Robert M. Garland
Certified Family Law Specialist, Trial Attorney
Family Law & Mediation Attorney
Professional, logical, practical, smart, kind, and tough: These are words that clients of Robert M. Garland use to describe his practice. With 27 years of experience as a lawyer, and 17 years as a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS), Robert provides top-notch representation for anyone wanting to resolve legal matters related to divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, and family law. He has a high degree of expertise in matters related to UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act) and cases involving Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).
Robert always takes the time to explain to clients how the Family Code applies to the unique facts of their case. He has a sense of what clients need on a personal level, and makes sure they understand the legal processes involved in their case, and establishes clear expectations from start to finish. This gives a calming effect during stressful times, and often saves clients money over the course of their case.
With seven years serving as a Settlement Judge pro tem in the San Diego Superior Court as a neutral third party for couples that wish to settle through mediation, Robert is well-versed is the mediation process and understands the value it offers for couples who want to reach a workable agreement in their separation. He is highly respected among judicial officials for his vast knowledge of the Family Code and case law, which makes him someone you want in your corner should litigation become necessary.
Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as an electronics technician before attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1992, and then admitted to the State Bar of California the following year.
A father of three children, Robert enjoys continually learning. In his time away from the courtroom and office, he recently learned French, pursues the culinary arts, and enjoys ballroom dancing.
Areas of Practice
Same Sex Divorce
Domestic Partnership Dissolution
International and Interstate Jurisdiction
Post Decree Modifications
Post Decree Enforcement
Defending Rights of Unmarried Parents
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
- Juris Doctorate – 1993
Professional Memberships & Associations
- State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- San Diego County Family Law Bar Association
- Fee Arbitrator, State Bar of California
- Judge pro tem, San Diego Superior Court
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