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Ayotte & Shackelford are the premier court reporters in the Coachella Valley and have been serving us for 30 years.
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Coachella Valley Therapists and Stress Reduction
Dr. Gary Lange is a Palm Desert specialist dealing with gambling and addiction issues.
Jaime R. Carlo-Casellas, Ph.D is an amazing resource for stress management. He was trained by his friend Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Child Custody, Parenting and Abduction
Transforming parenting the pro-child way is an essential tool for lawyers who wish to assist their clients overcome parenting reactivity - and an essential tool for those very parents themselves!
A free, confidential, and interactive website for divorcing and divorced parents who want to protect their children from divorce harm.
Riverside County, California, site for the Department of Public Social Services
Riverside County, California.
Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and
adoption. Information for all states.
The Children's Rights Council is an global leader in the advocacy, development and delivery of services and information addressing rights and responsibilities in the "best interest" of children.
Find links to government and other kids' sites.
Free help for family law is now available on the Internet for the estimated 4.3 million Californians who represent themselves in court each year
Resources for parents and guardians, law enforcement, child care providers, and attorneys involving missing or exploited children.
Child Quest International is an organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. Education is an essential element in keeping our youth safe. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to stop child victimization.
This site presents general information concerning the Hague Conference as well as detailed and updated information on the Hague Conventions: texts of the Conventions, full status reports, bibliographies, information regarding the authorities designated under the Conventions on judicial and administrative co-operation, explanatory reports, etc.
An amazing online resource for women by women who are attempting to get a fresh start after divorce.
This is a California collaborative practice organization in California.
This is a useful explanation for clients considering utilizing collaborative law to resolve their marital breakups in a nonadversarial setting. Please review it to see whether collaborative process might work for you.
Mindful Divorce Resources
J. Kim Wright has created an amazing site. What would law be like if we consciously designed it for the benefit of everyone? What if we integrated our personal and spiritual values into our work and helped our clients fashion sustainable solutions that honored their values, too? What if we aspired to
win/win solutions while realizing that sometimes we just do the best we can in a tough situation? What if we turned our attention and skills to solving the world's big problems, honoring that voice within us that knows we were called to greatness? What if that greatness is expressed by just being the best we can in our own lives?
What we all desire is peace and the end of suffering. This is a useful tool for people going through divorce proceedings or difficult family transitions.
This is an excellent description of the attitudes that will help us overcome the resentments of relationship breakup.
Mindful and Holistic Law Societies and Associations
The Institute for Mindfulness Studies (IMS) brings the contemplative practice of mindfulness to practitioners of law by offering mindfulness insights and instruction in techniques specifically designed for attorneys. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and practice for attorneys and law students and to contribute to the re-establishment of society's recognition of the challenging and admirable role played by attorneys.
The Institute for Mindfulness Studies brings the contemplative practice of mindfulness to persons of all ages, interests, professions, and backgrounds. Using cutting-edge neuroscience research to complement the ancient traditions surrounding mindfulness and other contemplative practices, the Institute for Mindfulness Studies (IMS) offers classical meditation-based and technique oriented exercises to instruct, reinforce, and elaborate on methods of cultivating states of mindful awareness.
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.
Conscious Lawyer, Inc. is an online resource dedicated to exploring emerging trends in the law and to devising creative legal solutions to ongoing societal issues that are not being addressed through traditional legal means.
Mindfulness Resources for Lawyers
This book is subversive. It aims to undermine the legal profession's prevailing gladiatorial paradigm. It is, to use Professor Leonard Riskin's phrase, something off "the lawyer's standard philosophical map." It promises a vision of practicing law that is very different than that taught in most American law schools.
Article published in the American Bar Association about the benefits to attorneys and clients of mindfulness practices.
Except from Halpern's new book "Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom," recounts how he decided to break free of Big Law to create a life that feed his soul. His worked for my grandfather's law firm, Arnold & Porter.
Outstanding text for therapists and professionals, and individuals, teaching the benefits and a practice of forgiveness. A bit technical.
A Look at the "remedial" aspect of meditation, the aspect most familiar to the public at large: meditation as stress-buster or as a way of managing the pressures of life. But beyond the salutary effect of "fixing what ails us," meditation offers other benefits.
An article in Shambala Sun about a Judge in Illinois awakened to mindfulness principles.
Hiring an Attorney/Attorney Client Fee Disputes
This is a discussion that might assist you in matching the qualities in your family law attorney with your own values.
This is a sample form for clients wishing to arbitrate fee disputes with their former lawyers.
These rules govern the arbitration of fee disputes.
If an attorney sues you for fees, you can stay the action pending an arbitration.
Government and Legal Associations
Public access to all information concerning California Courts and the court system.
Indio Superior Court case records, including docket searches for family law cases pending in Indio.
Public access to the San Bernardino Superior Court.
Public access to the Orange County Superior Court.
Public access to the Los Angeles Superior Courts.
California statutes updated through 2008.
California business searches, including corporations, agents for service of process.
Research the reported disciplinary history of any California attorney.
The RCBA was created in 1894 to encourage social interaction between the bench and the bar. Over the years, they have evolved into a professional organization that provides many valuable services to both member attorneys and the public.
The Desert Bar Association is a professional association of civil and criminal lawyers practicing within the Desert Judicial District of the Coachella Valley, comprising the desert cities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Thermal and Mecca.
There is a wealth of legal information in this site.
Useful resources for Orange County residents.
This locator links to state laws which correspond to Uniform Laws in the subject areas of matrimony and family. In cases where the text of the Uniform Law, as originally promulgated, is available on the Net it also links to it.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
This site is all about crime prevention and victims of crime.
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is a catalyst and advocate for social change through innovative solutions to ensure safety and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children.
An American Bar Association publication.
Substance Abuse and Recovery
The Betty Ford Center is the alcohol treatment center and drug rehabilitation clinic for families suffering from narcotic and chemical dependency and addiction to alcohol and other drugs
AA meetings within the desert cities.
All support meetings within the Coachella Valley.
Gary Lange is a Palm Desert specialist dealing with gambling and addiction issues.
Tax and Financial Advice for Divorcing Couples
Estate Planning and Health Care
A simple do it yourself California AHCD.
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