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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mLauraWasser.I'macelebritydivorceattorneyandexpertonfamilylaw.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE1/26@1pmET.

Laura Wasser
Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
almost 2 years Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Friday, January 26th at 1pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm Laura Wasser. I'm an author, entrepreneur, Family Law expert and celebrity divorce attorney.

I've had the chance to represent celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Iovine, Maria Shriver, and Stevie Wonder.

In 2013, I authored the 2013 best-seller, It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family and Bankrupting Yourself .

Some fun facts about me are that I'm a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and I earned a law degree from Loyola Law School. I've been named one of the California Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Attorneys every year for the last six years (2012-2017). I've also been featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list three times and Los Angeles Magazine’s Super Lawyers has featured me each year since 2007. 

In June 2008, I received the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law Zephyr Ramsey Award and in 2011, I was the recipient of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award. I received the Brady Center Advocate Award in 2013. Most recently, I was honored by A Place Called Home in 2016 at their November Gala For The Children.

I'm frequently called upon as a resource on family and matrimonial law in media and publications. Profiles and interviews can be found in Vogue, Bloomberg, Interview, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Town and Country, and Parenting magazine.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Friday, January 26th at 1pm ET.

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  • Peter Luu 82
    almost 2 years ago

    I use to work as a forensic accountant in family law, and i noticed how heated attorneys can get with each other. What is your relationship with opposing attorneys? And how do you keep your composure in such a stressful profession.

    I use to work as a forensic accountant in family law, and i noticed how heated attorneys can get with each other. What is your relationship with opposing attorneys? And how do you keep your composure in such a stressful profession.

  • Danica
    almost 2 years ago

    What's the best advice you can give to a single gal about to be married to put herself in the best position in case of divorce.

    What's the best advice you can give to a single gal about to be married to put herself in the best position in case of divorce.

  • Sarah Fein
    almost 2 years ago

    Do you think it's good that two celebrities date each other? Does it add an unnecessary pressure in the relationship? 

    Do you think it's good that two celebrities date each other? Does it add an unnecessary pressure in the relationship? 

  • Prue Henschke
    almost 2 years ago

    Hi Laura, I've been practising family law for the past 13 years. I'm based in Australia. I'm currently studying divorce coaching - which isn't well know or utilised here in Australia.  I was wondering what your thoughts are on divorce coaching. Whether you have referred/ or do refer clients to divorce coaches and if so, what your experience has been? 

    Hi Laura, I've been practising family law for the past 13 years. I'm based in Australia. I'm currently studying divorce coaching - which isn't well know or utilised here in Australia.  I was wondering what your thoughts are on divorce coaching. Whether you have referred/ or do refer clients to divorce coaches and if so, what your experience has been? 

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      Hey Prue,

      Love divorce coaches and we encourage them both at my firm and through It's Over Easy.com our new on line divorce platform. It is wonderful for parties to have someone to help guide them through the process without being a litigious advocate. Generally, a divorce coach will have the knowledge and expertise that someone like you does after practicing for 13 years and so you are a fantastic source of information and can educate the client. By virtue of your experience and compassion divorce coaches are hugely helpful to those going through the divorce process. Our Provider Directory at It's Over Easy includes divorce coaches, financial planners, co-parenting counsellors, meditation instructors and other professionals who can provide support during and after the divorce. Keep up the awesome work!

      Hey Prue,

      Love divorce coaches and we encourage them both at my firm and through It's Over Easy.com our new on line divorce platform. It is wonderful for parties to have someone to help guide them through the process without being a litigious advocate. Generally, a divorce coach will have the knowledge and expertise that someone like you does after practicing for 13 years and so you are a fantastic source of information and can educate the client. By virtue of your experience and compassion divorce coaches are hugely helpful to those going through the divorce process. Our Provider Directory at It's Over Easy includes divorce coaches, financial planners, co-parenting counsellors, meditation instructors and other professionals who can provide support during and after the divorce. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Shantel Risher
    Shantel Risher Digital Operations Associate
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Thank you @Laura Wasser for taking the time to answer our questions, because I have a lot! What was your most nervous case, or a case that you knew would be difficult? Did you ever desire to practice law different than matrimonial? How do you remain confident to your client and in the courtroom? 

