I can help you resolve your dispute in a dignified and sensible way, helping you save money, protecting your loved ones and your finances and avoiding unnecessary extreme emotional distress of litigation.
If you’re going through a divorce or a time of conflict in your family, I just want to reassure you that I’ve been where you are. Here’s my story:
After getting an undergraduate degree in psychology, I worked in real estate leasing and management. Like many people my age, I got married and had children. I started law school at night, had another child, and then resumed going to law school. It was a busy time of life, and unfortunately, my relationship with my husband deteriorated steadily. I realized that my marriage wasn’t going to last. I was angry, sad, worried and miserable. But I didn’t know what to do, or where to turn. So, like many people in similar situations, I just stayed in the marriage.
The days turned into months, and months into years. I wasn’t living any kind of life, and I knew I didn’t want to remain miserable forever. I also knew that my young children deserved and needed to see their mother happy. Thinking there was no alternative, I did what most people do when they want a divorce: I hired a litigator. Of course it didn’t take long for litigation to take on an ugly life of its own. Our conflicts escalated. Costs quickly mounted. Communication between us shut down. The process dragged on, seemingly with no end in sight. There were costs in ALL directions…. Nothing I ever wanted!
I knew there was a better way for everyone.
While all of this was going on, I recognized that, like myself, other people—men, women, and their children—were suffering needlessly. I realized that there had to be a way to divorce. That’s when I began my extensive training in Divorce Mediation, in Collaborative Divorce and then a little later, in Elder and Adult Decision Mediation.
The Creation of this Unique Mediation and Law Boutique.
I’ve been working as a Divorce Mediator, Elder and Adult Decision Mediator and Collaborative Attorney for more than 20 years. I absolutely love my work. Having gone through the worst of it, I specifically created my unique office, with its warm living-room setting, snack (gluten free and dairy free options) and Nespresso, and along with very personalized attention to each client. Here, I enjoy being able to give couples and families a way to change the dynamic of their relationships, even if this it seems an impossibility at the time. I help my clients communicate in a more positive way in order to transition from angry and dysfunctional, and sometimes darn right nasty husbands and/or wives, or estranged siblings, to cooperative mothers and fathers, or friendly siblings. I cannot emphasize how important this is for the health of the children, or the well-being of their aging parent. Due to my many years of experience and training, I am able to help couples and families who have very complex finances, or complex emotional circumstances.
I am neutral in the process, so I am able to provide all parties with a voice, in a safe and confidential setting in an environment where everyone’s voice is heard equally. I work with families regarding any issues in conflict, and discussions are held with each party separately and together. The result is everyone having an understanding of each other and the situation which leads to the creation of an articulated vision of the future and lasting agreements to resolve the dispute.
No matter what’s going on in your life right now, I want to encourage you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I remember what it was like to be unhappily married, angry, frightened, and sad. Thanks in part to that experience, I’ve been able to help other people get through their toughest times for more than 20 years, and I can help you do the same.