Sano & Associates, a professional law corporation dedicated to Estate Planning & Mediation

Divorce & Custody Mediation ~ Effective Alternative to Litigation

Divorce can be a life changing transition, which is complex, unfamiliar and stressful.  At Sano & Associates, we are dedicated to providing you an opportunity to reach a mutually agreeable solution that is best for the both of you and most importantly, for your children, without the adversarial process that impacts families and children.

Divorce & Custody Mediation offers an effective and confidential alternative to avoid the expense, time, stress and hostilities of court proceedings.  An experienced Family Law Attorney will assist you as a neutral intermediary during a confidential settlement discussion.  At Sano & Associates, we work closely with a team of highly and specially trained legal, psychological and financial professionals who can supports you in evaluating your options, evaluating your goals and exploring ways of reaching agreements that create a win/win situation that can not be achieved in most litigated divorces.

Let us assist you in focusing on the transitioning family unit to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both of you and your children without the underlying threat of contested litigation.

DIVORCE/LEGAL SEPARATION & CUSTODY MEDIATION: $4,600

Each mediation session is one-and-a-half hour and our fee is $400 per session.  Our family law attorney will serve as a neutral mediator and help the parties resolve the conflict amicably and cost effectively as possible.  Our services include:
  • Initial three-way conference (typically about 1.5 hours).
  • Preparation of all required judicial council forms (Petition, Response, PDOD, and Request for Judgment). 
  • Drafting of Marital Settlement Agreement and notary fees. 
  • Final signing session (typically about 1.0 hours).

INITIAL LEGAL CONSULTATION: Phone $75 or In-Person $100

Initial consultations require an appointment. Please be advised that we do not offer a free consultation. All initial consultations are conducted by phone or in person and are limited to 45 minutes with a non-refundable fee. Execution of a retainer agreement is not required at that time, while our discussion remains strictly confidential.

Contact us to schedule your appointment for an initial consultation.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION: $210~$270 per hour

In this traditional arrangement, we will represent a party in a family law case and provide full legal services on all aspects of the case, from start to finish.  

Fees for a legal representation depend on factors such as the amount of time necessary to complete the service requested, and the complexity of work involved. For certain types of services, we offer flat fee arrangements, however, our standard legal fees are charged at hourly rates. Our current hourly rate are $210~$270, depending on the experience and expertise of the attorney assigned to your case. During your initial consultation, we can determine which type of fee structure is best suited to your situation and provide an estimate for your total legal costs. 

Contact us to schedule your appointment for an initial consultation.

LIMITED-SCOPE REPRESENTATION

Limited-scope representation is being offered to self-represented litigants in family law cases.  We will handle some parts of your case and you will handle others.  

Here are some examples of limited-scope arrangements:

  • You can just consult us and get legal information and advice about your case when you need it.
  • You can hire us to represent you on certain issues in your case (like child support or custody) while you do the rest yourself.
  • You can hire us to prepare the forms and other court documents but file them yourself and represent yourself at the hearings.
  • You can hire us to coach you on how to represent yourself at the court hearings and help you prepare the evidence that you will present in court.
  • You can hire us to help you with the more complicated parts of your case, such as discovery and legal research while you do the simpler tasks yourself.

When you cannot afford to pay for a lawyer to handle your entire case, limited-scope representation can be a great way for you to have legal help with your case while keeping costs down. Courts approve of limited-scope representation because they want to encourage people to get as much legal assistance as they need to protect their rights. For more information on Limited Scope Representation, visit the Court's website

Fees for a limited-scope representation depends on factors such as the amount of time necessary to complete the service requested, and the complexity of work involved. Our current hourly rates are $210~270, depending on the experience and expertise of the attorney assigned to your case, however, we also offer flat fee arrangements in limited-scope representation. During your initial consultation, we can determine which type of fee structure is best suited to your situation and provide an estimate for your total legal costs.

Contactus to schedule your appointment for an initial consultation.  

Notary Service: $10 per signature

  • California Notaries Public are commissioned by the Secretary of State as a public officer qualified and bonded under the laws of a particular jurisdiction for the performance of notarial acts.
  • We provide notarial services by appointment only.