    Thank you @Laura Wasser for taking the time to answer our questions, because I have a lot! What was your most nervous case, or a case that you knew would be difficult? Did you ever desire to practice law different than matrimonial? How do you remain confident to your client and in the courtroom? 

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      Shantel, My most harrowing cases are child custody matters. That's because there is so much at stake. If one parent wants to move across the country and take the children, I know it is going to be a difficult one. If there are allegations of abuse or molestation, things get ugly and it is the kids who will suffer. I have to try and make it right for the family and that is nerve-wracking. It was not my first choice out of law school, but I love practicing Family Law and have never looked back. In the courtroom and with clients I remain confident by remaining reasonable. If I know that we have the rational position, I am confident that the Judge will see this and make the right call. 

      Shantel, My most harrowing cases are child custody matters. That's because there is so much at stake. If one parent wants to move across the country and take the children, I know it is going to be a difficult one. If there are allegations of abuse or molestation, things get ugly and it is the kids who will suffer. I have to try and make it right for the family and that is nerve-wracking. It was not my first choice out of law school, but I love practicing Family Law and have never looked back. In the courtroom and with clients I remain confident by remaining reasonable. If I know that we have the rational position, I am confident that the Judge will see this and make the right call. 

  • Kelly Hudson
    almost 2 years ago

    Hi Laura! I was wondering since you have seen a lot of relationships over the years through your clients, how can you tell a relationship is healthy and has the potential to be long-term? What are the warning signs you should watch for that indicates he doesn't view you as long-term potential? 

    Hi Laura! I was wondering since you have seen a lot of relationships over the years through your clients, how can you tell a relationship is healthy and has the potential to be long-term? What are the warning signs you should watch for that indicates he doesn't view you as long-term potential? 

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      I would say that the most important factor in a health relationship is communication. If a couple can effectively communicate and work through difficult issues they are likely to make things work. It is not always fun but it will likely be worth it in the end. Also, be nice to your partner. I find that couples are often so much nicer to total strangers than they are to each other. If he views you as long term he should tell you; not make you guess. Also, a client once told me, "I wish I had told my wife she was beautiful more often. The fact that I didn't meant that when someone else did, she paid attention and it felt so good to her that she is now with him."

      I would say that the most important factor in a health relationship is communication. If a couple can effectively communicate and work through difficult issues they are likely to make things work. It is not always fun but it will likely be worth it in the end. Also, be nice to your partner. I find that couples are often so much nicer to total strangers than they are to each other. If he views you as long term he should tell you; not make you guess. Also, a client once told me, "I wish I had told my wife she was beautiful more often. The fact that I didn't meant that when someone else did, she paid attention and it felt so good to her that she is now with him."

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    @Elizabeth Stone @Zoosk @Shahida Arabi I love your relationship stories on Mogul and wondered if you had a question for Laura Wasser? 

    @Elizabeth Stone @Zoosk @Shahida Arabi I love your relationship stories on Mogul and wondered if you had a question for Laura Wasser? 

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

    So wonderful to have you @Laura Wasser ! What are some standard things that  entrepreneurs should do in advance of a marriage to ensure that they are protecting their business, in case of divorce? Thank you so much!

    So wonderful to have you @Laura Wasser ! What are some standard things that  entrepreneurs should do in advance of a marriage to ensure that they are protecting their business, in case of divorce? Thank you so much!

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      If you own a business or interest in a business prior to marriage, it would be a good idea to define that business interest prior to getting married and contributing additional time and effort which could be construed as joint (or in community property states, community efforts). This can be done by earmarking the value at the date of your marriage and the character of your business asset can be preserved as separate by virtue of a prenuptial agreement. Not so sexy but super smart.

