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Lisa Helfend Meyer
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Lisa Helfend Meyer is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. Her unique blend of experience, interest and expertise is in all areas of family law. Ms. Meyer is a strong advocate for the rights of children as well as for the rights of parents. She is highly regarded as an expert in move-away cases; contested adoptions; non-marital parental disputes; child abuse; parental alienation syndrome; visitation disputes; attachment theory and appropriate time-share arrangements for young children; drug and alcohol dependency; and children with special needs.

Ms. Meyer’s philosophy of the practice of law is that “in order to excel as a family law professional, one must be committed and passionate about her work.” Her commitment and passion have earned Ms. Meyer a reputation as an effective negotiator and skilled courtroom lawyer.

Lisa Helfend Meyer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1989. In 1982, she graduated from Loyola Law School. She was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the national legal honor fraternity.

Ms. Meyer is founding partner of Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, which specializes in all aspects of family law, including marital dissolutions; property characterization, valuation and division; child custody; spousal support; paternity; same sex relationships which involve palimony and/or child custody; guardianship; contested adoptions; prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements. The firm’s clientele includes members of the entertainment industry, sports figures, business managers, entertainment/sports agents, corporate CEOs, doctors, judges, attorneys as well as non-professionals.

Ms. Meyer has been published extensively and lectures frequently before professional and academic audiences, and was a consultant to the highly regarded television show Family Law. Ms. Meyer has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Court TV, Extra, Fox News, as well as other media and was featured in an hour long segment of 48 Hours regarding a complex contested adoption matter. Ms. Meyer was also named one of the top 50 divorce attorneys in Los Angeles in the Los Angeles Magazine.

Ms. Meyer has co-authored numerous articles regarding child custody proceedings, the conflict between Dependency Court and Family Law Jurisdiction, and obtaining discovery from third party corporations. She also conducts “workshops” for the layman regarding divorce, paternity, child custody and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements.

Ms. Meyer is a member of several professional organizations, including the State Bar of California; the Los Angeles County Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; Century City Bar Association; California Association of Family Law Specialists; and the National Organization for Women.

In the area of community activities, Ms. Meyer devotes her time to children’s issues such as special education and other matters which complement her professional interests and expertise.

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6 Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:27 PM

Make no mistake about it, divorce is hard. Even if you and your spouse expect to have an amicable dissolution, the emotional and financial challenges that come with divorce can make it one of the most difficult things you'll ever go through in your life.

Many people are blindsided by...

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In the Child's Best Interest: What It Means in Move-Away Cases

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Ask a family law court judge to name the most difficult type of case to decide and most likely she or he will say move-away child custody cases, which in family law parlance means when one party seeks to relocate with her or his child to another geographic area. The...

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Child Custody and the Working Mom

(68) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 7:09 PM

According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 70.5 percent of mothers are now in the workforce. Not only are the number of working moms at near record levels, but also nearly 30 percent of working wives now outearn their working husbands, making them...

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Co-Parenting Until Death Do You Part

(14) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 1:15 PM

For divorcing couples with young children, resolving immediate critical issues -- from custody and time-share arrangements to education and religious involvement -- is just the beginning of their long-term work as co-parents.

The reality is that while the martial bonds may be broken, divorced parents will be connected to...

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7 Divorce Survival Strategies For Women

(16) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 12:50 PM

In my work as a family law attorney and as a woman who has gone through divorce herself, I've had considerable opportunity to observe thousands of women going through the process. I've seen some women who are emotionally and physically devastated by their divorce, while others emerge stronger and more...

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Is Grey Divorce A New Baby Boomer Rite Of Passage?

(299) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 12:15 PM

Just as the baby boomer generation has challenged social and cultural norms during previous decades of their lives, this group of 70+ million Americans is now redefining expectations of middle-aged and "senior" life. For personal fulfillment or economic necessity, they are changing careers mid-life or plan to work well past...

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Second Marriage For Better or Worse

(128) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Remember that classic Frank Sinatra song that says love is better the second time around?

Faced with the knowledge that about half of marriages end in divorce, it's comforting to believe that you can get love and marriage right the second time.

Just ask Kim Kardashian who was the portrait...

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Was Maria And Arnold's Marriage Doomed From the Start?

(16) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 2:05 PM

Now that details are emerging on the divorce of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, what can people about to tie the knot or those contemplating divorce learn from the break-up of one of America's most famous power couples? You don't have to be a high roller with a household name...

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Divorce And The Child With Special Needs

(8) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Divorce is always difficult for the children, but what happens when the parents about to split have a child with special needs? According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has grown to 1 in 110...

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The "Sweet and Sour" Valentine's Effect: A Ticking Time Bomb For Unhappy Spouses?

(43) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Every year as February 14 nears, my phone starts ringing off the hook with clients suffering from what many call, "The Valentine's Effect."

Indeed, instead of serving chocolate, they'll be serving papers--for divorce.

Just this week, one of my clients decided to have her husband served papers and...

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