Most of our mediation work involves marital separation and divorce. We know from our own experiences, and from working with hundreds of couples in mediation, that divorce can be one of life’s most difficult transitions. As mediators, our goal is to give separating and divorcing couples the highest level of professional expertise, along with real compassion and empathy. We aim to combine effective use of conflict resolution methods with a skilled lawyer’s understanding of relevant state divorce law. Our process is a structured one that makes room for expression of feelings, but keeps a focus on the decision-making tasks that need to be accomplished. We seek to guide clients through settlement negotiations in a manner that minimizes the financial and emotional harm of separation and divorce and preserves (or repairs) the ability of parents to function as a parenting team, over the long term. Divorce is always sad, but it can be handled with dignity and thoughtfulness.
John Spiegel and Donna Duquette offer comprehensive divorce mediation services, individually and as co-mediators, in their full-time mediation practice. Donna and John are recognized as Certified Mediators by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR), and are licensed as attorneys in Maryland and the District of Columbia. They have taught conflict resolution courses at the University of Maryland, College Park and have presented mediation workshops at numerous regional and national conferences.
John is a graduate of Yale Law School. He served in 2003 and 2004 as President of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and in 2005 – 2008 as President of the Divorce Roundtable of Montgomery County.
Donna is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She serves on the MCDR Board of Directors and has served as a trainer and mediator for the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County.
Areas of Practice
Mediation for Separation and Divorce:
- Comprehensive marital settlement agreements
- Temporary separation agreements
- Post-divorce dispute resolution
- Child support recalculations
- Parenting plans or dispute resolution for unmarried parents
- Special issues affecting gay and lesbian couples
Mediation for Other Family Matters:
- Elder and adult family mediation
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Family business and estate disputes
Our office offers the option of co-mediation. With co-mediation, both of us--John and Donna--participate in each mediation session, working together as a team to help both clients.
Training and Facilitation:
We provide conflict resolution training for businesses, schools, religious congregations, governmental agencies, and other organizations.
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