Sonja M. Ramirez, Ph.D.
Solution-focused conflict resolution

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Offices in Montclair, Totowa, Paramus,
Saddle Brook, E Rutherford, Mahwah,
Morristown, NJ 07663

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Description of Practice

Mediation is solution focused and non-adversarial. Mediation allows you to make your own decisions about the terms of your divorce. You are the experts regarding your family. During mediation, you move beyond the conflict and create fair and equitable divorce agreements based on your particular circumstances. You do not have to be on good terms with your current spouse to mediate a divorce agreement that is fair to both of you. I will help you focus on problem solving and moving forward with your lives. You both simply need to agree that you want to make these personal decisions about your future and avoid potentially stressful court battles, lost work time, entangling children in the battle, having decisions made for you and other consequences of litigation. As your mediator, I act as a neutral third party. I work for both of you. I will present you with the issues that the Court requires you to resolve in order to get an uncontested divorce. We will go through each issue, one at a time, until you are both satisfied with all the agreements reached regarding financial assets, custody, parenting time, alimony, etc. This process is confidential. Mediation is associated with family members experiencing less frustration and distress while transitioning through the divorce. Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to litigation. It is a choice to focus on closure and your future. I can assist you in reaching a settlement agreement and prepare your Memorandum of Understanding for filing with the Court. I also mediate post-divorce issues and act as a Parent Coordinator.

Professional Background

Clinical Psychologist - 22 years experience


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
9/23, 9/26-28/2016    Susan Deveney    Dispute Resolution Training 33.5 CE hours


My role is to assist you, as a neutral third party, in resolving any issues in dispute and reaching mutually acceptable agreements. I ask questions and encourage you to identify your options, make proposals and consider alternative solutions so that you can create agreements that will meet both of your needs. I encourage you to communicate, identify problems, make informed decisions, solve disputes and create agreements in a fair and equitable manner. I help you to constructively communicate with each other about your concerns and focus on the decision making process so that you can decrease conflict and enhance dialogue to resolve key issues. I encourage you to identify and acquire the information that you need to make informed decisions. Mediation is negotiating and compromising so that both of you feel that your needs are being met. You must both participate equally. The focus is on you identifying and considering options to resolve issues in an agreeable way. You control the outcome of your divorce through cooperation with your current spouse, a focus on the best interest of all family members and solution focused decision making. Divorce presents a series of issues that must be resolved. It is your choice how this will be done - by you or the Court. Mediation moves at your pace.


$175.00 per one hour session. $275.00 for the Memorandum of Understanding.

Other Information

Evening and weekend hours available.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Parent-Teen

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Psychotherapist
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Parenting Coordinator

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.