Why choose Zonder Family Law?
Zonder Family Law was founded in 2003, with the goal of making a meaningful difference in my clients’ lives by offering creative options for resolving conflicts. Having been through the divorce process myself, I understand that choosing a Ventura County divorce attorney and mediator is the first of many difficult and personal decisions you will make during this emotional process. I know you have many choices. Here are just a few of the ways Zonder Family Law stands out from the pack:
Tailored legal services to fit your particular situation
Depending on your personal circumstances, there are many different ways to handle your divorce. You may opt for a traditional (court) divorce using a lawyer to lawyer negotiation, a mediated divorce, a Collaborative Divorce. I have extensive experience in all these forms of conflict resolution. My practice is focused on “peacemaking” which is to say, that I focus on keeping your divorce out-of-court.
Specialized services and expertise
Over the course of almost 20 years as a practicing family attorney, I have developed a sophisticated understanding of how to work seamlessly with valuation experts to value and divide complicated asset valuation issues. If, for example, your divorce will require the valuation of your interest in the family business or retirement plans , or the valuation of a professional practice (e.g., a law practice, medical practice or dental practice), I am able to quickly identify points of contention and strategically partner with reputable forensic accountants and other experts to get the matter resolved. As a certified family law specialist (State Bar CA, Bd. Legal Specialization), I am a divorce attorney available to help with drafting premarital (also call pre-nuptial) agreements. In my role as Attorney-Mediator, I also provide private dispute resolution services for clients who wish to engage a neutral or facilitative Mediator. I have served as a privately compensated temporary judge.
Compassionate and client-centered
From our very first meeting, I will work to protect your interests, and I will do so with the utmost integrity. This means that I will work toward all of the following: respect your privacy and maintain the confidentiality of the divorce proceedings. I work to respect your dignity. I will work efficiently, in an effort to keep costs down. I take a whole-family view of divorce, and I will bring that focus to every aspect of your case, with the goal of reaching a divorce agreement that you and your family can live with long after the papers are signed.
Access and availability
A divorce, by its very nature, is stressful. I will not add frustration to this process. I respond promptly to phone calls and emails. When you want to see me, I am happy to schedule a personal meeting.
Relentless advocate on your behalf
In my experience as a Ventura County divorce attorney, the best results often can be achieved by a negotiated settlement. However, that is not always the case. If tensions rise, or the issues are complicated or require a unique or creative solution, I am prepared to take your case to a judge. Even when a trial is the best option, I will continue to negotiate and advocate on your behalf, in an effort to reduce the number of issues that must be tried. Fewer issues to be tried means you have greater control over the outcome and the cost of your divorce.