Sarah T. Schaffer

Sarah T. Schaffer

Schaffer Family Law Group, A.P.C.

Recognized since 2022

San Diego, California

Practice Areas

Collaborative Law: Family Law

Family Law

Family Law Mediation

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Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS is a family law attorney and mediator, holding the prestigious Certified Family Law Specialist designation from the State Bar of California.

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC is a full-service Mediation, Divorce, and Family Law firm dedicated to delivering practical & effective results to high net-worth clients.

Ms. Schaffer builds her practice on a thorough knowledge of the law, excellent research skills, superior presentation to the court, and most of all calm, compassionate relations with her clients in times of trouble or crisis.

She possesses a wealth of experience in family law including representing clients with challenging child custody issues as well as high asset clients in complex division of community property matters.

Upon University graduation, Ms. Schaffer was commissioned in as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and spent five years on active duty serving as a logistics officer in Okinawa, Japan, and Quantico, Virginia.

In addition to her San Diego divorce and family law practice, Ms. Schaffer currently serves as Deputy Director, Reserve Legal Support, Headquarters Marine Corps, Judge Advocate Division, Washington, D.C. She also serves as Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of California.

In 2001, Ms. Schaffer received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. After passing the California Bar Exam, Ms. Schaffer joined Ernst & Young in San Francisco where she worked as a tax consultant.

In December 2011, Ms. Schaffer received her LL.M. in taxation at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Also, in 2011, Ms. Schaffer earned the coveted title of Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. California attorneys who are certified as Certified 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.

Only these attorneys can identify themselves as “certified” specialists in California because they are the only attorneys who are certified either by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization or an organization whose certification program has been accredited by the State Bar.

Raised in the Boston area, Ms. Schaffer graduated from Stanford University with Departmental honors and a dual major in Spanish and International Relations. During this time, she spent a year studying at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She is fluent in Spanish.

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC provides experienced, personalized representation and quality advice. Family law areas of expertise include:


Divorce Mediation

Collaborative Divorce

Military Divorce and Support

Child Support

Property Division

Child Custody

Child Visitation

High Net Worth Divorce

Professionals and Business Owners

Spousal Support (Alimony)

Child/Spousal Modifications

Father's Rights (Paternity Testing)

Taking Child Out of State

Domestic Violence

Ms. Schaffer is active in Kids' Turn San Diego and Casa Cornelia Law Center. Kids' Turn is a caring non-profit organization for children and parents experiencing family separations or military transitions. They help children discover their voice to communicate their thoughts and feelings about their family situation and give parents the daily tools they need to be able to communicate and understand HOW to put their child first in their relationship, without conflict.

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.

  • 12520 High Bluff Drive, Suite 380
    San Diego, CA 92130
  • English
  • Spanish
  • University of San Diego, JD, graduated 2002
  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts, graduated 1994

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation


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