Fleischer & Ravreby In The News

Thomas Jefferson School of Law News Page
November 2 , 2018
Congratulations to Myra Chack Fleischer, who is the new president of the Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel Campaign. In that capacity, she will oversee an effort to raise $26 million, which supports a host of programs. The rest of the press release follows.


San Diego Jewish World
October 31 , 2018
Attorney Myra Chack Fleischer, lead counsel and founder of Carlsbad-based Fleischer & Ravreby, has been named national president of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF-USA) Women for Israel Campaign. In her new position, Fleischer will call upon her many years of involvement with JNF to lead the Israel Campaign through the next year. Read more here (you’ll need to scroll a little).


The Daily Transcript
October 29 , 2018
“A collaborative mentality permeates the five-attorney firm, with each lawyer bringing specialized expertise to bear on a given case. As opposed to litigation-focused firms, Fleischer said she and the other attorneys take a more empathetic approach with their clients, whether they’re going through a divorce or a child custody battle.”

We are so proud to have a profile of our firm published in The Daily Transcript! Above is a quote from the article but you can read it all here if you have a subscription. It was a fun interview for all of us.


The Daily Transcript
September 9, 2018
Fleischer & Ravreby’s Myra Chack Fleischer was recently featured in a Question & Answer profile for this San Diego publication. If you have a subscription, you can read the article here. If not, we’ve posted it on our website here. Enjoy!


The Daily Transcript
September 5, 2018
Fleischer & Ravreby’s Myra Chack Fleischer Named One of The Daily Transcript’s Top 50 Influential Leaders
Myra Chack Fleischer, founder and lead counsel for Fleischer & Ravreby, has been featured in The Daily Transcript’s 50 Top Influential Leaders for 2018, a special supplement which highlights San Diego County’s most influential business leaders.

According to The Daily Transcript, a leading San Diego business publication, the list aims to honor San Diego professionals doing the most cutting-edge work in law, real estate, construction, development,  finance and the public sector.

Fleischer has been practicing law in San Diego since 1997.  As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Fleischer’s practice specializes in many areas of family law, such as: divorce,  custody and support, property division, high asset division, marital settlement agreements, mediation, child advocacy and appeals.  Throughout her many years of practice, Fleischer has volunteered as a Pro Tem Judge, offered pro bono legal services to those who could not afford an attorney and volunteered at various domestic violence clinics offering free advice to victims of abuse. Most recently, Fleischer has been chosen to be President of the Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel Campaign for 2019.


Divorce Magazine
July 17, 2018
Americans are a mobile bunch. Many of us move multiple times during our lives for reasons as varied as we are. Landing a new job, falling in love with someone from another state or simply wanting to experience life in a new place are just a few examples. But it’s not so easy to pick up and go when you’re a divorced parent. Especially if you want to move out of state with your kids. Your custody arrangement – along with the well-being of your children and the rights of your ex must be carefully considered. If you’re a California resident contemplating relocating after divorce, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who understands the complex laws related to the situation where your ex wants to move out of state with your child. Continue reading.


The Daily Transcript
June 7, 2018
Fleischer & Ravreby’s Sarah Pinkerton Named Among The Daily Transcript’s Top 40 Under 40
Sarah Pinkerton, a partner at Fleischer & Ravreby and certified family law specialist, was recently featured among San Diego’s top “40 under 40” professionals by The Daily Transcript.

According to The Daily Transcript, a leading San Diego business publication, the special supplement showcased the young talented professionals driving San Diego’s success stories. Editors and reporters considered emerging talent in law, construction, real estate and the public sector to find 40 professionals whose skills, integrity and leadership embody the very best the region has to offer.

A longtime partner with Fleischer & Ravreby, Pinkerton has an “AV-Preeminent” peer-review rating for the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards and is one of only 200 San Diego attorneys with the certified family law certification – meeting the highest levels of experience and education. Pinkerton also works as a settlement conference judge and mediator, including work on complex child custody issues, child and spousal support, high-asset division of property and cases involving domestic violence.

A graduate of Duke University, she earned her J. D. from the University of San Diego and is a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution panel and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. See the full list of honorees here.


Communities Digital News

May 17, 2018

Divorce is Never Easy, but Same-Sex Couples Face Unique Hurdles

Although California and, belatedly the rest of the nation, have caught up with the rights of same-sex couples, gray areas still exist within the laws governing their divorces. While marriage is a relatively new legal right for many LGBT citizens, many of their committed relationships predate the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in in Obergefell v. Hodges. Continue reading here.


