No one plans to be separated, but it happens. And when it does, it can be overwhelming.

You have to protect your children, manage your emotions, deal with all sorts of personal upheaval, and wrap your head around complicated legal matters… all at the same time. This will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever have to face. We’re here to help you through it all.

Welcome to Rechtshaffen, Breitman Family Law & Mediation

We understand how stressful it is to be facing separation, and we take our responsibility to our clients very seriously.  Our clients value us not just for our seniority, legal expertise, and proven track record, but also for our genuine concern for our clients’ well-being and that of their children.  Our focus on our clients’ unique needs and goals is what sets us apart.

We recognize that every case is different, and that each separation involves different dynamics.  Therefore, we refuse to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to our clients’ cases – quite the opposite. Instead, we:

  • Listen to you in order to fully understand your needs, concerns, and goals.
  • Educate you about the various procedural options and potential legal outcomes you might expect in your  circumstances, so that you can give us informed instructions.
  • Work tirelessly for you to achieve the best possible settlement so that you and your children can move on with your life.
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Praise for Rosanna Breitman

“Rosanna, you’re amazing! I was so worried that I wouldn’t get a decent settlement. My husband was being so awful after we separated. He had me believing that I’d be left with nothing. But you made him realize that a good settlement for me, meant security for his children. I was happy with the settlement.”

Praise for Jeff Rechtshaffen

“Jeff always takes the time to explain things – not just the legal issues, but why he is recommending a particular strategy. He seemed to know what my ex was going to do and how his lawyer was going to react. I always felt that Jeff was in control and knew exactly what he was doing.”

Separation – How To Get Started

Author: Jeff Rechtshaffen

Your marriage is over and you have decided to make your separation “official”. Now what? How do you start the process? What are the first steps? Is there a right way and a wrong way to do this? Basically, there are two kinds of separation: The unplanned separation and the planned separation. Here are some […]

What Really Happens In Court?

Author: Jeff Rechtshaffen

Every one of us who has watched TV or seen movies has seen the inside of a courtroom. On one side sits the jury. The witness sits in the witness box. Each lawyer sits at a desk with his or her client while there is a large area where the audience or gallery sits. Of […]

When Should You Get A Pre-Nup?

Author: Jeff Rechtshaffen

It is quite common these days for couples to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement to try to control how their property will be divided in the event their marriage breaks down. Fundamentally, a pre-nuptial agreement is a binding contract just like any other kind of contract. For this reason, pre-nuptial agreements are formally known, in […]

What Is Family Mediation? Is It Right For Me?

Author: Rosanna Breitman

Family mediation is a process where a neutral third party – the mediator – helps two people in conflict to negotiate the terms of a mutually satisfactory separation agreement. There are many different types of mediators – all have different qualifications and styles. A mediator who has earned professional accreditation has met stringent training and […]

Why falling out of love is preventable – and how to prevent it

Author: Rosanna Breitman

I absolutely love the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. It’s such a devastating and realistic portrayal of the way so many relationships die.   These artists really got it right.  So often, when a relationship is in crisis, each partner is looking in vain for the other person to […]

About the Firm

Our clients choose us for our 50+ years of combined family law experience, together with our singular focus on them, and their needs alone. We give solid, practical advice and we work hard for each and every client we take on – we answer to you. We defy the “billable hours” stereotype of lawyers because we aren’t accountable to anyone but our clients, and we don’t pass off our clients’ files to junior lawyers. We listen, we’re pragmatic, and we focus on what’s best for our clients and their children. We deliver the results our clients want, and strive to exceed our clients’ expectations every time.