Placer County Mediation

Mediation Services

Private, confidential mediation provides an alternative to court that allows you to resolve your divorce, separation, custody, support and property disputes in a respectful, efficient and affordable manner. Attorney Erika Englund is a trained mediator, helping parties to identify their interests, address their conflict, and resolve their disputes without the hassel, stress, delay and cost of a typical divorce.

Mediation is a private and protected out-of-court process that empowers both of you, with the assistance of a neutral facilitator, to make YOUR OWN decisions about your divorce, separation, children and finances.

If you litigate your dispute... But if you mediate your dispute...
Judges make decisions about your family and your finances YOU make decisions about your family and your finances
Outcomes are unpredictable Outcomes totally controlled by you
It’s expensive - you pay for two attorneys, including their travel time and time they spend sitting in court. It’s affordable - you pay for mediator, and only then when the mediator is actually working on your matter.
Takes many months or even years Quick, efficient resolution
Details of your life, disputes and finances are public record, available to anyone The process is totally discreet and confidential, belonging only to you
Judges or attorneys decide where your children live, and can remove them from both parents’ care Your role as the parent is respected; there is NO chance that your children will be taken from you involuntarily
Gives the judge 10 or 15 minutes to hear your case All the time that you need to consider the long-term effects of your decision
You are pressured to make important decision while in the Courtroom hallway or over the telephone You are assisted in the decision-making process while in a comfortable environment
The adversarial environment encourages you fight with your partner You are assisted in productive communication and decision-making
You are more likely to return to court in the future You feel good about agreements that you made, and are unlikely to return to court
One or the other party may not follow the Judge’s orders Both parties respect agreements because each has fully participated

Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation:

What is private confidential mediation?

Private confidential mediation is a voluntary, cooperative process that resolves disputes by empowering the participants to make their own agreements and keep full control of the outcome. Mediation emphasizes open communication, an honest exchange of information, respect and reciprocity to resolve disputes about custody, support, and property.

Mediation occurs in private, closed-door sessions that allow you to keep the intimate details about your relationship, your children, and your finances out of public view and the public record. Private Mediators do not make recommendations to the Court – in fact, the discussions that you have in mediation are totally confidential and are highly protected from disclosure by the mediator, or by either party, in court.
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What benefits does mediation have over going to Court?

In mediation, you make your own agreements rather than allowing judges and attorneys to decide what is best for you. Compared to people who chose litigation (court), you will likely spend less money, resolve your case faster, be less stressed, and feel better about the outcome.

Mediation respects your privacy. Litigants (people who chose to go to Court) conduct hearings in front of the public, and all of the documents they file become part of the public record, allowing anyone to see the intimate details of their lives, their children, and their finances. Mediation, on the other hand, allows you to keep these private things confidential.

No one but you and your co-parent should make decisions about your children. In litigation, the Court can take away your decision-making power and place it in the hands of third parties. The Court can even take your children out of your custody and place them with a third party. If you choose mediation, NO ONE will take away your power to decide what happens with your children, and there is NO chance that your children will be taken from your care against your will.

Mediation teaches you new ways to communicate with your mediation partner, which prepares you to deal with future conflicts in an empowered, respectful manner. Litigation makes you fight against each other, but mediation gives you tools to work together – now, and in the future.
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How much does mediation cost?

Since each mediation is unique, there is no “average” cost. Generally, mediation costs significantly less than hiring attorneys and going to Court – some statistics say 75% less. Many mediators Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Counties charge retainers of $2000 to $5000, plus ongoing costs of up to $1000 or more for each mediation session. We offer something different: unique flat-fee packages that allow you to choose a mediation package that suits your needs, and then pay one flat fee to cover all of the anticipated mediation services. All-inclusive mediation packages are priced from $2500 to $7500. Limited-issue mediation sessions can be purchased for $825 each. All packages include your attorney-drafted court documents and orders, as well as calls, letters, and preparation.

Finances are tight in almost every mediated divorce, but our clients find comfort in knowing what to expect. To find out more about our unique cost-saving options, book your free mediation consultation today.
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How long will it take to resolve my dispute in mediation?

Since you set the pace in mediation, the amount of time you spend resolving your dispute is totally up to you. Unlike in court, where you may wait months to get your first hearing, in mediation you start working on resolution right away, and you can often resolve your entire case in just a few months. On the other hand, you can choose to proceed more slowly, if that makes more sense. Either way, it is up to you.
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My spouse and I already know what we want out of our divorce – do we need mediation?