1700 AM ESPN, “Real Talk San Diego”
December 13, 2016

Steven Brumer (left) of Fleischer & Ravreby with "Real Talk San Diego" hosts Kelly Kline and Clare McKee. 858-720-8250

Steven Brumer (left) of Fleischer & Ravreby with “Real Talk San Diego” host Kelly Kline and attorney Amy Fike Peters.




Attorney Steven Brumer discusses how to hire an attorney to help you deal with common legal problems such as consumer bankruptcy and family law including divorce on the radio interview program “Real Talk San Diego.”






1700 AM ESPN, “Real Talk Radio”
March 31, 2016
Attorney Sarah Pinkerson discusses options for your divorce including when to hire an attorney, differences between litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and how to decide what is right for your family.


KCBQ Radio, “The Michael Gaddis Show”
March 21, 2016
Attorney Steven Brumer joined host Michael Gaddis to talk about bankruptcy laws and answer the most common questions about bankruptcy and its effect on your taxes, foreclosure, repossession, wage garnishments, and civil lawsuits. Listen to the show here.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 21, 2016
Kids to parents: please break up if you’re unhappy
So often, married couples try to put off a divorce when they have young children, thinking it would be better for their kids if they put their problems aside and stayed together “for the sake of the children.” In recent survey results from Great Britain, kids reveal a very different truth. Read more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.”.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 8, 2016
Tis the season … to file for divorce
Why is January the month so many people file for divorce? Some of it is the holiday divorce dam bursting. Couples who are the parents of younger children hold off filing for divorce between Thanksgiving and Christmas to avoid upsetting them during the holidays. Other couples just can’t add one more thing to their plate during a busy time of year. But once the Christmas decorations are down and the New Year’s parties’ messes have been cleaned up, the rush is on.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 1, 2015
Crowdfunding, creative financing help people get divorced
The concept of crowdfunding is not entirely new. Investors have contributed small amounts of money to help finance large projects long before the Internet came along, but they were mainly nonprofit efforts such as restoring the Statue of Liberty.It was only a matter of time that crowdfunding would start helping people finance a different kind of liberty: their divorces. Read more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.”

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
August 16, 2015
Study shows millennials still the marrying kind
Millennials have learned their lessons well. They understand that it’s important to put critical cornerstones in place first to ensure their marriages have the greatest chance of success. They want to finish their college educations, launch their careers, and securing their financial footing. Only then do they consider marriage, and they aren’t racing into any hasty decisions. Read more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
July 30, 2015
Divorce service by social media: like and retweet
Count on legal service by social media becoming more common in your state. Find out why by reading more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.”

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
July 8, 2015
Casey Kasem family tragedy highlights parental visitation rights fight
Daughter Kerri Kasem’s experience turned her into a vigorous advocate pushing “parental visitation legislation” and the reform of laws in all 50 states ensuring visitation rights for adult children to see aging parents, and a say in their care and guardianship. Read more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.”

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
June 26, 2015
#LoveWins, and so does the law: SCOTUS rules same sex marriage now legal
Government treats with marriage as a civil issue, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling made this abundantly clear. We can separate both legally and morally the religious or spiritual definition of matrimony, and the legal definition of a marriage under this country’s civil laws, and we are. The SCOTUS ruling is the first and more important, but not the final step in making the law uniform, applicable to all in all 50 states. Read more in Myra Fleischer’s column “Legally Speaking.”

