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Why Collaborative?

By Ron Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA Background Ron Anfuso has a multi-faceted background with extensive experience serving as an expert witness, collaborative divorce financial specialist, and mediator for nearly 28 years. As a financial neutral, he trained and was a founding member of A Better Divorce, a South Bay collaborative group that was […]

What Can I Do to Help Determine the Outcome of My Divorce

The divorce process can make you feel out of control, unable to determine your own destiny and that of your children. Many people can influence the end result, and a judge can change everything from one day to the next. Why Choose Mediation or Collaborative Divorce When you agree to engaging resources to mediate or […]

South Bay Bar Association Lawyer of the Year – Joe Spirito

LACFLA is proud to recognize that one of our members, Joe Spirito, was recognized by the South Bay Bar Association as Lawyer of the Year on February 8, 2019. “It is very exciting to be recognized by your colleagues in such a kind, unexpected way,” said Joe. The Lawyers of the Year is chosen and […]

The Sum of our Histories

by Rebecca Fisher One of my colleagues recently wrote a blog for this column about working with our clients as we find them. The same holds true for the professional members of the team. The collective history of the people at a team meeting is vast. We sometimes forget when aggravated by a professional member’s […]

Tips for Telling Your Children You are Divorcing

When parents have reached the decision to tell their child they are getting divorced or separated, Dr. Bingham Newman offers this candid advice: “You have to keep that door or window open,” she said. “You have to communicate with kids! And if you haven’t been, then you’d better start.” Newman provided a list for divorcing […]

The Collaborative Divorce Advantage

The Collaborative Divorce Advantage

  LACFLA is proud to announce that Ria Severence, one of our Mental Health Professionals, has co-authored a book, The Collaborative Divorce Advantage.  In Part 3 of the book, Don’t Go Through It Alone, Ria authored Chapter 5 entitled “The Collaborative Child Specialist:  The Best Kept Secret to Protecting Your Kids From Divorce Fall-Out.” “Divorce […]

Supporting Our Member, Jim Hallett, in His Grief

Jim and Mary Ellen with two panda bear babies

  Jim Hallett, a Board member of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA), lost his best friend and wife, Mary Ellen, on Wednesday, April 19. From Jim:  “Mary Ellen died last night. Her advanced mantle cell lymphoma left her unable to survive a fairly routine fall early Tuesday morning. The resulting subdural hematoma […]

2016 Diversity Workshop

On December 3, 2016, LACFLA presented it’s Seventh Annual Diversity Workshop, at Southwestern University School of Law. Program chair Jena Stara and her committee, Jami Fosgate, Esq., and Devorah Markman, Esq., put together a fascinating four hour program on the topic of ” Neuroatypical People and Our Collaborative Practice”. The speakers for this program came […]


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