Good news: you may be better served by a less expensive option. If you and your spouse have already worked out all of your agreements, then our DIY Divorce™ package (divorce facilitation) may be more tailored to your needs. The affordable DIY Divorce™ package will assist you with all of the procedural aspects of your divorce, including provision of an attorney-drafted contract, while respecting the agreements that you have made. Please see out DIY divorce™ page for more information.
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What are the risks of having a paralegal or other non-attorney assist in my divorce?

NO ONE other than an attorney is trained, or allowed, to provide you with legal advice and information. Paralegals and document-preparers, while initially more affordable than some mediators, do not have the extensive schooling and qualifications of a trained attorney-mediator, are not bound by the same ethical guidelines as an attorney mediator, and are usually not covered with malpractice insurance. Divorce is a complex legal process. While all divorce professionals are different, in order to get the greatest assurance that your agreements are legal, binding and enduring, you may wish to prioritize the qualifications of a trained attorney-mediator over the low cost of an internet divorce or a cheap paralegal.

Please note – divorce is a complex legal process, but this does not mean that it has to be a long, expensive, stressful process. Our approach is specifically designed to address the complexity of divorce without causing you additional stress.
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Is the mediator equipped to deal with complex financial and parenting issues?

If your case has issues of special complexity, mediation gives you the option to bring in a specialized professional as a co-mediator at no extra charge to you. For example, if your case has complex financial issues, you can choose to bring in a certified divorce financial analyst, who can provide guidance about diving assets equally while minimizing tax consequences and preserving wealth. If you are faced with difficult parenting or child-rearing issues, you may wish to co-mediate with a trained child specialist.

In other cases, you may have assets of uncertain value, such as a business or a pension. In this instance, you can choose to have those assets valued by an appropriate professional, which gives you the information you need to make an agreement about the asset.
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How do you stay neutral as a mediator if only one person contacts the office?

A trained mediator can discuss your case with the calling party while remaining neutral and impartial to both sides. Usually, a mediator will have a telephone call with each of you prior to the first mediation session, just to ensure that both of you have an equal opportunity to provide input. The mediator will use those telephone calls to help you determine whether to take the next step and set up a mediation orientation session. During those calls, the mediator will not ask for any details of your case or for confidential information. When you come in together for your free mediation orientation, you will both have the opportunity to meet the mediator, and make a joint decision about choosing mediation.
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Can I have my own a lawyer? Do I need one?

You each may retain independent attorneys to consult with you individually throughout the process, but it is not necessary. It is recommended that you choose a trained attorney who understands and respects the mediation process. The mediator will be able to provide recommendations.
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How do I prepare for mediation?

The mediator will work with you throughout the process to ensure that you are always prepared for success.

First, book your free mediation orientation. You and your mediation partner will have the opportunity to learn more about mediation, have your questions answered, and get information to help you decide whether mediation is right for you. You do not have to make a decision right away.

When you do commit to mediation, you will sign a contract, pay your retainer fee, and book your first mediation session. At your first mediation orientation, you will be provided with a mediation workbook that will help you prepare for an organize your mediation process.

After every mediation session, you will be provided with a letter that reiterates all of the agreements and progress that you made, and prompts your preparation for the next session.
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Is mediation right for everybody?

No single dispute resolution option is right for everyone. Mediation, in particular, may not be suitable if one or both parties has unmanaged substance abuse, mental health, or anger-management issues. If you do not want to agree, or you are unwilling to be flexible, then you are not ready for mediation. A mediator will help both of you evaluate your readiness for mediation, either during your initial telephone call, or during your orientation session. If you have questions about litigation, please check out our litigation page.
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Roseville Mediation Services

Why Mediation?

Private, confidential mediation provides an alternative to court that allows you to resolve your divorce, separation, custody, support and property disputes in a respectful, efficient and affordable manner. Attorney Erika Englund is a trained mediator, helping parties to identify their interests, address their conflict, and resolve their disputes without the hassle, stress, delay, and cost of a typical divorce. LEARN MORE>


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Thanks for helping us make the transition a smooth one and I appreciate all the advice and patience you had with us. I thought you were fair and very knowledgeable and I would certainly refer someone to you should the need arise. – client, 2012   READ MORE TESTIMONIALS>