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Fear makes us feel vulnerable, and vulnerability can be frightening. Inequality makes us feel even more vulnerable. Parents fear not being able to pay the bills or put food on the table for their children while maintaining two households on the same income they used for one. Parents also fear that they will lose their right to self-determination. Some parents fear jail time for unmanageable child support debt on the pretext of contempt of court. Many parents fear losing their children emotionally or having their parental rights terminated. Family courts create an air of intimidation to extract obedience from targeted parents and their attorneys.

We support families in crisis and respect and protect individuals' unalienable rights regardless of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or social class. Sorting out the answers for your family through a cooperative process, whether on your own or with certified mediators or cooperative attorneys' assistance, takes time and courage. However, the resulting agreement has built-in flexibility and is right for you and your family.

You Make Your Own Decisions


  • Situational assessment
  • Facilitation
  • Support (as needed)
    • Abusive behavior
    • Addiction
    • Personality disorders
    • Mental illness


  • Living arrangements
  • Parental roles
  • Social support
  • Careers
  • Finances
  • Grief counseling
  • Identity development

Living Agreement

  • Post-settlement
  • Opportunities/Challenges
  • Personal problem solving
  • Rebuilding and healing
  • Career freedom
  • Agreement adjustments