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Valerie Tarvin

We offer an alternative to the traditional litigated divorce. Our mediators will assist you to resolve your divorce case from start to finish in a quicker and more cost-effective manner, if you and your spouse are candidates for mediation.

Two office locations:

3015 Yucca Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
7500 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA 95020


ADR Experience

Valerie Tarvin is a family lawyer who is a Certified Family Law Specialist with 30 years of experience in San Jose, California. Valerie is a mediator; is a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court; has worked as a Hearing Officer for the County of Santa Clara for 16 years; is experienced in high asset case resolution; associates with other attorneys for strategic case development; tutors law students and coaches clients to be focused on the whole picture and a fair resolution.


Our primary interest is helping people resolve their dissolution disputes through settlement. This method allows the marital partners themselves to decide their future by making agreements concerning their children, support and assets – rather than to have to live by the decisions made by another person. If parties have taken an active part in determining vitally important aspects of their future and the futures of their children, they can experience an easier time adapting to the major changes a divorce brings to a family, allowing them to move forward in a positive direction.

Mediation can successfully resolve your dissolution of marriage if you and your marital partner: are respectful of one another; are honest with all assets, debts, income, expenses and any facts which have relevance to your children; are motivated to end the financial entanglements; and are responsive and cooperative with requests for material, information, and documents requested by the mediator and by one another.

Please Note . . .
If you or your partner are excessively angry toward one another; have a desire to hurt the other partner; cannot speak to one another; have been the victim of domestic violence; or you cannot trust your marital partner to be open and honest with the nature and extent of the assets, debts, and income, then mediation is probably NOT a viable alternative for your case.


  • 79′ Lincoln University, Admitted to the State Bar of California: 11/29/79
  • Certified Legal Specialty: Family Law (State Bar of California)

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation

Additional Services

  • Mediating Lawyer