Mediation Services In California

California MediationCFR, a national services provider currently provides mediation services for all types of issues throughout California, including divorce, family, child custody, business and civil disputes, and workplace conflicts.

Our California Mediators

Attorneys, therapists, and professional mediators who are highly experienced in the field of conflict resolution conduct our mediation services. We are extremely proud of the quality of the mediators clients are able to access through CFR. Our mediators average 25 years experience and come from different backgrounds – specific information about our California mediators can be found here: California Mediators.

Mediation is available throughout the state. To find if we have a California mediation office near you, please input your city or zip code in the map on our main location page here: CFR Office Locations. .

Our mediator offices in Southern California, include:

    Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Altadena, Anaheim, Camarillo, Costa Mesa, El Segundo, Encino, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Marina Del Ray, Mission Valley, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Valencia, Westlake Hills, Woodland Hills, and Westwood. There are also offices in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Our mediator offices in northern California, include:

    San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Elk Grove, Dublin, Mill Valley, and Petaluma. There are also offices in Reno, Nevada

More information about our mediator offices throughout the US can be found here: CFR Office Locations.

General Rules

As of now, the State of California has not enacted any requirements or guidelines for the practice of mediation, except except for child custody mediation provided through the courts.

Divorce Mediation

In California, couples who are divorcing can opt to meet with a neutral mediator of their choice to attempt to resolve all of the issues related to the divorce settlement and child custody agreement or parenting plan.

There are no established rules pertaining to who can act as a mediator in a California divorce. As in every mediation, those in dispute must voluntarily choose the mediator for their divorce.

State Specific Information

In California, mediation is voluntary, although there some occasions where courts will mandate it. Even in those instances where mandated by the courts, those in dispute voluntarily reach any agreements made. If mediation is not successful, parties always have the right to proceed with litigation.

Since 1981 virtually all contested cases related to child custody or visitation are subject to mandatory mediation. Mediation must be attempted between parents in dispute, prior to proceeding to litigation or court. Parents can choose to mediate with a private mediator or through the court provided program called “Family Court Services”.

Mediation Rules

California Law (Evidence Code Section 1115-1128) legally recognizes the confidential and privileged nature of mediation in the State of California. The confidentiality of the proceedings legally assured through the state law permits those in dispute to freely discuss the issues involved without concern that such discussions will be used against them in future litigation.

California has not enacted a statewide certification of mediators or ethical guidelines or standards of practice. Private mediators can practice without authorization of courts or other judicial bodies. Some court systems have established alternative dispute resolution programs and ethical standards for these programs.

Like other entities, CFR establishes its own qualifications for certification of mediators. CFR and all mediators follow the established ethical guidelines of the California Dispute Resolution Council. Although there is no statewide grievance procedure, CFR clients who are unhappy with the services of their assigned mediator can request redress by CFR management.

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