As the daughter of divorced parents and as a divorced woman, a mom and a stepmom, I have a personal understanding of the damage litigation can cause and the challenges parents face after divorce. The negative emotions evoked during divorce can undermine trust and cooperative decision-making. Parents are expected to make many difficult choices at a time when most are struggling with overwhelming and often conflicting feelings. And yet, those decisions create the foundation and direction for life after divorce. That’s why my practice focuses on Collaborative Divorce and Mediation – so that clients can resolve their disputes creatively and respectfully, at a pace they choose.Helping families with young children is a special passion of mine. In the litigation system, the Court must make a decision based on what is. But, when parents choose to come to agreement, they can create a parenting plan that looks ahead: one that provides for decision-making and time-sharing into the future and that is unique to their individual children.I also have a particular interest in serving military couples and families. I was a Navy wife for 13 years before my divorce. During my husband’s military tenure, I served as the Command’s ombudsman, helping Navy spouses and children during their service member’s deployments. Military life has its own rewards and challenges. Divorce during service can be a bit complicated. Through my personal experience, I bring a first-hand understanding of the concerns and challenges military families face during divorce and child custody.
My passion for collaborative law and mediation doesn’t end with representing my clients. I am also active in the local collaborative law and mediation communities. I am the President Elect for the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals. I am a current member and a past co-chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. I am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Development Group and the Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County. I serve as a child access/visitation mediator with the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, and am a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence.
If you are considering divorce and would like more information about how I might help, please call me at (240) 221-3672 or visit my website LJPelhamLaw.com.