I've practiced in Santa Barbara as a Family Law Specialist for more than thirty years and I believe that at the outset of divorce, people need two services, that provide answers to the two essential questions. I've designed a practice that does both. The questions are:
1. Is our case suitable for mediation?
You can answer this question by making an appointment for an Introduction to Mediation for which there is no charge. If your spouse is unwilling to cooperate in scheduling an appointment, the question is answered, for the time being.
2. What do I need to know and to do about my side of the case?
For the last twenty years the "Roadmap Consultation" has been available in Santa Barbara to over 2,000 clients. It is a three-hour, stand-alone service which will enable you to determine where you and your case stand at that time, where you want to be in the future, the ways (options) to get there, and a plan or map for getting from here to there.
The two most important aspects of this service are:
• I don't offer to represent clients I see for one of these consultations.
• The service is cheap, so everyone who has a concern over something of value can afford it.
THE MIDDLE OF DIVORCE
If the client needs legal services once the divorce has begun, it will be for:
• Information and advice from a knowledgable and objective source
• Given after adequate time is taken to understand the case and the client
• Given in a way that is in harmony with
• By someone who won't become another professional to deal with
• At an affordable cost.