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
May 9, 2015
Enjoy Mother’s Day without the divorce drama
Nearly a third of all children under 18 live in a home with daily access to just one parent, many due to divorce. Just a little planning and extending basic courtesy and kindness can ensure you still have a wonderful Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Here are Lawyer Myra’s top seven tips.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 6, 2015
As the economy improves, the divorce rate will increase
During the recession, people stayed married because they couldn’t afford to get divorced. now that the financial health of the nation and of many individuals is looking up, there will be one significant negative consequence. Couples with challenges in their marriage will see their way clear to calling it quits. My prediction: Divorce filings will begin to rise and keep rising through the end of 2015.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
March 3, 2015
Going it alone: should you handle your own divorce?
There are important considerations of law involved with child custody, child support, spousal support, valuing and dividing real estate, retirement and business interests. You may be unaware of your community property rights. You could overlook this without the proper legal guidance. Better to do it right the first time.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
February 11, 2015
Don’t put a ring on it this Valentine’s Day
Value your relationship every day because of the simple pleasures, not the big gifts on the big occasions. When couples fail to value their relationships, they get divorced because they grow apart.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
February 2, 2015
The truth about the dropping divorce rate
Whether or not the rate of divorce is dropping, growing, or staying steady, we know for certain fewer people overall are getting married. From my perspective as a family law attorney, what matters about all of this is the false belief that dissolving a household and a family group is ‘easier’ when you aren’t married. This isn’t always true, especially when you have children or shared assets.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
December 17, 2014
When should you shred your divorce papers?
With identity theft a serious concern, shredding documents is the wisest course of action. But many people aren’t sure what documents they can shred, including your divorce paperwork.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
December 5, 2014
Having happy family holidays when you’re divorced
Saving yourself and your family from an emotional or financial disaster can be a valuable gift this holiday season. Plan ahead, look at the bigger picture, and focus on making the holidays a special time for your kids. They need reassurance and deserve to have fun more than ever when their parents are divorcing.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
August 18, 2014
Making the grade: back to school tips for divorced parents
You have some new school-related issues to deal with if you are newly divorced. Who is paying for what? What activities will the child get to be involved in? Who keeps an eye on homework assignments? Who does the school call if there is an emergency? We have tips for you that will make sure back to school doesn’t also send you back to court.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
July 30, 2014
Casey Kasem family feud: how to avoid this legal nightmare
What we can all learn from this situation is the importance of estate planning and putting plans in place that are clear, direct, and undisputed so your wishes are carried out when you cannot act for yourself due to health concerns, and after your death. This is especially important when a second marriage (or more) is involved.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
July 22, 2014
Pride month and marriage: Legally, it’s time to be practical
No matter your position, from a legal process point-of-view, this will continue to create chaos and clog up our courts at a great cost of time and money. Those who would argue that civil unions can guarantee all the same rights afforded by marriage to same-sex couples are incorrect. If nothing else, having to go to an attorney to put into place the many protections the law gives to married couples is time-consuming and expensive.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
June 30, 2014
Melanie Griffth: Pet custody issues becoming more common
Most pet owners need to work out a contract between themselves instead as part of their divorce settlements. As with so many aspects of a divorce, taking control and coming to an agreement about the decisions governing your own life are far better in most cases than letting a judge decide for you.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
May 27, 2014
More women paying child support, spousal support
This trend is one of several producing results that impact family law. When a family goes through a divorce, there is no longer any assumption that dad is the primary income earner, that mom will “automatically” get primary physical custody and receive child or spousal support.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
May 10, 2014
Empty nest divorce: the kids are gone and so is the magic
Infidelity, infidelity, or problems with the kids aren’t usually a contributing factor to empty next divorces as they can be in other types of divorce cases. This happens to a couple who have through no fault of their own become strangers to each other outside the roles of Mom and Dad. This is the “we’ve grown apart” divorce.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 30, 2014
Divorce tattoos making their mark among women
Tattoos have become a way for women to declare their independence and tell the world they have moved on from their marriage. Tattoo photos are shared and discussed on social media.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 23, 2014
Will Obamacare lead to more divorce?
Health care costs often affect divorce settlements. Health insurance can have a bearing on the need for spousal support, with one spouse having to include enough support to cover these expenses. The Affordable Care Act could in theory potentially lower the amount of spousal support if health insurance becomes cheaper. But like anything in divorce, count on it becoming complicated.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 3, 2014
Divorce, domestic violence and murder a deadly trio in the U.S.
Starting divorce proceedings or initiating the breakup of a romantic relationship is a significant trigger for domestic violence. The statistics speak for themselves. The two weeks after a woman files for divorce or initiates a breakup, cohabiting or not, is the time she is at greatest risk. What should you do to protect yourself from being a victim BEFORE you file for divorce or initiates a breakup? You need to create an exit strategy. If there are children involved, it is even more critical to take precautions.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
March 26, 2014
Making second marriages work: you can’t hurry love
The statistics vary but none of them are good news. Two-thirds to as many as 75 percent of all second marriages end in divorce. Three-quarters of third marriages end in divorce. Practice does not make perfect. Why aren’t people learning any lessons from the failure of their first marriage? One reason: time.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
March 17, 2014
Advice to millionaires and golddiggers: get a prenuptial agreement
Whatever you believe about divorce statistics, divorce is common enough that the potential of losing a tremendous amount of money is not worth rolling the dice. Should you get a prenuptial agreement? In general, unless you are young and just starting your lives together with absolutely no assets, a prenuptial agreement is a wise investment.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
February 24, 2014
NFL star Mario Williams and ex-fiancee apologize for war of words
There are three lessons to be learned here. First, don’t buy an expensive engagement ring and then ever expect to get it back if things go wrong; the law isn’t on your side here. Second, don’t trash talk your ex in public. Third and most important, when you hire an attorney, hire one with experience successfully handling your kind of case.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
February 11, 2014
Seven Valentine’s Day tips for a long-lasting marriage
Half of all first marriages ending in divorce, and an even higher percentage of second and third (and so on) marriages do not fulfill the “till death do us part” portion of the wedding vows. How can a couple guard against their marriage becoming just another unfortunate statistic? There are certain problems common to failed marriages that might not be obvious.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 30, 2014
Eight tips to help you talk to your kids about divorce
In any divorce where there are minor children, the children are the true victims. Depending on how the divorcing parents are handling the situation, enormous psychological damage can be done that lasts far beyond the actual time period when the divorce is taking place.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 23, 2014
January starts divorce season: tips to get through your case
Making the decision to get divorced is difficult no matter what time of year. But once you have crossed that bridge in your mind, heart and soul, now is the time to be ruthlessly practical. You need to protect yourself and you need to protect your children.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
October 22, 2013
Taxing decisions ahead for married gay couples in 2014
Now that same-sex couples are treated as married for all federal tax purposes, there are new decisions they must make involving filing status, personal and dependency exemptions, standard deductions, their employment benefits, retirement contributions, and various tax credits. They must also consider gift and estate taxes.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 29, 2013
Divorce or marriage: which costs more money?
How much should a divorce cost you? This is like asking how much a car should cost, or a meal.In general the average divorce figure is considered to be roughly $15,000 to $20,000 for an average divorce. The problem is that almost no divorce is “average.”

