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Legal Careers

Would you like a career in the law? Contact Criminal Justice Careers!

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Mental Health Professional Expert Services and Stress Reduction

Dr. Gary Lange is a Palm Desert specialist dealing with gambling and addiction issues. He has somebody with whom I have repeated professional interactions over the long years of my practice, I recommend him without reservation!

Jaime R. Carlo-Casellas, Ph.D is an amazing resource for stress management. He was trained by his famous friend Dr. 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.

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.

Mindful Divorce Resources

This website provides useful explanations of the collaborative divorce process for clients considering utilizing collaborative law to resolve their marital breakups in a non-adversarial setting! Please review it to see whether collaborative process might work for you.

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, compas

Government and Legal Associations

Public access to all information concerning California Courts and the court system.

Public access to the San Bernardino Superior Court.

Public access to the Orange County Superior Court.

Public access to the Los Angeles Superior Courts.

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.

Thurman was instrumental in setting this up.

Thurman is proud to be on the panel!

There is a wealth of legal information in this site.

Useful resources for Orange County residents.

This site is all about crime prevention and victims of crime.

An organization created to Promote professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. Thurman is a Fellow of the AAML.

Domestic Violence

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.

Resources for various states

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.

Tax and Financial Advice for Divorcing Couples



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    Testimonials & Endorsements

    • “Not only is Mr. Peterson’s knowledge of the law beyond measure, he’s able to articulate it so it’s understandable.”
      If you are going through a divorce, The Law Offices of Arnold, Peterson & Criste is in my opinion the best option available. Mr. Peterson and his assistant Jordyn are top notch. Not only is Mr. Peterson’s knowledge of the law beyond measure, he’s able to articulate it so it’s understandable. He was able to navigate my emotions and help my uphill battle to receive proper visitation as a father. Jordyn never hesitated to reach out within the same business day if documents were needed or for any question I had about the process. Thanks to the team, we resolved the divorce healthfully. I couldn’t be more grateful.
      - Josh Arguijo
    • “I needed the best analysis and advice possible. I found Attorney Thurman Arnold III in Palm Springs.”
      I am a Veteran and Retired Deputy Sheriff. My divorce involved complicated property distribution and spousal support issues. I spent considerable time looking for the best Counsel I could find before I negotiated with my ex-wife and her Attorney. In fact, my case was in another county, but that didn't matter. I needed the best analysis and advice possible. I found Attorney Thurman Arnold III in Palm Springs. Attorney Arnold is a BAR Certified Family Law Specialist. In my humble opinion the best! His review of my case and how "Moore Marsden" property division applied was invaluable. His guidance saved me $30,000 dollars. Thank you, Thurman!
      - Jeff Jones
    • “Mike is adept at managing expectations and being very fair and measured.”
      Needed to modify a settlement and hired Mike Peterson. Mike is very, very knowledgeable and experienced. When you are going through a divorce or child custody issues, it is the most terrifying and stressful experience. Mike is adept at managing expectations and being very fair and measured. I wish I had hired him initially to get it all done straight the first time around. He is very responsive and communicative and understands the client well. Good luck going through this process - have a good guide like Mike without a doubt.
      - Donika McKelvie
    • “I would highly recommend him and the firm”
      Micheal Peterson is very knowledgeable of law and can help you make the best decisions for your family. He does is job with integrity. He helps with giving discounts when he can . I would highly recommend him and the firm . Very good staff .
      - Vincent Hall
    • “Very professional, honest, and handled everything without a hiccup.”
      Arnold, Peterson & Criste are a class act. Very professional, honest, and handled everything without a hiccup. When a year had passed, he and Jordyn contacted me to let me know I still had retainer on the books! I had forgot and they sent me the money anyway! For this I am very grateful and cannot recommend them enough. You won’t go wrong with Thurman Arnold. He is definitely the guy to have on your side.
      - Matt Feenstra
    • “Simply the Best of the Best!!!”
      I Highly Recommend Michael C. Peterson at the Law Office of Thurman W. Arnold!!! I hired Michael for my custody case and he is very knowledgeable and took the time to educate me on the process so we can put together a winning strategy. He fought for me and my children in court and successfully won our case. There are no words to describe how grateful and appreciative I am for Michaels service!!! If you are sitting on the fence on which Attorney to hire, do yourself a favor and hire Michael. I would not recommend anyone else!!! Simply the Best of the Best!!!
      - John and Lukes Tube
    • “Mike amazes me by his knowledge of my case, made me feel like I was his only client.”

      I reached out to this law firm 2 years ago when my life was falling apart. My case was assigned to attorney Michael Peterson. I didn't know much about him except few reviews on google but I'm glad I hit the jackpot. Mike amazes me by his knowledge of my case, made me feel like I was his only client. He's very responsive, respectful and and goes above and…

      - Damaris M.
    • “He and Michael Peterson are truly masters of their craft.”
      When my clients have family law issues, I routinely refer them to Thurman Arnold. He and Michael Peterson are truly masters of their craft. Family law can be an unwieldy beast, but they handle it with precision and finesse.
      - Edward Cross

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