Terry became 'semi-retired' in 2019 and now limits his practice to preparation of retirement division documents (QDROS) and related mediation.
He is 3 time past president of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators and has been preparing retirement divisions documents for more than 25 years, without any negative experience.
Terry is available to consult regarding retirement division in collaborative matters and strongly recommends that parties and counsel be fully versed in the idiosyncrasies of any retirement plans involved in the marriage dissolution process to avoid post-decree issues resulting from lack of detail in the retirement division process. Please note, you would be surprised to learn how frequently this occurs.
Summary: With an expertise in collaborative divorce, mediation, and family and juvenile law matters, Kristine has over two decades of experience working with children and families experiencing difficult transitional life events. Borne of deep appreciation for holistic, solution-focused practice, Restorative Law and Mediation was organized in 2014. Kristine’s multi-disciplinary approach to practice is influenced by her legal education received from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (’08), and Masters in Social Work at Arizona State University (’93). Kristine has practiced family law since 2011, has worked as an adjunct professor, Faculty Associate, or in legal education since 2008, and was a child welfare social worker and therapist for fifteen (15) years prior to law school. Kristine is a Faculty Associate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center- teaching courses in Foundations in Dispute Resolution, the Mediation Clinic, and Collaborative Law and Mediation trainings. Kristine participated in a faculty exchange with Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City campus, presenting in an interactive three-day workshop on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and restorative justice. Relevant Experience: Family/Juvenile Law Attorney and Collaboratively trained since 2011. Contractor for Maricopa County Juvenile Court- creating training curriculum and further developing dispute resolution services in juvenile court. Founder of Restorative Law and Mediation, PLLC in 2014. Served as President and Vice President for Collaborative Professionals of Phoenix; former Board Member for Voices for CASA Children; Former Director for the Child Welfare Training Institute at the AZ Department of Child Safety; Former Director of Adoptions for Aid to Adoption of Special Kids. Served on the Advisory Committees for Child Welfare Reform for Governor Napolitano.
Kristine has coached the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law mediation team for the American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation Competition for nine years. Kristine is the only national champion of this competition (’06) that has coached five (5) subsequent national competition teams and two (2) national champion teams (’12 and ’14).
Kristine’s best days in the profession are being witness to the transformative process of those that start in despair, and go on to create meaningful futures.
After recently becoming an empty nester, Kristine spends a lot of time hiking and dancing, and enjoying cherished time with family and friends.