Divorce Mediation Training: What Mediators Need to Know

Training Overview:

Family disputes often involve complex legal issues and highly emotional entanglements between disputing parties. Such cases present mediators with challenges that require a wide range of skills. The Advanced Divorce Mediation Training series is designed for both the novice and the experienced mediator to consider and discuss the challenges unique to mediating the family law case. Note: this training assumes the participant has a basic working knowledge of the facilitative mediation process.

The goal of this training series is to help mediators develop the skills necessary to guide a divorcing couple through the complex legal process required to complete a California divorce. The training consists of a series of 4 sessions, each covering a different component of  a divorce judgment. Trainees may elect to register for single sessions or take the full series, depending on personal needs. Each 3-hour online Zoom session will  consist of a presentation of information followed by group discussion. In addition, participants will receive supplemental information relevant to the topic in an electronic format prior to the scheduled training session. Participants are encouraged to review the supplemental information in advance in order to get the most out of the training session

Divorce Mediation Training Session Topics:

  • Session 1: Child Custody & Visitation
  • Session 2: Property Division
  • Session 3: Child & Spousal Support
  • Session 4: Agreement Writing & Court Process

Training Cost & Registration:

The cost for each training session is $75.00. Discounts are available for current Orange County DRPA volunteers- contact Lenora Forschner for more information. Email [email protected] or 714.455.9759

Additional Opportunities to Gain Practical Experience:

Upon completion of the complete Divorce Mediation Training Series (or demonstration of comparable training from another source),  mediators are eligible become a volunteer mediator in OCHR’s Voluntary Settlement Conference Program in the OC Superior Courts. Volunteer mediators are able to practice and develop their divorce mediation skills through participation in real-life cases in a mentored setting. Applicants accepted to the volunteer program must commit to being available a minimum of once a week for a 4-hour period during daytime weekday hours (8am-5pm) for a minimum of six months. Individuals with bilingual abilities are particularly encouraged to participate in the volunteer program.