Pursuing Divorce
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Mediation of Separation / Marital Settlement for Divorce


70% of the cases we handle involve family law and family relationships. At Conflict to Peace, a male/female team of experienced mediators handles all marital cases. We will guide you through the process of developing a separation and/or divorce settlement agreement, including all aspects of child custody, support and parenting, as well as property division and spousal support. We also deal with post divorce custody, parenting and support issues.

Resolving these substantive issues is a significant goal in the mediation process, however, addressing the relationship aspects is also vitally important; especially when you have children since continuing parental interaction will exist. Our hope is that couples have made every effort to resolve conflict between them before pursuing divorce. Thus, we will not take cases where parties come in intending a separation to divorce unless they are willing to first work with us to make, or have already made, meaningful, good faith personal conciliation efforts. Personal conciliation is of high value whether or not the marriage survives. In addition to resolving the issues before you, our hope is you will also leave with better communication and conflict resolution skills and without bitterness.

We will meet with you and your spouse in separate confidential intake / pre-mediation sessions of at least two hours to gain an understanding of your differing perspectives and explore approaches to resolution. Before the joint sessions begin, we will be providing homework and potentially additional coaching with a focus on your contributions to the conflict and a productive path forward.

During the joint mediation sessions that follow we will encourage each party to share their hopes and expectations for themselves and, if applicable, their children. We will help you to identify and unpack the major issues contributing to the conflict and help you seek to understand and dismantle any barriers to resolution. After barriers have been removed we will brainstorm with you in search of creative solutions to material issues. Lastly, we will help you arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement, which will govern your period of separation and/or the terms of your divorce. Your mediators' role does not include preparing the filing of a petition for divorce based on the agreement with the court, which either of the parties may do once the agreement reached in mediation is finalized.

Our mediators are certified through the Judicial Council of the Virginia Supreme Court but we help with divorce, separation, custody, support, and other family law matters with parties from any jurisdiction in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, including Virginia, Maryland, or beyond.

If you are not able to reach resolution through mediation, you can choose to resolve your property division and support matters through binding arbitration, rather than reverting to a court action. Either process can avoid expensive legal fees and costs as well as the lengthy process of a contested court proceeding.

Please call us with any questions or to arrange an initial, free consultation. We can evaluate your situation and recommend a specific approach that best suits the nature of the conflict and the needs and beliefs of all of the participants. You then decide for yourselves how you wish to proceed.

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…I was so impressed with how you handled our time together. No matter what was said from either [my wife] or me it was evident that you weren't jumping on either bandwagon but diligently worked in a gracious way to lead us to resolutions and to a degree a greater understanding of Christ and the gospel throughout the process. I'm sure it takes tremendous gifting and skill to do what you do and I just want to encourage you that your artful abilities were shining through.

Grace filled communication is the key to resolution and peace. Our experienced conciliators provide that key.

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