About Don Hansen
I now specialize in Mediation of California Dissolution issues (divorce, custody, support)
and in Collaborative Divorce. I no longer litigate divorces in the courtroom. And for good reason.
After a long career of university research into family stress and resilience, I thought I could turn the knowledge I had gained to practical use, by helping couples through the stresses of their divorce. So I came down from the Ivory Tower, and went through law school, to become a Family Lawyer. -- and to slowly become disillusioned with Divorce Litigation.
Litigated divorces brutalize not only the divorcing couple, but also -- and often even more -- the children and the families that surround them. I do not blame the judges, or even the court system for this -- but I do blame the divorce
litigation ideology that has dominated our thinking over the past centuries, and that persists in American court rooms today.
Many couples simply cannot manage to escape the need to litigate their divorce, and they have no choice but to suffer the modern divorce court.
But for those who can rise above their disappointments and angers, there are options. I intend to spend my remaining years as an attorney working with such couples who -- having made the decision to divorce -- choose to do so with as much consideration, compassion and dignity as they can muster. To date, the best options I have found for such couples are Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
As for my Credentials:
I am a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and I'm certified by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Family Law (CFLS).
I've published some fifty books and research articles on family relations, child development and family stress. While a Professor and Researcher, I lectured extensively in the United States, Europe and New Zealand. I have a PhD in Family Sociology and a PhD in Counseling, as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law. And after getting that JD, I taught California Community Property in Law School for ten years.
Offices at 8203 Sierra College Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95661
Serving clients in Sacramento, Placer and surrounding counties, and clients in other states and countries.
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