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Kristen Jocums brings a background in family law and her own personal experience with divorce to her work with families in crisis. As 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.
With 20+ years of family conflict resolution experience, Kristen helps families transition through separation and divorce, using what she learned during her own divorce and her professional knowledge and experience.
She realizes 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.
With private mediation, Kristen helps couples who are committed to resolving conflicts amicably work together to create a structure that meets the needs of the children and adults in the family.
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.
Trained in Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Parent Coordination, Kristen has helped families transition through divorce as a mediator, parent coordinator, and guardian for children in contested custody cases.
Kristen, through Peaceful Family Solutions, helps parents in conflict learn new skills for working together despite divorce to support their child’s development.
Kristen is an active member of Oregon Mediation Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. 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 has been a presenter at many professional conferences, sharing information and techniques on trauma-informed mediation, diversity issues, and coordination of services with attorneys. Clients can count on her depth of knowledge and professional experience to add value to the mediation services they receive.
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 knows the adversarial nature of competing divorce attorneys and is committed to helping families navigate divorce and other parenting changes through mediation and the use of best practices for conflict resolution.