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Dana Schneider MFT child focused divorce mediation custody and coparenting plans for divorcing and separated families
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About Dana

Divorce Related Services
Co-Parenting Counseling
High Conflict Co-Parenting Counseling
Parent-Child Reunification Counseling
Child Specialist
Child Therapy
Private Mediation
Special Master
Collaborative Divorce Services

Marriage & Family Therapy

Training & Consultation

Client Forms & Resources
Intake Form (pdf)
Consent to Treat (pdf)
Release of Information (pdf)
Detox Negative Intimacy (pdf)
Four Parenting Patterns (pdf)
Bibliography (pdf)

Children's Ability to Cope Post Divorce
Dana F. Schneider MA, MFT
125 S Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
parenting plan for children of divorced parents
improving communication between divorced parents of teens and young children

Private Mediation for Custody & Parenting Issues

Mediation is a process parents use to help resolve conflict when they have been unable to reach an agreement. The mediator identifies mutual interests and goals of both parents. An additional goal of mediation is to help clients learn the skills necessary to continue to use positive communication techniques in their future parenting conversations with each other.

Mediation can help to resolve disputes. Mediation is also a helpful format to work toward resolution of timeshare plans. Working with a trained mental health professional helps parents understand and focus on their children's needs related to their development. Mental health professionals have particular expertise in understanding these issues as well as childrens needs during parental separation and divorce.

Any agreements parents make in mediation often are written up with copies given to each parent. The purpose of written agreements is for parents to review and have a record of agreements that have been made in mediation. Written agreements are not court orders, but are often used as a basis for a court order by parents formalizing agreements with the help of their attorneys or through other legal processes.

Private mediation is a confidential process unless the parties use a private mediator as a result of a court order (Stipulation and Order appointing a private mediator, Sonoma County Rule 9.4.I.5). In these cases, the mediator is able to make recommendations to the court in cases where the parents do not reach agreement on all or some of the issues.
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