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Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys: Questions and Answers about Costs

January 26th, 2016

Question: How much do Los Angeles divorce attorneys charge for a divorce?

Answer: I know of couples who have paid their lawyers over $4 million for a divorce in Los Angeles. I know of other couples who have spent only around $15,000 each. And I know of many couples who have avoided lawyers entirely and completed the necessary paperwork on their own.

Question: Why does a…

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Best Family Law Attorneys in Los Angeles: None.

December 14th, 2015

When mediating a divorce (aka marital dissolution) in Los Angeles (or anywhere, for that matter), I often need to start by helping the couple undo the damage their lawyers have done.  Whether the issues are parenting, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, property division, or any combination of those, lawyers always interfere with the communication between spouses.  Misunderstandings are always part of the story when Los…

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Transformative Mediation for Divorce – Teleseminar *Free

October 26th, 2014

This spring ACR (The Asociation for Conflict Resolution) had me present a seminar on my chapter, “Transformative Mediation for Divorce: Rising Above the Law and the Settlement”.  You can hear it here. 

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But I’ve Heard the Judge Has the Final Say? Isn’t that True?

July 21st, 2011

Not really. Judges love it if you and your co-parent figure out what works for you, since judges understand that if you’re not both satisfied, there are likely to be problems in the future. If you and your co-parent don’t agree and you ask a judge to make a ruling, the judge will do so, but you and your co-parent still have a lot…

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