benefit to settling your legal issues at the mediation table rather than in a courtroom is it encourages good communication and sets a positive tone for future interactions with your spouse.  After you are divorced, your relationship will become that of co-parents.  Depending on the ages of your children, you may have many years of co-parenting ahead of you.  What better time to start off on a positive note than when your co-parenting relationship is just beginning?

I’m a trained and certified mediator.  I aim to conduct each mediation with efficiency, caring and compassion.  I have not only met the minimum 40 hour training to be certified by the Iowa Supreme Court, but have exceeded it, completing an additional 40 hour training with renown mediator and attorney David Hoffman, founder of the Boston Law Collaborative, a law firm specializing in mediation and collaborative law. Mr. Hoffman is also co-author of Bringing Peace Into the Room, an excellent book about the mediation process.