Placer County Mediation

Five Crucial Questions to Ask a Potential Mediator:

  1. Are you an attorney?
    No one other than attorney can ethically give you information on what the law is, calculate child or spousal support, or advise you on how a judge may decide your matter. Divorce is a legal proceeding, concluding with a binding legal contract. Ensuring that your mediator is a licensed attorney may help you avoid future problems with your agreement.
  2. Have you had at least 40 hours of mediation training?
    Many attorneys believe that they can be mediators without having formal training. However, trained mediators know that mediation requires additional skills that lawyers generally do not have. Insist on a mediator who has received at least 40 hours of basic and advanced training.
  3. Is mediation a substantial and ongoing part of your practice, or, what percentage of your cases are mediating couples?
    Many attorneys are mediation trained, but spend most of their time fighting in Court. Like any professional, a mediator is at his or her best when working regularly at their craft. Professional athletes and top chefs train throughout the whole year to stay sharp - so should your mediator. Look for one who mediates on a regular basis (at least every month) and has a majority mediation caseload. Another reason to be wary of occasional mediators? With busy court schedules, they may not be able to schedule you at your convenience. Mediation is your process, and should be completed on the timeline that works for you.
  4. Do you work with expert co-mediators, and, if so, what is the charge?
    Even the most highly trained attorney-mediator cannot best advise you on tax consequences, retirement planning, or developmentally-appropriate parenting plans. For this reason, many mediators work with co-mediators who are experts in tax and finance, communication, or child development. You deserve to have these experts available to assist your mediation, and at no or little charge to you.
  5. How much does mediation cost?
    Some mediators offer flat fees, but most charge on an hourly basis. With a flat fee mediator, you have the benefit of knowing the total cost of your mediation before you begin, but you will generally need to pay more up front. Mediators who charge hourly require less up-front payment, but you cannot know how many more times you will have to write a check. With these mediators, if you run out of your “retainer” - or cash deposit - the mediation will stall until you can come up with additional funds – something that can be difficult to do in the middle of a divorce. Look for a mediator who offers flat fees or, if hourly, who will provide a detailed cost analysis so that you may know what to expect before writing the check. For an hourly mediator, this cost analysis should cover not only your sessions, but also all of the work that the mediator does outside of the session, which can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the total cost.
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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