A Healthy Divorce
397 3rd Ave #C
Chula Vista CA 91910
Barney Connaughton is a family lawyer and divorce mediator who has been practicing Family Law in Chula Vista and San Diego, California, since 1993. His practice includes representing clients in contested traditional divorce cases, and serving as a Mediator in mediated cases. His practice focuses on providing clients with options so they can divorce in a healthy way. Whether it be by mediation, or taking a problem solving approach with contested cases, he seeks to balance advocating for the client with sensibly resolving disputes.

Working for A Healthy Divorce: Our office is committed to working for a healthy divorce by diffusing conflict in contested cases, advocating zealously when necessary, providing creative options to the traditional divorce, promoting awareness and consideration of the needs of the children, emphasizing effective communication so clients can make informed decisions, maintaining attention and responsiveness to client's needs and securing appropriate referrals to needed resources.

Diffusing Conflict: Our focus is on solving the issues involved in your divorce. We place our value much more on facilitating a constructive resolution of contentious issues in your case then on litigating those issues before a Judge. We focus on moving past finger pointing and blaming, to finding creative solutions so that the couple can move on with their lives.

Advocating Your Interests: While we seek to diffuse and resolve the conflict in your case, we will vigorously defend your rights, and advocate your interests should your former spouse not share your desire for a healthy divorce process. Mr. Connaughton has experience litigating family law matters in Chula Vista and San Diego, California since 1993.

Creative Options to the Traditional Divorce: Our office provides healthy divorce alternatives including mediation and Collaborative Divorce to involve the couple in working to constructively resolve their own divorce. Whether we are working as a neutral mediator guiding the couple to fashion their own divorce solutions by Mediation or acting as an attorney for one of the spouses in a Collaborative Divorce we invite using a process focused on creatively resolving dispute outside the Courthouse.

Meeting the Needs of the Children: Part of a healthy divorce is assuring that the needs of the children are being met, and that the children are not being inappropriately placed in the middle of the dispute. We are committed to helping clients maintain a focus on the needs of the children throughout the process and see diffusing conflict and selecting healthy divorce alternatives as a means of accomplishing this end.

Informed Decisions: Our goal is to help client's make informed decisions every step of the way. In divorce mediation this means encouraging the couple to gather all necessary information to make educated decisions and steering the couple to appropriate resources when needed. As your divorce mediator, we recognize the importance of taking the time to explain issues in understandable terms, and making ourselves available to answer questions as they come up.

Responding to Your Needs: We are here to meet your needs as they arise. We have a policy of promptly returning telephone calls, and will seek immediate solutions to problems as they come up. By using mediation and collaborative alternatives, problems can be addressed without long delays waiting for court availability.

Resources and Moving Forward: Too often in divorce we get caught up in placing blame, and dwelling on what has happened in the past. While what has happened is an important piece of the puzzle, figuring out a way to pick up these pieces and move forward is a much more constructive use of time and energy. We seek to provide clients with referrals to other knowledgeable professionals such as realtors, accountants, financial planners, counselors, therapists and others to help in assuring a constructive, forward-looking outcome.


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State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa St Los Angeles CA 90017
URL: http://www.calbar.ca.gov
Public Phone: (213) 765-1000
Their license number is 163402

Phone Number
(619) 425-8613
Fax Number
(619) 425-8635
Date Joined the BBB
Type(s) of Business
Divorce Lawyers
Family Lawyer
Mediation Attorney
Mediation Services

Date Established
397 3rd Ave #C
Chula Vista CA 91910
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