ispute resolution refers to several out-of-court legal processes that can be used to resolve disputes.  Another term for this process used in the legal system, is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  Mediation is the most common form of dispute resolution and is particularly common in family law.

Mediation is when a neutral third party (known as a mediator) works with the parties to find points of agreement and draft settlement specifically meeting the needs of the parties.  Mediation gives the parties choices.  Also, instead of each party paying a lawyer, the two parties can split the cost of one mediator.  This can often make the process much less expensive.

Mediation is often used in the following instances:

  • Family Law
    • Divorce
    • Separation
    • Child Custody / Visitation
    • Property Division
    • Support Options
    • Custody of Pets
  • Probate Guardianships
    • Guardianship Options
    • Visitation for Parents / Other Relatives
  • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
    • Disputes between roommates including:
      • Division of Rent and Utility Responsibilities
      • Division of Space within Property
      • Agreement for Overnight Guests, Quiet Hours, etc.
      • Division of Household Chores
    • Disputes between landlords and tenants
      • Withholding of rent
      • Repair Issues

Why should you use dispute resolution?

You should use the dispute resolution process because of its many advantages.

It is often is cheaper and faster than the standard court process. You also have more control over the outcome of your dispute.

Finally, the dispute resolution process is less formal and also has many more flexible rules.

What can I do for you?

Aside from being an attorney, I am a certified mediator with a Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law.

I have successfully mediated numerous involving child custody, child support, dissolution of marriage, property division, and spousal support.  I have also mediated small claims, landlord/tenant issues, and person disputes among individuals.

I can conduct mediation sessions at two convenient locations, my office in La Mesa or at the San Diego County Bar office downtown.

So please contact me now and I can help you solve your dispute.

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