Mediation and Mediation Consulting

Are you looking to end your marriage? Are you seeking a flexible and nonadversarial method of doing so? If so, then mediation might be for you.

At Harris and Fraser, we can help you determine if mediation is your best option for getting a divorce. If so, we are available to act either as a neutral mediator or a consulting attorney in mediation. To schedule a consultation at our office in Burlingame, California, please call 650-389-9036.

How Does Mediation Work?

In a typical mediation session, each spouse is represented by an attorney and the session is led by a third-party neutral mediator. Parties are encouraged to work together to come to an agreement on all applicable issues. The attorneys and mediators work collaboratively to help the clients identify solutions that are mutually beneficial.

What Are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation has the potential to save both parties thousands in legal fees and prevent further deterioration of the family's relationships. Divorce mediation is about you and your spouse deciding your own divorce, and determining what is best for each of you and your children. At Harris and Fraser, we can act as the third-party neutral mediator to help you work through the issues you need to resolve so that you can end your marriage as amicably and cost-effectively as possible. The issues covered include, but are not limited to:

  1. Distribution of property (assets/liabilities)
  2. Child custody and parenting time
  3. Child support/maintenance
  4. Spousal support/alimony
  5. Retirement
  6. Taxes

Mediation is flexible and confidential, providing a way to settle conflicts, and help you and your spouse work together as parents. This is extremely important if you have children and must interact with your former spouse. Mediation also fosters communication between parents, which is helpful when discussing issues pertaining to children.

A divorce mediator doesn't "work" for either parent, and cannot give advice to either spouse. He or she must remain neutral no matter what the situation. We will help you understand the law, your legal options and various strategies that will be to your advantage throughout the process.

Mediation Consulting

At Harris and Fraser, we act as a neutral mediator and help you navigate through the process. As your attorney and mediation consultant, we will advise you about your legal rights, and evaluate whether a proposed agreement is truly in your best interests. In addition to helping you understand the law, costs and benefits of your options, we assist you in effectively communicating your concerns and your priorities.

Questions? Please Contact Us.

If you have questions about mediation, mediation consulting or collaborative law, please complete our online contact form to schedule a time to meet.