Let’s put the pieces together.

I take a practical approach to all facets of divorce, focusing on your top priorities, and exploring creative solutions to achieve your best outcome.

We build global agreement, one issue at a time.

Pearl Mediation, LLC
By mediating you’ll avoid the expense, time, and drama that accompanies the traditional litigation process. I’ll help you separate the emotion from the business of divorce. I meet with clients jointly and in private caucus, hearing your goals and concerns, with the experience to find solutions you’re comfortable with.
By anticipating problems you’ll avoid future setbacks and move forward with an agreement you can build your future on.
Based in the NY/NJ area, we handle matters across the nation via Zoom. Certified to practice nationally, your mediator has a depth of experience with the divorce landscape in many states, including, but not limited to AZ; CA; CO; CT; FL; GA; ID; IL; IN; KY; MA; MD; MN; NJ; NC; NY; NV; OH; OR; PA; SC; TN; TX; VA; WA; WI, WY. Your Mediator will ensure you are aware of, and get answers to, any questions that may be specific to your local jurisdiction.
Divorce Issues
Separation; divorce; allocation of parental responsibilities; parenting plan; division of property & financial  assets and liabilities (in both equitable distribution and community property states); child support; spousal maintenance/alimony; planning for special needs.
Practical Issues
If you’re wondering… Should I stay or should I go? How does this all work? How do I choose an attorney? How much will my divorce cost? How long will it take? How do I protect my children? How will money work during the divorce? What goes into a settlement agreement? Should I try to keep the house? How do I start over? Am I earning enough? How do I negotiate or parent with a difficult ex? Will I be ok? … I’ve got you!
Parent Coordination
Assist with structuring and implementing a parenting plan that works for you and your co-parent and serves the best interests of your children. Evolve how you and your co-parent communicate, handle transitions, and resolve disputes so your family can find a better path forward that helps your children thrive.
Special Education Parent Advocate
Guide parents of children with learning and behavior issues toward best-fit clinical services, programs, activities & resources aimed at achieving greater academic & social successes & more positive family dynamics.
Advocate for families, from early intervention to post secondary education, seeking special education & related services from their district child study teams, obtaining out-of-district placements, & comprehensive IEPs & 504 Plans. Create special education family plans.
Present workshops to parents and teachers learning the special education system and navigating childhood behavior issues.
“So often in life, things that you regard as impediment turn out to be great good fortune.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My clients know if I don’t have an answer, I know where we’ll go find one together.

My network of Trusted Partners includes:

In Their Own Words

“It was so encouraging talking with you. I have more hope now knowing someone will finally take me and my daughter seriously and can help us! I’m so glad I found you. I wouldn’t want anyone else to help us through this. I’m grateful not only for your expertise and knowledge but also for being an advocate for children with special needs – you get it! It’s so hard to find that especially when your child “doesn’t look disabled”.


“Thank you for all your time, resources, and talent. You helped us tremendously through a very stressful time and we appreciate all you did to help our little girl.”

Cortney & Anthony

“Your guidance made me feel so much more powerful. In the conference it was obvious that now I know my shit. A year ago I was not equipped with all the knowledge I have now. You’ve taught me so much and been so supportive that I now feel capable of and motivated to help others.”

Suzanne T.

“Our work with Rebecca Stern at Pearl Mediation was awesome. She was very effective in understanding where we each were coming from and helping us work through what each of us wanted, prioritize what matters, and come to agreements.”

Vicki L.

“Thank you for your hard work Rebecca. I want you to be everyone’s mediator. It’s extraordinary that you have such an expert grasp of the finances and business side of divorce and in equal measure are so compassionate. You are amazing! You truly seem aligned with your purpose.”

Cori L.

“Rebecca Stern is shrewd in the best sense of the word. Her knowledge of federal and state special education law, students’ rights, and her depth of experience in the entire process (ordeal) of negotiating an IEP is truly priceless. If your child has any special needs not being met, the quality of Rebecca’s services, strategy, and problem solving will change your family’s life. Districts know better than to “F around” once Rebecca is on your case. She’ll ensure needless drama is avoided, and will hold people accountable. Her knowledge of clinical professionals including evaluators and therapists only adds to her IEP kung-fu. She is worth every dime and our entire family has benefited greatly from her expertise.”

Ani H.

“Working with Rebecca was one of the best decisions I made for my children and myself. She partnered with me to develop a thorough and comprehensive parenting plan. Her expertise through this process was invaluable. If you have children and are getting divorced, you need Rebecca on your team!”

Angela P.

“I even texted my ex to let her know how thrilled I was that she found you to get us through this!”

Michael C.

“I can’t thank you enough. My family and I are heartened by your services and buoyed by the valuable information you shared. We shall remember your kindness.”

Laura D.

“Rebecca is one of the best motivators & positive influencers I have ever worked with. She is a tireless & passionate advocate for the causes & clients she represents. She is a rare individual that always has the ability to connect with people & make them feel special. She also possesses a serious work ethic that she pairs with her great creativity!”

Susan B.

“Rebecca is a conscientious & caring advocate who understands the law & needs of the individual. It is without hesitation that I recommend her services. She is an outstanding advocate with professional and personal experience. She understands you, your child, and the complexities that arise in both the educational system and within the family. Highly recommended!”

Anna B.