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How the Amazon Power Couple Used Mediation and Collaboration for Their Divorce

Amazon is one of the most successful business models on the planet, and it is poised to continue to grow at a staggering rate in the future. Because of its success, Amazon and Jeff Bezos have become a household name. Bezos is thought to be worth over $150 billion dollars. In January 2019, when word […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Property Division Basics

Among the most basic elements of divorce includes the process of property division. The couple who is separating has to choose who is going to take possession of cars, homes, art pieces, as well as other valuables during the divorce. In addition, in some cases, the spouses also have to divide all debts that were […]

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 can […]

2016 Diversity Workshop

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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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