Susan K. Boardman, Ph.D.

Marital Mediation serves as a template for future interactions and behaviors. Addressing areas of conflict in the relationship.

Marital Mediation Works

Marital Mediation is a process that uses mediation to increase marital satisfaction. Using a third-party neutral mediator, couples create a mediated agreement which serves as a template for future interactions and behaviors that adresses areas of conflict in the relationship. Marital Mediation may be appropriate when:  

Marital Mediation offers an alternative to both marital therapy (that may require extensive time to develop therapeutic insights) and to the religious orientation of pastoral counseling; it is designed to develop concrete solutions in a shorter period of time. As a mediator experienced in psychology and communication, using techniques developed over decades in the field of dispute resolution, I help couples resolve family conflicts that could lead to separation if left unattended. Examples of such conflicts include: 


Marital Mediation: A Psychological Perspective (2013), Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 31(1), 99-108.

Susan K. Boardman

This article describes marital mediation,a process that uses established mediation techniques to improve relationships, and its similarities to and differences from marital counseling. It also looks at the process from a psychological perspective, exploring aspects of the methodology that may explain its effectiveness in cases where counseling has failed. Finally the need for marital mediation is discussed.

Marital Mediation: An Emerging Area Of Practice (5/18/09)

Susan K. Boardman, John Fiske, Laurie Israel, Ken Neumann

This article describes the process of “Marital Mediation” as a relatively new field of family mediation, designed to keep couples together using established family mediation techniques. Previously many of these techniques were used solely in divorce mediation. We begin by describing what the process involves, how it differs from both couples counseling and divorce mediation, and why we believe it often works for couples when counseling has not. We also discuss suggestions for promoting the development of Marital Mediation using both research and marketing techniques.