Preparing to Mediate

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If you and your partner are planning to register your relationship with the Secretary of State in California, keep in mind that it is very similar to entering a marriage and should be considered carefully. No one enters a committed relationship planning on having it end. There are, however, realities to consider. When you mediate with Peace Talks Mediation services up front, like a prenup, that planning can help you think more clearly should tensions arise. Mediation as you establish your relationship helps set your intent. Mediation to dissolve your relationship helps you create a legal settlement that addresses your needs and provides a platform to heal the hurt that lead to your breakup.
If you are preparing to dissolve your domestic partnership, you will go through a process similar in every way to a straight divorce. We encourage you to visit our Mediation Preparation resource center and avail yourself of the information there that pertains to your particular situation.

Resources

Equality California (www.eqca.org)
Prop 8 Updates (www.whatisprop8.com/)
National Center for Lesbian Rights (www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer)
Lambda Legal (www.lambdalegal.org/)
American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org/)
California Secretary of State Domestic Partners Registry (www.sos.ca.gov/dpregistry/)

“I Do…Don’t I?” (Wit’s End Press, January, 2005), Mary Kearny Stroube, MS, JD A guide to understanding the California Domestic Partner Rights & Responsibilities Act for Couples & professionals. http://www.amazon.com/Do-Dont-Mary-Kearny-Stroube/dp/0976500809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227541491&sr=8-1