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 19, 2013
People or property: status of unborn children uncertain in divorce
What happens to embryos that a couple freezes during a marriage for later implantation after they decide to divorce? How does the court resolve a disagreement on what to do with those unborn, unimplanted embryos, all of which have the potential to become living children?

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 10, 2013
After gay marriage, get ready for gay divorce
Same-sex couples will continue to face problems with parental rights, adoption, visitation, and child support. When one parent is the biological parent, all bets are off for the spouse if this wasn’t worked out in advance.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
August 26, 2013
Graduates delaying marriage due to college debts
A survey by Harris Interactive conducted for the American Institute of CPAs found 15 percent of college graduates have postponed getting married due to their student loan payments.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
July 19, 2013
Arnold and Maria: Can couples reconcile after affairs?
When a marriage is good in many respects, it’s not surprising a couple might consider salvaging it once the pain and shock of learning about adultery and the existence of a child from that relationship start to subside a little.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
June 26, 2013
DOMA, Prop 8 struck down by U.S. Supreme Court
In two highly anticipated rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a 5 to 4 decision, calling it unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. But the fight for marriage equality is far from over.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
May 15, 2013
No fault divorce laws proven to save women’s lives
No fault-divorce laws exist in all 50 states. They were introduced in the 1960s and 1970s. No-fault divorce make it possible for one party to get a divorce without proving any bad behavior took place, and without getting the consent (permission) of the other spouse.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 23, 2013
WMDs of divorce: email, texting, tweeting
Modern communication tools are double edged swords and sharp ones when an ill-considered message or post ends up being used against you on the record in court during a family law matter such as a contested divorce, child support or child custody issue.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
March 23, 2013
50 shades of gray divorce: baby boomers and marriage
Divorce professionals are witnessing a steady rise in the number of divorces involving couples over age 50 — so-called “gray divorces.” Divorce among baby boomers is booming.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 17, 2013
Sperm donors, child support and the law: who’s your daddy?
Donors whether men or women need to think twice about entering into any agreement without getting the appropriate authorities involved. No private agreement can guarantee you’ll be relieved of your support obligations.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
December 21, 2012
The engagement ring: size does not matter to a marriage

