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Lissa L. Rapoport


Leland, Parachini, Steinberg,
1000 Fourth Street, Suite 800
San Rafael  CA 94901

(415) 957-1800 phone
(415) 974-1520 fax

When I first started practicing family law 20 plus years ago, I did so because I wanted to be in a field where I could make a difference in people’s lives.  As I gained litigation experience, I felt that so much of the decision-making was being left to an overburdened legal system and the most important people: the wife, the husband, the mother, the father, and most significantly, the children, had a very limited ability to truly participate in what would lead to life-long decisions for a couple or a family.

When people ask me about how to choose the right process when they are contemplating divorce, my advice is to explore all of the options and follow the path that will best meet your individual and collective needs and one that allows for the best outcome for you and your family. While the law is important, I believe that what is most important is for people going through the end of a relationship to find a resolution that allows them to start a positive new chapter in their lives.

To my mind, the collaborative process provides the best possible framework for people to find creative solutions and make positive and goal-oriented decisions with the support and expertise of the team that they work with. People also often ask me: how do I find the right lawyer?  Finding the right lawyer to me is about finding the person you feel confident in and comfortable with. The person that you decide to work with will be a big part of your life for what is a painful but hopefully relatively brief time. So it is important that you connect with this person.

About Collaborative Practice Marin

CPM is a community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working together to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.  We are located in Marin County, California. 

Why Collaborative Divorce?

“Divorce is never easy but the collaborative process made mine bearable.  I had more control and therefore less stress and anxiety because I had an active role.”


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