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What is Financial Mediation?

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If you and your spouse or partner have disagreements about money issues, like child support, spousal or partner support, or how to divide property or debts, mediation may help.

You can hire a private mediator to help you agree about money AND parenting issues. But it is not required.

  • Private mediators are usually lawyers or mental health professionals.
  • They usually charge between $150 and $350 an hour.
  • Usually both spouses or partners share this cost.


To find a mediator in your area, you can:

  • Check your local telephone directory (most have a section for mediation)
  • Search on the Internet
  • Contact a community organization
  • Contact your local Bar Association (for Contra Costa County, click here.Opens new window
  • Contact your local court to see if it has a mediation panel. Click here. Opens new window
  • For contacts in Contra Costa County, California, click here. Opens new window


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