We are pleased to provide legal services to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ individuals throughout Southern California and Los Angeles County. Our attorneys are skilled in arriving at solutions that fit the needs of your case. Whether your matter is litigated or negotiated, we have the skills and knowledge to advocate a fair, cost-effective resolution of your matter. We are experienced in all aspects of an LGBTQ+ divorce or dissolution of domestic partnership, including the special issues surrounding minor children custody and visitation, spousal or partner support, and unique challenges caused by differentiated federal and state taxation laws for division of assets.
They not only got me the outcome I hoped for they were conscious of my budget and were able to help me avoid going to trial as Lauren negotiated a deal with my co-parent and we came to a mutual agreed upon resolution! Also, Caroline was patient with me and didn’t mind me calling regularly for update. Our family will be forever grateful.
I do not write reviews, but I would be doing The Sperling Law Firm, and myself a true discredit if I didn’t express my appreciation for their entire dedication and patience when it came to my case. It was difficult for me to fully entrust another person who would be affecting the rest of my life.
I almost lost hope in my custody and visitation battle for my 10yr old. Then, a good old friend, recommended Aree Diarian. From the moment I met with Aree, Lauren, and Mitch, confidence replaced lost hope. I was never steered in the wrong direction. They achieved immediate results on most issues, and were kind enough to remain in my budget while still treating my case with utmost importance, a luxury most legal representatives do not provide. Not only did Aree and Lauren, take the time to explain every step of the process in great detail, Caroline always kept me updated on EVERYTHING. It felt like friends who had a personal stake in my outcome and were on my side! My son and I, are forever grateful.
I’ve had a positive experience with Sperling Law Firm. I felt supported by everyone on the team during my move-away case, especially Lauren.
I hired Lauren McAllister and Aree Diarian of Sperling Law Firm to represent me in my divorce. They have been exceptional. I never felt I was nickel and dimed. I felt as though I was their only client (though I knew they had others.) Most importantly to me they were compassionate to my situation. They are very kind but also tough when they need to be. They are supported by the rest of the legal team at Sperling Law who were always up to speed with my case. I could not recommend Lauren McAllister, Aree Diarian and Sperling Law Firm enough.
Back in June of 2018, I visited this law office to help me with a restraining order. That’s when I met Mr. Sperling, Lauren McAllister and Steve Shore who are tough professionals and very observant lawyers that take the time to help and assist you as well as come up with the best possible plan and strategy for your particular legal troubles.
McAllister has a comforting presence and impresses with her quick organizational skills and legal knowledge in meetings; Mr. Sperling makes sure you leave their offices with more hope and fewer worries. I highly recommend for everyone to check this law firm out. Everyone employed at this firm is very capable and kind from top to bottom.
Even the delightful paralegal Carolyn Shahverdians is absolutely committed to giving you the best and most comfortable experience possible, either when you’re visiting their offices, or during her quick email correspondence. Big thumbs up. I would definitely come back to them.
Aree Diarian is extremely knowledgeable and helped me so much with my custody case. She is very responsive and great to work with. I also like how she is caring and compassionate but firm and tough when she needs to be!
The team at Sperling did a tremendous job explaining everything related to my case and making sure I was informed and understood everything, from start to finish. They were well prepared and knowledgeable + very generous with their time, going above & beyond what was necessary – better than anything I have previously experienced with a lawyer/law firm. Would highly recommend.
Lauren can WRITE. She is knowledgeable and able to explain complicated things in simple ways so that anyone can understand. She speaks, acts, and dresses professionally. She’s honest enough to tell you when it’s worth it to go to court–and when it’s NOT. And did I mention she can write letters that will make your head spin?
Lauren wrote a letter on our behalf (on her day off, I might add) and had it to us within a few hours. The letter sounded both professional and serious. She spelled out exactly what the recipient needed to do to cooperate. And after he did it, Lauren walked us through our options, whether we wanted to actually pursue him or not, and the pros and cons of each. If you want someone to communicate on your behalf in a way that will make you sound professional but also deadly serious, Lauren is your lawyer. She cares about you and your case, and she puts her best effort into everything she does–and it shows.
My wife and I have trusted Mitchell, Aree, and Steve with our family for the past three years. They have been incredibly supportive, honest, and generous throughout our entire custody battle. They have been forthright in every conversation with us, they are extremely knowledgeable about family law, and they ha e worked tirelessly on our case. Previous reviewers clearly don’t seem to understand how attorney’s bill – retainers, hourly rates, actually getting paid by clients. Mitchell and Aree have saved us thousands of dollars by advising us on strategies to negotiate on our own with my wife’s ex rather then padding their fees with unnecessary legal services. We have nothing but gratitude and the deepest respect for the Sperling Law Firm.
