It is in the best interests of your children for both parents to participate in mediation. If you decline to take part, please understand I am still required to issue a report to the Court and must do so using the information available to me.
To begin mediation you will need to provide the following:
1. Court Order for Private Mediation (Sacramento) or Court Order for Child Custody Recommending Counseling (Yolo) usually sent to me by your attorney.
2. A retainer of $3000 is required to begin the process. The retainer is held aside for work I do when you are not with me in the office.
3. Session fees are paid for separately and not taken from the retainer. All work is prorated at $200 per hour. Appointments are for 2 hours duration. Therefore, you will need to bring $400 each time we meet. Appointments that include children usually are one-hour in duration at a fee of $200.
Please send your retainer by money order or cashier's check to: Linda Tell, RN, MFT, 720 Howe Avenue, Suite 101, Sacramento, 95825.
4. Appointments: Once the retainer has been received, I will contact you to arrange an appointment. We can arrange an appointment most efficiently by email. Please send me an email with the name and email address of the other parent.
To assure neutrality and transparency, please include the other parent on email correspondence at all times.
If you have any questions, you can call me at (916) 402-3647.
Children are not brought to the first meeting unless requested by the mediator.
If there is a restraining order in place, the protected party has the option to bring a support person to the mediation appointment, or request a separate mediation appointment. Please discuss this with me in advance.
Telephone (916) 402-3647