Choosing the Right Legal Help for Your Divorce

I have been a practicing family law attorney for over a decade at Levine Family Law Group and now Hello Divorce. A couple weeks ago a client came in for a second opinion. He had hired a lawyer 6 weeks ago and wasn’t even sure if he had filed a petition to divorce, and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone in his attorney’s office about the status of her case. Honestly, nothing frustrates me more than lawyers who don’t …
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LFLG Recognized by Super Lawyers for the 6th Year in a Row

Levine Family Law Group is pleased to share that two of our attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers* of California. Erin Levine and Ashley Schuh have been selected as a Super Lawyers, 2018! An update on our story: This has been a fabulous year for the Levine Team! We continue to provide unique legal solutions for modern families in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve decided to use this post as an opportunity to share some of …
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6 Steps to Take Before You Begin Divorce Mediation

Thinking about divorce mediation? Excellent idea if you and your spouse have the shared goal of uncoupling amicably (or at least are committed to working together to dissolve your marriage in a fair and cooperative way) but have too many issues to resolve them on your own. Working with a good mediator has its perks — most notably you can cut down on attorney fees and costs, go at your own pace, keep the intimate details of your life a lot …
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Hello Divorce Launches, Bringing Divorce Online and On-Demand

You asked, We listened: DIY Divorce — With a little (flat fee) legal help along the way. Over the last several years, our family law practice has evolved, grown, transitioned and modernized. In so doing, we have been lucky enough to work with a unique clientele – The savvy, smart, curious client who is most interested in taking an active role in their matter to attain the best result possible — a strategic path primarily influenced by a cost/benefit analysis …
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Three’s no crowd

Congratulations to one of our own, Eileen Eib, who has become the third LFLG attorney to pass the rigorous Certified Family Law Specialist Exam! Family Law Attorneys may only identify themselves as ‘certified specialists’ if they have been certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, an organization whose certification program has been accredited by the State Bar. To become a Certified Family Law Specialist, lawyers must demonstrate a high level of experience in their field. The …
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Tips for a Successful Mediation

Mediation works when it is done right. It can be a fabulous way of reducing animosity, finalizing a divorce quickly and efficiently, keeping your personal life and private details more confidential, saving money and resolving conflict. Mediation is not right everyone – it only works when there is no power imbalance, both parties agree to be transparent with finances, each spouse has a serious desire for settlement and neither party has denied access to the children. Benefits of mediation include …
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Counting the Dollars and Cents: Keys to Child Support Add-Ons

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If you are a single parent you are probably familiar with the concept of child support. Child support is calculated using statewide guidelines and while the court has discretion to deviate from the guideline calculation, the guideline amount is presumptively correct in all cases. However, no family is the same. Perhaps one of your children is a preemie (or is accident prone) and has increased healthcare expenses or your child attends private school and has higher than average educational costs. …
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Levine Family Law Group Congratulates Ashley Schuh on Harvard Mediation Certification

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Press Release for November 17, 2014 Congratulations to one of our own, Ashley Schuh, who completed a rigorous mediation certification program at Harvard Law School in October! The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is the nation’s first legal clinic focusing on dispute systems design and conflict management.  The certification program has been expertly created to advance upper division students and enrolled professionals in the areas of negotiation, mediation, facilitated dialogue, stakeholder assessment, dispute systems evaluation and design, conflict analysis, and curriculum …
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Child Custody Recommending Counseling and Mediation: What’s the Difference?

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In a case involving children where the parties have not agreed on a parenting plan, the Family Law Court mandates that parents “mediate” prior to a hearing on the matter. Mediators have experience in counseling or psychotherapy and must have a master’s degree in a behavioral science related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships. Parents required to attend mediation include those who are involved in legal actions concerning parentage, divorce (with children), domestic partnership dissolution (with children) and domestic violence …
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Why mediate your legal matter?

Benefits of Mediation Privacy If you reach an agreement in mediation, you do not have to appear in front of a judge or walk into a public courtroom. Cost Even if you confer with an independent attorney during the process, the cost of Mediation is less than courtroom litigation. Control Decisions are made by the parties – not mandated by a Judge, evaluator or arbitrator. The parties determine the process, schedule and dates of appointments. Reduce Animosity Who wants more …
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