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I believe in proactive problem solving. Mediation, collaborative divorce, estate planning all provide clients with the means to resolve the problems they are facing in a positive process.


Divorce is never easy but the collaborative process was developed out of a need to give couples a choice. It allows them to end the marriage without inflicting new wounds in the process. In collaborative divorce both people are represented and everyone agrees to work together. Issues are resolved over a series of joint meetings. The process allows couples to "recalibrate" to their new normal and hopefully provides some healing. This is especially important when there are kids involved.


When I was younger we lost several family members within a few years and the stress and pain of that experience is what motivated to me to help people plan ahead to resolve the often inevitable conflicts that arise when a loved one passes.


Often we procrastinate planning for our end and believe that there will be time. While there may be time, none of us knows how much. Wills, trusts, powers of attorney all allow us to make a plan with the facts we have today. Our plan doesn't have to be complicated, but it does have to be written down. Making our wishes clear is one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones.


Mediation is a fantastic tool for families to use throughout the process. I have worked with families in the early stages, when there has been a diagnosis of alzheimer's or cancer to help them develop a plan or later when things have progressed and the family is in crisis mode. These plans not only for the legal issues (wills, powers of attorney) but also the family issues. What care will be needed? Can we provide it or do we need outside help? What are our financial options? No one's legacy should be that their final illness or death tore a family apart.


As a compassionate, collaborative attorney my focus is on meeting clients where they are and helping them get to where they want to be.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 20%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Elder Law: 20%
  4. Divorce: 20%
  5. Wills: 20%



Hourly ($160-220/hour)

Payment types:

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  • Kimberly Jo Stamatelos

    Kristen is a wonderful lawyer and human being. She truly cares about her clients and strives to be a peacemaker for them. She is well known in the legal community for her skill as a mediator, particularly in the area of elder law. She is an asset to our profession.


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  • Reagen A Kulseth

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Contact info

Kh Mediation

6600 University Ave # 250
Des Moines, IA, 50324-1639


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and MediatorKH Mediation2012 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Association of MediatorsBoad of Directors, Vice President2014 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Probate, Property and Trust Law SectionN/AN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Polk County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Des Moines West Side Chamber of CommerceBoard of DirectorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Iowa LawyerProbate Mediation Pilot Program2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ISBA monthly webinarA Smoother Transition: Mediating Aging Issues2015
INADR World Mediation CongressIowa Aging Issue Mediation Project2014