About Family Law Attorney Paula Goforth

Specializing in Family Law and Mediation in San Diego County

When you need a family law attorney, it is often during an uncertain time of transition. Attorney Paula Goforth is an experienced professional you can trust as you start or end a relationship. Her San Diego family law and mediation practice takes a sensitive approach to the legal process that works in her client’s best interest. 

A San Diego Attorney and Mediator Helping Families Create Important Legal Plans

At Goforth Family Law & Mediation, I help my San Diego neighbors at every stage of the family relationship, from setting forth premarital agreements to overseeing divorce mediation. I take a compassionate approach to these many milestones, understanding no two couples or family situations are the same.

Reaching any legal agreement is an essential step in both establishing shared plans for common ground and making clear preparations for an unexpected future. I’m here as a source of confident guidance and unbiased mediation to make otherwise complicated family law processes a lot less stressful—helping you achieve a fair and agreeable outcome together.

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Paula J. Goforth

Lead Counsel/Owner

An Experienced San Diego Divorce Attorney

I was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in the Bay Area. As a resident of San Diego since 1996, I bring more than 20 years of family law experience to couples throughout San Diego County.

In 2000, I received my Juris Doctorate from Western Sierra School of Law. I was initially certified to practice in the Juvenile Dependency Court, which I did between 2004 and 2010. Then, in 2012, I became certified by the California State Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in the area of Family Law. I am also certified as a Mediation Specialist, and I continue to educate myself regarding matters of family law and mediation.

Bringing a wealth of professional and personal experience to the table, I am adept at helping my clients navigate the complex and often emotional issues they are confronted with in matters of family law. I can clearly explain the legal issues and procedural hurdles they may face so they are well-equipped to understand and make decisions regarding their case. My goal is to serve the best interests of my clients and to settle cases as amicably as possible. If litigation is necessary, I can get the job done.

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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. Reach out to us today so we can work through your process and find a fair solution together.

Family Law Practice Areas

As a family law and mediation specialist, Attorney Paula Goforth can help you through the legal process at any stage of your relationship. Her experience and professionalism make all the difference.

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Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements

As you enter a new relationship, prenups and postnups offer security. Creating such an agreement will clarify issues like asset division and alimony for the court in the future.


Paula Goforth can help you navigate every aspect of your divorce. While she specializes in the cooperative process of mediation, she can also help you if your case goes to court.

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Child Custody

Child custody orders can be a struggle as a couple’s lives move in separate directions. Mediation can help determine the best course in a non-confrontational manner.


Marital Property Division

Because of California’s community property model of assets, you have the most control if you handle your property division outside of court. The Goforth team will assist you in this process.

Post-Judgment Modifications

When life changes, your divorce agreement may need to change with it. Attorney Paula Goforth can walk you through the legal process of officially modifying your documents.



Communication and cooperation are always better than conflict. As a skilled mediator, Paula Goforth can act as a neutral party who helps you reach a joint solution.