Why Choose Mediation
- Mediation minimizes the negative effects of divorce on children
- Families, not courts, retain control of the outcome;
- Mediation allows parents to focus on the needs of their children and develop a positive parenting plan in the best interests of the family;
- Mediation is voluntary, confidential and non-confrontational;
- The time and expense of divorce is reduced;
- Assets are preserved for the family;
- Equitable terms are agreed to for child and spousal support, parenting plans and the division of property and debts.
Benefits of Mediation
Mediation acknowledges the individual concerns and values of each family. Each party is provided the opportunity to be heard and understood. As a mediator, I guide you through issues of parenting, support and the division of property and debt. The outcome is a mutually satisfying agreement that takes into account the legal and financial needs of each family member.
Mediation fosters collaboration, cooperation and mutual respect. Mediation lessens the trauma of divorce on children by reducing conflict and providing positive approaches to family communication and collaborative decision making. One of Wendy’s mediation clients commented: “The mediator modeled good communications skills that we will be able to use in the future for the benefit of the whole family.”
Our comprehensive approach satisfies the legal, financial and emotional needs of families undergoing divorce. My office prepares and files court documents, so you don’t go to court.
Mediation is offered in a safe and comfortable environment. Mediations are scheduled according to your schedule, not the court’s. Contact our offices for a complimentary mediation consultation.
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.”
With over three 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.