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Family law matters, from adoption to divorce, are so much more than just the filing of legal documents. These matters represent major life changes. As relationships in your life become redefined, there is so much to think about and the decisions that you make as part of your legal proceedings will have a major impact on the rest of your life. In situations like this, having an attorney to be your advocate and protect your best interests can be invaluable in reducing your stress, lowering your costs, and assuring that the outcome is fair and reasonable. We handle the process so that you can concentrate on moving on with your life.

Barri strives for fair results. A fair result means that your assets are equitably divided, support is set at the right amount based upon all relevant facts, and your relationship with your children is preserved. Ideally, these results can be negotiated, but if the other side is unreasonable, she is an experienced advocate who knows how to work within the legal system to get you what you need. She also has extensive experience in mediation and believes that an expensive and lengthy court battle is not always inevitable. Also, we try to keep your legal costs low by doing things right the first time, moving your case forward until completion, and considering at all times whether the results will justify the dollars you spend.

Barri Payne is also a Certified Family Financial Mediator. She provides services as a mediator to other lawyers practicing family law who have clients also undergoing the dissolution process. Barri’s skill as a mediator brings additional elements of experience to her own family law practice. Her certifications as a specialist in family law and in family financial mediation prove her expertise in these areas of practice. Contact her today regarding your family law matters and get a clear understanding of your options.

If you are a lawyer seeking to schedule a mediation, please visit Barri’s mediation page.

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Whether you are starting or ending a marriage, enlarging or legitimizing your family, or appealing a family court ruling, you have found the assistance you need. Barri Payne can help you negotiate and commemorate your family law matters in a way that ensures the preservation of your relationships.  Connect with us today.

What Our Clients Say

Avvo Review

Barri, Thank you for helping me through a very trying and difficult period. Your prompt and professional assistance was so very refreshing and very much appreciated. Elizabeth was also very helpful whenever I called or had any questions. Sincerely, KG Posted by KG

Martindale Peer Review

Outstanding lawyer and expert in all areas of family law.

Avvo Review

Barri and I entered into a situation that seemed pretty clear cut. Inevitably, challenges arose. But Barri had already prepared and expected all of them. She completely keeps her cool and defuses situations that are emotional and usually pretty charged. Barri is the consummate professional. I highly recommend Barri and I will definitely continue to go back to her for anything that comes up. She’s so well-respected and genuinely cares about her clients’ best interest.


Google Review

Handled my divorce a decade ago and I’ve been referring people ever since. Brilliant, kind, reliable, trustworthy.

Jeremy Powers

Martindale Peer Review

Barri has very good common sense and is pleasant to work with. She does a good job for her clients.

Avvo Review

Barri helped me with a very difficult and lengthy case. I appreciated her ethics when things got sticky. She is extremely knowledgeable and always kept on top of the many details of the case. I can’t speak highly enough of her!


Avvo Review

Barri and Elizabeth went above and beyond to make me feel at ease and help me through some very tough family circumstances. In the end, all parties involved were happy with the results. They are amazing! I highly recommend them!!!!!


Martindale Peer Review

Barri is an experienced attorney who takes great care with her clients and their cases. She is a thoughtful and zealous advocate.

Avvo Review

“Barri was able to help me see the pros and cons of the situation and the possible paths to resolution.” … “She is the consummate professional, very knowledgeable, very responsive and communicative, and at the same time very compassionate and understanding. While my situation ended up in court, she is also very skilled at resolving things via mediation as well. If I could emphasize any further how grateful I am for Barri and how highly I would recommend her, I would rate 10 stars out of 5. Thank you.”


Martindale Peer Review

Barri is a great attorney and super nice person, she is down to earth and reasonable which is incredibly important in handling Family Law matters.

Avvo Review

Barri Payne was an excellent choice as my lawyer because she was most effective and thorough in getting the job done. Her confidence and knowledge was successful in helping me get through some formidable hurdles. I am very satisfied that Barri Payne was expedient, knowledgeable, compassionate and trustworthy while engaging in helping me solve my legal problem. I will be forever grateful!

August 10, 2017

Avvo Review

“I am an attorney practicing since 1999. I chose Mrs. Payne to handle my separation and divorce proceedings and couldn’t be happier.” … “She was compassionate, empathetic, competent, and dependable. That is what I needed and she was right there. I highly recommend Ms. Payne for divorce proceedings.”


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