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Karyn Youso
Karyn Youso

Practitioner Mediator

Practitioner MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 50 cases for at least 200 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice..Premium Member

Karyn Youso

I am a family law mediator with over 30 years of experience. I have an extensive background in cases involving substance abuse, domestic abuse and mental illness, and I’m a strong proponent of low conflict dispute resolution. As a divorced single mom of three, I have strong empathy for what it feels like to go through divorce, and bring creative problem-solving skills to each couple’s case. Lowering conflict means lowering cost, and a better outcome for families.

I’ve been in practice for over 30 years. I started as a researcher in Washington, DC, then moved to Wisconsin to enter private practice in 1993. I’ve seen so many families ripped apart by high conflict, and have spent a lot of time training to be able to offer low conflict services. Low conflict is better for kids, and better for finances.

ADR Experience

Practicing mediator for over 20 years, Collaborative Divorce practitioner, participated in multiple divorce mediation trainings, marital mediation training, collaborative practice training.


I am generally a facilitative mediator, promoting cooperation and communication between parties. When asked I do offer evaluative opinions. In higher conflict cases caucusing may be used (separating the parties into different rooms), but generally my mediations are conducted in one room with both parties (and their counsel if used). The goal of mediation is to resolve all issues, but at the very least resolve as many disputes as possible.


BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
JD, Washington University School of Law, 1992

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

I give the clients the choice between paying my hourly rate or paying a flat fee for mediation depending on the facts of their case.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes