Divorce & Child Custody Law Introduction

An Aggressive & Ethical Divorce Attorney

I offer intense and dedicated legal representation in an array of Family Law matters: High-Conflict Marital DissolutionChild Custody, Paternity disputes, Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders and related Criminal matters, Contempt of Court, Child Abduction, Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, Child Visitation, Spousal Support, and Community Property litigation. I am particularly adept at providing effective Collaborative Divorce and family law negotiations to create fair and cost-effective resolutions between couples and parents, as I am a certified Parenting Coordinator and Special Master who has a natural and honed ability to craft working agreements between high-conflict parents.

“I just wanted to thank you for your time, you really built up my confidence and gave me hope. You made me feel like I have a chance to make things right. I felt like I didn’t know how to defend myself because of my wife and her attorney…I wish I would have found you earlier…”

– Client Testimonial, Feb. 5, 2010.

Divorce and Child Custody Lawsuits are Common.

My approach is unique.

Divorce has huge impacts on a family: for the parents, the children, and the extended family members as well. I am mindful of the human cost in divorce and child custody litigation. I am entirely focused on minimizing discord between parents and finding peaceable resolutions that focus on everybody’s best interests as soon as possible. When representing clients who do not have children in divorce matters, I remain focused on fairness and the guidance that the law provides because ethics is a keystone of my work as a lawyer.

“I liked your way of doing things better than [other lawyers]…I will always be grateful to you for originally offering me your reduced hourly rate – and even more so for reaching out to me one more time when you suspected that I could not afford it. You’re obviously a real advocate with a heart, helping regular people get through injustices that happen in their daily lives…”

– A Father’s Testimonial after the end of a Successful Family/ CPS Matter, September 24, 2009.

Family Law Practice Areas:

Collaborative Divorce Attorney

I offer Collaborative Divorce representation for parents who are capable and interested in amicably settling their Child Custody, Child Support, and Community Property issues with the potential assistance of a third-party neutral mediator, family law therapist, and accountant, if necessary. I offer legal mediation in the Collaborative Divorce process in which I would be hired by both parents to help them craft a Settlement Agreement in accordance with the law. I can help clients select high quality and affordable psychotherapists, such as Marriage and Family Therapists and Child Psychologists, as well as certified financial planners and certified professional accountants (CPA), to help inform the process of creating a workable Co-Parenting Plan and Settlement Agreement. Through my legal expertise and any necessary third-party professional guidance, the Collaborative Divorce process can help parents sift through the most tense Child Custody and Property Division issues thereby skipping much of the trials and tribulations of divorce court. Ultimately, this kind of reasonable solution benefits the divorcing couple and their families, not to mention it is significantly less costly and less time-consuming than divorce litigation.

“A+++ […] Ali, what I particularly liked about your work is your constant emphasis on detail and time lines involving my case. For example, keeping me updated on court hearings 24/7 and explaining every aspect of the law pertaining to my case whether it be positive or negative. […] There were times where I was overwhelmed and felt pressured by the other side, you believed in me and sorted it all out. It didn’t matter how many times you had to repeat or give me examples of certain issues, you made sure I understood and would even email documents to read or recommend that I go to the Law Library to further my knowledge on such issues. During our many phone conversations where I would ramble on and on you were able to calm be down and focus on the matter at hand. […] My final [case resolution] says it all. Through this process I was able to see where all the money went per your advice hiring a forensic accountant. During our court hearings I never felt intimidated by [the opposing party] or [the opposing] attorney with you by my side. You and I know they were less than truthful. But as of now having turned [this age] I am able to hopefully make the right financial choices with what you have been able to [do] for me. I [am] very, very, happy with the final outcome with no regrets. I can truly say I’m a wiser person from all this and I can finally breathe. Thank you for all your help. [Y]ou are a gift to [clients] like me.”

– Divorce Client Testimonial, Spring 2015.

Family Law Attorney for LGBT Clients

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community deserve the best legal representation in crafting Domestic Partnership and Marvin agreements, which are similar to Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements. I am a unique Family Law Attorney in that I am mindful of the needs of the LGBT community and cater to them with intelligence, grace and creativity. I also offer legal representation for would-be parents in adoption cases, focusing especially on overcoming hurdles to adoption.  In this capacity, I carefully consider the challenges that Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual parents face during the adoption process.

I am devoted to fighting tenaciously for clients’ basic human rights to a family, sufficient quality time between each parent and their children, and the right to not be discriminated against based on one’s gender, sexual orientation, or lifestyle.

So when the tranquility of your private life and the sanctity of your sense of self is disturbed by a Family Conflict, you will very much appreciate the compassionate and ethical legal counsel that I provide.


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Child Abductions, California Child Custody Law, and International Human Rights

California Same Sex Marriage Federal Lawsuit Rumbles amidst a Backdrop of Centuries of Catholic Church and State Interference in Marriage Rights

Sexism in Divorce Court: A Comparative Understanding of the Case of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran and Child Custody Statistics in California and the USA

Extensive Research: Women Initiate Domestic Violence More than Men, Men Under-report It.

Anti-Father Gender Bias in Child Custody Court: A Saga of Parental Alienation, Child Abuse & CoParenting Failures.



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