Divorce Mediation San Diego & North County Locations

If you're like most San Diego couples, making the decision to end your marriage was devastating. And not one either of you took lightly.

And now that you've both made that difficult decision, you and your spouse are now faced with another equally important choice.

The choice of which San Diego divorce mediation group you use to peacefully and cost-effectively end your marriage.

At Equitable Mediation, we offer couples just like you flat-fee mediation services that addresses all logistical and financial issues associated with the divorce process, while providing emotional support along the way.

And when used together, our divorce mediation and divorce coaching services give you the best opportunity to avoid a drawn-out, costly and contentious divorce while at the same time, enabling you to remain fully in control of the terms of your agreement.

Let us put our San Diego divorce mediation expertise to work for you!

We know first-hand how devastating divorce can be because our lives have been affected by it, too.

That's why we mediate each case personally and do everything we can to make divorce less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for you and your children.

Joe Dillon & Cheryl Dillon, Equitable Mediation Co-Founders


San Diego - La Jolla:

Equitable Mediation Services

4370 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Located on La Jolla Village Drive, just east of Interstate 5, and just west of the 805, the first of our three divorce mediation San Diego office locations is situated near UCSD and just north of the heart of America’s Finest City.

From this location, San Diego divorce mediation services are provided to couples and families in the La Jolla, Sorrento Valley, University City, and Scripps Ranch areas.

From the north, our office may be reached by taking I-5 South to the 805 South, taking exit 25 to La Jolla Village Drive. Or from the south, taking Genesee Ave to La Jolla Village Drive.

Divorce Mediation Carlsbad - North County San Diego:

Equitable Mediation Services

701 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Located halfway between Carlsbad Village and South Ponto Beach, our North County San Diego divorce mediation office serves clients in the Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, and Vista areas.

Access to the office is easy given its location east of Interstate 5, and just south of Palomar Airport Road and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

From the north, the office may be reached by taking exit 47 off of Interstate 5, and the office will be directly in front of you. Or from the south, take exit 47 off of Interstate 5, and make a left onto Palomar Airport Road and our North County San Diego divorce mediation office will be on your left.

Solana Beach:

Equitable Mediation Services

440 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Located between Interstate 5 and Stevens Road, and just south of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and the Solana Beach Town Center, our office location conveniently serves clients in the Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Cardiff areas.

And is easily accessible from both Interstate 5 and the 101, and even the Coaster and Amtrak train lines.

From the north, our office may be reach using Lomas Santa Fe Drive, turning on to Steven Road, and we’ll be down the road about a ¼ mile on your left. From the south, take Via De La Valle to Valley Avenue which will turn into Stevens Avenue. When the road changes names, our office will be approximately ¾ of a mile on your right.


Equitable Mediation Main Phone: (858) 401-6498

Office Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday

Payment Types Accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, Payment Plans Available

Learn about California Divorce Mediation.

I liked how Equitable Mediation's services were flat-fee instead of having to pay a retainer and then by the hour for every service/interaction.

It allowed us both to be relaxed and not worried about one side's discussion/hours being an additional cost we would both have to contribute to.

- S.A.
former divorce mediation Carlsbad client

It was convenient and cost effective to mediate with Equitable Mediation. And the best part was working with Cheryl and Joe. Their knowledge and expertise was outstanding and their compassion and encouragement was greatly appreciated.

They made a stressful, difficult process easy to navigate and manage. I'm very impressed!

- K.E.
former client, Encinitas, CA

What I appreciated most about working with Equitable Mediation was Joe's ability to keep everyone focused on the ultimate goal of mediation: fair, thorough and peaceful divorce negotiations.

- M.K.
former client, San Diego, California

Expert Divorce Mediation: San Diego

Equitable-Mediation-California-For a high quality San Diego divorce mediation process that results in a fair and thorough agreement while putting your children first, choose Equitable Mediation.

If you and your spouse live in the San Diego or North County Carlsbad area, and both want to mediate, book a mediation initial meeting for the two of you today.

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Below are FAQ's about divorce mediation San Diego clients have inquired about:

Does Equitable Mediation have a specific mediation process to make sure our divorce goes smoothly?


Divorce is an extremely complex issue, with a lot of moving parts. And if you’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly.

We offer our San Diego county couples a proven mediation process that helps them complete the steps to divorce in less time, with less stress, and for a lower cost: financially and emotionally.

Learn more about our mediation process and how you can benefit from our “Equitable Difference.”


What if one party wants a divorce, but the other party does not. Can we still mediate?

Unfortunately, in order to use divorce mediation San Diego couples must both be in agreement on the decision to end their marriage and work with a mediator instead of an attorney.

If one party wants a divorce, and the other party does not, or if one party wants to use a mediator, and one wants to hire a San Diego divorce attorney, then using a divorce mediation service will not be an option.

But before you take the drastic step of hiring an attorney, winding up in court, and getting dragged into financially ruinous and emotionally draining litigation, take these steps if you want a divorce and want to use a mediator, and your husband or wife is reluctant to take steps to end the marriage.


How long does mediation take? Is it possible to finish in one mediation session?

Since the number, type, and complexity of issues that need to be resolved will vary greatly from couple to couple, the answer is it depends.

We've had clients resolve all issues and come to agreement in a single mediation session so yes, it is possible.

We find that on average, couples can resolve all issues and come to agreement in 2 to 4 mediation sessions. And don’t forget - the skill of your mediator can also be a significant factor in how efficiently and effectively you move through the divorce process. So choose your mediator carefully!


What issues can a San Diego divorce mediator help us resolve?

All of them!

From family matters such as child support and custody and visitation (aka “the parenting plan”), to financial matters such as spousal support and community property, your divorce mediator will actively guide you to resolution on all issues required for your settlement agreement.

He will then draft these agreements into what is known as a Memorandum of Understanding which will serve as the basis for your Marital Settlement Agreement which is one of the documents filed with the court in order to get a divorce in San Diego county.


Are family law mediation and alternative dispute resolution the same thing?

Family law mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution which helps your family resolve all issues required for divorce outside of court. That is, mediation is an alternative to hiring a lawyer and litigating your divorce.

And while a collaborative law divorce is also considered an alternative dispute resolution method, it does require you each to hire an attorney to represent you during the proceedings. And in our opinion, increases the potential of conflict between you, your spouse, and your two attorneys. Putting you on a path to wind up in court – the very thing you probably wanted to avoid in the first place!