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Cynthia Harris assists her clients in all areas of family law and civil law. She serves cities throughout San Diego County.

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When it comes to negotiating the best outcome for both parties, mediation can be used in most areas of family law, including premarital agreements, divorces, and post-judgment situations. Mediation can be used to resolve specific issues and entire cases. At Cynthia Ann Harris Attorney at Law, you'll work with a legal team that has the experience necessary to make mediation work effectively for you. Call us today at 760-720-4566 for your FREE consultation.


In mediation, the mediator helps the couple reach an agreement on the issue or issues brought to the table. Sometimes agreements are reached quickly and other times it's more difficult. When you choose mediation, your mediator will help you identify your goals, open and maintain the lines of communication, and offer alternative resolution ideas. Additionally, your mediator will help you understand what the legal result could be if it's presented to the court.

Reach an agreement using mediation

In mediation, the mediator will encourage both the parties to reach their own agreements. Mediation provides a focused atmosphere wherein the mediator keeps the discussion focused on the issues at hand.

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Whether you're filing for divorce or child custody, mediation can work for you. Speak with us about your case.

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Control your financial matters with a premarital agreement

You may ask, “Why create and sign a prenup?” A prenuptial agreement is designed to save time and costs if the couple divorces. Prenuptial agreements offer both parties clarity, security, and peace of mind. Such agreements allow the couple to enter marriage with a clear written agreement that controls how certain financial matters will be dealt with during marriage, upon death, and in the event of divorce. Creating a prenuptial agreement also ensures both parties know what to expect, which can strengthen a marriage.


In relation to prenuptial agreements, California law is complex. Navigating the law effectively requires an experienced legal team that pays attention to detail. Prenuptial agreements must meet several requirements in order to be valid under California state law. Rest easy knowing that Cynthia Ann Harris uses precision and care to ensure such requirements are met.


A prenuptial agreement will:

Draft an agreement for your domestic partnership

In the state of California, same-sex couples can choose to register as domestic partners. As a relatively new legal recognition, this type of partnership carries rights in addition to responsibilities. Some rights include:

  • Manage separate properties

  • Include provisions for life insurance

  • Include provisions for medical coverage

  • Identify property brought into the marriage

  • Include provisions for the division of debt and real property

  • Control how income acquired during the marriage will be handled

  • Include provisions for the payment of spousal support upon dissolution

Choose the law office that drafts premarital agreements on a regular basis and has the necessary knowledge to effectively draft our clients' prenuptial agreements. Attorney Harris understands the sensitive nature of these negotiations and has a skilled team that will protect both your interests and your relationship.

  • Employment benefits

  • Access to life and car insurance

  • Protection upon the death of a partner

  • Health care and medical emergency rights

  • The right to use step-parent adoption procedures

Responsibilities include:

  • Equal ownership of community assets

  • Liability for each other’s debts such as medical expenses

  • The duty to provide partner support should the relationship end

Because the laws surrounding domestic partnerships are complex, you and your partner may want to consider entering into a domestic partnership agreement. A domestic partnership agreement is a written agreement that controls how certain financial matters will be settled during the relationship, upon death, and in the event of divorce.


The termination of a domestic partnership can be stressful and traumatic. As a law office that regularly drafts domestic partnership agreements, we have the sensitivity, experience, and knowledge to negotiate and prepare your agreement. Let us shield your interests while still protecting your relationship.  


As experienced divorce lawyers, the legal team at Cynthia Ann Harris has the knowledge to effectively help you through this difficult time. Let us reduce conflict and help you make the best legal choices available during the dissolution process. In developing a legal strategy, we are mindful of the cost and seek to minimize expensive legal processes, but never to the detriment of our clients' cases. We maintain close communication concerning legal expenses.


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We are committed to representing every client with integrity, dedication, and with the understanding that you are trusting us to resolve your divorce or family law matter as if you were a member of our family.

The law practice, Cynthia Ann Harris, Attorney at Law, is conveniently located in Carlsbad, CA, driving distance to all court locations in San Diego County and southern Riverside County.


Our office assists clients in all areas of family law, civil law, and more primarily in cities throughout San Diego County.


We serve North County San Diego locations including: Ramona, Poway, Pala, Pauma Valley, Fallbrook, Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, La Costa, and more. We serve East County San Diego locations including: El Cajon, Chula Vista, and more. We serve Central San Diego County including the city of San Diego.


We also serve clients in Riverside County including Hemet and Temecula.

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The main advantage and benefit of mediation is that you are in control. You and the other party determine the outcome. Not the mediator, a judge or an arbitrator. Their role is to help you decide but not to make the decision for you.

Mediation is a collaborative process that promotes healthy interactions between the parties. This interaction often helps both parties come to an agreement. Taking part in mediation allows the parties to develop communication skills to work through this conflict and future conflicts. Working cooperatively, mediation participants find common ground for creating mutually beneficial agreements.

Collaborative versus adversarial

Decreases hostility

Mediation reduces the hostility, tension and misunderstandings that are usually prevalent when people are in conflict with one another. The mediation session helps identify each party’s goals and interests, and helps the parties feel heard and move toward resolution.

Improved communication

Parties are encouraged to communicate with each other about difficult, sensitive issues in a non-threatening and non-accusatory manner. Their improved communication skills set a pattern for future interactions and problem solving.

Privacy protected

Mediation sessions are held in private environments. Your personal issues are not made public in a courtroom full of strangers. Everything that is discussed in mediation is confidential and remains within the walls of the room.

Personalized and creative

The judicial system can only offer the limited solutions prescribed by law. This may mean that both parties can lose out. Working together, mediation participants craft creative solutions to their conflicts. Because you and the other party know your situation best, it’s much more satisfying than 50-50 compromises or court-imposed remedies.

Flexible scheduling

Parties in mediation have the benefit of flexible scheduling unlike litigation, where court appearances are determined by the court’s schedule. This can include the logistics of the session such as the length and number of breaks, as well as structuring sessions in order to complete any pre-determined time lines.

Preserves and heals relationships

Sometimes people want to maintain a relationship after the conflict is resolved. For example, if the mediating couple are parents, then they will have to continue a relationship for years and for the sake. Mediation helps reduce the likelihood of estrangement and may even help you and your co-parent move beyond the pain and conflict and establish a relationship with greater understanding and empathy.

Improves future problem solving

In mediation, parties are able to create agreements with enough flexibility to adapt to change. Their agreements can even address how they intend to deal with future problems. Courts are limited to resolving the current conflict presented to them and cannot offer long-term solutions.

Reduces costs and time consumed

When compared to traditional litigation, mediation will help you save time and money. Resolutions can be achieved within hours or weeks, rather than months or years. The difference between paying for two attorneys to litigate versus one mediator, whose fees can be split, is significant even if mediation lasts longer than expected. There are far fewer expenses than litigation and many of them can be shared.

Higher satisfaction and compliance

The majority of people who mediate rather than go to court are satisfied with the process as well as the outcomes. Additionally, mediated agreements have a higher rate of compliance and rate of satisfaction than traditional litigated settlements and court orders.