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Based in Palo Alto, CA, Off The Record Mediation Services guides couples in Central California through high-net-worth divorce (aka “high-asset divorce”) mediation. Our experienced divorce mediator is well-versed in the laws governing divorce and separation and works with clients to find innovative solutions to the challenges of a divorce involving significant assets. 

When you meet with us, we will provide a secure environment where you can make informed decisions about how to mediate your divorce. We understand your concerns about protecting your assets and will address your concerns by steering you through the mediation process and serving you with the highest standards of professional excellence. Contact our office today by calling 866-223-4153 or book a session, and let us help mediate your high-net-worth divorce.

About High-Net-Worth Divorce Mediation

High-net-worth divorce involves couples of high net worth working with a neutral third-party mediator to reach a settlement agreement that meets the needs and interests of both parties.

As a mediator, Dorit L. Goikhman facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties, helps the couple identify and prioritize their interests, needs, and concerns, and explores various options for resolving their dispute. Dorit does not make decisions for the couple but rather helps them find their own solutions based on their unique circumstances and goals.

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which the couple works together to reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce, such as property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and visitation.

California law governs divorce mediation, including high-net-worth divorce mediation. Also, California is a community property state, meaning that, by default, all assets and debts acquired during the marriage are considered community property and are divided equally in a divorce. However, there are many exceptions to the general rules. Through mediation, the parties can reach a customized agreement about property division with the assistance of a mediator experienced in handling high-net-worth divorces.

Who Can Benefit From High-Net-Worth Divorce Mediation?

High-net-worth divorce mediation in California is best suited for couples who have significant assets and income, as well as complex financial arrangements. This includes:

  • Couples who want to avoid a lengthy and expensive court battle – High-net-worth divorce can be complicated, and going to court can be time-consuming and costly. Mediation can help couples avoid a contentious court battle and resolve their issues more efficiently.
  • Couples who value privacy and confidentiality –  Court proceedings are a matter of public record, but mediation is a private process. This approach benefits couples who value their privacy and wish to avoid public scrutiny.
  • Couples who want to maintain control over the outcome – Mediation gives the parties greater control over the outcome of their divorce. By contrast, when a judge decides the outcome, the couple has little say in the matter.

Ultimately, mediation is best suited for couples who want to work together to find a mutually beneficial solution: Mediation is a collaborative process that encourages couples to work together to find a solution that works for both parties. But they must be willing to communicate and compromise for mediation to be successful. 

Importantly, mediation is ideal for couples who want to protect their children from the negative effects of divorce: Divorce can be tough on children, and court proceedings can make things worse. Mediation provides a more peaceful and amicable way for the family to navigate this difficult transition. 

How Does High-Net-Worth Divorce Mediation Work?

High-net-worth divorce mediation in Central California typically involves the following steps:

Disclosure of Assets

Both parties must fully disclose all assets, including real estate, investments, business interests, and personal property to ensure that they reach a fair and equitable settlement.

Identifying Issues

Our mediator works with the parties to identify the key issues that must be addressed, such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support.


As a mediator, Dorit L. Goikhman facilitates negotiations between the parties to find a mutually acceptable resolution to their issues.

Settlement Agreement

Once the parties reach an agreement, Dorit will draft a settlement agreement that reflects the terms agreed upon by the parties.

Finalizing the Divorce

The parties present the settlement agreement to the court for approval. The mediated settlement agreement, or marital settlement agreement, is incorporated into the final divorce decree.

Ultimately, high-net-worth divorce mediation is a cost-effective, efficient, and amicable alternative to a litigated divorce and allows the parties to maintain greater control over the outcome. 

Why Off The Record Mediation Services?

Our highly skilled divorce mediator understands the complexities of divorces involving substantial assets. We also understand the particular challenges facing families in the greater Bay Area. You can depend on Dorit L Goikhman to guide you through all phases of the process, including:

  • Gathering and organizing your financial information
  • Assessing each party’s financial needs and obligations
  • Developing equitable and innovative solutions for dividing their assets and debts

Dori also helps couples address any emotional or psychological issues that may be impacting their ability to negotiate effectively. Trust her to help you reach a fair and mutually acceptable agreement that allows both parties to move forward with their lives in a positive and constructive way.

Service Areas

Off The Record Mediation Services, LLC helps customers throughout the Central California and San Francisco Bay area, including:

  • San Mateo County
  • Orange County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Marin County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Alameda County
  • Solano County
  • Napa County
  • Sonoma County
  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • San Jose
  • Fremont
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Rosa
  • Stockton
  • Sacramento
  • Modesto
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • Berkeley
  • Monterey
  • and more…

Contact Our Experienced High-Net-Worth Divorce Mediator

High-net-worth divorce involves legal and financial considerations that can impact your future and your legacy. Working with a qualified divorce mediator is the best way to protect your rights, interests, and financial future. To schedule a free 30-minute mediation consultation, call our office at 866-223-4153 or schedule a free mediation consultation online today.