Is Mediation Right for You?

All it takes is agreement with your spouse to sit down and find a mutually beneficial solution.

Our experienced divorce mediator will guide, educate, and provide creative options to resolve your differences.

Mediation can be the cost effective, streamlined approach to divorce, eliminating wasted time in court and providing a healthy resolution.

Couple in Mediation

Or Do You Need an Attorney?

When you and your spouse are unable to work together.

Our experienced divorce attorney can take responsibility for your individual case.

They will provide you legal advice, be your advocate, and represent you in court.

An attorney can help find out-of-court solutions to reduce impact and cost, while being available to litigate when necessary.

Mediation Attorney

The Divorce Mediator

The mediator's role is to aid you and your spouse in identifying the issues that must be resolved in the divorce. The mediator will provide information about how the Court might resolve issues if your case was litigated, as well as assisting you in identifying creative alternatives that mediating couples can consider in reaching agreement. The goal in providing this information is to assure that you both are in a position to make educated decisions related to the divorce. The mediator also uses his experience to help you overcome emotional, trust and communication issues that may get in the way of effective communication and resolution.

The mediator will also prepare the necessary paperwork to commence the divorce, facilitate compliance with the Court's disclosure requirements, and to draft the settlement agreement and other necessary forms when settlement is reached. Your job is to let us help you communicate with your spouse and become educated on the issues so you can make the decisions. We do the rest.

The Divorce Attorney

The divorce attorney’s role is different from that of a mediator.

The attorney will meet with you individually to find out what it is you want in your divorce. They will provide you with legal advice and the likelihood of outcomes. They will explore possible options with you to resolve your matter with minimal court involvement if possible. If not, they will prepare the necessary pleadings and legal documents to represent you and advocate your interests in Court.

The attorney will prepare all the necessary paperwork to commence your case, to address issues in your case as they arise, to comply with the disclosure requirements of the Court and to resolve and finalize your divorce.

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The service I received with Barney was great. In the most difficult time of my life, he kept things positive and fair. It seemed as though our situation was too tough for mediation but Barney kept us on track.

Chula Vista


I met with Mr. Connaughton for over an hour as I consider using an attorney. He was cordial, professional and offered excellent advice, yet did not charge me a dime for the initial consultation nor place any pressure on me whatsoever. It was clear he was genuinely in my corner. Very professional.

Paul O.
Chula Vista


Barney was caring and professional, easing us through this painful process. He was particularly adept at helping with the settlement negotiation. There were no delays, everything was prompt as promised. Highly recommended.

Lauren W.
Sutherlin, OR