The Good Divorce Project
The Good Divorce Project supports divorcing families through storytelling, mediation services and negotiation training. As part of this effort, MWI staff members Vanessa Linsey and Josh Hoch collect stories from families who have survived the incredible pain of divorce and found healthy ways to co-parent, create an inclusive family life, reestablish their identity with confidence, and step into happiness.
These stories are meant to uplift couples who are experiencing the endless challenges existing along the divorce continuum. The Good Divorce Project connects people who crave a peaceful family life. We get inspired, we redefine what it means to be divorced, and we proliferate new norms for modern families.
We Are Currently Accepting Success Stories
If you’re up for writing a personal essay, it would be amazing as it may help those who read it! These essays will be shared on MWI’s website and on our social media channels. We accept submissions under 1000 words (about 2 pages double-spaced) accompanied by a photo or two. Your story should include advice to another parent who’s trying to figure out how to “be” during and/or after a divorce. If you’re more of a talker, you’re in good company. Let’s chat on video! Reach out to Vanessa so she can pre-interview you on the phone before recording over video.
Meet our Mediators
Meet more of our divorce and family mediators by clicking here.
Steve and Sharon – 5/5 stars
When my wife and I recognized after decades together that it was time to amicably separate, a couple of colleagues, who perform mediation, independently recommended Josh Hoch as a mediator. However, it was important that my wife and I both feel comfortable with Josh and his approach. He exceeded our expectations in terms of professionalism, even-handedness, and his ability to facilitate our communication involving intentions, differing expectations, guidance, and clarity of next steps. We both felt supported by Josh and appreciated his transparency related to costs, referrals and billing. Overall, we achieved our goals with a lower financial and emotional burden than we expected.
Chantal B. – 5/5 stars
We are indebted to Josh for his assistance and support during a very difficult time for our family. Nobody ever wants to go through a divorce, but having Josh’s guidance resulted in a very painful season ending in an incredibly amicable way. We have a young son and knew that for our sake, and especially for our child, it was important to navigate this split in a mature and collaborative manner and Josh helped make this dream possible. He has an uncanny ability to keep all parties on task and the focus on what is important (the overall health of our family moving forward). He was readily available to answer our questions at every turn and helped us get our agreement easily passed in June 2019. I would recommend Josh for his professionalism, affordability and most importantly, his ability to be sensitive to the emotional nature of the situation while also moving each party through the “business” tasks at hand.
Sam S. – 5/5 stars
Josh was of tremendous help as we navigated the divorce process. There is nothing easy or pleasant about mediating a divorce, so it was critical to have a neutral third party helping you walk through this process. He did not take sides and with his calm demeanor, was able to quickly resolve contentious issues for me and my spouse. We had heard horror stories on how excruciating litigation can be, so our goal was always to avoid it. Thanks to Josh we were able to successfully mediate and arrive at a fair settlement. I highly recommend him and MWI! Thank you again for your help!
Elizabeth S. – 5/5 stars
Josh Hoch is an excellent mediator. He is kind, patient, and knowledgeable, and he guided my husband and me to a fair and amicable divorce. He has a great sense of when to listen and when to take charge, and he creates an environment that invites honesty and cooperation. When our work with him was done and we sat in a courtroom waiting our turn before a judge, my husband and I were chatting and laughing together. Josh was our unseen partner in the cheerful conclusion to our marriage.
To read additional testimonials, click here.
Services to Help Achieve a Good Divorce
Participants of The Good Divorce Project are encouraged to participate in mediation, a process in which parents agree to work together, with the assistance of a neutral, to collaboratively create the terms of their divorce or to resolve post-divorce conflict without court involvement.
Benefits of mediation include:
- High Success Rate
- Convenience (online or in-person)
- Self-Determined Outcome
- Time Savings
- Preservation or Restoration of Relationships
Sometimes after the divorce is final, there is a need to change aspects of the agreement or meet with a mediator to resolve a dispute. Common topics include: changing or trying a new parenting schedule, child support modification, child related issues, money, or parents caught in conflict. For more information, click here.
For parents in high conflict, a parenting coordinator (PC) may be helpful. A PC is neutral third party who helps separated or divorced parents, who are caught in high conflict, resolve child-related disputes privately and out of court. For more information, click here.
Members of The Good Divorce Project may participate in:
- Parent Education Program
- This program provides information on the effect of divorce on children and parents as well as tips for productive co-parenting during and after divorce.
- Negotiation Skills Training
- Increase your negotiation skills and learn how to collaborate better for mutual gain instead of just trying to win.
- This program is offered at a discounted rate for members of The Good Divorce Project. Contact Josh for more information.