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    Mediation is for couples who are divorcing or have significant parenting disputes. Our private mediation process offers quicker and less costly resolution help than hiring attorneys for litigation. 

What is Mediation?

   Mediation is a series of private confidential sessions conducted by a skilled and nuetral mediator who helps the couple resolve their disputes.  The mediator acts as a catalyst and guide to help the couple develop creative agreements which are best for that couple. 

Two Types of Mediation:

1.  Divorce Mediation:   This mediation process helps the divorcing couple to separate their lives in a way which minimizes hurt and increases cooperation, respect, and kindness.  If the couple has children, parenting mediation may be included.

2.  Parenting Mediation:   For parents who are separating, divorcing, or having significant parenting disagreements, this mediation process helps a couple form mutally agreeable parenting plans. 




Arrange a Free Initial Appointment:

  To arrange a free initial appointment, do the following steps:

1.  Since you are reading this page, please ask your spouse to read it also;

2.  Then each of you call or email Ralph with your addresses and phone numbers. 

  I send both of you initial letters which explains the mediation steps;

3.  After you both read the letter, please call me to schedule a free initial appointment or discuss any questions.  At the end of the free initial appointment, you both can decide if you want to begin the mediation process. There is no obligation or pressure to continue.

4.  If you both decide to continue, the first mediation session may begin immediately. 


Advantages of Mediation with Ralph Rast, MFT:

1.  Ralph is well trained in mediation;

2.  Ralph has extensive training in many counseling approaches which helps couples resolve issues;

3.  Ralph has over 25 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) in helping couples and families;

4.  Ralph is caring and offers affordable rates;

5.  All mediation services are strictly confidential in accordance with California law.



     "You are doing a good job mediating and I like your keen observation ability and your gentle manner.  .... a very good mediator."   by Sharyn Kaplan, JD, LCSW


What are the Advantages of Mediation over Litigation (Divorce Court)?

  (Divorce litigation is the process each spouse hiring an attorney to fight for their divorce settlement wants.)

Mediation:                                                             Litigation (Divorce Court Battles):

1.  Divorce settlement  is                                                            1.  Legal battle usually takes 1-4 yrs.

usually achieved in 1-3 months;


2.  Far less than Flexible & affordable rates                                   2. Usually over $15K

to fit most budgets;


3. Hire one mediator;                                                               3. Hire 2 attorneys at  $250.00 per hour per Attorney or more;


4. You both have greatest                                                        4. The Judge controls the outcome;

control of the outcome;                                                          


5. Improved harmony                                                      5. Increased frictions,    

and teamwork with                                                          anger, resentment, hurt,

your divorcing spouse;                                                       and mistrust with spouse;


6.  Improved parenting                                                  6. Decreased teamwork,

teamwork & trust;                                                            increased arguements;     


7.  Faster recovery from                                            7.  Feeling unfairness,

divorce & starting new life.                                         anger, $ problems, etc

Try Us for Free!

We invite you to try us for a free initial consultation  so you can determine if we are right for you.  Call or email Ralph Rast to arrange your Free Initial Consultation session:


Ralph Rast and his wife, Cindy


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Citrus Heights, CA 95610

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