      If you own a business or interest in a business prior to marriage, it would be a good idea to define that business interest prior to getting married and contributing additional time and effort which could be construed as joint (or in community property states, community efforts). This can be done by earmarking the value at the date of your marriage and the character of your business asset can be preserved as separate by virtue of a prenuptial agreement. Not so sexy but super smart.

      • Tiffany Pham
        Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
        almost 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

        Thank you so much!

        Thank you so much!

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 2 years ago

    Does a mom ever lose custody of her children or is that becoming more common? What criteria has to be met for her to not have custody?

    Does a mom ever lose custody of her children or is that becoming more common? What criteria has to be met for her to not have custody?

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      Most Courts find that children thrive when they have frequent and continuous exposure to both of their parents. For either parent to lose custody completely, something pretty drastic needs to be going on like drug or alcohol abuse, criminal activity or some sort of behavior which is detrimental to the kids. 

      Most Courts find that children thrive when they have frequent and continuous exposure to both of their parents. For either parent to lose custody completely, something pretty drastic needs to be going on like drug or alcohol abuse, criminal activity or some sort of behavior which is detrimental to the kids. 

  • Alana Higa
    Alana Higa Head of Mogul @ Work // President of Fordham University
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Aloha Laura!

    It's so great to have you here on Mogul. My question for you is: what passions, experiences, or interests inspired you to pursue this career path? I'm currently studying for LSAT right now as we speak and would and would also love to know your number one tip for doing well on the exam. 
    Mahalo,
    Alana Higa

    Aloha Laura!

    It's so great to have you here on Mogul. My question for you is: what passions, experiences, or interests inspired you to pursue this career path? I'm currently studying for LSAT right now as we speak and would and would also love to know your number one tip for doing well on the exam. 
    Mahalo,
    Alana Higa

    • Laura Wasser
      Laura Wasser Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney
      almost 2 years ago

      Aloha Alana! Law school is quite challenging but really teaches you an entirely new way to think and organize your thoughts to better articulate your positions. I kind of fell into family law but I totally love it because it allows me to put my problem solving skills to work and to get to meet and experience people in so many different careers and life choices. Number one tip for doing well on the bar exam is: to treat studying like your job during the few months prior to taking the bar. Got for a few hours in the morning. Take a lunch break and do something physical, outside if possible (I used to go for a swim in the ocean every day for full mind/body health). Then get back to it for the afternoon evening hours. This will give you structure and a good balanced schedule. Get plenty of rest and stay strong. On the day(s) of the exam keep your mind clear and give it your all. You got this!

      LAW

      Aloha Alana! Law school is quite challenging but really teaches you an entirely new way to think and organize your thoughts to better articulate your positions. I kind of fell into family law but I totally love it because it allows me to put my problem solving skills to work and to get to meet and experience people in so many different careers and life choices. Number one tip for doing well on the bar exam is: to treat studying like your job during the few months prior to taking the bar. Got for a few hours in the morning. Take a lunch break and do something physical, outside if possible (I used to go for a swim in the ocean every day for full mind/body health). Then get back to it for the afternoon evening hours. This will give you structure and a good balanced schedule. Get plenty of rest and stay strong. On the day(s) of the exam keep your mind clear and give it your all. You got this!

      LAW

    • Feven Merid
      almost 2 years ago

      I'm not studying for the LSAT like Alana but I would also love to know your advice for tackling such a big exam!

      I'm not studying for the LSAT like Alana but I would also love to know your advice for tackling such a big exam!


Laura Wasser
Renowned Family Law Expert & Celebrity Divorce Attorney

Attorney Laura Allison Wasser is an author, entrepreneur, and Family Law expert. Laura has represented celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Iovine, Maria Shriver, Stevie Wonder and the list goes on, but she maintains that divorce is the great equalizer—it terrifies everyone. [...]

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