Why I do this work? Divorce is an emotional as well as a legal process, involving both parenting and financial decisions. I specialize in helping families make parenting decisions around custody, parenting time and parent communication, through both coaching and mediation. My approach is warm, non-judgmental, and structured. I support parents in staying focused on the needs of their children.
My practice: I work with co-parents who:
Want to create clear parenting time and co-parent communication agreements;
Want help talking to their children about divorce and/or creating a family narrative;
Have children from toddlers to teenagers, including those with mental health issues or disabilities;
Have challenging or complex schedules or living arrangements;
Are in the initial phase of a separation or ready to finalize decisions;
Simply want to minimize conflict in the decision making process.
Background: I hold a masters degree in social work and have spent over 25 years serving families as a program director, clinical supervisor, trainer, and mediator. I taught at the university level and produced an award winning documentary about children and nature. I am a certified court connected mediator in both small claims and family court and a member of the Oregon Mediation Association, Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
After Hours: When I’m not mediating and coaching families, I enjoy hiking, social justice advocacy, solving pangrams, and exploring the Northwest with my family, including our two mostly grown kids.
It is important that you choose the right mediator for yourself and your changing family. I offer free consultations to help you make that decision. I can connect you with financial experts, legal mediators, collaborative attorneys and other professionals to best meet your needs throughout the process. I also mediate temporary guardianship and adoption agreements, as well as other community and family agreements. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.
Meg Merrill, MSW
Mediator and Co-Parent Coach
Why I do this work? Divorce can and should be a respectful and transformative process, not a civil war.
My practice: My primary goal is to help families in transition achieve the best possible results for the least amount of emotional and financial stress. I help families create agreements that are durable, and strive to leave them with the necessary tools to resolve future disputes without going to court. My practice includes Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Independent Adoptions, and select contested litigation.
Background: I moved to Oregon from my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. In my second year there, I clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Jones of the United States District Court, District of Oregon. I worked at firms with a wide range of practice areas from business advising and strategy to elder law and intellectual property law. My practice has been focused almost exclusively in family law since 2001.
After Hours: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hosting gatherings at my home, and checking out Portland’s wonderful array of restaurants.
Joanna “Jo” Posey
Attorney at Law / Mediator
Why I do this work? I am passionate about supporting children and their families as they navigate the grieving process of divorce and work to create peaceful homes.
My practice: I focus on helping children to express and explore their complex thoughts and feelings about loss and change and to develop strengths to cope with separations and transitions. I encourage parents to create intentional child-centered interactions. I offer parent consultations, brief assessments, and counseling therapy. I work with mediators and parenting coordinators to help clients create plans for their families.
Background: I taught fifth grade for twelve years prior to receiving my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2006. Currently, in addition to my counseling practice, I teach Group Counseling for Children classes at Lewis and Clark College and offer various parent trainings throughout the Portland area.
After Hours: Being in nature and spending time with my family help to rejuvenate and restore me. I also enjoy traveling adventures, and long meals with my treasured friends.
Diane Gans, MA, LPC
Psychotherapist & Child Specialist
1609 Willamette Falls Dr West Linn OR 97068
Why I do this work? I have seen the toll litigation takes on couples and families so I know firsthand that no one “wins” in those situations. I would much rather focus my energy on helping people resolve their disputes in a respectful way that allows them to continue to be friends and co-parents later.
My practice: I started my boutique law firm the end of 2008, with a focus on the clients. It is located in downtown Portland (with validated parking). We offer a variety of services such as mediation, Collaborative Law, and support for those who are self-represented.
Background: After working at various law firms, I worked at the Multnomah County Courthouse. At the courthouse, I first worked as “Family Law Facilitator”, helping people represent themselves. I then worked in the courtroom with several of the family law judges. From there, I started my practice, which has been growing ever since.
After Hours: My husband and I have a young family, with two wonderful kids, who keep us on our toes. We love to go hiking and out to the coast to get out of the city on weekends.
Kehoe Moneyhun Law, LLC
Attorney & Mediator
319 SW Washington St Ste 614
Portland, OR 97204
2005 SE 192nd Ave Ste 200
Camas, WA 98607
Why I do this work: Having counseled children and families in public schools for 30 years, I witnessed the devastation and heartache a family suffers going through an adversarial divorce. The adults often experience so much pain, there is very little emotional support left for the children. Both Mediation and Collaborative Divorce offer healthy, supportive alternatives to unproductive conflict and aspire to meet the needs of all family members.
My practice: Whether I work as a communication and parenting coach in the Collaborative Law process or work as a mediator, I am committed to creating a safe environment for couples navigating the often painful experience of divorce. I encourage individuals to understand and express their emotions and assist them to end their marriage in a respectful and honest manner. If they have children, I help couples work together in their new relationship as co-parents. It is my belief and goal that these processes enable individuals to move to a place of hope as they transition into their new lives.
