Affordable Family Law - Court & Mediation Services Offices in Ventura / Thousand Oaks / Westlake Village
Welcome to Pokras Law and Mediation
Ventura County Divorce Attorney, Mediator &
Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
A lawyer, mediator and law school professor with over 25 years Family Law experience, Barton Pokras uses a wide range of conflict resolution strategies to help resolve sensitive family law matters. His goal is to maintain healthy relationships and to protect the interests of children. Barton has always counseled his family law clients to pursue their goals amicably and with dignity. He has considerable experience in helping people reach solutions that both conform to their highest ideals and safeguard their most important interests.
Barton will show you the various methods that are available for solving the problems facing you, and help you chose the option that best suits your situation. While litigation (going to court) is sometimes necessary, his many years of experience in representing clients in court has shown him that it is almost always better to resolve family law disputes outside the court system. The basic options for obtaining a divorce are:
"Do It Yourself" Divorce.
Barton Pokras is a Family Law Attorney & Mediator. He has also been a law professor teaching California Community Property Law at the Southern California Institute of Law. His practice is devoted to Family Law matters, and he helps people with the following issues:
Dissolution of Marriage.
Custody & Visitation of Children.
Child Support & Spousal Support.
Interstate Custody Disputes Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Cases (UCCJEA).
Division of Property, including High Asset Divorces.
Modification of Existing Orders.
Agreements for married and unmarried couples.
Domestic Partnership Issues.
Trusts and Estate Planning.
Barton Pokras also has considerable experience in the areas of taxation, business law, contracts and real property so that he is particularly able to assist divorcing families who own businesses, have sophisticated estate plans, real property holdings and retirement plans that need to be dealt with in the division of community assets and liabilities.
When the parents of children live in different states it isn't always clear which state has the jurisdiction to decide custody and visitation issues. Each of the 50 states in the USA has enacted a uniform set of laws dealing with the issues of interstate child custody jurisdictional disputes. Sometimes only one of the states can lawfully exercise jurisdiction, and sometimes more than one state has jurisdiction. In situations where more than one state has jurisdiction, there is a procedure for determining which of these states will hear the case. Barton Pokras has experience in this area, and has successfully litigated these issues.
Some divorces are known as "high conflict divorces." These are the cases that usually end up going to trial in court. These cases are generally not suitable for mediation or collaborative practice, because at least one of the parties is not interested in reaching a settlement. In many of these cases one of the spouses has a clinical personality disorder (e.g. borderline personality disorder). He doesn't have the expertise, of course, to make such a diagnosis, but he works with mental health professionals who are familiar with these types of individuals, and he has experience in this area of family law. His approach in these cases is to proactively "defend" his clients, devise strategies to keep the costs down, and to associate with experienced mental health professionals to protect the client and any children who may be involved.
Barton's law degree is from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1972, Honors), and he has a Master of Laws in Taxation from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco (1981).
3075 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Westlake Village CA 91362
Free 1/2 hour initial consultation.
I don't have fixed price services.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening hours available.
1198 Navigator Drive
Knowledge is power. Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. Being aware of the legal issues involved helps a person effectively deal with the many issues presented in dissolution of marriage.
I have over 25 years of family law experience. I graduated with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. I have a Master of Laws degree in taxation which enables me to deal more effectively with the tax issues in a divorce, in dividing property, as well as in situations where there are complicated estate plans. I have a great deal of experience in business law, contracts, and real property law matters which enables me to deal more effectively with these issues when they arise in a divorce, such as where one of the spouses runs his or her own business, has stock options and retirement / pension plans.
Bar Number: 55012
University of California, Hastings College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1972
Golden Gate University Law School
Master of Laws- Taxation, 1981
University of California at Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts, 1969
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