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. Mediation services are available to residents of California.

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.

Divorce Coaching

Divorce Coaching helps you feel more confident and empowered throughout the divorce process. It helps you stay realistic, focused on your priorities and offers emotional support. Divorce Coaching will help you pick which process is right for you, know how to select and deal with an attorney, get organized and avoid making the wrong decisions that cost you financially and emotionally. Divorce coaching services are available to clients in and outside of California.
Matthew J. Long

Matthew J. Long

As a Certified Family Law Specialist and one of the only attorneys in Santa Barbara experienced in the three different options for divorce (Mediation, Litigation and Collaborative Practice), Matthew Long is committed to helping clients understand and select the approach that best meets their needs.

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"Hiring Matthew Long was the best decision I could have made. After consulting with several other attorneys, I found Matthew to be the most knowledgeable, professional and of the highest integrity in his dealings with me. My divorce has been an emotional roller coaster and complicated by real estate holdings and a business that is community property but under my spouse's control. Matthew knows what questions to ask, what information needs to be uncovered and has been extremely responsive, thoughtful and compassionate." - Joanna 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.