Cherie Morris is a lawyer, certified yoga teacher, mother, and writer. She attended Duke University and the University of Iowa College of Law. She worked as a lawyer from 1991 through 2003 and since that time has worn many hats: COO of a law firm, yoga teacher, and author. Cherie’s legal training makes her approach to issues logical and reasoned. She began exploring alternate dispute resolution and transformative mediation in order to understand how to change the nature of conflict and improve dynamics when conflict occurs, in litigation and otherwise when a solely rational approach may not succeed. Her approach to conflict is that rational thinking must be accompanied by the ability to empathize and compromise in order to achieve successful results. A divorce agreement is a very important contract that requires each party to recognize, and think about, the long-term consequences of taking specific action now. She believes it is very important to understand and analyze each decision in divorce carefully, and rationally, but with a strong consideration for your best self and a relationship that may continue with a former spouse well into the future, especially when there are children involved. Cherie had a long-term marriage, with children, which ended in divorce. This deepened her desire to explore how to make a very chaotic and stressful life transition a more organized, fair and cooperative one, when possible, in order to serve the best interests of children and adults. Cherie’s training as a coach was inspired by this experience. She strongly believes, from her own and her clients’ experience, that facing life transition with the support of an objective thinking partner helps clarify decisions in a supportive and accountable environment and is invaluable. There are many professionals who may serve an individual in divorce, but a divorce coach may be the only one acting as an objective thinking partner who will help you decide, at a reasonable cost, how to frame important decisions that will serve you and your children now and well into the future. Cherie is convinced that the best interests of children are served in divorce when the adults act as their best selves, inspiring their children to see that flexibility and resilience are important life-long qualities for all of us. This applies whether you are contemplating, in the midst of, or have post-divorce complications. Cherie has four children of her own, two of whom are in college, and is part of a blended family. She is delighted to include her partner’s daughter and says they have a combined five. Life is always interesting and challenging. In addition to her work with Dear Divorce Coach, Cherie is available for coaching sessions regarding divorce and other life transitions for individuals and couples too. She also has various Washington DC based support group opportunities available in conjunction with a licensed clinical social worker.