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Nicole Moyer
Nicole Moyer

Nicole Moyer

$175/hour
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Introduction: I have been working in the field of family law for more than 12 years. In fact, I am in my 12th year of teaching "how to divorce" classes offered through multiple adult education programs. I also conduct other kinds of mediation on a variety of issues, such as the following: dividing up inherited items in an estate; disputes in HOAs, employment; family estrangement and reunification; and small focused issues like property line disputes. Interestingly, I find that my experience in other areas of law and my previous careers often come in handy when working in mediation and on family law cases. I was a civil engineer for 15 years, a substitute elementary/middle school teacher for 8 years, am a notary public, and currently work part time for a trust and estates law firm. I used to have a health and life insurance license (I hate selling, marketing, and cold-calling, so I let my license expire). But first and foremost, I enjoy providing services in the following areas: pre-marital mediation, marital mediation, divorce mediation, general mediation, and divorce education services and coaching. Additionally, most family law mediators do not work in litigation, or at least don't currently do so. However, I do work on litigation cases, which I think enhances my mediation skills. I work on a contract basis as an independent paralegal for family law attorneys throughout the S. F. Bay Area. Many attorneys hire me to assist them with challenging financial issues in their divorce cases (litigation), as I have a particular interest in financial issues, such as division of stock options, cryptocurrency, investments, and tracing community and separate property payments, I routinely draft discovery, deposition questions, and prepare subpoenas to assist the attorney in obtaining important information. Being well-connected with the local family courts enables me to be familiar with the attorneys and divorce experts, and to see how the sitting judges and the state courts are deciding issues. Understanding what judgments are currently being handed down in the local courts provides me with the latest rules, tools, resources, and techniques to facilitate agreements and help people achieve their goals in mediation. I am also a Santa Clara County Bar Association member, which also helps me keep current. In fact, I make it a point to attend most every seminar and continuing legal education event pertaining to family law, so that I have up-to-date information, which is something that other mediators generally aren't so inclined to do. I place a lot of importance on making sure my clients are making informed decisions when they are trying to de-couple and move forward. For example, I set up my clients with a meeting with a financial divorce professional - it doesn't cost much, but clients really appreciate getting feedback about the financial decisions they are making in the divorce. For example, my clients might be trying to decide between renting out their house or selling it, or how to structure payments to pay as little tax as possible. I'm not aware of any other mediator that makes sure their clients get guidance by a financial professional. My goal is to help a couple design a divorce judgment that is solid, and a parenting plan, if there are minor children, that is solid, so that a motion is not later filed in the court after the divorce. I focus my divorce education, coaching & mediation business on making sure that I find a way to assist all people/couples, regardless of income, as I have found that people who cannot afford help are extremely disadvantaged in the family courts, if they end up there. I also make myself available to clients 24/7 via texts/phone calls, which is very unusual in this line of work. I take a lot of pride in being very responsive and moving things along. Time is money, and the longer a divorce case takes, the more it typically costs. I enjoy getting to the heart of the issues and providing real clarity for people who are either considering divorce, in divorce, or having post-divorce problems. I love when people tell me, "I wish I had met you earlier!" or "You are worth every penny!" I love being able to solve problems, perhaps because I was an engineer for so many years. On a personal note: I have three children and have been very happily remarried now for 15 years.
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Hired 7 times

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13 years in business

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for punctuality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Sue T.

Divorce Attorney

Although she's not an attorney, Nicole is very knowledgeable, very experienced, and trustworthy. She lays everything out in her contract and she's honest in giving advice. Quite refreshing! How my case comes out remains to be seen, but I feel I'm working with someone who will advocate for me and understands the complexities of Family Law.
Jun 7, 2018
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Sheila R.

Mediation

Fantastic
Oct 4, 2019
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Wendy M.

Mediation

Nov 7, 2017
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Niki Bellenger Moyer

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My deposit (retainer) is only $1,500, which is about half that of other family law mediators. I will also reduce my retainer fee on occasion or cobble together a low-cost approach for people who are struggling financially but still want some guidance and divorce services. On rare occasion, I can negotiate even a lower hourly rate, if there are very compelling reasons to do so. If a couple is just coming in to learn about divorce, but not mediate with me, then there is no deposit, but simply an hourly rate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Because my primary goal is for clients to make informed decisions and really understand the divorce process, a lot of times a couple will come to my office for about three hours to learn about the divorce process. I emphasize that there is no pressure to hire me - its just like a shortened version of the 10-hour "how to divorce" classes that I teach, except that it is tailored to the questions/needs of the couple.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have taken mediation courses and, as I stated above, I continue to work in the field of family law litigation and attend continuing education courses for attorneys. Additionally, I am licensed as a Substitute teacher, and on occasion, if I don't have a deadline in family law, I substitute at elementary and middle schools. Additionally, I was a civil engineer for many years. I have had an interest in finances and investments for decades, and that too comes in very handy! So, sometimes I take on other types of mediation cases that are not in family law, where I feel that my background and experience lends itself well to the issue at hand. Because I love the challenge of trying to solve all kinds of problems, I will bring in a co-mediator (at my cost) with a particular qualification (such as a general contractor), who is a professional that I know, if I feel that we need an expert to help solve the problem.

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