Michael E. Teplinsky, Esq.
FamilyFirst Law - Center for Collab. Family Law

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2945 Townsgate Rd. Ste 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Description of Practice

Advancing the New, Modern Approach to Family Law, Respectfully. FamilyFirst Law has over a 95% success rate when parties commit to the Collaborative process. All FamilyFirst Law attorneys are certified under the standards and guidelines of DRPA, IACP, and IDFA. Offices located throughout So. Cal. Flat rate fee available. Since 2007, The California Courts have officially recognized the Collaborative approach as the fastest, and most effective way to resolve a family divorce.

Professional Background

Attorneys at Law
IACP Certified Family Law Collaborative Professionals
IDFA Certified Divorce Financial Analysts
Cal. DRPA Certified Mediators
Graduates of the Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation

Experience

FamilyFirst Law focuses exclusively on the principles of Collaborative Family Law, Collaborative Mediation, facilitative mediation, and evaluative mediation. FamilyFirst Law has over a 95% success rate when parties commit to the Collaborative process.

FamilyFirst Law adheres to the principles defined under Cal Family Code Section 2013, as well as the Model Standards of Conduct adopted by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Furthermore, all FamilyFirst Law attorneys are certified under the standards and guidelines defined by the California Dispute Resolution Act (DRPA), and certified under the IACP guidelines for Collaborative Professionals, and adhere to the standards of practice for Mediators and Practitioners set forth by the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC).

Approach

FamilyFirst Law professionals strongly advocate the Collaborative approach over all other methods especially for families with children which includes legal counseling and legal advice throughout the process, but without any in-court litigation. "The Collaborative Approach helps guide the parties to mutually acceptable resolutions, and can provide parties with complementary resources and dispute resolution methods that are simply unavailable in court." (Ronald M. George, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California.)

We believe in creating a transformative process that is framework oriented, and which guides the parties towards the creation of comprehensive and durable settlement agreements which go far beyond what a court can order, and what is traditionally negotiated in the shadow of a trial. Our process focuses on interest-based negotiations and guidance rather than positional bargaining. We believe in educating all Parties throughout the process and we incorporate all forms of dispute resolution to insure a successful outcome, including the possibility of limited and single issue arbitration if necessary. Most importantly, we believe parties should save their money for the future of their family and not waste it all on manufactured legal disputes. And we believe in creating a process which can resolve in a matter of months, not years.

Fees

We also offer flat rate fee options.*

Other Information

Advancing the New, Modern Approach to Family Law, Respectfully. Since 2007, The California Courts have officially recognized the Collaborative approach as the fastest, and most effective way to resolve a family divorce.

Why Choose Collaborative Divorce with FamilyFirst Law?

If you and your spouse are considering divorce or in need of resolving a marital conflict, a new alternative to the traditional litigation approach is called a Collaborative Law process for Family Law, and can be applied to any divorce, legal separation, non-marital child custody negotiations, pre and post marital agreements or any other marital conflict. Now favored by State Courts and codified in the law, this new modern approach provides a way for all parties and professionals to agree to an out-of-court solution which removes the threat of litigation and creates a transformative process that put you in complete control of the process and the outcome.

Trained collaborative attorneys, parenting coaches, financial specialists, and others come together as a team to work with your family to educate, advise, and guide your family towards mutually agreeable solutions in a respectful, positive environment. It is an effective and new way to end a marriage or resolve any martial conflict without the acrimony, anger and resentment certain to occur by engaging conventional legal and adversarial methods. Collaborative Law is fast, cost-effective, and protects you and your children from the harm associated with litigation and adversarial divorce.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Partnership
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Counselor
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Strategic Planning
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

References available upon request.

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