Change is a part of life. I help clients with some of the major legal issues around change in family structures, such as:

What issues do you and your family face during the major life shifts of separation or divorce?

Review and strategize together on the basic legal landscape for people who are separating, whether they are registered as domestic partners and/or married in California or other states or countries, or partnered without formal legal recognition;

How individuals and as members of a community can best make these transitions?

How do we best provide for childrens’ needs during this transition?

I don’t litigate divorce, so keep divorcing couples out of court, and their money in their kids college funds and their retirement funds, instead of those of the professionals.

Consider the particular benefits of resolving separation and post-separation conflicts outside of the courts, including the characteristics of different alternative conflict resolution methods such as direct resolution (‘the kitchen table’), mediation and collaborative team practice.

Example: Mediation and Real Estate

“One of the thorniest problems facing California couples is figuring out how to integrate their needs and concerns as a family with the legal and practical issues of owning and managing real estate.  These problems get even trickier when couples are out of sync or breaking up, whether or not they are straight or gay, state-registered, married, or simply cohabiting.  Who owns what, who is entitled to what sort of reimbursement, and how to deal with investments and future plans can all be very complicated.  In each of these situations, it is critical to work with a mediator who understands all these areas of law, and can think practically and flexibly about purchases, loans, ownership options, and equitable allocation of equity.   Only then can the mediator work with the parties to integrate the family law and real estate legal issues with the emotional and practical aspects of moving forward and resolving the conflicts.
Charlie Spiegel has all of these skills, and he is ideal as a mediator for resolving these complicated disputes.”
– Frederick Hertz
Frederick Hertz is an attorney, mediator and author.  His latest book is Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions, published by Nolo Press.  Learn more about his work at www.SameSexLaw.com

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  • Contact Charles Spiegel

    Main Office and Mailing Address: 1102 Sanchez St
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    (415) 644-4555 CharlesSpiegelLaw@gmail.com

    Also Seeing Clients:
    at 870 Market St., S.F., Ca.
    and in Montclair (Oakland)
    and in Orinda.

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  • About Charles Spiegel

    Charlie Spiegel's San Francisco practice includes prenuptial planning, divorce and custody mediation, adoption, surrogacy and real estate matters. Charlie served as Co-Chair of the National Board of Lambda Legal, and was a founding Executive Director of Our Family, the bay area's LGBT family organization. He served on the Board of Directors for KidsTurn.org and Collaborative Practice California; and and now serves on the Board of CP-SF.com.

    Charlie has had 20 years of wide experience in real estate since graduating New York University School of Law with honors, He received a Fammy award from San Francisco's Jewish Family & Children's Services in 2009 for his advocacy for families. He has lived and raised his family in the SF Bay Area since just before the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.