Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles in the U.S. Bank Tower, and directly across the street from the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Branch, access to our office from Union Station, Santa Monica, Long Beach, or North Hollywood is easy.
Use either the: Metro Red Line (802), Metro Purple Line (805), Metro Blue Line (801), or Metro Expo Line (806) and exit at the 7th Street / Metro Center on the corner of 7th and S Flower Streets, and you’re a short 5 minute walk from our office. And at 73 stories, and 1,018 feet, the U.S. Bank Tower is hard to miss.
While you may know Pasadena as home to the UCLA Bruins, or the annual college football battle, The Rose Bowl, it’s also the location of one of two Equitable Mediation satellite offices - for when heading into downtown Los Angles isn’t convenient for you.
Located in the Chamber of Commerce Building in Old Pasadena, just north of the Castle Green Event Venue and just west of the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center, our Pasadena office is just a 15 minute drive up the 110 from downtown L.A. Or take the Metro Gold Line (804) from Union Station in L.A. to Del Mar Station in Pasadena and from there our office is a brief 10-minute walk.
While more “L.A.” than our Pasadena location, our Sherman Oaks office provides Encino, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, and other San Fernando Valley couples a convenient alternative to our downtown Los Angeles divorce mediation location.
Located directly across from the Motion Picture Association of America and right next door to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, access to our office is easy using the 405, 101 or Ventura Boulevard.
As divorce mediators in Los Angeles, we know how devastating divorce can be.
That's why we mediate each case personally and do everything we can to make the divorce process less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for you and your children.
Equitable Mediation Co-Founders
From everything on their website, and all through the proceedings, I felt like Joe and Cheryl were truly sensitive to the life event taking place.
- S.M., Los Angeles, CA
I loved having Cheryl available for coaching throughout mediation. It made a huge difference in my confidence and how I interacted with my wife between sessions. And it kept the conflict at bay!
- D.A., Pasadena, CA
From its legendary traffic, to the high cost of living, life in the Los Angeles area certainly has its share of things that can really make your blood pressure rise.
So why then would you want to add to your stress by engaging in a long, drawn-out, and costly attorney-driven divorce proceeding? When you could work with Los Angeles divorce mediators like us instead?
As divorce mediators in Los Angeles, we know that your divorce doesn’t have to be a disaster. And you don’t need to break the bank in order to untie the knot.
That’s why we offer Los Angeles area couples an all-inclusive, flat-fee mediation service that addresses all logistical and financial issues associated with the divorce process, while providing emotional support along the way.
We know from experience that when divorce mediation and coaching are used together, it gives 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.
And, if you and your spouse choose our innovative Mediation-On-The-Go™ online divorce mediation services, you won't need to experience that legendary Los Angeles traffic! At least when it comes to your divorce…
So if you want a high quality divorce mediation, Los Angeles style, that results in a fair and thorough agreement while putting your children first, choose Equitable Mediation.
If you and your spouse live in the Los Angeles area, have agreed to pursue a divorce, and are ready to begin the process, book an initial meeting for the two of you today.
Why mediate with us?
While some clients choose to hire attorneys to review their settlement agreement (known as a Memorandum of Understanding in mediation) or provide legal advice throughout the mediation process, there is no requirement in Los Angeles County that parties retain a lawyer as involving attorneys is a matter of personal choice.
We find approximately 95% of Equitable Mediation clients choose not to involve attorneys in their divorce.
This is a tough one as the answer is, “it depends.”
Yes, there is confidentiality in mediation, but in light of recent discussions here in California, that confidentiality provision may be weakened when attorneys are present during the mediation and there is a claim of misconduct being made against one of the attorneys.
The good news is that we are Los Angeles divorce mediators and not attorneys and when using our mediation process, no attorneys are present. So in our view, the recent discussions regarding confidentiality will have no impact on our divorce mediation process.
In mediation, a neutral third party mediator will draft what’s known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which contains all of the agreements the parties made with regards to items that affect their family such as custody, child support, and property division.
The agreements outlined in the MOU are then formally drafted into a legally binding document known as the Martial Settlement Agreement (MSA), which is signed by the parties and is one of the (many) documents that are submitted to the court to finalize the parties' divorce.
Depending on the Los Angeles divorce mediators you work with, your MOU may either need to be entirely rewritten costing you more in time and expense, or if you work with us, your MOU can be easily converted into your MSA, saving you time and money in the process.
Currently there are no mediation training requirements for those wishing to practice divorce mediation in Los Angeles County.
That means anyone (and I mean anyone) can call themselves divorce mediators in Los Angeles.
It’s not uncommon for attorneys to call themselves a “divorce mediation lawyer” or a “mediation attorney” as they feel passing the bar also qualifies them to be divorce mediators. But in our opinion, litigating or advocating for one party is an entirely different skillset than acting as a neutral third party and assisting both parties towards resolution.
Read this article to learn more about how mediators and lawyers compare.