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WORKING FOR A HEALTHY DIVORCE

Our office is committed to working for a healthy divorce by diffusing conflict associated with the breakdown of the marriage, providing creative options to the traditional divorce, promoting awareness and consideration of the needs of the children, emphasizing effective communication so clients can make informed decisions, maintaining attention and responsiveness to client’s needs and securing appropriate referrals to needed resources.
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Years of Experience

Practicing Family Law in Chula Vista and San Diego, California.

Successful Mediations

Guiding you to make well informed and healthy decisions.

Practicing Law Since

Advocating for you, in and out of court.

About Barney Connaughton

Barney Connaughton is a family lawyer and mediator who has been practicing Family Law in Chula Vista and San Diego, California, since 1993.

His practice has included representing clients in contested traditional divorce cases, representation in collaborative cases, and serving as a Mediator in mediated cases. His practice is now entirely focused on divorce mediation.

He serves as a Family Law Settlement Judge for the South Bay branch of the San Diego Superior Court.

His practice focuses on providing clients with options so they can divorce in a healthy way.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

U.C. DAVIS, 1989

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Double Majors in English and Political Science

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW, 1992

Juris Doctor

PRO BONO

Family Law Settlement Judge, County of San Diego Superior Court
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Panel Member (former)

PUBLICATIONS

San Diego Family Law Council For Children Newsletter

  • Spring/Summer 2006 – Divorce Innovations – Alternative to the Traditional Divorce Process
  • Fall 2005 – Collaborative Divorce: An Alternative Dispute Resolution Process Whose Time Has Come
  • Fall 2004 – High Conflict Personalities, a Discussion with Bill Eddy

2017

Award Winning

Barney Connaughton wins the 2017 Norby Award

CREATIVE OPTIONS TO THE TRADITIONAL DIVORCE

Our office provides the healthy divorce alternative of mediation to involve the couple in working to constructively resolve their own divorce. As a neutral mediator we seek to guide the couple to fashion their own divorce solutions by educating, overseeing the full disclosure of information, fostering communication and facilitating creative problem solving to keep couples out of the Courthouse.

CREATIVE OPTIONS TO THE TRADITIONAL DIVORCE

Our office provides the healthy divorce alternative of mediation to involve the couple in working to constructively resolve their own divorce. As a neutral mediator we seek to guide the couple to fashion their own divorce solutions by educating, overseeing the full disclosure of information, fostering communication and facilitating creative problem solving to keep couples out of the Courthouse.

MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN

Part of a healthy divorce is assuring that the needs of the children are being met, and that the children are not being inappropriately placed in the middle of the dispute. We are committed to helping clients maintain a focus on the needs of the children throughout the process.

INFORMED DECISIONS

Our goal is to help client’s make informed decisions every step of the way. In divorce mediation, this means encouraging the couple to gather all necessary information to make educated decisions and steering the couple to appropriate resources when needed. As your divorce mediator, we recognize the importance of taking the time to explain issues in understandable terms, and making ourselves available to answer questions as they come up.

INFORMED DECISIONS

Our goal is to help client’s make informed decisions every step of the way. In divorce mediation, this means encouraging the couple to gather all necessary information to make educated decisions and steering the couple to appropriate resources when needed. As your divorce mediator, we recognize the importance of taking the time to explain issues in understandable terms, and making ourselves available to answer questions as they come up.

RESPONDING TO YOUR NEEDS

By using mediation, problems can be addressed without long delays waiting for court availability. 

We’ve Helped Over 700 Couples Start The Next Chapter

  • Barney was such a pleasure to work with. He made the whole process of going through divorce painless. I would highly recommend the mediation process...
    Virginia Bays
  • Barney handled our divorce with unparalleled professionalism while maintaining empathy and support for both parties involved throughout the process. Should you...
    Martin Reisert
  • Honestly, divorce was the most painful thing I have ever endured in my life... and mine was easy in comparison to the horror stories of...
    John Oesterle
  • Barney did an exceptional job with research and representation in my case, which had very difficult circumstances. I would recommend...
    Dianne McIntyre
  • Barney was professional and very understanding. I felt the mediation process was smooth and stress free. Also the price is very reasonable.
    A L
  • Barney handled my divorce about 5 years ago. I contacted him because I needed to get a certified copy of the divorce decree...
    Shane Higgins
  • Barney was very professional and friendly. His work was accurate, and balanced, as all parties came to an amicable resolution. Highly recommended.
    actionscoot
  • Barney was clear, compassionate, and exceptionally easy to work with throughout the entire process. He is highly responsive and concerned for...
    Christopher Brown
  • Very experienced and explains everything so clearly! Made the process so much easier!
    Michelle Cervantes
  • I am in the military and I approached the Family Law Office of Barney with a unique situation. He did a great job in understanding some of...
    Mister P
  • Excellent service. I highly recommend Barney Connaughton.
    Anna Masters
  • With respect to my divorce, I had very good legal advice and service, since he explained in detail the entire legal process, until the end...
    Alejandro Escobar
  • Barney and his staff were very professional, comforting to work with and paid great attention to detail.
    Jon Fein
  • Barney is such a pleasure all around. In the span of a few minutes you get the sense of how knowledgeable he is. His extensive experience...
    Juanita Guillen-Mellman
  • If you want to save time, money and heartache, this is the right person to go! Barney is very knowledgeable, kind and understanding...
    Danieli Gabardo
  • Barney handled our divorce with unparalleled professionalism while maintaining empathy and support for both parties involved throughout the process. Should you need such services, Barney is ideal.
    Martin Reisert
  • Barney was exceptionally adequate with his professional skills making sure we understood the laws of the court for our divorce.
    Shalyn Cyr
  • Barney provides pleasant, professional and non-confrontational process of separating from your spouse. The process...
    Rudy Lopez
  • I'd give Barney 10 Stars if Google would allow me too! My wife and I both agree that Barney's separation and divorce mediation experience...
    Rick MacDonald
  • Barney and his team assisted us in getting through a difficult process with professionalism and care. Because...
    Carla Jacobs