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Divorce Mediation in San DIego

Legal Counsel from a Credentialed Family Law Mediator

Divorce should be a process for unhappy couples to move forward to a happier life. Unfortunately, in today's legal system, the process of getting divorced can make people more embittered. This occurs because of the adversarial means used to go about the task.

At Family Law San Diego, we have the tools tailored to meet your needs. Depending on your desired approach, we find the individualized method that works best for you.

Our team includes multiple lawyers who are trained mediators, including both firm partners—Garrison "Bud" Klueck and Traci Hoppes.

Founding attorney Garrison Klueck is a credentialed mediator from the National Dispute Resolution Center. He has undergone hours of training and years of experience that gave him the tools necessary to resolve family law disputes using the best mediation techniques. Attorney Traci Hoppes is trained in mediation specialized to family law situations like divorce.

Wondering about the pros and cons of divorce mediation? With our help, you can truly move forward without regret or bitterness and without the exorbitant costs of litigation.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation allows divorcing couples to negotiate a resolution to their divorce or family law dispute without going in front of a judge to have a decision made for them. These disputes can be related to parenting, division of assets and debts, spousal support and child support, or any other family law matter.

3 Key Components of Mediation:

  • Mediators are neutral. The couple will sit down with a neutral, third-party professional, usually an attorney or a mental health professional, who will listen to each person describe the problem as they see it and then help the two parties make an agreement. The mediator is a neutral, meaning that the mediator will not take sides and cannot later represent either party in court.
  • Mediation is not binding. Any agreement that the parties reach is only binding if they decide to turn it into a formal contract such as a Marital Settlement Agreement. If the parties do not come to an agreement, they can still go to court to resolve the dispute.
  • Mediation is confidential. Anything that is said in mediation is confidential under California Evidence Code Section 1119(c). Any offers made in mediation, as well as anything said during the mediation, cannot be used as evidence in court, nor can they be disclosed through the discovery process (California Evidence Code Section 1119 (a) & (b)).

Divorce Mediation Tips

Mediation is a controlled and non-confrontational process that allows people involved in a family law dispute to talk about the issues involved. Based on this discussion, it allows them to form an agreement that works for both parties.

Mediation is different from hiring a lawyer and appearing before a judge. The mediator is neutral and does not represent either party. Further, the mediator does not make any judgment or decisions- he simply identifies the points of disagreement, like child support or child custody. That way the parties can concentrate on fixing only the parts that are broken between them.

To meet your unique needs, we offer several forms of mediation:
  • 3-Party Mediation: Includes both spouses and a mediator.
  • 5-Party Mediation: Both spouses, their attorneys, and a mediator.
  • 3-Person-Plus Mediation: Spouses and mediator, with lawyers on standby outside the room.
  • 4-Party Mediation: Team meeting between spouses, a mental health professional, and an attorney

Are you wondering how long does divorce mediation take? As you can see, this approach is uniquely flexible and adaptable to any relationship or situation. When you speak with us in your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your options in detail. We can also provide you with the choices that would work best in your situation, empowering you to make a truly informed and confident choice for your future.

Why Choose Mediation for Your Divorce?

Mediation is a good choice for many because is quicker and less expensive than litigation. In this no-court method, your paperwork goes to court, but you don't have to. It is an ideal choice for couples who are able to work with each other and seek mutually-beneficial compromises.

Mediation also gives couples more control over the potential outcomes of litigation. When litigation does occur, the parties involved must follow the judge's order; however, parties who engage in mediation have more control and power to create a solution that fits them better.

3 Key Benefits of Divorce Mediation:

  • Mediation saves money. Because both parties usually share the cost of mediation instead of paying two attorneys to resolve the dispute in court, the cost of mediation generally is substantially less than the cost of litigation (going in front of a judge).
  • Mediation saves time. It can take months to get a court date to resolve just one of numerous issues in a divorce, and it can take months to draft, sign, and file a final Judgment in a case. Our mediation clients are usually divorced within a year, while litigation can take several years.
  • Mediation saves heartache. You get to work with your spouse to come to a peaceful solution to end your relationship. Mediation allows you to honor your marriage and show your respect for the other person through negotiation and compromise. For divorcing parents, mediation can set the foundation for a successful co-parenting relationship.

Virtual Mediation

Virtual mediation is a good option for couples who would like to settle their disputes online without the need to travel to make an in-person appearance. This type of mediation is conducted securely via videoconferencing or teleconferencing and includes breakout rooms where you can speak to an attorney in private – just like you would in an in-person meeting. Additional security protocols have been enforced to protect your attorney-client privilege, so anything you share during these meetings is kept confidential.

Why Virtual Mediation?

Virtual mediation allows couples to resolve their disputes from the comfort of their own homes. Today, meeting your lawyer in-person is not always convenient due to time constraints and busy schedules. Virtual mediation would be a great option for you if:

  • You are unable to travel
  • You prefer to discuss your disputes from the comfort of your home or office
  • Your schedule is too busy
  • It is too difficult to find reliable childcare
  • Work time constraints get in the way
  • You are looking for more convenience

Contact Our Mediators in San Diego

Have more questions about divorce mediation? Speak with a certified mediator – call (619) 577-4900 or contact us online today!

Our primary law office is in La Mesa, and our satellite office is in La Jolla available by appointment only. The free initial consultation will provide the specific answers you need to make a decision and move forward with your life.


  • Comprehensive

    As skilled litigators, mediators, and negotiators, our firm is prepared to handle any type of family law case.

  • Collaborative

    Working together, we pull from our unique backgrounds and resources to achieve the best results possible.

  • Innovative

    We create tailor-made solutions to fit the unique needs of every client and help them move forward favorably.

  • Dedicated

    We are committed to serving a diverse clientele, all the while protecting the interests and fulfilling the needs of clients.

  • We were successful, despite the opposing party's contention. Thank you again to Garrison Kleuck and his entire team.

    “I needed to hire a lawyer to assist with having my daughter's last name changed. Family Law San Diego' handled everything for me. We were successful, despite the opposing party's contention. Thank you ...”

    - Jennifer B.
  • I appreciate all the hard work everyone demonstrated during my legal issue, first and foremost Garrison!

    “Garrison Klueck is an excellent attorney. I had an outstanding experience in all my interactions with Garrison Klueck. I had a difficult situation and he masterfully navigated throughout the entire ...”

    - Jean M.
  • It feels good to have you on our side.

    “I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for representing me today at court. You did an outstanding job explaining what was best in deciding on the outcome to end this long matter of ...”

    - Kevin
  • I would definitely recommend them.

    “They were very helpful and concerned because I needed a second opinion. They gave me a lot of information which I was in the dark with my current lawyers. I would definitely recommend them.”

    - Harold
  • He is very knowledgeable and understanding.

    “Garrison Klueck made time out of his busy schedule and saw me right away. He met with me after hours to go over my case. He is very knowledgeable and understanding.”

    - Karen

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