Background: I worked as an elementary school counselor for many years. I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark and am a trained mediator and mental health coach in the Collaborative process.
After Hours: I love to garden, to create art, to spend time with friends and family and hang out with my dog. I have a passion for travel. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many countries around the world which has taught me compassion is the key to healing.
Why I do this work? Being part of a collaborative or mediating team of professionals provides a significantly better way for couples to divorce.
My practice: I work as a divorce and vocational coach providing support through the process of separation, as well as vocational coaching. Many of my clients are poised to reenter the workplace or advance economically. They move from overwhelm and fear to hope and excitement about the future, transforming expectations.
Background: In practice for 30 years in Portland, offering a blend of personal and career counseling. I received a BS in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch.
After hours: Away from work, I enjoy friends, family in New York, gardening, walking the neighborhood, the beach, music, reading and writing.
My practice: My primary goal has always been to help my clients get through a difficult time in their lives with the least amount of wasted time, emotional pain and unnecessary expense. I no longer do contested hearings, trials or last-minute settlements because my clients’ goals were not being achieved. I am convinced the “better way” is Collaborative Divorce (and its little sibling, Mediation)!
Background: I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduating from Portland State University and Lewis and Clark – Northwestern School of Law. Rain doesn’t bother me (too much) and I still think the only “pro” sports team in town is the Trail Blazers! [congrats, Thorns: NWSL 2017 champions; and Timbers: MLS 2015 champions and 2018 runner-ups]. I opened my law office in 1978 and have been in solo practice ever since. Over the years, my family practice has grown by word-of-mouth and referrals from colleagues and satisfied clients.
After Hours: I am transitioning to life on the road with my Escape travel trailer. For several years, my leisure time was spent aboard my 80’s-era racing sailboat on the mighty Columbia River. At this point, my three young granddaughters also demand their share of “Grandpa Randy’s” time. When my sons were young, I was a Scoutmaster for nearly 20 years (and a good ol’ Eagle, too!). I was also a soccer referee (US Soccer, adult, youth and high school [NFHS]), plus a USSF referee instructor for about as long.
Attorney at Law
Admitted in Oregon ~ Practicing Statewide
Why I do this work? I love helping families find hope and strength in difficult transitions such as separation and divorce and to show how this can be done peacefully out of court.
My practice: My approach is to provide compassionate, fair and affordable services to Oregon families looking to avoid the litigation process. I am pleased to provide Mediation, Co-Mediation, and Legal Services ranging from hourly “coaching,” or un-bundled legal services, to full representation in Collaborative method cases. I work closely with legal assistant, Cindy Armony, who has over 25 years’ experience in family law. We work together to provide cost savings and efficiency for my clients.
Background: I have been practicing family law for over 17 years in Oregon. Upon graduating law school, I quickly realized I wanted to help families in crisis. I have been through divorce personally, and was three years old when my parents first divorced. Having witnessed a custody/ relocation battle in my own family, and the harmful effect of litigation, I have a passion for helping others find peaceful alternatives to resolve conflict.
After Hours: I am a mother of two active young boys, ages 7 and 10, who are both in sports year-round now. I enjoy outdoor activities like surfing, kite boarding, mountain biking, Nordic and alpine skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, photography, and travel. You also may find me coaching kids’ baseball, soccer, volunteering at school, and mentoring college and law students.
Collaborative Attorney & Mediator
Why I do this work? I am passionate about families and peacemaking.
My practice is to create a professional /friendly, efficient/thoughtful, thorough/forward- looking process empowering couples to make the best decisions possible while saving time and money. I emphasize financial clarity with Family Law Software and constructive communication as a peacemaking practice trainer and certified coach in HeartMath resilience training.
Background: I graduated from Vermont Law School in 1978 with two young children in tow. After 20 years of general practice in Vermont and 8 years in Arizona as a juvenile public defender, pro tem judge, family court mediator and special master, I followed my grandchildren to Oregon. I have since worked tirelessly to train in and promote this new type of legal advocacy.
After Hours: I am a consummate reader and life-long learner. My joy is in being with my grandchildren and helping them cultivate their passions.
Why do I do this work? I work as a mediator and Collaborative attorney to assist individuals and couples who are willing to work together to achieve peaceful, respectful solutions to their family issues.
My practice: I provide free consultations that including an overview of the typical issues involved in separation, and the ways couples can work together on win-win solutions. My clients determine how often they wish to meet, how fast they want to proceed and the specific solutions that will work best for their families.
Background: I’ve practiced law for 30 years and mediated for the last decade supported by 750+ hours training in Collaborative skills. As a peacefully divorced father of two, I know firsthand the benefits that we can provide our kids from handling our breakups well.
After hours: I enjoy time outdoors, and try to keep up with my teen age son’s track and other activities.