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272 S Los Robles Ave #203
Pasadena, CA 91101
Description of Practice
Divorce mediation offers divorcing couples a way forward with dignity, to an agreement that meets their needs for: parenting plans, child and/or spousal support, division of assets and debts, or modification of existing orders. As a mediator, I assist families in negotiating their way respectfully through family issues resulting from major life transitions: pre- and post-marital agreements, divorce, business difficulties, elder care issues, and more.
Although I practiced law for thirteen years, I now focus exclusively on mediation. I have attended hundreds of hours of mediation trainings since 1990. As a California mediator, I have mediated family and divorce issues since 2006. My legal experience includes service in the US Navy JAG Corps and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, as Assistant County Counsel in Jackson County, OR, and as a family lawyer in Jackson County, OR.
I have been involved with mediation for over twenty-five years. My first mediation training was in 1990, and it changed the way I practiced law to a more collaborative style, until I left the practice of law in 1996 to practice mediation exclusively. I have attended over 500 hours of training with some of the best trainers in the business, and have mediated 250+ cases. Most of the mediations are for divorce, but I have also mediated pre-marital agreements, adult family/elder issues, and claims related to family-owned businesses.
B.A. Occidental College - Speech/Drama/Musical Theater; M.A. UCLA - Dance; J.D. Seattle University, cum laude
|6/1990||Confluence Northwest||Basic - 20 hours|
|2/1996||Jim Melamed||Basic Divorce Mediation - 40 hours|
|8/2002||Centinela Youth Services||Victim-Offender Mediation - 32 hours|
|6/2003||Peter Robinson||Strauss Institute - STAR - 18 hours|
|6/2006||Jim Melamed/Nina Mierding||Strauss Institute-Advanced Family-18 hours|
|2006-present||Woody Mosten||Advanced Family Mediation - 200+ hours|
|10/2007||Woody Mosten||Advanced/Collaborative - 19 hours|
|8/2008||Transformative Institute||Elder Mediation - 21 hours|
|5/2009||ARMS||Elder Mediation - 25 hours|
|5/2003||Ken Cloke||Advanced Mediation -15 hours|
My approach to mediation is respectful and pragmatic. I help clients find common ground from which they can build their agreements. For divorce mediation, the label that best suits my style is either "pragmatic" or "facilitative". For elder /adult family mediation, I tend more toward the "transformative" end of the mediation spectrum. I will choose any tool or process that seems likely at the time to help the clients meet their mediation goals.
My hourly rate is $250 per hour. I value transparency about fees and welcome your questions. I explain how I arrive at estimates and what factors can increase or decrease estimated fees. Sliding fees are available for elder/ adult family mediation--please inquire.
Typical appointment times are 8:30 a.m, or 3:30, 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday mornings. I offer a free consultation in which I learn a bit about you, and share information about how we might work together.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family (9 mediated)
- Commercial (2 mediated)
- Congregational (2 mediated)
- Divorce (all issues) (250 mediated)
- Divorce (parenting) (125 mediated)
- Elder (9 mediated)
- Faith Based (2 mediated)
- Family (9 mediated)
- General (2 mediated)
- Land Use (2 mediated)
- LGBTQ (7 mediated)
- Marital Mediation (4 mediated)
- Online Mediation (7 mediated)
- Pet Mediation
- Prenuptial (6 mediated)
- Probate (3 mediated)
- Special Education
- Victim - Offender (12 mediated)
- Communication Skills Trainer
- Mediation Consultant
- Online Mediator
- Mediation Trainer