Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Mediation
Mediation for LGBT Couples in California PDF Print E-mail

Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships and Marriage for LGBT couples are options that vary widely on a state by state basis across the United States. In states where there is no approval of same sex marriage the endeavors of the partners during the relationship are marked with uncertainty unless the purpose is specified in writing. In California the issue of marriage between gay men and lesbians is further complicated by ban on marriage between same-sex couples know as Proposition 8. This complexity can make a dispute in a relationship more difficult to resolve and often be the primary source of conflict. It can also result in costly litigation if not mediated prior to reaching an irreconcilable divide.

Mediation vs. Litigation

Mediation provides an option to resolve disputes without involving litigation. Besides the expense of litigation a properly orchestrated mediation can resolve most issues in a fraction of the time in a neutral environment facilitating the parties desire to reach a settlement based on their issues and interests. Weather the parties are seeking a Dissolution of Marriage or Termination of Domestic Partnership the additional stress and harm that may accrue to both parties in confrontational public court litigation can be avoided through confidential discussion and negotiation with a neutral mediator. Regardless of the sexual orientation of the parties of a relational dispute, those who have a sincere desire to terminate the relationship to the most satisfactory end to all involved or to resolve issues that may avoid termination are best served by mediation and not litigation.

Mediation Services

Attorney Elizabeth F. Courtney, the sponsor of rainbowmediation.com, is a Certified Family Law Specialist that has been continually engaged in matters of family law and personal relationships  for more than 30 years in the Inland Empire including the Jurisdictions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. With her experience in mediation and litigation of family matters she has developed an understanding of the nuances and culmination of experiences that makes each family matter and personal relationship unique. Find your solutions in mediation where your unique situation can be resolved in an open cooperative environment rather than the confines of the courts. Contact Elizabeth F. Courtney.


Elizabeth F. Courtney
Attorney at Law
489-A Central Avenue
Upland CA 91786

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