Please be advised that the resources listed below may contain information that applies to varying situations, and may not be applicable to every conflict. Professional consultation is encouraged, so that you can learn about and understand your rights as you proceed with conflict resolution.


The Los Angeles Superior Court’s Family Law: General information about family law, including a directory of online services, forms, locations, fees, court rules, etc.

California Courts: Self-Help Center: Families & Children Information on various topics affecting families and children (e.g., child support, custody, parentage/paternity, child abuse, guardianship, adoption, emancipation); answers to frequently asked questions.

Nolo Press: Legal encyclopedia dedicated to questions regarding divorce and family law.

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR): A professional organization expanding the knowledge and public understanding of conflict resolution. Resource for the explanation and application of child support guidelines in the United States.

California’s child support calculator

State-by-State Support Resources to help Parents Find Divorce Information

Jenesse Center, Inc.: domestic violence intervention program

For Evaluating Assets
Kelley Blue Book: New and used car values
Edmunds: New and used car prices
Zillow: Estimated home prices
Equifax: Credit report and credit score

For Parents
These three websites offer unique tools to help divorcing and divorced parents through difficult transitions

This video has useful information to help parents learn how to co-parent together cooperatively for the benefit of their child.

Reading Guides

These books can help you and your family prepare for and recover from your divorce:

Long Distance Parenting by Miriam Cohen (New America Library, 1989)

My Kids Don’t Live with Me Anymore by Doreen Virtue (CompCare, 1988)

Quality Time: Easing the Children Through Divorce by Melvin Goldsband (McGraw-Hill, 1985)

Teens are Non-Divorceable: A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Children Ages 12-18 by Sara Bonkowski (ACTA Publications, 1990)

Helping Your Child Succeed After Divorce by Florence Bienefeld (Hunter House, 1987)

Books for Children: 

The Boys & Girls Book about Divorce, by Richard Gardner, M.D. (Bantam Books, 1970).

Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurence Krasy Brown & Marc Brown (Little Brown & Co., 1986).

The Divorce Workbook by Sally Ives (Waterfront Books, 1985)

How it Feels when Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988)

How to Get it Together When Your Parents are Coming Apart by Arlene Richards and Irene Willis (Bantam Books, 1977)

Step Kids: A Survival Guide for Teenagers in Step-Families by Ann Getzoff and Carolyn McClenahan (Walker and Co., 1984)

What’s Going to Happen to Me? When Parents Separate and Divorce by Eda Leahan (Alladin Books, 1986).

Please feel free to contact Leyla Balakhane to set up an appointment or regarding any questions you may have about the process of mediation.