I'm Joel Tranter, and I practice family law in Berkeley.
I am a family law litigator and a family law mediator.
Whether you're going through a divorce, a child custody dispute, or a request for spousal support, there are generally two ways to go: You can fight it out in the courts, or you can try to resolve the issues through mediation.
Although I can help you fight it out in the courts, I highly recommend that you let me first try to help you through mediation.
Mediation takes place out of court, so you and your partner – not a judge – make the decisions. In mediation, you can express yourself in ways that simply aren't possible in a courtroom setting. In court, your attorney generally does the talking for you, and the judge has a limited amount of time to hear your case. In mediation, on the other hand, you do the talking--there are no attorneys--and you have as much time as you like. There can also be dialogue in mediation, instead of just attorneys arguing with each other before a judge who has heard it all before and has other cases to hear besides yours.
Unfortunately, some cases can't be mediated. Mediation only works if both parties are willing to participate and compromise. In those situations, you may be best served by going to court, and I can help you with that also.
These are painful, personal issues. I would like to help you resolve them if I can. Please give me a call so I can help you decide the best way to proceed.
You can call me at (510) 292-0907 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.