Marital Separation
A time apart to reflect and adjust with the goal of restoration

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 agreement, including all aspects of child custody, support and parenting. If you would like, we can also help you with issues of property division and spousal support.

What constitutes separation can vary by court jurisdiction. Our experience and legal information will help you understand and address these specific requirements.

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. 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. We will guide you through forgiveness and reconciliation of personal relationship conflicts. We will encourage you to confess, where needed, and to offer forgiveness to one another. 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.

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 and Maryland. We also have expertise in military separation and retirement issues.

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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