Exclusive legal representation for discerning clients.

Divorce & Child Custody Law

Divorce is common. My approach is unique.


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…
— Divorce Client, 2010


Nobody enters a marriage or loving relationship thinking about its ending, nevermind some sort of ugly battle over children, property, or support payments. But regardless of the set of statistics you consult, divorce and custody disputes affect the majority of Americans. You’re in good company - fear not. Now what do you do: hire a divorce lawyer. But a good divorce attorney, sadly, is in the minority of the profession.

Too often, people hire a divorce attorney based on a referral from a friend, the lawyer’s convenient office location, or worse, a well-placed advertisement. There is a right way and a wrong way to choose an attorney, and that choice can make all the difference. Everybody’s case is unique: the very specific facts, the relevant law, the nature of the opposition, and their attorney are all crucial features of a case.

Choosing the right attorney for your particular case is a momentous decision, not one to take lightly or fall into. Take your time, and do the research! Make sure your attorney has the top credentials, ethics, and value that you deserve, and most importantly learn how to properly decipher through the information to understand the true quality and rigor of the attorney you’re considering hiring.

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. You are a gift to [clients] like me.
— Divorce Client, Spring 2015

I offer intense and attentive legal representation in diverse Family Law matters: High-Conflict Marital Dissolution, Child Custody, Paternity disputes, Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders and related Criminal matters, Contempt of Court, Child Abduction, Parental Alienation, 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.

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.

Collaborative Divorce

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.

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…
— Family/CPS Matter Client, 2009

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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About the Attorney

Offering exclusive representation for discerning clients throughout CA, NY, MA, DC, and WA, Attorney Ali Shahrestani accepts individual, corporate, high-stakes, and high-conflict litigation and transactional matters in Divorce & Child Custody, Education Law, Business & Contracts, and Criminal Defense.

Serving bicoastal and international clientele, Mr. Shahrestani is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and Farsi. He offers clients his passionate advocacy, clear and consistent communications, and true professionalism.


Consult with the attorney today.

Mr. Shahrestani welcomes you to set-up an Initial Consultation during which you’ll discuss your case and a possible legal strategy that will seek to optimize your case’s strengths and work through its weaknesses. Mr. Shahrestani focuses on giving you the most aggressive and creative legal representation available, working hard to perform all the necessary tasks to help maximize your chances of success, while seeking to keep costs and fees affordable.