• Wendy Forrester Mediation Center is dedicated to resolving conflicts without confrontation. Unlike traditional divorce proceedings, we bring families together so they can live successful lives apart.

  • What is divorce mediation? Learn the answers to all your questions here.

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About Wendy Forrester, Esq.

Wendy Forrester is an experienced attorney, mediator and legal educator. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1985. As a family law attorney, she sought a more compassionate and economical approach to divorce. Finding that mediation best addressed the needs of families, she began mediating in 1988.
As a family law attorney, she sought a more compassionate and economical approach to divorce. Finding that mediation best addressed the needs of families, she began mediating in 1988.

With over two decades of mediation experience, her practice focuses exclusively on family mediation. As a leader in the profession, Wendy serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and was recently elected to a two year term as Chair of Membership.

She is an Instructor at University of California, Santa Barbara in the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program where she teaches Divorce Mediation and Family Mediation courses. Wendy also served as the Associate Director of California Lawyers for the Arts where she trained mediators and resolved arts and entertainment disputes.

Wendy has lectured widely and provided training in mediation at schools, universities and to professional organizations. Active in the profession, she has served on the Coordinating Committee of Mediators Beyond Borders and the Executive Committee of the ADR Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She is a member of Southern California Mediation Association, California State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Coalition for Collaborative Divorce, Mediators Beyond Borders and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

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New Spring Session Mediation Courses

April 25 and 26, 2015, Wendy Forrester will again be teaching “Beyond Reason : Understanding Emotions,” a course designed to help students uncover and deal with emotion during mediation; and, “Family Mediation,” an interactive course exploring family dynamics. These courses were last taught in the Summer of 2014 and the course evaluations remain extremely positive.

Both instructors were excellent and as a team moved seamlessly together through some very complex and valuable material…
…course not long enough. Would really enjoy a few weekends to learn and grow and practice…
…among the best instruction I’ve experienced. Great material, great role plays…
…second course I’ve taken from these instructors and they are excellent…thought provoking discussions and role plays.
…great insight into family mediation.

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Upcoming Summer Session Courses

This June and August, Wendy Forrester will again be teaching “Beyond Reason : Understanding Emotions,” a course designed to help students uncover and deal with emotion during mediation; and, “Family Mediation,” an interactive course exploring family dynamics. These courses were last taught in the Spring of 2013 and the course evaluations were extremely positive.

Both instructors were excellent and as a team moved seamlessly together through some very complex and valuable material…

…course not long enough. Would really enjoy a few weekends to learn and grow and practice…

…among the best instruction I’ve experienced. Great material, great role plays…

…second course I’ve taken from these instructors and they are excellent…thought provoking discussions and role plays.

…great insight into family mediation.

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