| At Coast To Coast, you get two mediators, instead
of one. Elizabeth Allen is a California attorney. She opened opened
a mediation practice in Encinitas, California, near San Diego,
in 1982. Don Mohr's background is in social services and family
therapy. He has specialized in divorce and family mediation since
1991. We work together as a team of mediators. Our clients get
the benefit of an interdisciplinary, male-female team.
Whether you come to us for a divorce, a prenup, or a "Marriage-or-Divorce
Agreement", you receive information about your legal rights
in a neutral setting during your mediation sessions.
You get legal advice from an outside "reviewing attorney"
of your choice. This is someone you choose to review your settlement
agreement before you sign it. This safeguard takes about an
hour of your time, and insures that you are thoroughly informed
about all of the ramifications of your proposed agreement, before
you sign a binding agreement.
None of our divorcing clients have had to go to court, since
we opened our practice in 1982. All of our Marital Settlement
Agreements have been signed by the judge without a court hearing,
so our clients have been spared the cost and inconvenience of
making a court appearance.
We assist each of you in negotiating a fair and balanced agreement,
one that each of you believes will work for you in the long
Your agreement is tailored to meet the unique needs of your
family. No two couples are the same. We believe that your agreement
should reflect your own beliefs and circumstances and not necessarily
match what any other couple would choose to do.
You gather reliable information about all of the issues that
will affect your agreement. We make certain that you have all
of the information you need to make fully informed decisions
about each issue.
We are experienced with the issues that face high net worth
couples, including division of real estate holdings, businesses,
pensions, and stock options.
If you are getting a divorce, and have minor children, we help
you develop a parenting plan and teach you how to use a "periodic
planning meeting" to modify your schedule in the future.
This is in stark contrast to the court system, which makes no
provision for the changes that occur over time. When you complete
your mediation with Coast To Coast, you should have the tools
necessary to adjust your parenting plan without help from us
or the court.
If you both want to discuss continuing your marriage, we will
help you develop a "marriage-or-divorce" agreement,
really two agreements, with one about how to get your marriage
back on track and the other about the terms of your divorce,
should you eventually decide to end your marriage.
Whether your agreement is a prenup, or a divorce agreement,
when the mediation is over, you will have a clear, detailed,
and binding agreement which you can refer to in the future,
one which addresses all of the issues that affect you and your