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Description of Practice
Mediation in person and mediation online use different paths to reach the same goals: restoring peace in the family through confidential, collaborative agreements. Divorce mediation offers divorcing couples a way forward with dignity, to an agreement that meets your 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. Online mediation has more flexible hours. In-person mediation should be available again soon.
I focus exclusively on mediation, online or in person. I have attended hundreds of hours of mediation trainings since 1990. As a California mediator, I have mediated family and divorce issues since 2006. Before that, I practiced law for thirteen years. 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.
My first mediation training in 1990 changed the way I practiced law to a more collaborative style. I left the practice of law entirely in 1996 to focus on mediation. I have attended over 600 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. I offer both online and in-person mediation.
- B.A. Occidental College - Speech/Drama/Musical Theater;
- M.A. UCLA - Dance;
- J.D. Seattle University, cum laude
I hold California Clear Teaching credentials for Multiple Subjects and Single-Subject - English
||Basic - 20 hours
||Basic Divorce Mediation - 40 hours
||Centinela Youth Services
||Victim-Offender Mediation - 32 hours
||Strauss Institute - STAR - 18 hours
||Jim Melamed/Nina Mierding
||Strauss Institute-Advanced Family-18 hours
||Advanced Family Mediation - 200+ hours
||Advanced/Collaborative - 19 hours
||Elder Mediation - 21 hours
||Elder Mediation - 25 hours
||Ken Cloke, and on-going
||Advanced Mediation -15 hours, ongoing 2018-
||Santa Clara University/Mediate.com
||Online Family Mediation
My approach to mediation is respectful and pragmatic. I work online or in-person, helping clients to 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 fee for online mediation is $195 for one-hour sessions, if you mention Mediate.com when you first contact me. For in-person divorce mediation in Pasadena, my fee is $260 per hour. For some families, online mediation or a mix of in-person and online sessions might provide the best value. Please inquire.
Sliding fees are available for elder/ adult family mediation--please inquire. Premarital conversations can be hourly, or a set fee for an agreed amount of time.
Online appointments are available most days, some evenings until 9:00 (after the kids are in bed - no commute needed!) and most Saturdays. In-person mediations are available for afternoons/early evenings and some Saturdays.
To get started, we'll schedule free individual telephone consultations for both/all parties and then a free joint session to see how we will work together and to review the Agreement to Mediate.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Faith Based
- Land Use
- Marital Mediation
- Online Family/Divorce
- Online Mediation
- Pet Mediation
- Special Education
- Victim - Offender
- Mediation Consultant
- Systems Designer
- Mediation Trainer
- Conflict Coach
- Online Mediator
References available upon request.
This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.