Goforth Family Law and Mediation

A Compassionate Family Law Practice for the San Diego Area

Family law issues are often emotional. Whether you are a couple preparing for the future with a prenuptial agreement or legally ending your marriage, you need an experienced attorney who can guide you calmly through the process. The family law and mediation services provided by Paula Goforth match you with a legal expert who is sensitive to your needs.

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Offering the Expertise of More Than Two Decades of Family Law Experience in California

I have dedicated my career to serving the couples and families of San Diego County with understanding and respect. Whether preparing for marriage or partnership, setting expectations for your family’s future, or seeking agreements prior to separation, I work diligently with all who are involved in arriving at a plan together.

The legal agreements involved in any of these situations (premarital, post-marital, and separation or divorce) offer powerful solutions when achieved with the guidance of an experienced and committed family law attorney. I use my years of experience to help my clients work through differences and negotiations. In my opinion, the best resolutions come from cooperation and not conflict. Whether coming together or moving apart, preparing for the future can be a challenging process without the great care you’ll receive from a committed family lawyer.

Benefits of Working with a Family Law Expert

A Thoughtful and Independent Mediation Lawyer

Our compassionate and unbiased approach to third-party mediation is rooted in years of helping negotiating parties effectively work together to reach agreements and solutions while keeping personal conflict to a minimum.

Together, we can develop an agreeable plan for the future of your family or relationship. Let our experience and determination to understand help you formalize these key legal agreements with a process that emphasizes cooperation, communication, and clarity.

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It’s Not a Battle; It’s a Resolution

For more than twenty years, Attorney Paula Goforth has been helping couples and families reach meaningful solutions in a non-anxious way. Whether preparing for marriage, settling on postmarital agreements, or seeking mediation for any interpersonal matter, an experienced family lawyer and mediator can make a huge difference. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Questions About Family Law?

Below Are Some Common Questions about Family Law

The appropriate legal process for your case depends on several factors. An advantage to mediation is that it is a cooperative process leading to a joint resolution.

The family court system makes the safety and welfare of children a priority. If a custody case goes to court, the judge must decide the best long-term situation for any children involved.

We charge $175 for an initial consultation. As we get to know your case, we can provide a better estimate of the cost.

California law uses a community property model when dividing marital property in a separation agreement. This arrangement means that assets acquired during the marriage are subject to a 50/50 split.

The primary factors that determine the cost of child support are the difference between the incomes of the two parents and the amount of time a child spends with each parent.

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Family Law Practice Areas

Attorney Paula Goforth can help you in several areas of family law and mediation. Working with an experienced lawyer can help you get through some difficult processes.

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Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements

The future of a relationship can be uncertain. These documents allow couples to declare pre-marital assets and make arrangements in the event of a future divorce.


The Goforth team focuses on creating cooperative solutions with minimal conflict as you deal with issues like child support, alimony, and the division of property.

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Child Custody

Determining the best solution for children after a separation requires careful listening and a calm approach. Paula Goforth can help you talk through these sensitive issues.


Marital Property Division

We can help you negotiate a settlement that is fair and meets the community property rules required by the state of California.

Post-Judgment Modifications

As life changes, you and your former partner may need to adjust the terms of your separation agreement. Goforth Family Law will help you through the legal process.



When the parties can work together effectively, mediation provides a reliable, non-anxious way to reach an agreement.

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