Dear Visitor,

Central Valley Mediation Service understands how challenging the current times are for all of us – especially those of you going through the process of divorce.

We will continue to offer the compassionate, supportive, and professional services we always have. We will also continue to offer our services virtually, using phone or teleconference options, as your needs and desires require.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us during these difficult times, and feel free to call us with questions or concerns.


John Butler

Central Valley Mediation Service

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 in Modesto, Stockton, and surrounding areas.

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.

Who can Benefit From my Mediation Process?

  • Time-crunched  Professionals  – There is no need for you to schedule trips to court. The divorces process time lime moves much quicker when you use mediation since you are not at the mercy of court and opposing attorney’s schedules.

  • Busy Parents – Raising children can keep a parent running 24-7. Using my system, it is much easier to maintain your your current obligations as a parent since scheduling is so much easier with less parties involved.

  • Those in high conflict relationships – The structure of mediation can keep you and your spouse apart. You can have resolution, but with much less conflict.

  • Those in different locations – Have you or your spouse moved to a different city since your separation? If so, using mediation, you can save time and money, in contrast to traditional methods of using the court system.

The Steps Taken in my Mediation Process

  • Setting up the process – John speaks with you in person, either together or separately according to your preference. He answers any questions you have about the process. You both decide you would like to try mediation, and you are choosing me as their mediator. I answer any questions about divorce mediation costs, and any questions about the meaning of divorce mediation.

  • Mediation Sessions – My mediation sessions are typically two hours long, and this is where we begin. Mediation are in person but we can use technologies such as telephone conference calls 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 they have not already done so) as to current values of your assets (value of cars, homes, and retirement accounts), credit card balances, mortgage amounts, and so forth.

  • Creating Documents – At some point, you will decide to file the legal paperwork for a divorce. My services are a la carte. If we file the papers, 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 via electronically so that they 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 would never need to appear in Court. Our process makes Central Valley Mediation Service of the best divorce mediators in the Modesto and Stockton areas.

Read What Clients Have Said
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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Central Valley Mediation Service serves Modesto, Tracy, Stockton, Turlock, Sacramento, Fresno, Madera, Bakersfield, Redding, Marysville, Arnold, Angels Camp, and surrounding areas.

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You can save thousands of dollars in attorney fees and handle your dispute with harmony and integrity by working with John. Call today or