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Mediation As An Alternative Method Of Dispute Resolution

A couple facing divorce has multiple options for resolving things. The parties can submit the issues to a judge for a decision which is known as litigation. Litigation is an option that regularly calls for both parties to comply with the laws surrounding the situation, which can cost both sides more time and money than necessary. Litigation happens in the open public courtroom and the entire process is open to the public. Therefore, an ever increasingly popular alternative that parties are looking to settle things through is the private process of mediation.

The Process Of Mediation

Throughout the entire process, the couple works with a trained mediator and privately discusses the issues of the case. The job of the mediator is to act as a neutral third party who oversees the discussions between spouses and keeps things moving forward in a civil manner. This process is meant to help couples settle things in a swift and efficient manner compared to litigation. In California the mediation process is confidential.

The Role Of The Mediator

An experienced and successful mediator is patient, neutral and attentive to what both sides have to say. The parties control the outcome. The mediator helps the discussion along and aids the parties in their discussion to come to viable solutions that both sides can agree to. Our attorney’s goal as your divorce mediator is to develop an environment that can lead to open and productive communication that allows both parties to express their views in a manner that makes sure everyone is heard and acknowledged. His job is to develop opportunities for everyone to consider all reasonable options for them to come to a strong and reliable decision in their divorce. Because mediation is both private and cost-effective, it also creates a calm and more pleasant environment for both spouses. Mediation allows both sides to get closure and move forward into the next chapter of their lives.

How Our Practice Works

Daniel V. Burke has been practicing family law and mediating family law issues with success for decades. With extensive experience, he has the ability to help spouses come to a favorable outcome that benefits everyone while helping them move forward. Determining agreements for child support, asset division, business ownership, and child custody and parenting time issues that everyone can agree to is the goal sought and usually achieved.

Professional Background

Attorney and counselor at law since 1977; certified legal specialist in family law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1991; Mr. Burke is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Burke has also served as a judge pro tem of the San Diego County Superior Court since 1986. Mr. Burke has lectured extensively throughout the state of California on a wide variety of family law matters for many organizations and has also written extensively on family law matters. Daniel V. Burke will devote his 30-plus years of skill, experience and expertise and the resources of a sophisticated and dedicated office to assist you.


Daniel V. Burke has assisted parties in resolving divorce cases with nominal assets as well as parties with tens of millions of dollars of assets. He has assisted parents in arriving at parenting plans serving their children’s best interests and avoiding the stress and anxiety associated with child custody litigation. Because he is a litigator, he understands the value of finding appropriate resolution without the costs, delays and difficulties of formal litigation and has been an active mediator for over 20 years.


Burke believes in full disclosure and informed and balanced compromise. He guides the participants toward resolution consistent with their needs, goals and the relevant legal concepts and principles. A successful resolution is usually a compromise solution where the parties are equally dissatisfied with the result. Experience teaches that due to the division of limited assets and income in a divorce proceeding, rarely is either party elated with the result.


An hourly rate is charged and paid at the end of each session for the time actually expended.

Contact An Experienced Mediator

If you are looking for an experienced and proven Carlsbad and North County mediator to resolve your divorce or family law-related dispute, we invite you to contact us online or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment with Mr. Burke.