John Butler - central valley Divorce mediation services

Peaceful Conflict Resolution

Conflict and litigation can be disruptive and costly, especially in divorce and family matters where they are often overwhelming. When emotions run high and the challenges are complex a skilled professional mediation process may be the answer at a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney.

Are you ready to take control of the conflict and your life as you negotiate a fair settlement peacefully, efficiently and affordably?

Put my expertise, extensive training and years of experience to work for you here in the Stockton and Modesto areas.

Who Can Benefit from My Mediation Process?

Time-crunched Professionals

There is no need for you to schedule trips to court. The divorce process timeline moves much more quickly when you use mediation since you are not at the mercy of court and opposing attorneys’ schedules.

Those In High-conflict Relationships

The structure of mediation can keep you and your spouse apart. You can have resolution, and with much less conflict.

Busy Parents

Raising children can keep a parent running 24/7. Using my system, it’s much easier to maintain your current obligations as a parent since scheduling is so much easier with fewer parties involved.

Those In Different Locations

Have you or your spouse moved to a different city since your separation? If so, using mediation can save you time and money compared to traditional methods using the court system.

Steps In My Mediation Process

  • Setting Up the Process

    I will speak with you in person, either together or separately according to your preference. I’ll answer any questions about the process. You both decide you would like to try mediation, and you are choosing me as your mediator. I answer any questions about the meaning of divorce mediation and about divorce mediation costs.

  • Mediation Sessions

    My mediation sessions are typically two hours long, and this is where we begin. Mediation sessions are conducted in person but we can use conference calls, videoconferencing, and email to manage the process. Depending on the issues involved, we may solve the entire case in one session or only focus on the most time-critical matters.

  • Gathering Information

    You may need to organize data for some aspects of your case. This might involve disclosing documentation and other background data to one another (if you haven’t already done so) about current values of your assets (e.g., cars, homes, retirement accounts), credit card balances, mortgage amounts, and etc.

  • Creating Documents

    At some point, you will decide to file the legal paperwork for a divorce. My services are a la carte.  After the papers are filed, when they are returned by the Court I serve both parties and that commences the “interlocutory” six-month waiting period before a divorce can become final.

  • Court Approval

    Legal paperwork for an uncontested divorce gets drafted and circulated electronically so that you  can sign it and return it to me. I then compile all of this and submit it to the Court for the Judge to approve it. From this point forward, all that remains is for the legally mandated waiting period to pass and the divorce is final. You never need to appear in Court. 

What Clients Say About My Mediation Process

I would definitely recommend you to anyone going through a divorce. You made the transition of the end of our long term marriage go smoothly….you were very helpful in all our questions and issues we couldn’t deal with on our own.


In my divorce, my ex had moved out of state and we used John as our mediator via phone and email. He did a very good job at helping us maintain progress on a number of complex issues that needed to be resolved so that we ended things amicably and fairly.

Laura H.

With John’s skillful mediation and diligence, we quickly moved through the final stages of our divorce process; support, house buyout, visitation and so forth, We had a final agreement reviewed and signed within 3 weeks of retaining John’s services.

B. R.

John Butler is a professional mediator who I trust completely. Two women in my life who are very dear personal friends were attempting to negotiate divorce settlements with their spouses. Each situation included a great deal of emotional turmoil, the litigation costs were staggering and the situation had reached an ugly stalemate.

Mitch S.

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