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Divorce Without Court

A neutral Mediator can help two people reach a divorce settlement or family law agreement together voluntarily.

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What We Mediate

Divorce, Domestic Partnerships, Custody, Support, Prenups and all Family Law matters.

Mediation Advantages

Time, Cost, Confidentiality, Control, Creative solutions, Better for the kids...

How It

File the papers, exchange information, mediate a settlement, send it to Court.

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Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a process in which a neutral Mediator helps two people come to an agreement together voluntarily.  Today, many couples use mediation to complete their divorce.

Divorce Without Court
In California, a divorce is a lawsuit. Nonetheless, in many cases, the mediation process can eliminate the parties need to ever appear in court.

Mediation is a neutral process. The Mediator does not pick sides or have a bias in favor of either party.

Animosity Is Ok
It is OK if you are not getting along with the other person right now. Ask the Mediator about responsible ways to invite the other person to mediation.


Trained Mediators
The Mediators at Sawyer Mediation are family law attorneys with skills and training in mediation techniques.

How It Works
Generally, the mediator facilitates communication and understanding, helps the parties articulate their goals and their true interests, and employs creative problem solving.

It is OK if you already have a lawyer or if you would like to consult with one.

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San Francisco Mediators
Sawyer Mediation is a Divorce and Family Law Mediation firm with offices in San Francisco.

Serving the Bay Area
Sawyer Mediation provides Family Law mediation services to couples in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and beyond.


San Francisco Financial District
Our mediation office is conveniently located in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District close to BART, MUNI and near the off-ramps to highways 101 and 280.

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Why Choose Mediation?
There are many advantages to using Mediation for your Divorce or other Family Law matter.

Lower Cost
Mediation can be far less costly than taking a case through trial.

Completing a divorce in Mediation takes generally a fraction of the time necessary to go through trial.

Mediation can avoid the need for parties to disclose certain private information in the Court's public record.

Children can benefit when parents resolve their differences in a cooperative manner in mediation.

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What Can I Mediate?
Sawyer Mediation focusses exclusively on the Mediation of Divorce and other Family Law Issues.

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"Chris did an incredible job of making a very difficult situation much, much easier." - FORMER CLIENT

"... fair and compassionate to both parties..." - FORMER CLIENT

"He is sharp, has a solid understanding of the law, and applies a common-sense approach to his cases." - FORMER CLIENT

"... listened to our concerns equally, and opened up discussion about creative solutions for custody and asset division." - FORMER CLIENT

These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. California Rule of Professional Conduct, Rule 1-400 (E)


Chris Sawyer
Chris Sawyer is an Attorney / Mediator and the owner/principal of Sawyer Mediation. Chris provides mediation services exclusively in Family Law matters including Divorce, Custody, Support, Premarital Agreement, and Domestic Partnership Mediations.

Prior to founding Sawyer Mediation, Chris practiced at some of the most prestigious family law firms in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. Chris now brings extensive courtroom and litigation experience to his mediation practice and handles both small actions and complex family law matters involving the valuation and division of businesses, stock options and deferred compensation, support, and high-conflict custody matters.

Lisa Freitas
Lisa Freitas provides family law consultation and mediation services for parties with divorce, parenting, custody, support and other family law disputes, as well as cohabitation, premarital and post marital agreements.

Lisa has been active in the Bay Area family law community since 2008, and has received extensive training in mediation practice and family law mediation. She received her Masters Degree in Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy concentration in 2011 from Golden Gate University. She is also an experienced divorce attorney and family law litigator, with diverse experience including division of large, complex estates to smaller uncontested divorces.

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Clients' Choice Award
Mediation - 2013

Clients' Choice Award
Family Law - 2013