Ms Becker and her team are committed to assisting people through some of the most difficult of life’s transitions. Divorce and the termination of domestic partnerships present serious financial challenges related to support and the division of property, and may involve the physical dislocation of losing a home, the redefining of vocational roles and shifting relationships with children.
Donna Becker will assist you to negotiate or, if necessary, litigate the resolution of these issues. She will work with you to establish structure for your post divorce life with respect to division of assets, income sharing and support, and defining parenting roles with your children. Because of her years of experience and training she guides most clients to negotiated solutions. She is experienced in the courtroom and will effectively advocate for you in court if that route is necessary.
Ms. Becker will listen to your concerns, respond promptly to calls and assist you in undertaking actions which are strategic in achieving a result that allows you to move forward with your life in a positive manner. She and her staff value civility and respect for you, your children, the other party and professionals in the case.
Ms Becker is detail oriented, analyzing issues and drafting documents to achieve clear and complete solutions.
Donna Becker is a Family Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar, who has practiced family law for over 30 years, in both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties, and exclusively in Santa Cruz County for over 20 years.
She obtained a Bachelors Degree cum laude in Psychology from Yale University and a Juris Doctor at Boalt Hall College of Law at the University of California, Berkeley as well as a Masters Degree in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Her legal and psychological knowledge inform her ability to assist individuals and families with their transitions.
Ms Becker was trained in mediation by Gary Friedman and Katherine Stoner of The Center in Mediation in Law in 2004. She trained in collaborative law through Collaborative Divorce Team Training in 2003. She has been a co-founder and active member of CAMP, the Collaborative Divorce Arbitration Mediation Professionals of Santa Cruz County and its predecessor group since 2002.
Donna Becker was chairperson of the Family Law Bar section of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association for 5 years and has served as a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. She has served as Judge Pro Tem in Santa Cruz County Superior Court in the Child Support Department and in settlement conferences.
She is a member of the following organizations:
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals www.collaborativepractice.com
Santa Cruz County Bar Association
California State Bar Association Family Law Section
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts www.afccnet.org CAMP, Collaborative Divorce, Arbitration, Mediation Professionals of Santa Cruz County www.camp-professionals.com California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County
* Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.