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Consciously Make The Divorce Process More Amicable

This week on the podcast I dive in head first to learn the alternative to a high-conflict, litigious divorce process: Mediation.

As with almost anything in life, if there's a way to go through a process with more ease, I am all for it! Divorce costs an average of $30,000 per couple and takes almost a year to complete in the United States. Those stats vary greatly depending on household income, geographic location, and more.

Still, if you had to go through a process that would cost you $30K and take a year to complete, wouldn't you want to do it in a way that could actually save you time, money, and energy?!?!?!


I learned all about the Mediation process with Ellen Barron Feldman, a fellow empowered woman and divorce professional who manages her mediation practice with YOUR very best interests at the forefront. Tune into Until There Was Me™ for our convo. In this episode we cover:

  • Mediation as a way to improve communication
  • How to stay forward-focused
  • The benefit of confidentiality in the process
  • How to manage the process for a swifter, better overall result
  • Mediation vs. Collaboration

Tune in now to get all the details you need for a more amicable divorce process.

Until next week, ask yourself what you most need today.

Not sure how much you want:

Andrea Javor is a divorce coach and consultant. As one of her first guests on her new podcast Until There Was Me, she interviewed Divorce and Family mediator Ellen Barron Feldman about the benefits of mediation. Please reach out with questions or to book a consult or first appointment with Ellen and Brian James.

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Divorcing A Narcissist In Mediation

How do you negotiate with someone who has to be right? If you’re divorcing a narcissist, you know that they simply can’t see things from someone else’s point of view. So, how do you come to an equitable divorce agreement? And is mediation an appropriate option for divorcing a narcissist?

Brian James is the founder of CEL & Associates, a mediation practice with offices throughout Chicagoland and Southeastern Wisconsin. An experienced divorce and family mediator, Brian spent ten years resolving family conflicts in the criminal justice system before starting CEL & Associates in 2005. Brian is dedicated to helping clients come to an agreement outside the courtroom, creating a win-win situation for all involved in a divorce.

On this episode of Divorce Dialogues, Brian joins Katherine to explain how to know if you’re married to a narcissist, describing what gaslighting looks like and how it makes you feel. He shares his approach to managing a narcissist in the divorce mediation process and discusses how he decides when mediation is the right option for a divorcing couple. Listen in for Brian’s insight on persuading a narcissist to try mediation and learn his top strategies for surviving a high-conflict divorce.

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