Welcome to A Fair Way San Diego and Rancho Mirage Divorce Mediation Center

Get Divorced Without the Stress
& Cost of Attorneys


Divorce Mediation San Diego & Rancho Mirage



A Fair Way Mediation serves all of Southern California. We have been helping couples through their Divorce, Legal Separation or Annulment process as well as assisting on small business issues for more than 25 years. Avoiding large legal fees and complex courtroom procedures via mediation. If you are considering a divorce, legal separation, have child custody or property disputes, A Fair Way Mediation offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere allowing fast and workable settlements. We also help extended families with Estate Conflict resolution and small businesses with partnership disputes and Residential HOA issues and Landlord/Tenant settlement negotiations

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Helping families world wide for over 15 years settle property, divorce, dissolution, support and custody issues quickly and quietly through mediation.


What Our Clients Say

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“Hired Rich to process our divorce and was very happy with his professionalism, his communication skills were impeccable, he explained in detail the process, length of time and costs. Answered all our questions in a timely fashion. He was fair and kind to the both of us. Going through him saved us a lot of $$. Would highly recommend him. Thank you”

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Reach Agreement
Without Attorneys

A skilled mediator helps you and your spouse reach agreement—even if you’re not getting along.

Highly-Rated Divorce Mediators

A Fair Way has some of the most experienced, highest-rated mediators in California.

Easy to Use Virtual

Makes it easy to organize assets and debts and do required disclosures.

Preparation of All
Divorce Paperwork

Including marital settlement agreements and qualified domestic relations orders. Paperwork filed with the court by your mediator.


Get The Best Divorce Help You Can Find In The Southern California Area

Why Use A Fair Way Mediation Center


A Fair Way Mediation is NOT an advocate for either party. A Fair Way Mediation San Diego does NOT make the decisions but helps guide the process. We listen and help each of the parties stay focused.


A Fair Way is one of the most respected mediation firms in southern California. We take our client's privacy seriously, and ensure that all protocols are observed to keep cases confidential.


From start to finish, we will handle every aspect of the mediation All clients are treated as a priority, and given utmost care by their assigned mediator.


Our mediators are trustworthy, understanding and sensitive to your needs. Our goal is to help clients reach a resolution that is fair, reasonable and equitable to all parties involved.

Reach a Reasonable & Fair Resolution

A Fair Way Mediation has helped 100’s of couples settle their divorces in cost effective and mutual satisfying ways. An average litigated divorce in California with an attorney is around $30,000 and can even exceed a million dollars! With A Fair Way Mediation resolutions rarely exceed $7,500.

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Safe & Secure Virtual Mediation

Trying to reach a settlement with attorneys can be tedious and emotionally-draining for all parties involved. We try to avoid this scenario, by assigning a mediator that will help couples reach a working divorce agreement. Our mediators have years of experience, and can help clients reach a resolution even if they have trouble getting along.

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Make assets & debts division easy

Our mediators can help you find efficient ways and methods how to divide property and debt. It reduces all the wasted time normally attributed to this process, helping all parties involved focus on the more important matters at hand. That is achieving a mutually beneficial resolution.


Minimized Paperwork

A Fair Way’s mediators are responsible for helping you prepare all the paperwork necessary for the divorce, and help you file it with the court. This can cover marital settlement agreement covering child custody and support; spousal support and the division of community property and debts.



From Meditation to Paperwork & Everything in Between


Package includes document preparation and filing through entry of judgment. Does not include post–divorce acts required to implement a divorce, such as changes in title to real estate, orders required for division of retirement assets, or enforcement of payments. Does not include filing fees charged by the court.

Divorce and Separation

We know how difficult it is to end a marriage or relationship, which is why we make it a goal to make this stressful process easier for you. We handle every step of the divorce process, no matter how complicated it gets. California is a no-fault divorce states, so one spouse may not refuse the request for divorce but may contest the specifics of it. They may disagree with the distribution of assets, custody, spousal and child support and anything else involved.

