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1 hour Divorce Mediation Consultation, $150.00 (Free should you choose to use us for your mediation).

How much Do you want to pay for your divorce or custody settlement, $5000.00 or $35,000? You get to choose.

  • $5,000 is the average cost of a mediation using Brook Olsen’s services in San Diego.
  • $35,000 is the average cost of a litigated divorce in California and can be much more.
  • Mediation typically takes two to three months to complete.

  • Litigated cases can take a year or more. (sometimes much more)

Again you choose. Do you stay stuck in a protracted fight, or do you move on happily into the future?

You can pay two attorneys $350 per hour each ($700 per hour) and have much of their time preparing for the worst and setting stratigies that may never be needed. Average cost per side is $35,000 ($70,000 total from the marital estate).   OR

You can pay for the experts at Brook Olsen Mediation in San Diego, where you get two mediator at the total cost of $325 per hour and every minute of the time spent in mediation is spent reaching agreements and solving problems in the areas of disagreement.

  • With the first process you are ultimately giving someone else the decision making in your case.
  • With the second you get to make agreements that are best suited for you and your children if you have children together.

It has been shown that Co-Mediation (two mediators) is much more productive than that of working with only one person. So although the cost may a little higher, do to the efficiency of the co-mediation model the end cost of the mediation can actually be less.

When dealing with  divorce and custody issues using the mediation services of Brook Olsen can be most the productive and least expensive way of completing the process, Even if you and your ex to be have a history of high conflict.

People often ask, “Does Mediation really work?” In a word, yes. We know from years of research that when you compare couples who have mediated their divorce or custody issues vs. couples who go through an adversarial process, mediating couples are more likely to be satisfied with the process and the results, likely to take less time and spend far less money, and are less likely to go back to court later to fight about something.

Brook Olsen is a high conflict specialist with vast experience in helping high conflict couples find resolution where others have failed. Through helping clients understand the process and the pitfalls in the family legal system, the mediation process is facilitated efficiently and with reduced conflict.

Divorce mediation is no longer a new idea in most parts of the country, and is increasingly well-known and widely accepted. Mediation is a much more affordable and expedient way to divorce or modify custody agreements. With the mediator’s help, you and your partner work through all the issues you need to resolve so the two of you can get through your divorce or custody issues and on with your life.

  • Mediation is a cost-effective solution to divorce that will help you find ways to complete the divorce process without having other people make the decisions that will affect you and your children for the rest of your lives. The family court system has guidelines that they use to make decisions and they rarely have the resources and proper information to make the type of decisions you and your soon to be ex-spouse or partner can make that reflect the needs of your families. We are High Conflict Specialists that, in many cases, have succeeded where others have failed.
  • The main advantage of mediation is that it keeps you and your partner  in control of your own process. That can make all the difference in your completing the process and moving on with your life. Mediation allows the two of you to get through your divorce or custody dispute with less conflict than you would experience the adversarial environment of the family court system.
  • Mediation is flexible and confidential. It gives you and your spouse or the parent of your children a way to settle the conflict between you, which is natural and inevitable, in a way that helps you to work together as parents after your divorce.
  • The mediator remains neutral between the two parties. That means the mediator can’t give advice to either party. What the mediator can do, though, is to point out in open session to both parties things that each of them should be aware of about what they’re trying to accomplish. That open and free exchange of information frees up both parties to negotiate with each other in confidence. Because both parties are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to both parties.


  • Mediation is voluntary. It continues only for as long as all three of you – you, your partner, and the mediators — want it to. Your mediator has to have a good reason to withdraw. You or your spouse can withdraw from mediation at any time, for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.


Most divorces regarding custody disputes in the US cost an average of $30,000 +. We can have your divorce and parenting plan completed at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time.
Find a cost-effective solution. The consultation will include a full overview of what you can expect from the mediation process as well as a chance for you to ask questions.

To book your mediation consultation with us please fill out the form below.


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