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Family Mediation

Compassionate approach that empowers you

Ms. Frank’s reassuring, compassionate approach builds trust in her and the process. There is no growth in repressing your feelings. Going through divorce is painful at times, but conflict presents an opportunity for enlightenment, so clients move beyond the anger to arrive at a fair settlement. She demonstrates her commitment to positive growth by the physically pleasing environment she creates. She guides the parties to explore various solutions to challenging issues. You will be educated – not to overpower the other party, but to empower yourself to ask for what you want in a manner that will influence your spouse to be agreeable.

Protecting your privacy and confidentiality

As author of Safeguard Your Identity, Ms. Frank has a keen consciousness about the need to keep sensitive information out of the public eye. Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America. Although you have a fiduciary duty to reveal all financial information during divorce, you shouldn’t have to make your confidential information a public record in court proceedings for the world to see!

What to expect in mediation

  • Initial contact with disputing parties. (Usually one party contacts the mediator, and mediator provides written letter outlining process of mediation to all parties.)
  • Telephone conference with clients (and attorneys, if any) to explain process, and set up appointment, and secure retainer.
  • Opening session-explanation of process.
  • Confidentiality Agreement.
  • Ground rules established my mediator, parties (and counsel of record).
  • Identify problems, issues, and interests.
  • Strategy to guide mediation explained.
  • Gathering of all information and facts to analyze.
  • Define and prioritize issues and set agenda for settlement.
  • Building of trust and cooperation. Expectations exchanged.
  • Plaintiff (complaining party) presents issues, facts, and positions.
  • Defendant presents issues, facts, and positions.
  • Mediator narrows issues with help of parties (Caucus may begin here).
  • Focus on objective criteria and documents.
  • Mediator restates problems in terms of all relevant information and facts.
  • Mediator uncovers hidden interests of disputing parties. (Open session and/or closed session caucusing.)
  • Parties assess options for settlement. (Caucusing may occur at several times.)
  • Final bargaining of each issue.
  • Final settlement negotiations after all issues, resolved, or partial settlement of various issues.
  • Preparation of the agreement together and preparing for all contingencies. (Building in dispute resolution procedures).

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Complimentary copies of California Divorce Magazine and Divorce Guide are available at our office. Divorce Magazine provides individuals and families who are going through the transition of separation and divorce with information, support, and guidance. We are here to help make your dissolution process humane, civilized, and compassionate.


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