Michael Jonsson
Sacramento Divorce Solutions, Inc.

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1337 Howe Avenue
Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95825
USA
(916) 921-7000

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I'm a Professional Family Mediator, Attorney at Law, and the owner of Sacramento Divorce Solutions. I've been working almost exclusively in family law for over twenty years, and mediating since 1997. My practice focuses primarily on the Mediation of family disputes, but I also occasionally act as collaborative counsel in Collaborative Practice divorce cases; I no longer engage in litigation. I offer a free initial consultation to help clients understand the differences between Mediation, Collaborative Practice, unbundled services, and litigation process options. For more information, please visit us at www.SacramentoDivorceSolutions.com.

Professional Background

Mike Jonsson has been a licensed California attorney since 1993, a trained Mediator since 1997, a Collaborative Practitioner since 1999, and Special Master on Custody Issues (Parenting Coordinator) since 2002.

Experience

Mike Jonsson's practice has been limited to family law issues from its inception. In addition to extensive litigation experience (although he no longer represents clients in court), Mike has substantial experience as a settlement conference judge, a parent coordinator, a mediator, and collaborative practice legal counsel in complex custody, support, and property issues.

Degrees

B.A., 1986, University of California, Davis; J.D., 1993, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1997    Coast to Coast Mediation Center    Basic Divorce Mediation; 40 hours
2003    Northern Calif. Mediation Center    Interviewing Children in Mediation & Special Master Cases; 3.5 hours
2003    Lawyer's Mutual Insurance Co.    Mediation: Basics and Ethics; 3 hours
2009    Sacramento County Bar Association    Custody Evaluator & Mediator Training; 7 hours
2010    Mediate.com    Mediating Divorce Agreement; 40 hours
2010    Sacramento County Bar Association    Special Master Training (I was a trainer); 6.5 hours
2012    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    3-day Founding Conference; estimated 18 hours
2013    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    Power Imbalance in Family Mediation; 11.5 hours
2013    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    3-day Annual Conference; 17 hours
2014    Riverdale Mediation    Screening for family violence, abuse & power imbalances; 16.25 hours
2014    Gary Friedman & Catherine Conner    Advanced training - Interests; 7 hours
2014    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    3-day Annual Conference; 15 hours
2014    I was trainer    Practice Papers: Using good paperwork to maintain ethical and practice boundaries; (San Diego) 1.5 hours
2015    I was trainer    Practice Papers: Using good paperwork to maintain ethical and practice boundaries; (Westlake Village, CA); 3 hours
2016    I was trainer    The Flex Collab Model, and adjustments to it (4/21; Sacramento, CA); 4 hours
2016    I was trainer    The Flex Collab Model, and adjustments to it (7/8; Sacramento, CA); 4 hours
2016    I was trainer    Screening for Power Imbalances & Danger (7/21; Sacramento, CA); 1 hour)
2016    I was trainer    Screening for Power Imbalances & Danger (9/27; ACFLS, Sacramento, CA; 1 hour)
2016    I was trainer    Screening for Power Imbalances & Danger (10/21; SCBA, Sacramento, CA;1 hour)

Approach

I take a practical and procedural approach towards family mediation. My approach is to assess and recognize each client's needs, balance their joint need to come to an agreement, adjust the process to maintain a level playing field, and thereby provide value for their mediation dollar. The ultimate goal: a fair and reasonable agreement that both clients can support, and which they can obtain in a reasonable amount of time.

Fees

As of 4/7/16, my hourly rate for mediation services is $350, and I require a $1,000 deposit to be maintained at all times.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.