Lani Baron (Class of 2011)
Position: Attorney Mediator and Owner, Alternative Divorce Solutions
What She Does: Divorce mediation, team mediation and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Activities at Whittier: Center for Children's Right's Fellow; Law Review; Moot Court Honors Board
Goal: To help make the process of divorce less painful to both parties
"After having witnessed the pain and devastation that can occur from lengthy and high conflict divorces, I knew there had to be a better way," says Lani Baron, owner of Alternative Divorce Solutions. Baron specializes in mediated divorce, a process that she says is less adversarial and more collaborative than traditional litigated divorce. The mediated divorce process addresses all areas of divorce that are typically handled through litigation. "I help couples develop a customized plan that is agreeable to both parties. We address property and debt division as well as spousal support. Half of my clients have children, so we also address child support and develop parenting plans."
Lani credits the Center for Children's Rights for helping prepare her for her career in family law. After law school she worked on mediated divorces with fellow Whittier alumna Judy Williams before opening her own practice. In addition to mediated divorce, her firm also handles prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.