What is Mediation?
We help our clients find common ground and resolve disputes without going to Court
Mediation is a process which helps people find fair and practical ways to resolve disputes. At Finding Common Ground, we have a structured process that has helped hundreds of people resolve issues in a meaningful way while saving them time, money and most importantly, saving them from the ongoing stress and increased conflict that seems inevitable when people go to court.
Gillian Brady is an Attorney Mediator with over 600 hours of mediation training. After working as a litigator, she founded Better Solutions Mediation in 2004 to provide an alternative to the high cost and stress of going to court. In 2016 she acquired Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services™ from her mentor, Sharyn Kaplan, an attorney and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who was one of the earliest mediators in the country. With the addition of Finding Common Ground, Gillian plans to reach a wider audience with the benefits of mediation.
Kimberly Strand is an Attorney Mediator with over 90 hours of mediation training. She has practiced family law in the Greater Sacramento Area since 2007 and is committed to providing a positive alternative to litigation.
Benefits of Mediation
Mediation is in the Best Interest of the Children
In our private, confidential mediation process, both parents work together to resolve any issues related to their children.
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Mediation Empowers you Because You are in Control of the Outcome, not a Judge
Each party keeps his or her power to control the outcome of the divorce, because the decisions are made mutually by both Parties with the help of their Attorney Mediator. Read More »
Because you create your own solutions in mediation, you are more likely to abide by those agreements, thus avoiding the cost and stress of ongoing legal battles. Read More »
What our clients are saying.
“Gillian, thank you for your professionalism and for sticking with us through difficult times. Your hard work and perseverance are commendable.”
— Luis G., March 2011
“Gillian, thank you so much for all you did. I have felt such relief knowing I was working with such a fair and competent attorney. Thank you for everything. You restored my faith in lawyers and the legal system.”
— Melissa L., March 2005
“I highly recommend Gillian as a mediator. She helped us with a difficult divorce that could have cost us our kids’ college funds and then some. She gave us ground rules and helped us listen to each other. She explained things clearly so we were able to make decisions. It felt good to have control over what we decided. We had worked through a lot of issues by the time we were done. I can’t imagine a better way to get through such tough times.”
— John K., January 2009
“It is an emotional time. Trust is a big factor. You do develop that trust with Gillian because she does have a great personality to get both parties at the table to come up with a solution.”
— Robin S., August 2009
“Gillian did great work mediating for us. She was great to work with us, provided great information and kept us on task. I would highly recommend her work to anyone.”
“Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity”
— Roman B., July 21, 2011
“Through creating an atmosphere that fosters communication, mediation is an excellent alternative to court. Combining strong ethical standards with compassion and respect, Gillian has the skills to guide you through life’s difficult challenges. Better Solutions Mediation & Law Services provides a level of service beyond compare. The mediation process permits all parties to have their needs and opinions considered, allowing Gillian to get you through complicated times in an effective, efficient manner.”
— Pamela P., November, 2011
“Gillian is a great listener and problem solver. She is extremely patient and willing to listen to both sides to reach the best resolution for all involved parties. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
— Kresta Daly, Attorney at Law, October 12, 2011
"Gillian, Thank you so much for the job that you do, and do so well. While this was probably one, if not the, hardest thing that I have gone through, you made it as easy as possible with your knowledge, grace, and caring. I appreciate it more than you know. Thanks again for your wonderful service."
— JMQ, January 13, 2012
"Gillian, Thank you for helping us through a very difficult time. The process went much more smoothly than I ever thought it could. I appreciate the safe environment you created and the fairness with which you conducted the process. I think we can both move forward with positive feelings. I know I can."
— Paul J., January 10, 2012
"Thank you! I appreciate everything you did to remain unbiased yet you helped us to work towards our goal. I wasn't sure if we'd get through it but you managed to keep us focused enough to come to an agreement."
— Anonymous, July 1, 2015
"I highly recommend Gillian for mediation guidance and advice. Gillian provided invaluable assistance from start to finish. Advice is delivered with an in depth understanding of the law but FAR more importantly human nature and behavior in times of stress. Expert at at turning a negative into a positive."
— Marcus Hone, Global Distribution Manager at Abbott Diabetes Care
"Kim helped me through a very rough time in my life...my divorce and child custody. She is very knowledgeable, trustworthy and proved her abilities time and time again. She had excellent communication with me, kept me in the loop and made sure that I understood what was happening. I have, and will continue, to recommended Kim."
— Patty S., October 29, 2013
"I was lucky enough to be referred to Kim! I was comfortable from the very beginning, she kept me informed throughout my case and even consoled me as this was a very tough time. She handled my divorce/child custody/spousal support with professionalism, courtesy, and my (and child's) best interest at all times. I would recommend Kim without hesitation!!"
— Heather A., October 24, 2013
How to Get Started
Tell us about your unique situation.
Our solutions are designed with you and your unique circumstances in mind. Our goal is to help you resolve your disputes without going to court. We work with all involved parties to help everyone reach a mutually acceptable agreement you feel is fair and just.
This website can help you learn about mediation, but it can't replace information from a real person. We prefer to speak to our clients directly so we can answer your questions and so you can get to know us and see if mediation would be a good fit for you. Please feel free to call our Davis office directly at (530) 756-2536, or our Sacramento office directly at (916) 616-7971.