Our Firm

About US

We are a full service family law firm including divorce mediation, drafting and reviewing prenuptial and post marital agreements. We can handle your divorce and paternity proceedings, post judgment custody, child and spousal support modifications.

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01. Recommended

“Ms. Goforth is an excellent family law attorney. She is aggressive with her cases and gets the job done at a reasonable cost. I would recommend her to my closest friend.”
– Deirdre S.

02. Professional

“I have worked with Paula and she is the absolute best. Very thorough, honest and professional. I also appreciated her compassion and understanding during a rough time.”

– Jacque D.

03. Understanding

“Paula handled my recent divorce case and was professional, effective and understanding throughout the process. I would without reservation recommend her services.”

– Tom E.

Our Team

A Team Of Law Professionals

Paula J. Goforth

Lead Counsel/Owner

Western Sierra Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2000

California State Bar, 2002
U. S. District Court, 2005
Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, 2012

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
North County Bar Association
Client’s Choice Award
North San Diego County Family Law Specialists Group
San Diego County Family Law Bar Association

Paula was born in San Francisco, California and raised in the Bay Area. A resident of San Diego since 1996, she has more than 20 years of experience in family law. She began as a legal secretary, and then became a paralegal.

In 2000, Paula received her Juris Doctorate from Western Sierra School of Law. She was initially certified to practice in the Juvenile Dependency Court, which she did between 2004 and 2010. Then, in 2012, she also became certified by the California State Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in the area of Family Law. She is also certified as a Mediation Specialist.

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

Paula continues to educate herself regarding matters of family law and mediation.

Debra N. Caligiuri


Of counsel, Debra Caligiuri, devoted 25 years to building a family law and mediation practice in Carlsbad, contributing to the Carlsbad, Encinitas, and surrounding San Diego County communities. Debra worked with hundreds of clients, who benefited from her legal expertise and commitment to provide quality service with a personal touch. She is now of Council for Goforth Family Law and Mediation.

Over the years, Debra volunteered legal services through the Court and community-based programs. She served on the board of directors of several bar associations, including the North County Bar Association, Lawyers Club, and the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego.

Debra enjoys public speaking and teaching non-lawyers about the law and legal process. She taught at several forums, such as the People’s Law School, and appeared on television and radio show panels to discuss current legal issues. She is a frequent speaker at Second Saturday, a program that educates individuals about the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce.

Matt Ryan


Matt is a southern California native who lives with his daughter in North County. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from CSU Long Beach and obtained a paralegal certificate from UC San Diego. Matt’s excellent communication skills, keen attention to detail, and strong project management skills help our attorneys to provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services to our clients. Matt’s dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for our clients make him an invaluable member of our team.


What We Do Best

Annulment of Marriage

If you need an annulment of marriage, we can help.

Dissolution of Marriage

Commonly known as divorce, our law practice is here to help.

Division of Property

When the time comes we can help you effectively divide property.

Spousal Support

Spousal support is often a very important element of a divorce.

Premarital Agreements

There is nothing wrong in preparing for worst case scenario.

Enforcement of Judgments

After court orders are set, we have help you make sure they are enforced.

Let Us Know Your Situation

2131 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 200/215

Carlsbad, CA 92011

+1 760.477.8595