Pasadena Family Law Attorney and Mediator
Are You in Need of Divorce Assistance?
When you are dealing with a divorce or other
family law matter, it is essential that you work with a competent and caring family law attorney and/or mediator. Family law is extremely complex because it involves interplay between the law, emotions, family dynamics, finances, and taxes, among other things. Successfully resolving these disputes requires skills beyond those traditionally taught in law schools. The emotional and financial cost of addressing family law matters is impacted significantly by the level of conflict in the relationship, and the skills of professionals involved; they can either work together to increase or decrease the level of difficulty in the divorce process.
Mark B. Baer has been helping people throughout the greater Los Angeles area with all types of family law issues since 1991. He takes the time to understand his clients' needs, interests, values and goals, and to make sure that any agreements reached, accomplish his clients' desired results. He asks the necessary questions and listens closely to your answers to be sure he has a firm grasp of your goals and expectations.
Publications and Newsletters
Attorney Mark B. Baer goes above and beyond his duties as a skilled lawyer and mediator in the Pasadena area. In addition to his exemplary work in his professional capacity, he is highly involved in the legal and mediation communities. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is considered to be a "thought leader" in the areas of family law, mediation, collaborative divorce and conflict resolution. You can view his
Huffington Post blogs here.
In addition, he writes a bimonthly column for the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association's newsletter, which can be found on the site
here. In April 2010, the California Psychological Association awarded the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association the award for the most outstanding psychological association newsletter in California, and Mr. Baer's column was a named factor in that decision. There are countless other publications, interviews and other press that Mark Baer has been involved with, which can also be
viewed here. His articles have very broad appeal and have been shared by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Werner Institute of Conflict Resolution, the University of Michigan's Department of Political Science, Arianna Huffington, Maria Shriver, just to name a few.
Personalized Service and Customized Divorce & Family Law Solutions
Mr. Baer knows that there is no single solution to resolve every family law situation and that every case comes with its own unique set of challenges and demands. You can rely on him to build a legal strategy that accommodates your specific needs. He prides himself on the personalized service he provides and his commitment to obtaining a positive outcome in your case.
You can also count on him to give you an honest assessment of your case; including those times when it may not be exactly what you want to hear. Mr. Baer's commitment is to help you to resolve your family law matter in the way that is most beneficial to you and your children and he will always tell you when a particular path may not be the best approach to reaching your goals.
Mr. Baer knows that there is no single solution to resolve every family law situation because each comes with its own unique set of challenges and demands. Whether he is acting in his capacity as a mediator or as an attorney, he is recognized for his ability to capture the essence of a conflict and his aim to help people resolve it, right from the start. You can rely on him to utilize his vast array of information and knowledge well beyond the law itself, to assist you in accomplishing your desired result. He prides himself on the personalized service he provides that is both child-centered and psychologically-minded.
Mark Baer firmly believes that competent people making informed decisions can agree on anything they want, that is not illegal or otherwise in violation of public policy. He has written extensively about the grave mistake of confusing "legal justice" with "fundamental fairness." He feels that people should be made aware of the law in order to make informed decisions, but is against coercing them into reaching agreements based upon what someone predicts would occur inside a courtroom. In fact, unless the facts are undisputed and the law is crystal clear, he has concluded that any prediction is more perception than reality. Mr. Baer's commitment is to assist you in resolving your family law matter in the way that is most beneficial to you and your children.
The legal and mediation team at the firm handles a variety of family law
- Asset division
- Child custody & support
- Collaborative divorce
- Contested divorce
- Domestic violence
- Property disputes
- Spousal support
- Premarital agreements
Using Mediation as an Effective Resolution Tool
When two married people reach the decision to separate, a divorce is usually sought by one or both parties. In the cases where one person seeks a divorce and the other has not reached the same decision, a complicated contested divorce can occur. When both parties mutually agree on the separation and terms of the separation, an uncontested divorce will usually follow. While most people believe that an uncontested divorce does not require the help of a seasoned divorce lawyer, they are highly mistaken.
Especially when children and assets are involved, a divorce attorney or mediator is absolutely required to ensure that the entire process runs smoothly as planned. The parties may disagree about a parenting plan or timeshare schedule regarding their children, the disposition of a certain valuable asset, and arguments commonly break out over these decisions.
Many family law firms throughout the country turn to litigation as a first resort. In years past, this was in fact the only option for couples who were facing divorce. Unfortunately, litigation often becomes a source of greater pain and conflict, aggravating aspects of the relationship that would be better off left alone.
Mr. Baer's approach to family law is a welcomed change for couples and families throughout California. He believes that, similar to international disputes between countries, the 'nuclear bomb' of litigation should only be employed when all else fails. Why start resolving a conflict with the most aggressive tactic possible? Mediation is to family law as diplomacy is to disputes between countries.
Not only is Mr. Baer confident in using mediation as a way to pursue resolution, he is extremely skilled at doing so. He possesses the ability of getting down to the heart of a conflict and encourages empathy in all those involved. This is one of the first steps toward a favorable outcome.
The firm understands that no two families are the same and has found mediation to be one of the best solutions in their years of existence. Far from taking a cookie-cutter approach to each case, they evaluate the situation first and then help to develop a workable solution that makes sense given the circumstances.
Choosing mediation not only benefits you and your spouse, it has immense advantages for your children, step-children, and even grandchildren. The repercussions of a divorce can be long-lasting, but when handled correctly, you can turn a negative situation into one that is unreservedly optimistic.
Mr. Baer and his firm have been featured on high profile cases and as a resource on network television shows. When you are handling a serious family law matter, wouldn't you want the intelligence and the experience of his office on your side? For more information on this exceptional legal resource, please call the law office of Mark B. Baer, Inc. today and do not forget to read more on the firm's family law blog!
Discuss Your Case with the Firm Today
Call today to discuss your case with Mr. Baer. He will help you understand the legal issues involved in your case and what he can do to help. You can count on him to respond promptly to phone calls and other correspondence and to keep you informed throughout the process. Mr. Baer is available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends.