With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Gershenson brings keen judgment, a thorough knowledge of the law, and integrity to the practice of family law. He gives his personal attention to all his cases, and responds promptly to client calls and emails. His experience includes large and complex estates, physicians and other professionals, and small business owners. His services includes marital dissolution, prenuptial agreements, custody and visitation issues, post-judgment modifications, child and spousal support, domestic violence, and property issues. He has served as a temporary judge in the family law departments in the Indio and Hemet couthouses.
n addition to traditional advocacy, Mr. Gershenson is trained in collaborative divorce and mediation. He will mediate for self-represented couples, as well as those who have counsel.
Areas of Practice
All aspects of family law, including:
--Prenuptial Agreements and Post-Nuptial Agreements
--Child custody and visitation
Mr. Gershenson also handles business litigation and personal injury cases on a selective basis.
Mark Gershenson has been practicing law since 1982. He began in practice in Los Angeles, where he eventually became a partner in a large (albeit now-defunct) Century City law firm. He has been in sole practice in Palm Springs since 1993. He devotes approximately 90 percent of his professional life to family law.
He is a licensed private pilot.
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, J.D. 1979
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, B.A. 1974
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of California
State Bar of Georgia (inactive)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Desert Bar Association (past Chair, Family Law Section, and past Editor (and ongoing contributor to) the Section's newsletter)
Member, Indio Superior Court's Family Law Mediation Panel
Mediation offers divorcing couples the opportunity to fashion their own divorce settlement with professional guidance, yet without the acrimony and great expense involved in fighting it out in court.
When you litigate, you abdicate control over your case and hand that control over to the judge. The judge may make a decision that neither of you like. The judge may not have all of the relevant facts. Moreover, the judge is limited by what the law provides. In certain instances, a more creative resolution may be in both parties' interest. They can reach such a solution through mediation, but not by going to court.
Professional fees in mediation are usually substantially lower than in a litigated case. Moreover, the chances of the parties winding up on sufficiently good terms that they can effectively co-parent their children and dance at their children's weddings are significantly increased.
With the current budget situation in California, courts are under great financial pressure. Here in Riverside County, the creation of new judgeships and courtrooms has not remotely kept pace with increase in population. Facing heavy calendars in family law, bench officers often do not have the luxury to give any particular case the time and attention it might warrant. By hiring a trained mediator, divorcing couples can sidestep these problems and conclude their divorce quickly and with civility and mutual respect.
8:30 - 5:00 p.m.; evenings and Sundays by appointment
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