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Alternative to what? To litigation that begins and ends with a Winner and a Loser. To the very public airing of private family matters including intimacies shared between partners never expecting them to be revealed to the world. To a process that is expensive in every way imaginable.


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For the 10th consecutive year, Jan Stocks is rated Super Lawyer in 2016. She is in the Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego County and is in the Top 100 Lawyers in San Diego County.

AVVO.COM evaluation-based rating system for licensed attorneys in the U.S ranks Janis K Stocks SUPERB

Best Lawyers PUBLIC RELEASE Announcement
Stocks & Colburn, LLP selected by peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Family Law

U.S. News Ranks Stocks & Colburn Tier 1 for 2016
Stocks & Colburn, LLP has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms." This Tier 1 ranking was determined through the firm's overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of our clients' impressive feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice as our firm, and the information provided in response to a law firm survey.

California Supreme Court Clears the Path for Same Sex Marriage in Prop 8 Decision

August 14, 2013 - The state court acted seven weeks after the Supreme Court had appeared to put an end to the efforts of the “Proposition 8″ sponsors to salvage their measure.  In a decision June 26 in Hollingsworth v. Perry (docket 12-144), the Court had ruled that backers of a ballot measure did not have a legal right to be in court to defend the proposition.

Now, California fully joins this list of other states — along with Washington, D.C. — that permit such marriages: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii (effective 01JUN14), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

June 26, 2013 - The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government form recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote. The offending section of the law restricted gay couples from receiving more than 1,000 benefits accorded to married couples, even if they were legally married in the states where they reside. Married gay couples not have the same rights to benefits as those accorded to married straight couples.





Some people wonder how this can work -- won't there be fireworks?!?! After all, we do have irreconcilable differences. How do we cooperate and compromise?

Avoiding Fireworks

Select a mediator you trust. Prepare for the process at each step. Do your own homework. Listen carefully and speak thoughtfully.

Finding Solutions

Remember why you chose mediation. You want to find your own solutions, not have someone else's imposed on you. Stay focused on this reality and you will take the high road when it's really important.

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