Okay, so I’ve been through a bunch of lawyers, for different reasons, over the past 25 years. Hopefully, my review will help you gain some insight to the process, and understand why this law firm is different from others out there. First, these lawyers and their staff truly care about how you feel. That’s very unique in a single lawyer, much less in a firm. They are the most philanthropic firm I’ve seen, and I’ve seen them do volunteer work and pro-bono/reduced rate work. They were very available to me, and I never felt brushed-off or uncared for. The firm has grown since I’ve been involved, and the entire staff has been amazing… They don’t take an unnecessary number of cases, leaving them time to personally take care of your case. I always had (reasonably) quick access to these attorneys and staff…
This firm has a long history (and reputation, according to my friends that are lawyers) of being big-dogs in the courtroom (and out). They are powerhouses, and they are respected by the judges. This is a BIG deal when you’re in the seat in front of the judge.
I have had the privileged of being represented by Sperling Diarian & McAllister law firm in my child custody case. Before this, I represented myself; that was one of my biggest mistake. Anyone that represent himself or herself has a fool for a lawyer. Sperling Diarian & McAllister law firm is fabulous and I am so grateful to have them to answer all my questions. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. I would not hesitate to seek continued representation from this law firm.
LGBT Child custody and parental visitation are sensitive, critical aspects of family law litigation, and decisions made in that process will have a significant impact on your children and your parenting role. While you can regain lost assets, you can never get back time lost with your children.
Same-Sex Divorce in California is a complicated matter and almost always requires the assistance of a competent divorce lawyer. The decision to divorce (also called dissolution of marriage) or to legally separate is a difficult one to make, particularly if children are involved.
A Judgment is the final document in a divorce or parentage action that sets forth “permanent” orders on LGBT support, visitation, custody, and division of assets and debts, etc. After entry of Judgment, it becomes much more difficult to modify these orders.
LGBTQ+ California partners who are not married may opt to establish a legal domestic partnership to protect their rights and reinforce their commitment to each other. Our experienced Gay-Friendly domestic partnership attorneys understand the many reasons unmarried partners may wish to create a legal relationship as defined under the California Family Code.
Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements or simply “prenups,” are contracts between soon-to-be spouses and resolve a number of issues in the event of sudden death or a divorce. These agreements can be invaluable to protecting the LGBT spouse’s estates, children from other relationships, and anticipated earnings.
In addition to offering significant discounts to members of our LGBTQ+ armed forces and their spouses, our office has experience in handling the unique complications that arise in military divorce and parentage cases.
Spousal support, or alimony, is a constant topic of conversation and source of contention for newly divorcing gay couples. Our office will craft an argument to the Judge that is compelling for your case and shows the Judge why the factors for support are in your favor.
Are you a LGBT father or husband faced with a pending divorce or parentage action? Are you dealing with property division or child custody and support issues? You may be facing a situation where you are being alienated as a parent or the mother of your children has given you notice of intent to relocate with the children.
The amount is most often determined by application of California child support guidelines that take into account the amount of time that a child spends with each parent and each parent’s income or earning capacity. These guidelines are complex calculations however, and there is room for adjustment made by our LGBTQ+ Ally Attorneys in many cases based on specialized circumstances.
The simplest definition of a high net worth divorce is a divorce involving a client who has a considerable amount of wealth amassed – generally speaking, this would be someone with at least $5 million in liquid assets. However, that’s not anywhere close to being a complete definition, High net worth same-sex divorces typically involve a broad range of financial and legal considerations.
It has been said that move away cases are the hardest cases that judges have to decide. Whether you are the LGBT parent staying or the parent planning to relocate, our office knows the ins and outs of move away cases, the facts that judges look for in making their determination, and the factors involved in these complex cases.
Postnuptial agreements (AKA postmarital agreements or “postnups”) are similar to prenuptial agreements in that they are contracts that handle issues relating to property and money in the event of one spouse’s death or a divorce. However, they differ in that postnuptial agreements are put in place after your same-sex marriage.
If you are going through a gay divorce, you are probably concerned about the distribution of your property. How can you equitably distribute items acquired over the course of your marriage? How can you protect yourself from a spouse who wants more than what is required by law?
You deserve the safety and security that a restraining order can provide for LGBTQ+ individuals in Los Angeles County. A Domestic Violence Restraining Order (“DVRO”) is a civil court order, signed by a judge and compelling the alleged abuser to stay away from you, your home and work, and your children.
The attorney’s at Sperling Diarian and McAllister are pleased to provide legal services to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBTQ+”) individuals throughout Southern California. Our attorneys are skilled in arriving at solutions that fit the needs of your case.
Is your former spouse or co-parent ignoring a valid court order for support, custody, visitation, or division of assets? Our Gay-Friendly Attorneys can help make sure that the order is enforced and that you get the relief you are entitled to.