Today we’d like to introduce you to John Morrison.
Thanks for sharing your story with us John. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After a long career as an IT manager and executive, I decided about 6 years ago I wanted to do something completely different that would be more satisfying and would help people. I attended a training on mediation and realized quickly that mediation was what I was looking for. Being a mediator would call upon the knowledge, experience and skills I had already developed and some new ones that would be necessary
I decided to focus on family mediation because it would most directly help people with real-life problems. Mediating family disputes means you are mainly going to help people with their divorce. There are other types of family disputes that could very well be handled by mediation, but people tend not to call mediators for assistance with these matters.
I immersed myself in training for family mediation. This included obtaining a master’s degree in conflict resolution, observing divorce cases in court and volunteering to mediate hundreds of cases (divorce and others) at court.
I noted that most of what is discussed when working out a divorce settlement is financial. I therefore studied for and took the exams required to become a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).
I’ve had my own practice as a divorce and family mediator and CDFA for the last 5 years. My practice grows every year, fed by referrals and a growing number of five star reviews I’ve received on websites such as Yelp, Google, Facebook and Thumbtack.
I really enjoy what I do. It’s a privilege to be invited into couples’ lives at such a critical, difficult time as when they are separating or divorcing. I’ve been divorced myself so I know how much is at stake and how important it is to try to amicably work out reasonable solutions and avoid the cost, stress and time required for a legal battle.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a relatively smooth road. It’s taken longer than I expected to build my practice, even though when I started many mediators advised me it would be a slow process.
If people want outside help for their divorce, they still tend to call an attorney rather than a mediator. There are of course some situations where an attorney is necessary, but this is a relatively small number. There is a gradual shift toward mediation but it is slower than one might expect, given the many advantages of mediation over an adversarial approach.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Morrison Mediation – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I provide separation and divorce mediation to couples, divorce financial analysis for couples and individuals and general assistance in understanding the territory of divorce for couples and individuals. I also mediate family disputes in areas such as family businesses, elder issues, and parent/child conflicts.
For couples considering divorce mediation, I offer a free initial consultation to answer their basic questions about divorce, help them understand their options and explain how mediation works and its benefits.
I have a very high success rate in helping couples work out complete settlements for their divorce.
Several things set me apart from other divorce mediators. I am not an attorney and I don’t think or charge like one. Very few mediators are Certified Divorce Financial Analysts and my level of financial expertise sets me apart. While many mediators have a good “bedside manner,” my clients have rated me highly in areas such as compassion, patience, sensitivity and sense of humor – while also providing clients with a well-organized, efficient and effective process.
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- Address: 316 Verdugo Ave., Glendora, CA 91741
- Website: https://morrisonmediation.com
- Phone: 626-691-5616
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonmediation
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnMMediator?lang=en
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/morrison-mediation-glendora