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Schaffer Family Law Group, APC

Firm Overview – About the Firm

Schaffer Family Law Group is a San Diego family law firm comprised of highly talented, experienced, respected, aggressive, and effective attorneys. We work in every area of family law and have successfully helped San Diego families find resolutions since Sarah T. Schaffer decided to open her own family law practice in 2011.

Inherent in our law practice is our compassion for our clients and our deep understanding of every family law issue. We know that when you seek our counsel, you are going through a difficult time in your life, and you and your family have been struggling. You can trust that every attorney at Schaffer Family Law Group is here to support you and expertly guide you through the legal process.

One of the hallmarks of our family law firm is our hands-on close working relationships with our clients. Regardless of what type of family matter you need help with, we will stand beside you every step of the way. Our significant experience in all areas of family law, our reputation and history of garnering great results for our clients, and our ability to practice law both aggressively and empathetically is what sets the firm apart.

We have learned that no matter is ever as simple as it seems, and every individual and every family’s dynamic and needs are unique. While some matters are less complicated than others, we specialize in handling sophisticated, highly complex and multi-faceted cases.

Certified Family Law Specialists – Specialized Expertise & Experience
Sarah Schaffer, Wayne Rice and Leslie Ryland have been certified by the State Bar of California as “Certified Family Law Specialists,” a distinction earned by family law attorneys who have “gone beyond the standard licensing requirements.” Sarah has also served in the United States Marine Corps and spent five years on active duty serving as a Logistics Officer. Her understanding of the military and the issues service members face enable her to provide exceptional counsel.

In addition, Sarah earned an L.L.M. (Master of Law Degree) in Taxation and previously worked as a tax consultant with Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young. Using this experience, Sarah has become especially adept at working with high net-worth clients or those who own their own businesses or are involved in a family business. In matters involving high-value property, large pensions, retirement accounts, and other assets, Sarah is able to employ her tax background to ensure that her clients are well-protected.

Schaffer Family Law Group works in all areas of family law, but in particular, works with clients in San Diego on the following types of matters:

• Divorce
• Same Sex Divorce
• Divorce Mediation/Collaborative Divorce
• High Net Worth Divorce
• Complex Property Division
• Military Divorce & Support
• Divorce Over 50
• Child Custody & Support
• Child Support
• Spousal Support (Alimony)
• Child/Spousal Modifications
• Child Custody & Visitation
• Post Judgment Modifications
• Divorce Relocation/Taking Child Out of State
• Domestic Violence
• Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
• Paternity Actions

Call Schaffer Family Law Group at (858) 509-7907 to schedule a strategy session today.


Sarah T. Schaffer In The News

Recent Media Events

Sarah T. Schaffer Recognized in San Diego Discovery Magazine With over 220,000 attorneys in California, Schaffer is one of the few, numbering 178 within San Diego, to hold the distinction of Certified Family Law Specialist.

San Diego Magazine Women of the Year Awards Colonel Sarah T. Schaffer, USMC – Camp Pendleton recognized for her Military Service as JAG Officer.

Top 50 Influential Leaders in San Diego Sarah T. Schaffer is active in the San Diego County and North County bar associations and supports the programs of Kids’ Turn San Diego, a nonprofit that helps children through family separations, and Casa Cornelia Law Center, which provides pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.

Dividing a Business - San Diego Discover Magazine Not all businesses have marital value, especially smaller businesses whose primary value is from the efforts of one spouse.

Sarah Schaffer on the cover of Discover Magazine

Family law matters are never simple By your side every step of the way

Certified Family Law Specialist CFLS Sarah Schaffer, Wayne Rice and Leslie Ryland have been certified by the State Bar of California as “Certified Family Law Specialists,” a distinction earned by family law attorneys who have “gone beyond the standard licensing requirements.” Every attorney at Schaffer Family Law Group has either earned their CFLS Certification, or is actively working towards that professional goal as a requirement of the firm and our commitment to providing our clients the most skilled and proficient attorneys in San Diego County.

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What You Should Know

Top 10 Mistakes In A Divorce To avoid the top five mistakes in a divorce you must take a step back, remove the emotions and treat the process similar to a business transaction. Use these tips to help you expedite the process.

Divorce Over 50 How a 'gray divorce' will impact your retirement planning, including the timing of your retirement as well as the new economic reality divorce may bring to your life.

Top 4 Things To Know if Over 50 and Divorcing Getting a divorce after the age of 50 comes with its own set of challenges, both social and economic.

Professionals, Business Owners & Divorce Solving problems with the division of marital assets. The need for privacy and not leaving written records of your 'dirty laundry' for the world to see in the permanent public record and more...

Military Divorce Sarah serves as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Military families find Sarah’s understanding of the military and issues servicemembers face enable her to provide superior counsel.

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