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Family Law Mediation

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that provides an alternative to the traditional process of litigation. In mediation, a neutral third party assists both sides in reaching a mutually agreed upon resolution. Unlike litigation, which by its nature pits one side against another, and which necessitates that someone wins and someone looses, mediation gives the parties an opportunity to find areas of common ground and come to agreement in a way that is least harmful and meets the entire families’ needs.

Mediation is almost always a less expensive and less explosive way to reach a settlement, particularly in the area of family law where children are concerned.

We offer mediation services for the entire spectrum of family law matters, including:

  • Dissolutions and divorces
  • Legal separations
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Child custody, both legal and physical
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Cohabitation agreements (prenuptial, pre-domestic partner registration)
  • Adoption issues

Collaborative Law

If you elect to proceed with collaborative law, Diane Goodman will represent you and provide advocacy for you. At the same time, we will work with your spouse’s attorney, out of court, to reach a settlement that meets everyone’s needs. In collaborative law, the parties meet with both attorneys together to problem solve the issues identified by the parties. When necessary, therapists and financial consultants attend the meeting to help the parties gain information and reach a settlement that meets everyone’s needs. The parties and attorneys agree not to use the court to resolve issues and to continue to meet until a settlement is reached. Like mediation, the parties remain in control of the outcome until a resolution is reached.


Click here to read an article from the Los Angeles Daily Journal on Diane Goodman’s mediation practice.

Click here to read Diane Goodman’s article on working with different personality types in mediation.