Joan S. Bauman

Joan S. Bauman

Dedicated San Luis Obispo County Attorney Practices Family Law

Firm Overview

Representation for family law matters
Since 1977 I have dedicated by practice to representing family law clients, first in Los Angeles County and since 2002 in San Luis Obispo County. This includes family law mediation. My practice is dedicated to family law and no other area of law. Every one of my cases is personal and I treat each one with great care and diligence.

A Certified Specialist Family Law, The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Since 1990, I have been certified as a specialist in family law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I have also served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

Highly rated
I am AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for my professionalism and ethics. Most of my clientele are people who were referred to me from personal contact with former clients or by other legal professionals.

I am also on the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

There are few family law attorneys and certified family law specialists in San Luis Obispo County who also do family law mediation. I learned the skill by serving as a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles from 1982 to 2003 and as a Mandatory Settlement Conference officer for the Superior Court. I have handled hundreds of family law mediation cases in my own practice since 1982.

I am a member in good standing of the following organizations:
-Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo (currently the treasurer and on the Board of Trustees)
-Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
-San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
-Los Angeles County Bar Association

Skillful in various areas of family law
You can rely on me to provide tenacious representation, considered counsel and a fair and balanced manner. For clients who select me as a family law mediator, I provide mediation that ends in a settlement without the necessity of court. I keep clients informed every step of the way so that clients can make wise decisions regarding legal proceedings and settlements that affect their lives and the course of mediation or litigation.

My major areas of practice include:
-Family law, divorce (not including adoptions or juvenile court matters)
-Family law, mediation (not including adoptions or juvenile court matters)
-Child support
-Custody matters
-Spousal support
-Division of Community Property
-Award of attorneys fees incident to all of the above

Consult an experienced California family law attorney today.
Always seek the advice of experienced counsel to represent your interests in family law matters. Setting up an appointment at my conveniently located Morro Bay office is the first step. Get in touch online or give my office a call at 805-772-1925. I will perform an analysis of your case and formulate a strategy for successful resolution. From there, we will decide together how best to proceed.

Main Office

Main Office
1163 Main St.
Morro Bay CA 93442-2005




California Family Law

Full-service family law firm in Morro Bay
Whether you are experiencing the pain of marital conflict or facing another legal issue close to home, I listen to your needs, understand your concerns and help you reach solutions to your legal problems.

I provide legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Spousal Support
-Division of Community Property
-Attorneys' Fees
-Family Law Mediation
Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. I strive to help you reach a fair result and give reasoned counsel as to all issues the subject of your matter.

Child custody and visitation
For every parent, child custody is the most important issue in their case. Every parent tells me this. I seek orders that allow parents to arrive at a parenting plan that meets their family needs and character.

Child support
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. I help ensure your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement
Child support payments remain the same unless the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, I can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

I will stand by you and talk to you all throughout your divorce. I stay by your side through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you. This includes arriving at an equal division of community property, an award of child support and spousal support in accordance with the law, and an award of attorneys' fees and costs payable by the other party when the law requires it.

Joan Bauman

Joan S. Bauman

1977, California

Law School
University of La Verne College of Law, J.D., 1977

California State University, Northridge, B.A., 1972

San Fernando Valley (Member, Board of Trustees, 1985-1988; Chairperson, Membership Benefits Committee, 1985-1987), Los Angeles County (Member, Family Law Section) and San Luis Obispo County (Chair, Mediation Committee, Family Law Section) Bar Associations;
State Bar of California (Member, Family Law Section);
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2003-2005).

Volunteer, Judge Pro Tempore Panel for Superior Court, County of Los Angeles and Municipal Small Claims Court.
Board Member, 1980-1986 and President, Board of Directors, 1984, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Volunteer Mediator: Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, 1982-2003; County of San Luis Obispo, 2003

New Jersey


University of La Verne College of Law