Certified Family Law Specialist

Serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties


(805) 254-4878

Helping You Through a Difficult Time

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Helping You Through a Difficult Time

Focusing On Your Priorities

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Focusing On Your Priorities

Protecting You and Your Family

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Protecting You and Your Family

Looking Out For Your Interests

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Looking Out For Your Interests

Certified Family Law Specialist serving Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Counties

Mediation & Collaborative Practice

Divorce doesn’t always have to be a battle. When couples wish to end a marriage with peace and dignity, we offer two very effective options: Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law). These options give you greater control over the outcome and are typically more cost-effective, child-focused and less stressful.

Matthew Long is well known for his success as a Divorce Mediator and Attorney, is one of a small group of lawyers trained in Collaborative Practice, and is President of the Santa Barbara Collaborative Practice Group.

Family Law

Sometimes the stakes are too high and the parties aren't cooperating. That's when you need an experienced attorney by your side every step of the way. Or perhaps your situation isn't adversarial, you just need sound legal advice about your plans. We offer straightforward, caring guidance, 28+ years of experience, and a skillful, efficient and effective approach in the following areas:


Family Law

Sometimes the stakes are too high and the parties aren't cooperating. That's when you need an experienced attorney by your side every step of the way. Or perhaps your situation isn't adversarial, you just need sound legal advice about your plans. We offer straightforward, caring guidance, 28+ years of experience, and a skillful, efficient and effective approach in the following areas:

Estate Planning

The paperwork and decisions associated with Estate Planning and Probate can seem overwheming.

We simplify the process and make it understandable so you can rest assured that you and your loved ones are protected with respect to:


Matthew J. Long

Matthew J. Long

As a Certified Family Law Specialist and one of the only attorneys in Santa Barbara experienced in the three different options for divorce (Mediation, Litigation and Collaborative Practice), Matthew Long is committed to helping clients understand and select the approach that best meets their needs.



"Well written with great information for couples to consider before starting divorce proceedings. Wish I had this kind of info in advance. "
-Deborah S.


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What Clients are Saying

Hiring Matthew Long was the best decision I could have made. After consulting with several other attorneys, I found Matthew to be the most knowledgeable, professional and of the highest integrity in his dealings with me. My divorce has been an emotional roller coaster and complicated by real estate holdings and a business that is community property but under my spouse's control. Matthew knows what questions to ask, what information needs to be uncovered and has been extremely responsive, thoughtful and compassionate.  
Joanna S.
“It was not a hard decision for me to hire Matthew Long as my attorney. We were introduced during the middle of my court proceeding and Mr. Long had to take over my case due to unforeseen circumstances. He was very patient in listening to me, gathering the most information needed in a crunch time, and paid attention to all my concerns. He was direct and very confident in and out of the courtroom. Everyone involved in my case was every helpful. I was very pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend Mr. Long.”  
Karen R.