At Faith Jansen Law and Mediation Offices I am dedicated to providing family law legal services which promote your best interests and minimize your legal fees.
I will provide you with the most amicable possible dispute resolution process that protects your interests;
And, I will educate and empower you to make good strategic choices and decisions. Utilizing dispute resolution skills, I will contain negative conflict and redirect everyone's energy toward creating reasonable solutions.
My 25-plus years of divorce and family law experience includes the valuation and division of community property businesses and real estate; calculation of community property interest in and division of stock options and restricted stock units; arranging vocational training for a party; arranging confidential out-of-court child development assessments related to child custody issues; planning support systems for special needs children; divorce and child custody trials; working in tandem with wills, trusts, and estate planning attorneys to coordinate marital settlement agreements, pre-marital agreements, or post-marital agreements with estate plans; giving legal counsel to adoptive parents or birth parents in independent adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and adult adoptions; adoption trials; guardianship planning and trials; and many other complex family law matters.
Community service has always been part of my professional life. I have volunteered in teaching free legal family law clinics at the Contra Costa Superior Court, providing pro-bono legal services to the Berkeley Food Pantry, and providing pro-bono legal services to the former non-profit organization known as the Concord Childcare Alliance, one of the precursor organizations to the Contra Costa Childcare Council.
My law degree (J.D., Juris Doctor) was obtained at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco after I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College, in New York. I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived in Contra Costa County for over 30 years. When not at work, my favorite activities include traveling, walking, reading, and vocal music. (For more information, see Professional Profile.)
My law practice focuses on divorce mediation, cooperative divorce, collaborative divorce, collaborative child custody, child custody for unmarried parents, pre-marital agreements, post-marital agreements, cohabitation agreements, guardianships of children, adoptions, and out-of-court resolution of wills, trusts and estate plan disputes.
My office is conveniently accessible to Contra Costa County, Alameda
County, and the larger East Bay Area. It is accessible by bus service,
County Connection Route #1, which runs from the Walnut Creek BART station to
the Kaiser Permanente Park Shadelands clinics, only two blocks from my