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MARY W. LYONS, JD, LLM, CDFA®
Just Resolutions, LLC

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Description of Practice

Divorce and finances are two subjects that are often difficult for people. Divorces are often emotional, messy situations that are fraught with feelings of distrust and betrayal. Finances and taxes can be complex and difficult to understand. Thus, it is no surprise that few people are enthusiastic about considering the impact of their financial situation and taxes on their divorce settlement. Mediators (as well as family law attorneys) often struggle with properly educating a couple on the financial complexities of their settlements. A failure to consider the parties' financial situations and the tax effects of the settlement during divorce negotiations can have a substantial negative effect on their ability to come to an agreement that is fair and equitable. The tax treatment and financial impact of potential transfers of assets must be considered. The Tax Code provides for certain benefits on transfers of property as part of a divorce, but these transfers must be planned, and the benefits can be lost if people proceed without the proper guidance. It is also important to protect survivor retirement plan benefits, and spousal and child support. Failure to address these issues can result in unexpected hardship and tax liability in the future, and dissatisfaction with the settlement in the long run. Mary has mediated hundreds of cases involving child custody, parenting time, and child support. She can help the parties work together to address financial and emotional issues, and come to an agreement that maximizes the well-being of the entire family going forward

Professional Background

Mary is an experienced, full-time, professional family mediator with Virginia and Florida Supreme Court certification, as well as a tax attorney and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), and is available to help you come to a divorce settlement that you will be satisfied with in the long-term, and with less stress and costs than litigation. Mary practiced as a tax attorney with the National Office of the I.R.S. for eight years, as well as in the private sector. She has mediated hundreds of family cases, and sincerely believes that mediation provides the greatest likelihood that conflicts can be resolved in a way that maximizes the well-being of the family going forward. Mary's vision is to change the way people resolve their differences by reducing conflict and, thereby, improve the lives of her clients. Mary has over 300 hours of mediation and negotiation training from numerous institutions.

Degrees

LL.M. in Tax with Distinction Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. with Honors George Washington University Law School, B.A. University of Virginia

Other Information

Online mediation available nationwide.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Probate
  • Tax

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.