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Karyn Youso
Karyn Youso

Practitioner Mediator

Practitioner MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 50 cases for at least 200 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice..Premium Member

Karyn Youso

I am a family law mediator with over 30 years of legal experience. I have an extensive background in cases involving substance abuse, domestic abuse and mental illness, and I’m a strong proponent of low conflict dispute resolution. As a divorced single mom of three, I have strong empathy for what it feels like to go through divorce, and bring creative problem-solving skills to each couple’s case. Lowering conflict means lowering cost, and a better outcome for families.

I find when all parties are willing to look at all issues from both sides of view, the resulting agreement is less about taking positions and more about meeting needs.  In litigation, emotional issues such as infidelity are not addressed or resolved at all.  In mediation, we talk about that betrayal, and how it affects all aspects of the settlement agreement, starting with the breach of trust it created.  No one is all good or all bad.  In mediation, we talk about what does and does not work in the current relationship, and how to assist with that moving forward post-divorce as the parties learn to navigate a new type of relationship in which they are no longer intimate partners.

ADR Experience

Practicing attorney over 30 years, practicing mediator for over 20 years, Collaborative Divorce practitioner, participated in multiple divorce mediation trainings, marital mediation training, collaborative practice training.


I am generally a facilitative mediator, promoting cooperation and communication between parties. When asked I do offer evaluative opinions. In higher conflict cases caucusing may be used (separating the parties into different rooms), but generally my mediations are conducted in one room with both parties (and their counsel if used). The goal of mediation is to resolve all issues, but at the very least resolve as many disputes as possible.


BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
JD, Washington University School of Law, 1992

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer



Fees and Provisos

I am paid hourly for my time.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes