CFLG San Diego attorney Shawn Weber appears on “The Real Estate Radio Hour”

CFLG member Shawn Weber, attorney with Brave, Weber & Mack, APLC, was the featured guest November 8 on “The Real Estate Radio Hour” which airs on 1700 AM ESPN. During the hour, Weber discussed “Love and Real Estate” including property law in divorce and collaborative divorce. If you missed it, listen here at this link to the podcast.

Court cutbacks Nov. 5 could cause significant legal, ethical challenges in divorce, custody, support matters

November 5, 2012

Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR / (619) 997-2495 or gayle@falconvalleygroup.com

Clients urged to consider collaborative divorce or mediation as alternatives

(SAN DIEGO) – With California’s court system facing significant budget cutbacks, as of Monday, November 5, official court reporters will no longer be provided in family law civil matters, including most divorce, custody and support proceedings. In addition, effective December 28, 2012, official court reporters will only be available in family matters for domestic violence restraining order hearings, contempt hearings, and Request for Order hearings of 40 minutes or less.

Since state law prohibits the court from using recording equipment as an alternative, parties who want an official written record of their court proceedings will have to pay privately-retained, certified court reporters. They must be appointed by the court and on a list of court-approved certified shorthand reporters. Information on the new policies and procedures is posted to the court’s website at www.sdcourt.ca.gov

Justin A. Reckers, CFP, CDFA, AIF, President of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego (CFLG San Diego), says the looming budget cutbacks give people going through a divorce, separation, or legal change in their custody or support agreements reason to keep matters out of the courts and instead pursue Collaborative Divorce or Mediation.

“The lack of financial resources from government keeps giving us more reasons to not rely upon them for court services,” said Reckers. “The easiest way to not rely upon the courts is to resolve our disputes respectfully outside of the court system through Collaborative Divorce, Mediation and settlement minded orientation from family law attorneys.”

“One of the basic tenets of our system of government is equal access to justice,” said Shawn Weber, attorney and member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego. “Less financially well-off clients are as entitled to a record of their court matters as those who can buy a staff of reporters. This is troubling and may lead to some legal and ethical challenges that could negate any savings from not having a transcript.”

“Maybe the financial cutbacks in the Family Courts will actually help divorcing parents by causing them to seek more productive and healthier ways to cope with the stresses and conflicts of divorce,” Constance Ahrons, Psychologist and member of the Collaborative Fmaily Law Group of San Diego. “The cutbacks will clearly affect court calendars which are already overtaxed, and angry parents who want to have their day in court will find they have to wait months and months to have their cases heard by a judge. During that time children will be caught in their parents’ ongoing conflicts and the anxiety producing limbo of custody and living arrangements.

“Collaborative divorce and mediation have emerged as humane alternatives to resolving divorce related issues and conflicts. ”

Collaborative Divorce is an Alternative Dispute Resolution process that strives to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family while achieving an agreement that considers and respects the welfare of everyone in the family. The collaborative divorce model provides divorcing parties the opportunity to problem solve in a private, confidential setting, with the help of their experts, to reach a creative settlement that meets the needs of their family.

CFLG is online at www.collaborativefamilylawsandiego.com, and LinkedIn.

About Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego

The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego is an association of attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family. Its goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.

 

Financial Infidelity Can Lead To Divorce: Important Questions to Ask

Financial Infidelity and The Money Trap

“Keeping secrets about your financial past and your spending habits can do as much damage to your relationship as having an affair.”

Justin Reckers, CFP, of Pacific Divorce Management and CFLG San Diego member, was recently interviewed by CNNMoney.com about the effects of financial infidelity on a marriage. Justin lists some red flags and some important questions to ask your spouse about money, debt, spending habits and their financial past to avoid letting someone take advantage of you. Great advice for all of us! See it here.

 

 

A Legal Separation Is Not As Simple As Just Leaving The House

Moving out of the family residence may seem good enough to be considered separated, but it can end up being a costly mistake. Family law attorney and CFLG San Diego member Julia M. Garwood, CFLS, of Garwood Family Law has produced a helpful video presentation explaining why establishing a legal separation date protects you, whether you end up going through a formal divorce or deciding to reconcile. Watch it here.

Have you been through this experience yourself? Please add your comments.

Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego Retains Falcon Valley Group

(SAN DIEGO) – The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego (CFLG San Diego), a non-profit group of legal, financial, and mental health professionals trained in the Collaborative Process as an alternative to divorce litigation, has retained the Falcon Valley Group (FVG), an independent public relations consulting practice, to represent the organization.

Justin A. Reckers, CFP, CDFA, AIF, board chairman of CFLG San Diego and Managing Director of Pacific Divorce Management, says FVG will provide ongoing media and public relations support for CFLG San Diego to increase visibility and awareness of the firm’s services and expertise while educating the public about the collaborative family law process, including outreach through both traditional and social media platforms.

CFLG San Diego’s members work together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family. Its goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.

CFLG is online at www.collaborativefamilylawsandiego.com, and LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/LinkedIn-CFLGSanDiego

About Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego

The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego is an association of attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family. Its goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.

 

About Falcon Valley Group

The Falcon Valley Group was established by award-winning public relations practitioner Gayle Falkenthal in 2004 after working with high profile organizations including the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and San Diego County District Attorney’s office.  Clients include San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, Greenscaped Buildings, and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Prior to her career in public relations, Falkenthal was an award-winning broadcast news and talk producer, writer and editor with KOGO-AM Radio, KFMB Channel 8, and KPBS Radio. She currently writes for the online news organization Communities at Washington Times.

Falkenthal holds a master’s degree in mass communication and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications & film, both from San Diego State University. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and is currently Accreditation (APR) co-chair for PRSA San Diego. The APR designation represents the top 2% of all public relations professionals in the United States.

Falkenthal performs pro bono work for numerous organizations including the American Red Cross, Women’s Leadership Institute, and LEAD San Diego.  She is on the board of directors of the San Diego Press Club, Public Relations Society of America, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter, San Diego State University Friends of Journalism Alumni Chapter, and the KCR Radio Alumni Association.

Learn More About The Collaborative Family Law Group San Diego

Welcome to our website. Let us tell you a little more about the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego and explain what we mean when we refer to collaborative divorce or collaborative family law.

We are a San Diego based nonprofit multi-disciplinary referral network of independent professionals trained to provide our divorce clients the option of choosing alternatives to traditional divorce litigation. All CFLG San Diego members have completed training in the Collaborative Divorce model and must meet additional educational, credential and experience requirements for membership.

Our Mission:

The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego is an association of attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family. Its goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.

Our Vision:

  • Establish and expand the Collaborative Divorce process as the best means for achieving a divorce or custody modification.
  • Provide a ‘no court’ options to divorce and handle the legal aspects of divorce with collaboratively trained professionals.
  • Educate the public and professionals involved in family law matters about the collaborative model for the resolution of family law disputes.
  • Encourage the highest standards of professional service to clients engaged in Collaborative Divorce through continuing education programs for its members.
  • Serve as a “clearing house” by responding to inquiries from the public and disseminating information about CFLG San Diego and the collaborative process.
  • Collect and maintain data on cases while protecting the anonymity of all clients.

Contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation with any of our members by clicking here. Any communication with us remains completely confidential.