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Resources

  • www.courts.ca.gov is the place to go for information about California’s Judicial Branch.
  • www.familieschange.ca.gov provides a wealth of free information for parents, kids, and teens dealing with separation and divorce.
  • For an interactive site about divorce and separation for kids and teens, visit www.changeville.ca.gov
  • For a free, online parent education course on divorce and co-parenting visit www.parenting.familieschange.ca.gov
  • You can find information about legal processes, forms, and other information at www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.
  • For an excellent film showing children’s perspectives on separation and divorce, check out Split, a film about divorce for kids (and their parents) and watch the trailer here.
  • For information on domestic violence resources, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline page: www.thehotline.org
  • If you are interested in learning more about efforts underway to improve access to legal protections and recognition for all check out Unmarried Equality: www.unmarried.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much will it cost for me to resolve my dispute?
AIn mediation, the people participating have tremendous amount of control over costs. However, cases vary significantly and approaches need to be specific to your situation. Therefore, it is difficult to say how much services will cost – but Julia believes that high-quality expertise for individuals and families needs to be accessible to a wide-range of individuals and families and sets her fees to meet that goal. Fees are discussed and agreed upon before services start. Clients are informed of all fees and costs in advance and can make decisions about how to best spend their resources.

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Can we meet in the evening or on weekends?
AYes, Julia works with you to find times to meet on line, in person, or by phone that work best for you. Evening and weekend hours are available.

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I can’t really talk with my ex, how can we come up with an agreement?
AIn the middle of conflict, it can seem impossible to imagine coming up with an agreement. And it may be virtually impossible at first for you to reach an understanding without professional assistance. However, investing time in working with Julia can help in not only crafting solutions that resolve your current disputes but also in finding ways for you to work out future conflicts with limited or no professional assistance. When two people who could otherwise destroy each other emotionally are able to resolve difficult issues in one or even several sessions, it is incredibly rewarding – and research shows those agreements last.

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I’m concerned about domestic violence – what should I do?
AIf there is an emergency, contact 911 for help. For domestic violence information, assistance with shelter, housing, advocates, prevention, and other resources, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Julia recognizes the complexities and challenges of this issue and approaches her work knowing that everyone’s safety during conflict resolution processes and long-term is non-negotiable. If you are already involved in a court case, having a confidential discussion with your attorney or your advocate is crucial in these cases. Julia does not represent people and suggestions contacting the hotline or finding more information specific to California here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-abuse.htm