We were recommended to David Sutton by our couples counselor, with whom we had worked for several years, as well as our attorneys, and even a couple of friends. It seems like David has mediated the divorce for a bunch of people in Marin and SF as I frequently hear his name from people when I ask them about their divorce. Everyone I have talked to seems to say, more or less, similar things, and those things reflect our experience with David. David is kind but firm, and although he will give you the opportunity to express your feelings and get your emotional thoughts out on the table, he makes it clear that he is not doing couples counseling but that he wants to make sure everyone feels heard and that any destructive, but un-discussed, conflicts are addressed so that, when he is finished working with you, you are more likely to get along as co-parents. It only took us three sessions to negotiate all of the issues in our divorce and, although it was not fun, David kept us focused on the task, did not waste our time and money, and even made us laugh a bit. I have to say, after what my ex-wife and I had been through before we met David, it was actually pretty nice to laugh with her again and remember that we have a lot in common and that we don't have to be hostile toward one another. David was very skilled in explaining the law to us and in negotiating a comprehensive settlement and, I have to say, I don't know where we would have been without his thoughtful advice.
Great Mediator for Complex and Painful Divorce.
David Sutton was recommended to us by several of our friends who got divorced. At first, my wife and I were having our lawyers negotiate directly with eachother. It seemed that were creating more conflict than my wife and I had when we started. So, we decided to try mediation. David helped immediately by meeting with us, helping us work out a game plan on how to reach a settlement and, also, he helped our attorneys work more effectively by limiting their conflicts with eachother. Both my wife and I trusted David and, issues that had been taking months and months for our attorneys to resolve, were worked out by David in a matter of weeks. The other thing we liked about David is he kept his eye on how all of these issues would effect our children and he has helped us with not just the financial issues but our child custody issues as well. Aside from being a lawyer, he has been a therapist for teenagers as well and gave us insight about how to help our kids through this painful process.
In short, David saved us a lot of time, heartache and money and we could not more highly recommend him.
SUPPORTIVE AND EFFECTIVE MEDIATOR. David, who is both a lawyer and a social worker, saved my family from a disaster. Like many divorcing parents, we were at each others' throats and could not see clearly about what our kids needed. David calmed our situation down, helped us move our focus to our children's needs, and resolved our case in an affordable way. My ex and I now attend kid events together and we look back at those times of conflict and thank our lucky stars that David forced us to take back control of our family's destiny. He pissed us both off, on occasion, because he does not hide the ball. However, we realized it was tough love and that he was just trying to protect each of us, and our sweet children, from ourselves. I will always be thankful to David.
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