Hello, I’m Charlie Rowan.

I help people get through divorce and conflict peacefully, with care and respect.

It doesn’t have to be a battle.

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Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

I help couples and individuals resolve conflict peacefully.

Most people don't want a judge and two lawyers in a contentious courtroom hearing making deeply personal, private, and crucial decisions about their money, their children, and their lives.  Most people want to make those decisions themselves — thoughtfully, in a non-adversarial setting, and without undue pressure or great expense.

People facing separation and divorce, co-parenting or needing a parenting plan, wanting help with alimony (spousal support), parenting, child support, or the division (equitable distribution) of marital property, don't want some random judge deciding what the future course of their lives will be.  They want control over these decisions and the process of making them.

That’s why I do what I do.  That's why I choose to be a family lawyer, divorce lawyer, and divorce mediator.


Mediation of divorce, alimony, child custody, parenting plans, child support, property settlement agreements, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, post-marital agreements, dividing retirement, and more.

Helping Individuals

Legal representation of individual clients: Collaborative Divorce, alimony, custody, co-parenting, child support, property division / equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, post-divorce issues, and more.


Preparation of orders dividing retirement in divorce, e.g. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO's), company and federal  pensions, e.g. 401(k), 403(b), TSP, FERS, military retired pay; state & local government plans.

As a guest on Great Day Washington, Charlie talked about how to have a good divorce.

Schedule a free 30-minute conversation so I can help you:

Get clear on what’s really going on in your situation

Learn what options you have moving forward

Create breathing space until things are resolved

Regain a sense of control over your future

"Charlie helped us with our marital settlement agreement, and it was as peaceful and smooth a process as I could have hoped for. Charlie is thorough, knowledgeable, and kind..."

- Divorce Mediation Client

"Just wanted to thank you again for your very thoughtful, helpful and generous time this evening! I truly enjoyed speaking with you and am very grateful for your insights, counsel and just great advice!"

- Post-Divorce Consultation

"Charlie is a creative, compassionate and effective lawyer and business coach. In a critical joint-venture negotiation, I called on Charlie to help me think through my objectives and plan my negotiation strategy."

- Entrepreneur Client

Organizations are People Too!

By Charlie Rowan

In some ways, conflict within or between organizations is different from conflict between individuals outside of an organizational setting. But in fundamental ways, they are the same. For one thing, organizations are comprised of people. Only people make decisions and interact with other people within the organization and in other organizations. Most of the most…

Mediation and Collaborative Practice:
How They Differ From Litigation

By Charlie Rowan

Mediation and Collaborative Practice are two of the most popular non-adversarial paths open to people who would like to reach agreement about anything important to them.  They are popular for many good reasons. If you are getting separated or divorced, Mediation and Collaborative Practice are available to help you find agreement on everything that needs…