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Dr. Patrice Garver
Dr. Patrice Garver

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Dr. Patrice Garver

Divorce Mediation Associates provides divorce and family mediation. We provide full martial settlement agreements. We are unique in providing co-mediation (integrative mediation) with a mental health professional and attorney and gender neutral as one is male and the other female. We also provide mediation for premarital agreements and post-nuptial agreements. Additionally,we provide divorce consultation and alternatives in decision making for a couple as they contemplate divorce and/or separation.

ADR Experience

Dr. Patrice Garver received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology, specializing in assessment and treatment of children with learning and behavioral problems. She has Masters Degrees in the areas of Mental Health Counseling, Special Education and Clinical/Developmental Psychology. She is experienced working as a special educator, learning disabilities specialist, psychometrication, school psychologist, mediator and collaborative law professional. She also trained at the Kennedy Krieger Center at Johns Hopkins and has taken several trainings in meditation at Northwestern University and with Gary Friedman.

Steven M. Garver has been a Virginia attorney handling divorce cases for in excess of 40 years and has provided mediation services since 1979. He has participated in numerous training programs over several years including programs at Harvard and at Northwestern Universities. He currently is an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School and co-teaches Negotiation with Dr. Patrice Garver.


We co-mediate with both parties generally in the room together. While we will occasionally utilize a caucus method, we believe that the best meditation in family matters works with open and transparent communication in the mediation room. While we are primarily facilitative, we will provide some evaluative input and we look for creative solutions. We attempt to collaborate together with the parties to reach interest based resolutions.


Dr. Patrice B.F. Garver has a PhD. in Psychology form the University of Maryland and a PhD. in Counseling as well as several other masters degrees in related fields.

Steven M. Garver has a Juris Doctor form George Mason University Law School.

Areas Of Practice

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

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Psychotherapist

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • APFM Conference - 2019
  • Lisa Herrick and Kate Scharff - 2013 - 30 hours
  • Gary Freidman and Jack Himmelstein and Kathryn Miller - 2017 - 40 hours
  • Northwestern University - 2017 - 40 hours

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Association for Conflict Resolution
  • AFCC - Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • APFM - Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals