Getting started with Kim Whelan Mediation was not easy. After having a 20-year marriage, an eclectic business career, and two teenage boys, I found myself getting divorced.
It wasn’t the worst divorce, and it wasn’t the best. When it was over, however, people asked me how I weathered the challenges when they saw that my kids and I were doing well.
The Road to Mediation
Too often, I saw smart, caring people giving into the “mine” mentality, simply because they could not communicate calmly and effectively with their spouse. I had been down a version of that path myself.
Mediation seemed to be the one detour off of the “bad divorce” road. I then trained extensively in the process of mediation because I saw the power of facilitated, interest-based negotiation—particularly when dealing with the charged emotional and legal issues of divorce.
Working With Financial Analyses
I often saw people making important financial decisions during divorce without understanding the ramifications. After becoming proficient in mediation, I decided to achieve the CDFA® designation. My certification brings another level of security and calm to the mediation table.
I analyze the financial data to foster better-informed decisions, ultimately making the divorce process more productive. Knowing there are several ways to “crunch the numbers” to present different outcomes allows clients to make the best choices for themselves and their families.
Starting My Consulting Services
My divorce consulting services bring me back to where I started—helping people learn what they don’t know at the beginning of the divorce process. My full view of the divorce landscape enables me to educate clients about what lies ahead.
I then help my clients develop their strategy for navigating this daunting life change. Through education, support, and connecting clients to the right professionals, I offer an invaluable service to those who need to be confidently prepared.
Education, Training, and Affiliations
- Harvard Business School, MBA, 1984
- Middlebury College, BA, 1979
- MWI, Boston, MA
- Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Cambridge, MA
- Divorce Mediation Training Associates (DMTA), Watertown, MA
- Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Program, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
- Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
- Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (Cambridge, MA)
- Seminar on Mediation and Conflict Management
- Seminar on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- MWI (Boston, MA)
- Forty-Hour Executive Mediation Training
- Negotiation Skills Workshop
- Train the Trainer Institute
- Community Dispute Settlement Center Facilitation Skills for Mediators Workshop (Cambridge, MA)
- Norfolk Probate and Family Court Mediation Project
- CDSC Divorce Panel
- MWI Small Claims and Summary Process
- Role Play Coach at CDSC, Harvard Law School PON, Suffolk Law School
- Board Member and Treasurer, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM)
- Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC)
- Association of Professional Family Mediators (APFM)
- National Association of Divorce Professionals (NADP)
- The Divorce Center, Waltham, MA
- New England Chapter Association for Conflict Resolution (NE ACR)