Family mediation offers many advantages:

    * It helps people understand the risks and benefits of what they are doing.

    * It helps parents understand the consequences of the seeds they are planting in their children.

    * It helps people to understand how their positions might backfire on them if they go to court.

    * It helps people of diverse ethnic, cultural, or religious backgrounds to understand how their ideas might clash with the U.S. legal system.

California is a trendsetter in the field of family law. American no-fault divorce was actually pioneered in Alameda County. But divorce in California is so cut and dry it doesn't really assist in the healing process that should take place after a divorce, to help people move on with their lives.

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At the law office of Sylvia Woods, we take the long view when helping our clients to resolve their family legal battles. We favor mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, but we are willing and able to fight in court when it is in the best interests of our clients.

We understand the importance of communication. We appreciate the unique multi-cultural challenges faced by many families in our wonderfully diverse region. We work hard to help our clients make decisions that are well informed. And we work equally hard to make sure they understand the consequences of their decisions.

If you are looking for a compassionate California family law attorney who is energetic, forward thinking, and will work tirelessly to achieve the results that are best for you and your loved ones, please call or e-mail us today and tell us about your situation.

Law Office of Sylvia Woods

City Center

499 14th Street, Suite 220

Oakland, CA 94612

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At the law offices of Sylvia Woods in Oakland, California, we serve clients throughout the Bay Area including the cities of Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Hayward, San Leandro, Fremont, Marin, San Mateo, Redwood City, San Jose, Fairfield and Vallejo; and in Alameda County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Solano County.


The beauty of family mediation is that people get to be heard. ... I tell (clients), you have to listen; you don't have to agree.

   Attorney Sylvia Woods

At the law office of Sylvia Woods, we are experienced and strong enough to fight in court and win for our divorce and other family law clients, but more often than not what they really need is counseling. Divorce is supposed to solve problems. That is our philosophy. Otherwise, the ugly trail of damage continues on and on...

In addition to divorce, family mediation can be used to resolve many related issues including:

    * Child custody and support

    * Time share or visitation

    * Non-marital visitation

    * Non-marital support

    * Establishing parental rights

    * Modifications of parental rights

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