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Myrlys Stockdale Builds Solid Attorney/Client Relationships, 9/19/12

EL DORADO HILLS, CA — Myrlys Stockdale’s mother tried to talk her out of going to law school. The El Dorado Hills family law attorney is glad she didn’t listen.

“This is my third career and by far my most rewarding career,” Stockdale said.

For nearly 10 years Stockdale, 47, has helped clients navigate choppy legal waters as they go through some of the most challenging times in their lives. She and two other attorneys at the firm handle cases involving divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, domestic violence, domestic partnerships, step-parent, family and adult adoptions, and guardianships.

The Lincoln Law School graduate recently earned her certification as a legal specialist in family law. from State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. She is one of seven family law specialists in El Dorado County.

Though prepared for anything, Stockdale said she prefers, if at all possible, to keep her clients out of court and “iron out the issues here.”

Mediation invites a neutral party into the matter, who then informs the feuding parties of their options and tries to resolve their issues. In collaboration, the opposing parties and their lawyers get together to work out an agreement. Stockdale said this is her favorite approach.

If no out-of-court agreement is reached, Stockdale heads to court for litigation. Though court proceedings can drag on, she commended El Dorado County’s court system for handling twice as many cases with half as much staff/funding in recent years.

“In my dream world we would have a courtroom in El Dorado Hills,” she confessed.

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Sacramento Area Attorney Earns Bar Certification, 7/11/12

EL DORADO HILLS, CA — The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization has just certified local attorney Myrlys Stockdale as a legal specialist in family law. Ms. Stockdale, 47, is the managing attorney of the marriage and family law firm Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., located in El Dorado Hills and serving clients for the past nearly 10 years.

She is a family law mediator, and serves as court-appointed special master and court-appointed minor’s counsel in the Sacramento area.

According to the State Bar of California website, “California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.”

“The road to becoming a certified family law specialist was quite a difficult and lengthy journey, but well worth the challenge because I thoroughly enjoy the work I do,” said Stockdale, who set out to practice family law after her own highly litigious matter. Read entire article.

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Attorney Myrlys Stockdale on Your Side, 1/2012

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El Dorado Hills Attorney Named to Sacramento Special Master Panel, 2/10/11

SACRAMENTO, CA – El Dorado Hills attorney Myrlys Stockdale has been appointed to the Family Law Special Master Panel, by the Sacramento County Superior Court.

A Special Master is a family law attorney, mental health professional or mediator who helps parents resolve disputes regarding what is best for their children. Some of the more difficult child custody cases request a Special Master as an alternative to filing frequent motions to resolve ongoing disputes.

Both parents in an ongoing court case must agree to use a Special Master and that written agreement — or stipulation — will become the order of the court.

Some of the issues a Special Master can address include: choice of schools, health issues, visitation, custody exchange problems, extracurricular activities, handling the children’s behavior, and holiday schedules.

Ms. Stockdale is a member of the Court-appointed Minor’s Counsel Panel for both Sacramento County Superior Court and El Dorado County Superior Court. She is also a family law mediator and collaborative divorce attorney.

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Divorcing This Year? Consider the Options for Your Divorce, 1/4/11

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The first week of the new year, many family law attorneys notice an increase in clients seeking divorce consultations.

Have you decided that divorce or legal separation is one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, a Sacramento area attorney suggests that you consider all your options for proceeding.

“There are three common approaches to divorce,” explained Myrlys Stockdale, Managing Attorney of the Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., an El Dorado Hills family law firm. “I advise clients about their choices including mediation, collaboration and litigation.”

According to Stockdale, these common approaches are:

Mediation – A neutral party, usually an attorney, helps both spouses reach agreements on issues related to the divorce. A mediator does not represent either spouse; their job is to provide you with information on the law upon which both spouses will base their decisions or agreements. With a successful mediation, there is no need to go to court.

Collaboration – Also known as collaborative divorce, this is a process where both spouses agree to not go to court and settle all the issues related to their divorce outside of court. Using this process, divorcing couples, along with their attorneys and possibly other professionals, work together, open and reasonably, to resolve the issues related to their divorce. This method differs from mediation in a few ways but most notably, both spouse are represented by attorneys who are advocating their best interests.

Litigation – This is the method that most people think of when considering divorce. Both spouses have an attorney and motions are filed and court hearings are held to reach decisions in the case. This can be more costly than the other methods and both spouse have less input regarding how the issues in the divorce will be handled, as they are settled by the judge.

Before making the final decision whether to divorce, Stockdale suggests that individuals consult with an experienced family law attorney who can explain the process and offer advice.

Stockdale has been a family law attorney in the Sacramento area for seven years. She is a collaborative divorce attorney, a family law mediator and also handles litigation. Her firm handles family law matters in the Greater Sacramento area.

El Dorado Hills Office

1107 Investment Boulevard, Suite 180, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4567

Phone: (916) 933-5545
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1380 Lead Hill Blvd., Suite 106
Roseville, CA 95661

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