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About The San Diego Family Law Firm of Shaffer & Associates

At Shaffer & Associates APC, our entire practice is dedicated to California family law, including divorce, child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support/alimony, and property division. Because family law is all we do, we are committed to being among the best family law attorneys in the San Diego area. 

Our family law attorneys have in common a desire to serve individuals and families who are going through a difficult, even devastating, time in their lives. We understand that for our clients, their family law matter is not just a legal case: it affects them emotionally and financially as well, extending into every aspect of their lives. A divorce or other family law situation creates a feeling of vulnerability and makes life seem out of control. We protect our clients when they feel unable to protect themselves, and place control of their lives back in their hands.

We have successfully resolved hundreds of California family law matters, but we know that no two cases are ever the same. For most of our clients, their case is one of the most significant events of their lives. We treat it with the same importance that they do. 

Our Approach

We begin by listening to what is important to each client, because the client's needs and goals set the tone for the entire case. Only when we understand where the client stands, and what a successful outcome would look like to him or her, do we apply our detailed knowledge of California family law. We explain the law to our clients as it applies to their case, describing the various options available and the likely outcomes of each. Knowledge is power, and we deliver that knowledge in a straightforward yet sensitive way. We will always guide our clients as to what course of action we think best, and explain why, but the client makes the final decisions. 

Just as you wouldn't hire a carpenter whose only tool is a hammer, you shouldn't hire an attorney who only approaches cases in one way. Because we're committed to doing what is best for each client, we cultivate proficiency in a variety of dispute resolution options. Most California divorce and family law cases end in settlement, not in trial. With that in mind, we are flexible, creative negotiators, willing to explore a variety of options to arrive at a resolution that is successful not only for our client, but for the family.  In situations where parties want to work out their own solution, but need support to do so, we are equipped to act as mediators. We make these options available to our clients because we know that negotiated settlements are often less expensive and more satisfying to the parties than a resolution imposed by a judge.

Sometimes, however, it is simply not possible to arrive at a settlement that is in our client's best interests. When that happens, litigation is the only solution. At Shaffer & Associates, we are strong, experienced litigators, meticulously prepared to advocate as aggressively as necessary on our clients' behalf. While we are at all times professional and cordial during settlement efforts with counsel or the opposing party, we do not hesitate when necessary to fiercely advocate for the best interests of our clients and their children.

San Diego Family Law and Divorce Lawyers

The San Diego family law and divorce attorneys of Shaffer & Associates are dedicated to supporting and advocating for our clients from the time they walk into our office through the successful resolution of their family law matter. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our attorneys and our practice areas, and to contact Shaffer & Associates for a no-cost initial consultation. We look forward to working with you.

San Diego Bar AssociationSection of Family LawCalifornia State Bar Family Law American Bar Association Avvo Clients' Choice 2014