Divorce With Dignity

Avoid the costly, painful, and time-consuming process of a traditional divorce.
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Avoid The Top 8 Mistakes Most People Make When Divorcing.

There Is A Way To A Divorce That Is…

  • Fair & In Your Best Interests

  • Not Overly Costly & Won’t Drain Your Bank Account

  • Efficient & Not All Consuming

  • Peaceful & Collaborative

Avoid The Top 8 Mistakes Most People Make When Divorcing.

Hello, I’m Matthew Long

I  believe couples should be in charge of their own divorce.  With over 28 years of experience in the courtroom, I know when you decide to battle it out in court, you are essentially putting your fate in the hands of a judge.  The experience typically involves a massive amount of unneccesary paperwork, large amounts of time and money, high stress and emotional scarring.  And it is rare for either of the parties to feel good about themselves or the process in the end.

This is why I decided to put down the gloves and focus my law practice exclusively on Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce for my clients in the state of California.

For those living both in and out of California, I also offer Divorce Coaching services.

Our focus is on respectful communication, whether you are starting or ending your marriage.

Collaborative Divorce

When you want to avoid going to court but the issues are complex, the personalities combative, there are minor children involved, or both parties are not equally knowledgeable about the financial situation, Collaborative Divorce is an excellent option. This option involves using a team of advisors to help the parties learn to exchange information and negotiate in an open and honest way. My Collaborative Divorce services are available to residents of California. Learn More

Divorce Mediation

When couples are willing to work cooperatively to end their marriage, Mediation offers just that. With mediation, I serve as the neutral third party, offering legal education to you, assisting with the important paperwork, writing the Marital Settlement Agreement and submitting it to the court. Mediation is typically the least stressful and most cost-effective way to get divorced with the assistance of an attorney. Our mediation services are available to residents of California. Learn More

Prenuptial Agreements

Clear communication is one of the most important aspects of a successful marriage. Make sure you and your fiance are in agreement on your financial expectations before you get married. It’s important for the two of you to define what property and earnings will be shared and which will continue to be owned separately. We offer prenuptial services to residents of California.  Learn More

Spouse Uncooperative?

Sometimes couples don’t agree on how to get divorced.  If your spouse isn’t receptive to exploring an out-of-court approach to divorce, we may be able to help you influence a change-of-mind.

Compare the Costs of Your Divorce Options

$30-40K

Typical Cost of Litigation

$5K

Typical Cost of Mediation

$15-20K

Typical Cost of Collaborative

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From Our Clients

We are dedicated to helping you resolve your legal issue efficiently, honestly and professionally.

I would recommend Matthew Long to anyone who is looking for a lawyer who is efficient, honest and of high integrity.  He understood what I was going through and gave support in an empowering way.  Matthew Long really wants people to have their best life going forward and does what he can to make that happen.

Mary S.

I interviewed three attorneys before selecting Matthew Long as my attorney.  I was impressed with him.  My family trust involved one heir, and we were able to complete the trust in one session.  His advice and knowledge of the family trust situation was impeccable.  I am confident that my Santa Barbara property will be seamlessly inherited by my heir.  I recommend him with five stars out of a five star rating.”

Al S.

“It was not a hard decision for me to hire Matthew Long as my attorney. We were introduced during the middle of my court proceeding and Mr. Long had to take over my case due to unforeseen circumstances. He was very patient in listening to me, gathering the most information needed in a crunch time, and paid attention to all my concerns. He was direct and very confident in and out of the courtroom. Everyone involved in my case was every helpful. I was very pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend Mr. Long.”

Karen R.

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