The prospect of ending your marriage can be devastating, but divorce proceedings don’t have to be traumatic. Divorce mediation is an affordable alternative to litigating in court for resolving all family law issues before, during, and after the divorce or legal separation. Both parties meet with a trained, impartial family law mediator to resolve issues in a confidential setting.
Our Mission Statement is to provide those in divorce a civil, sensible, cost-effective alternative to litigation. We provide a comfortable, private setting with an experienced family law mediator, allowing the parties to control the outcome of important decisions about their family and property.
We are proud to welcome Elisa Kisselburg as the newest addition to Divorce Mediation Group’s mediation panel.
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Third Saturday Workshop
Get all the facts about divorce and separation from a family law attorney, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst a marriage & family therapist, and a DMG mediator.
Divorce Mediation 101
Our free workshop answers your questions about mediation in a relaxed and informal setting.
The mediators are family law attorneys who help you reach your own agreements on issues of custody, child and spousal support (alimony), and/or division of assets and debts. The divorce mediator provides substantive information about divorce laws and court procedures, so you can make reasonable decisions for yourselves.
We have convenient locations throughout San Diego county including:
- Downtown(Main Office)
- Chula Vista
- El Cajon
To learn more, visit our Divorce Mediation FAQ’s
Family Law Issues for Mediation
- Post-divorce Modification
- Domestic Partnerships
- Unmarried Couples
- Legal Separation
- Division of Assets and Debts
- Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Child Support
10 Reasons to Choose Mediation for
More and more people are using divorce mediation these days. Let’s look at some of the benefits of this option:
1. It Costs Less
You usually share the cost, which is commonly between $2,000 and $5,000 total. Fees for a typical divorce in court can cost up to $40,000.
2. You Have Control
In divorce mediation, you both control how quickly or slowly decisions are made, when the divorce petition is filed and what the terms of the divorce will be, in contrast to the process in which attorneys set court dates, and judges make decisions with limited time and information.
3. Paperwork Done for You
Many people try to do their own divorce these days, but they run into difficulty trying to understand the laws and the confusing paperwork involved. A mediator, who is also an attorney, can prepare and file all of the paperwork for you.
4. Easier on the Children
Conflict between parents usually trickles down to their kids, but when you work together, it helps the family move forward more smoothly.
5. Easier on You
When you use a mediator to help communicate and make important decisions, it can be easier to accept the situation, rather than turning hurt and anger into an expensive court battle.
6. You Can Still Go to Court
You do not give up your right to go to trial. If you are not satisfied in mediation, you can stop at any time, retain a separate attorney and have the judge decide the unresolved issues.
7. You Receive Legal Information
While an attorney acting in the role of a mediator cannot give either of you legal advice, he or she can share legal information and general knowledge of how a court might address the issues in your case.
8. Emotions Can Be Managed
Both parties want to be heard and understood in the divorce process. A trained mediator can help you address your feelings without allowing them to dominate your decision-making process.
9. It is Confidential
Discussions and tentative agreements are confidential, so it’s easier for you to make offers and consider alternatives without having everything completely planned out. You don’t give up any legal rights by trying mediation, and what is said in mediation may not be repeated in court.
10. It Builds on the Positive
In mediation, you are both encouraged to find common ground for making agreements. The focus is on decisions about the future, not past behavior.