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California Mediation Services

You don’t have to be in agreement to use mediation. You just have to be in agreement to use mediation for your divorce.

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An Alternative To Court Divorce

You are not giving up anything by engaging in mediation vs. going to court. Divorce mediation offers couples a welcome alternative to traditional adversarial court-based divorce, which typically involves unnecessary stress, conflict, delays and expense.

Working with a neutral attorney allows a couple to resolve any disputed issues and move toward a final settlement to dissolve your marriage or domestic partnership. Even couples that are sharply divided can find enough common ground through mediation to successfully negotiate and settle their divorce out of court, allowing them to move on with their lives.

At Divorce Help we will explain your options, and encourage a peaceful, practical solution. Mediation sessions can be done privately by phone by telephone video (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).

The cost difference between a mediated divorce and a divorce trial in the California courts is significant. Superior court statistics show trial-based divorces can cost couples as much as ten times more than mediation or other non-adversarial methods. Studies also show that mediated divorces have a more positive impact on families and children involved in the divorce and custody process than litigated divorces.

Many people appreciate the control that mediation gives them over decision-making during the divorce. Matters are decided by the two people involved in the divorce, not by the court, and not by the mediator. You and your spouse make the decisions, the mediator is there to support and educate you in making them. The attorney-mediator can explain California law and how it applies to your case and offer guidance on settlement options.

There is also the benefit of creativity and flexibility when it comes to reaching agreements and settlement. Outside of the confines of the court system and the automatic dictates that determine what a retained attorney can and cannot do, divorce mediation offers wide latitude in finding solutions that fit your specific needs, while still meeting all of the necessary legal requirements.

The divorce mediation process also offers greater privacy and confidentiality than a litigated divorce. You never need to appear in court, and your mediation is handled privately by phone by telephone video (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).

Divorce Help can offer you the greatest level of privacy and expediency in a divorce proceeding through our Private Judge service.

Types of Mediation

We are focused on making sure you and your spouse are heard. We offer several mediation options to ensure a good fit. Together, we explore the best one for your situation. Divorce Help can also provide a team of experts such as forensic accountants, pension specialists, co-parenting counselors and others who provided these same services in litigated divorces. The difference is that they act as neutral participants who do not represent either party. This team-based mediation approach can result in tens of thousands of dollars in savings, even in extremely complex cases.
You can choose from:

3-Way Mediation
  • Comprised of you and your spouse with a neutral mediator
  • You write your own agreement
  • You control the cost and the pace of your case
  • Best for reasonably amicable communication and a balance of power

4-Way Mediation (Co-Mediation)
  • Comprised of you and your spouse, with each of you having a Divorce Help attorney mediator
  • You write your own agreement
  • You control the cost and the pace of your case
  • Best for difficult communication, more complex issues between parties and imbalance of power, especially over finances

5-Way Mediation
  • We serve as the neutral mediator
  • You and your spouse each have your own attorney
  • You write your own agreement
  • You control the cost and the pace of your case
  • Best for people who have representing attorneys that want to settle out of court

You can learn more about Mediation by speaking with either Mary or Allison. Call 800-359-7004 to schedule a consultation today.

Meet Your Experienced Attorney Mediators

Mary Pollock

Attorney Mediator - Partner

Mary Pollock’s work experience for more than 30 years has focused exclusively on Family Law. As a paralegal, mediator and now as an attorney, Mary has developed a genuine passion for acting as an advocate for people working through various adverse circumstances in their lives.

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Allison McCabe Hardin

Attorney Mediator - Partner

Allison has chosen to dedicate her practice exclusively to conflict resolution. With over 23 years as an Attorney-Mediator and 27 years in the family law arena, Allison is highly experienced mediator and collaborative law attorney specializing in QDROs, property division, and more.

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I would like to let you know how much your firm helped with my divorce last year. Allison and the entire staff made what was the most difficult time in our lives so much easier. My ex-husband and I are able to be friends and now with a grandchild on the way, I can’t begin to tell you how nice that is. Again, I can’t thank you enough for all that Divorce Helpline did for me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you, and everyone at your firm, for your assistance throughout the process over the past year (plus). I appreciate how straightforward you made all of it.”
We were on the “fast track” and boy was it fast. Worth every penny! Start to finish (Judgment) was about eight weeks! Everybody on your staff was delightful! RESTORED MY FAITH IN LAWYERS.
I“I am very relieved that we have been able to arrive at this agreement that I believe serves both of us. I am grateful to everyone involved who has helped get this over the finish line. I know it was WORK!”