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
November 17, 2012
Surrogate parenting remains tricky after 20 years
Society has moved far too slowly to catch up with the modern universe of surrogate parents, in vitro fertilization, grandmothers bearing their daughters’ children, same-sex marriages, various forms of domestic partnerships, and all manner of step parenting and adoption.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 30, 2012
California governor vetoes bill allowing more than two legal parents
We are wrestling as family law attorneys with technological and societal realities that didn’t exist a generation ago. The law must catch up.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
August 28, 2012
What’s in a name: checklist for changing your name after a divorce
With 800,000 divorces in the U.S. annually, any way you measure it there are hundreds of thousands of women who face this issue, and different ways to achieve this goal.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
August 11, 2012
Parents of the Year 2012: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

June 8, 2012
Mario Williams earns a flag for suing fiancee as golddigger
Engagement rings fall under property, contract or family law, and how they are treated varies by state. In many states including California and Texas where Williams filed his lawsuit, it depends on who broke the engagement.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
June 18, 2012
Top ten list of world’s most expensive divorce settlements
When you’re getting divorced from a business mogul, there is no doubt that settlements can reach skyscraper high amounts. Take a look at the top ten settlements: not a pop star or actor in the bunch.

KOGO-AM and FM News 95.7 – The LaDona Harvey Show
May 21, 2012
Supreme Court ruling addresses impact of IVF medical technology on law

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
April 15, 2012
Virtual visitation a smart option for parents and kids
Technology now provides a way for some divorced or separated parents to stay in touch with their kids and maintain their relationships. Thanks to simple tools like texting and email, social media like Facebook, and video hookups with webcams and Skype, “virtual visitation” can make long-distance parenting much easier.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
February 21, 2012
Child custody decisions going against smokers
If you are involved in a child custody dispute and you are a cigarette smoker, your chance of getting full or even joint custody might go up in smoke. States are increasingly factoring in cigarette smoking in making decisions about who gets custody of minor children including California family courts.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
January 09, 2012
Katy Perry, Russell Brand and you: how to prepare for divorce
If your attorney tells you something or asks you to do something, there is a reason for it. Usually it is to protect your interests and make things easier (and maybe less costly) for you in the long run.

KOGO-AM and FM News 95.7 – The LaDona Harvey Show
November 14, 2011
Advice for divorced families during the holidays

The Modern Magazine
November 01, 2011
Lawyers on TV: The good, the bad, and the insulting

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
October 28, 2011
‘Crime After Crime’ a survivor’s story of domestic abuse
n 2003, California became the first state in the nation to give incarcerated domestic violence survivors the chance to reopen their cases and present evidence of their abuse as mitigation in their defense. Debbie Peagler’s case was deemed worthy of seeking this redress.

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
October 12, 2011
Bankruptcy and divorce no longer a black mark
The good news: while divorce and bankruptcy can both be painful and should be your last resort, neither one is the end of the world.

NBC San Diego – Five Questions
September 30, 2011
Five questions for divorce lawyer Myra Fleischer

Communities Digital News, “Legally Speaking”
September 29, 2011
Terminated: What’s next for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver?
Marriage is all about trust and communication. Without trust, neither partner in the marriage feels on solid ground. When a marriage turns out to be based on lies, it is almost always doomed.

KOGO-AM and FM News 95.7 – The LaDona Harvey Show
August 26, 2011
The threat of domestic violence following divorce

San Diego Daily Transcript
March 29, 2011
Technology and the Courts

ABA Journal
March 01, 2011
Princely Prenup? U.S. Lawyers See Rise in Requests for Asset Protection

San Diego Jewish Journal
March 01, 2011
All In the Family – Law

KOGO-AM Radio, “The LaDona Harvey Show”
February 15, 2011
Should Parents Be Held Responsible for Teen Sexting?

The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 13, 2011
Tom Blair: “It’s all in the eye of the beholder”

KFMB-AM Radio News
January 24, 2011
For richer or poorer: San Diego’s wealthiest couple gets divorced

San Diego Union-Tribune
January 22, 2011
Brandes Vs. Brandes: Fairy Tale with Lawsuit-Ever-After Ending
January 10, 2011
New Divorce Laws May Dent Your Wallet

NBC San Diego
January 08, 2011
New Divorce Laws May Dent Your Wallet

Beverly Hills Courier
January 03, 2011
New California Laws Could Make Divorce Longer, Cost More

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