Mediation Services*:

Ms. Passadori is a trained and experienced mediator.  She firmly believes that negotiating matters outside of court will produce the most cost-effective results that are acceptable to and beneficial for each party. Mediation is intended to place the ultimate power in the parties’ hands to reach fair and enforceable agreements while avoiding the time and expense associated with court litigation.

The parties will be encouraged to consult with independent counsel to review any settlement agreement reached by the parties before it is signed.

The mediator does not represent either party and does not make decisions when the parties cannot agree.  The mediator’s role is to guide the parties to an ultimate resolution of each issue in their case such that each party participates in the decision-making and is satisfied with the outcome.

Issues addressed in mediation:

  • Dissolution of marriage and domestic partnership mediation, including:
    - property division, including property characterization, tracing separate property, and reimbursement issues
    - child and spousal support, including payment from bonus income and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)
    - exclusive possession of property orders
    - child custody and parenting plans, including move-aways and post-judgment modification of orders

  • Modification and enforcement of orders and judgments, including child support, spousal support, & child custody

  • Same-sex issues, including dissolving the relationship, custody disputes, support, and property division

  • Pre-marital (“prenups”)/Post-marital agreements (negotiation of agreements)

  • Paternity actions (unmarried couples’ parental/custody disputes and child support issues)

  • Drafting and negotiating final settlement agreements

  • Legal research

  • Extensive experience working with experts and other professionals, including forensic accountants, business valuators, custody evaluators, custody consultants, and private judges.

*In California, there is no required training or certification to be a mediator.  However, Ms. Passadori received extensive mediation training and has ample experience as a mediator and consulting when her client is in mediation.  She completed a 40-hour Intensive Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training with the Center for Understanding in Conflict in Marin, California.  She is skilled and trained as a mediator to assist parties to determine an agreeable resolution of their own dispute as opposed to having one imposed on them by a judge.  Often, the cost of mediation is a fraction of litigating a case, and both parties tend to be dissatisfied either partially or wholly with the decisions made by their judge while mediation allows them to control the outcome.

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COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE*:  

Collaborative divorce practice is a particularized manner of working within a “team-approach” to resolve a family law case.  Each party has his or her own attorney and a divorce coach (e.g. mental health processional), and the parties share a child specialist and financial expert.  Most meetings occur collectively and very few meetings will happen one-one-one with your lawyer.  The two parties promise to stay out of court, and if they cannot reach an agreement in the collaborative process, all professionals involved in the case are disqualified from moving forward in the case.  This provides the parties with the incentive to resolve their case out of court.

Ms. Passadori has been certified and trained as a collaborative divorce professional.  All matters that can be resolved by mediation or litigation can instead be settled in the collaborative process, including:

  • Divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, modification and enforcement of orders and judgments, property division, validity of premarital agreements, same sex issues, and most other family law related matters.

CONSULTATION SERVICES:

  • Consultation “behind the scenes” or openly while the client represents himself or herself during litigation or mediation. 

  • This is an exceptionally cost-effective method of working with counsel.

Litigation:

  • Pre-marital agreements: contest/defend validity of agreements

  • Limited scope representation on particular issues such as child custody, child support, and/or spousal support

  • Consulting with client when client heads to court

  • Limited representation on a case-by-case basis