A Fair Way will help you settle uncontested divorces out of court. This process can help divorcing couples resolve things in their own time and words.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past 20 years, many couples have used divorce mediation because it minimizes animosity and provides more control over the divorce process. However, today even more people are seeking to use divorce mediation, primarily because it saves them money.

In divorce mediation, the cost is usually between $1000 and $5000 – depending on the complexity of the issues involved and the level of disagreement of the spouses. It is rare to exceed $7,500.

With litigated divorces, costs can go sky high. Each party usually pays their own attorney a retainer of at least $5000, and fees go up from there. The average litigated divorce in southern California is $25,000 and not unheard of…..$1,000,000.00.

With do-it-yourself divorces, or a paralegal “typing” service, you may only spend a few hundred dollars. However, you will not receive full legal information and may end up in court later on – fixing mistakes or addressing issues you did not anticipate – at a much greater cost. Practitioners are often practicing law without a license and may have legal issues of their own for so doing.

Usually, each party pays one-half of the costs of the mediation. However, there are also many cases in which one party agrees to pay all the costs, or a higher percentage than the other. In some cases, one party pays for the mediation as costs occur, then gets reimbursed for one-half in the final property division.

In litigated divorces, the costs are often driven by one party-who can force deadlines for discovery and hearings on the other party. This drives the other party’s costs upwards.

Collaborative Divorce involves professionals from several disciplines. These include psychologists; mediators; accountants; financial planners; lawyers and vocational evaluators. In some cases all of these specialists are necessary. In other situations the issues to be resolved do not need input from each and every one. The costs on a collaborative divorce can often be much higher than Mediation alone.

In divorce mediation, most of the cost is for mediation sessions with the parties and the mediator. The Marital Settlement Agreement is the main document, which contains the terms created in mediated sessions. Revisions of the MSA also involve direct discussions between the mediator and the parties.

In litigated divorces, much of what you pay for you never see, including: legal research, preparation of numerous documents, telephone calls between attorneys, driving to court, copying and organizing documents. While many family law attorneys try to keep their fees reasonable for these services, the client may still feel left out of most of the process for which he or she is paying.

Much of the cost of litigated divorce is driven by one or both parties’ fear or anger. This may be because of an affair, bad financial decisions, substance abuse, or other issues which caused mistrust. However, a party can still use mediation for decision-making, while using a consulting attorney to advise the client, examine financial documents, and review the Marital Settlement Agreement to protect the client’s interests. This is much less expensive than taking the whole case to court because of fear or anger. Counseling can also help remove the emotional issues from financial and legal decision-making.

In Mediation there is little Financial Risk. At worst, you might spend a few hundred dollars on mediation and end up in court anyway. However, there is greater likelihood that you will finish in mediation if you start. In that case, you may have saved yourself potentially tens of thousands of dollars.


Mediation You Can Trust

A Fairway’s team has years of experience in mediating between former spouses that need divorce or separation, but want to avoid all the stress and embarrassment coming from courtroom procedures.

We help all couples, whether traditional or same sex. Our Principal Mediator is Richard Gordon, B.A., M.A. & J.D.. An experienced Mediator, Mr. Gordon has worked in all facets of alternate dispute resolution (ADR), with both individuals and organizations. He brings a friendly approach that is conducive to cooperation.

We offer a complete slate of mediation services:

Couples Mediation
Child Custody Mediation
Adoption Mediation
Civil Mediation
Commercial Mediation
Divorce (parenting)
Employment Mediation
Family (other) Mediation
General Mediation
Landlord-Tenant Mediation
Land Use Mediation
Probate Mediation
Religious/Church Mediation
Torts, and Workplace
Communication Skills Training
Consensus Building
Counseling Services
Divorce Seminars
Fact Finding
Prenuptial Agreements & Prenuptial Mediation

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Helping families world wide for over 15 years settle property, divorce, dissolution, support and custody issues quickly and quietly through mediation.


Divorce Mediation & Family Law Rancho Mirage & San Diego