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Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Alison Spirito

Alison Spirito, LACFLA member and LACBA board member, was recently published in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine. Her insightful article first provides helpful definitions of two types of consensual dispute resolution, mediation and collaboration. She then explains why these meaningful processes are a good fit for millennial attorneys, who value creative thinking and problem solving, making […]

Preparing for Divorce in the New Year

If you are preparing to start the divorce process in the new year, here are a few questions to consider before you start down the divorce road: Are you 100% sure you want to get a divorce? If you saw a divorce communication coach or worked with an impartial marital mediator, would you and your […]

5 Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce

Frequently divorce proceedings are a taxing time for families and couples. One method of reducing the tension includes considering a collaborative divorce, a more convenient approach than traditional divorce. Below we cover 5 benefits of going the collaborative divorce route: You’ll Have More Control You will have a greater say in choices that will affect […]

Secrets To Not Letting the Holidays Wreck Your Finances

When you are in the midst of a marital separation, the holidays can be extremely stressful, not only emotionally, but financially as well. Often, we find that our clients feel that in order to make a fantastic Christmas, they need to have a holiday filled with over-the-top gift-giving to help cover up and ease the […]

No Court Divorce

Often divorce is a highly emotionally charged, complicated process, but No Court Divorce is an option that can provide a better way. As a former family-law paralegal of 15 years and now an attorney with more than 20 years’ experience, I’m a firm believer in the collaborative approach, which features an agreement not to go […]

Collaborative Attorney with a Heart

When it comes to divorce, Jami Fosgate has first-hand experience. She was fortunate that she and her ex-husband agreed not to fight in court. Instead, they sat down and worked it out and when all was done, she had essentially a “good” divorce experience. This inspired her to attend law school at age 40 to […]

Lifetime Achievement Award

The  prestigious national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), has awarded our own Forrest (Woody) Mosten the 2019 Family Mediation Lifetime Achievement Award! The award is presented to leaders for their immense contribution to the field of professional family mediation. APFM takes great pride in honoring leaders in the field of family mediation. These […]

Zealous Representation As Compared to Zealous Advocacy A Comparison of Litigation and Collaborative Practice

By Michelle Daneshrad The two people who share everything that is important to them, their children, their finances, their peace of mind, are placed in competition with each other in the litigation model.  In the Collaborative model, the couple are supported by legal, financial, and mental health professionals to listen, understand, communicate their needs, and […]


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