Kristen Jocums brings a background in family law and her own personal experience with divorce to her work with families in crisis.
Kristen founded Peaceful Family Solutions after experiencing her own divorce and realizing that the legal system is not the ideal way for families to transition because it requires couples to compete against each other when making parenting and co-parenting arrangements. Kristen brings her personal and legal experience together with mediation to help families find conflict resolution solutions that support cooperative parenting planning. In addition to providing parenting facilitation and parenting coordination mediation, Kristen brings her expertise in conflict resolution to families with difficulties related to elder care and estate management.
Kristen received her law degree from the University of Utah and began her career practicing family law in 1993. She practiced family law for 9 years, earning the Young Lawyer of the Year award from the Utah State Bar in 1998. When she returned to the workforce after being a stay at home mom, Kristen chose a focus on non-litigation approaches to conflict resolution in family matters.
She received training in Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Parent Coordination in 2011. Since then she has worked as a guardian for children in contested custody cases, a mediator, and a parent coordinator. She helps parents in conflict learn new skills for working together to support their child’s development.
In January, 2018 Kristen was appointed project manager for a national continuing education program for inter-disciplinary professionals who are making child custody and placement decisions.
Kristen is an active member of Oregon Mediation Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She was a co-presenter at the 2017 annual conference on the topic of Trauma Informed Conflict Engagement. She also presented a session called Mythbusters - Combating Implicit Bias Against People With Disabilities.
Kristen serves on the Benton County Family Law Advisory Committee, assisting with needs assessment, adapting services through collaborative endeavors, and contributing to drafting of local rules for parent coordinators and parenting plans. She is a member of the Mediation Subcommittee of the Oregon State Family Law Advisory Committee, where she participates in evaluating and making recommendations regarding family law mediation services in Oregon to ensure access to quality services.
Kristen also participates at many levels as a member of the National Federation of the Blind, both nationally and locally. She has held positions as state president, local president, state and local board member and national committee member. Her current advocacy efforts include pursuing improvements to Oregon law for blind parents and outreach to decision makers in custody and child placement decisions about disability bias and diversity.
Kristen is a single parent to two children. She knows the adversarial nature of competing divorce attorneys and is committed to helping families navigate divorce and other parenting challenges through the more cooperative lens of mediation.