Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation

Bret Hunter is Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California. Family law practice in Beverly Hills, California.

Operating as usual

09/28/2021

Celebrate our sons! #nationalsonsday #ronan

Celebrate our sons! #nationalsonsday #ronan

09/11/2021

My view for the next week. #capri #reset #zen #italia #italy🇮🇹 #famigliatime

My view for the next week. #capri #reset #zen #italia #italy🇮🇹 #famigliatime

09/07/2021

I’ve had worse office views. #reset #santorini #greece #travel #entrepreneur #solopreneur #familylaw

I’ve had worse office views. #reset #santorini #greece #travel #entrepreneur #solopreneur #familylaw

09/04/2021

Remote office vibes. #greece #instalawyer #virtualfamilylawyer #divorcecourt #divorcecoach #athens #acropolis #plaka #disconnect

Remote office vibes. #greece #instalawyer #virtualfamilylawyer #divorcecourt #divorcecoach #athens #acropolis #plaka #disconnect

08/05/2021

There are definitely days when what is going on outside of the courthouse is more interesting than what is going on inside of it. 🌴#familylawattorney #divorcecourt #divorceattorney #mediation #divorcecoach #familylaw #losangeles #socal #lasuperiorcourt #court #courthouse #centraldistrict

There are definitely days when what is going on outside of the courthouse is more interesting than what is going on inside of it. 🌴#familylawattorney #divorcecourt #divorceattorney #mediation #divorcecoach #familylaw #losangeles #socal #lasuperiorcourt #court #courthouse #centraldistrict

07/22/2021

So cool to be included in this article about single dads for Yahoo Life! #gaydad #boydad #gayparents #surrogacy #parents #singleparent #singleparentlife

So cool to be included in this article about single dads for Yahoo Life! #gaydad #boydad #gayparents #surrogacy #parents #singleparent #singleparentlife

07/01/2021

My Pride Month article, "The Accidental Bully Pulpit" went live on Thrive Global and The Good Men Project on Medium yesterday!

Whether its June or any other month, the lessons of our past which culminated in pride celebrations are relevant throughout the entire year. By sharing stories of childhood bullying and survival, I'm hoping that any LGBTQ youth will be inspired to walk through any valleys they are experiencing. #itgetsbetter #hellolove #thriveglobal #bullying #childhoodtrauma #lgbt #lgbtq #pride #pridemonth #traumarecovery #mentalhealth #wellness #gay #gayparents

My Pride Month article, "The Accidental Bully Pulpit" went live on Thrive Global and The Good Men Project on Medium yesterday!

Whether its June or any other month, the lessons of our past which culminated in pride celebrations are relevant throughout the entire year. By sharing stories of childhood bullying and survival, I'm hoping that any LGBTQ youth will be inspired to walk through any valleys they are experiencing. #itgetsbetter #hellolove #thriveglobal #bullying #childhoodtrauma #lgbt #lgbtq #pride #pridemonth #traumarecovery #mentalhealth #wellness #gay #gayparents

06/12/2021

Bullied in middle school. Gay bashed as a 19 year old by a police officer. Turned it all into inner strength and drive because things DO get better as evidenced by the smile on my son’s face. Dreams don't go away because people judge you for being different, demean who you are, or because you are true to whom you were born to be. Those dreams can still come true just like my dream of becoming a father did. No one on this planet has the right to abuse you or treat you as lesser. That's what this weekend and month are all about. Be proud of who you are. Happy pride weekend to all. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Bret Hunter, Esq. - Thrive Global 06/02/2021

Bret Hunter, Esq. - Thrive Global

My contributor profile on Thrive Global! https://thriveglobal.com/authors/bret-hunter/

Bret Hunter, Esq. - Thrive Global Bret is a family law attorney, mediator, coach and author in Los Angeles. Bret has always had a strong drive to help the underdog - a drive which was born out of facing adversity as an LGBT youth. Bret is also passionate about what makes human relationships tick. For nearly three decades, he has par...

06/02/2021

ITS BEEN TEN YEARS!

On June 1, 2011 — one month after I found out that I would become a father through surrogacy — this single soon-to-be dad from Detroit jumped off another cliff and hung out a shingle for my own law practice in Beverly Hills.

In order to be the father I wanted to be, I knew that my decision to become a parent would only be possible if I started my own law practice and became my own boss. Taking on the dual role of parent and entrepreneur has been challenging at times — no more than this last year when single working parents everywhere faced the reality of a pandemic which forced us to work at home with our kiddos in tow.

The role of father has only strengthened me as a family law attorney and mediator, and I have been humbled and moved by the thoughtfulness, accommodation and genuine support I have received from judges and fellow attorneys these last 10 years. Whether scheduling court appearances and depositions around my son’s activities and school start/recess times, to simply expressing kindness or showing interest, the changed tone from zealous litigators to compassionate humans as soon as the conversation of family and children comes up has been remarkable. (We attorneys are human after all - Who knew?)

A piece of advice to new entrepreneurs — in stressful moments (you will have them), remember who you are — the strong, dedicated, decision-making, cliff-jumping individual who pursued your own path. You faced the fear and did it anyway, or maybe you used the five-second rule to take a leap of faith much faster than I did. It is important to give yourself some pats on the back and enjoy the benefits of the path you’ve given yourself, and to thank all the people in the village who helped you get there.

Here’s to another ten years! #divorce #divorcerecovery #divorcecoach #mentalhealth #entrepreneur #divorceattorney #solopreneur #losangeles #beverlyhills #gaydads #gratitude #thefivesecondrule #feelthefearanddoitanyway #surrogacy #mysonshine #rememberwhoyouare

Recognize These 10 Dating Red Flags to Quickly Spot a Narcissist 05/22/2021

Recognize These 10 Dating Red Flags to Quickly Spot a Narcissist

Excited to be published in Thrive Global!

Recognize These 10 Dating Red Flags to Quickly Spot a Narcissist ...and avoid a future visit with a divorce attorney!

03/28/2021

Happy weekend from BretEsq and the progeny! Here’s to the light at the end of the tunnel for all of you working parents out there who had to work from home this last year. Thrilled that schools are re-opening in LA for in-person learning. #wemadeit #brethunterlaw #divorcerecovery #mysonshine #ronan #ronanempire #divorcecoach #mediator #divorcesupport #gayparents #lawyersofinstagram #lawyerlife #lawyerstories #entrepreneur #singleparent #singledaddy #solopreneur

Happy weekend from BretEsq and the progeny! Here’s to the light at the end of the tunnel for all of you working parents out there who had to work from home this last year. Thrilled that schools are re-opening in LA for in-person learning. #wemadeit #brethunterlaw #divorcerecovery #mysonshine #ronan #ronanempire #divorcecoach #mediator #divorcesupport #gayparents #lawyersofinstagram #lawyerlife #lawyerstories #entrepreneur #singleparent #singledaddy #solopreneur

03/18/2021

Proud of our Irish heritage today and every day! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! #stpatricksday #lucky #fourleafclover #ireland #irish #celticsons #thedubs #irishpride

03/14/2021

Being pro-relationship while also being a divorce attorney/mediator/coach may not sound consistent.

But in fact, divorce is premised on the freedom we all have to choose happiness, to make change, to make our individual future a priority.

That doesn’t mean divorce isn’t painful (of course!), but there are steps you can take during the process that will minimize the pain.

1. Do not isolate - enlist your allies, circle your wagons, and ask your friends for help (or at least an ear). Interview/hire an attorney and establish or re establish your support system.

2. Discipline. Implement and maintain a consistent daily schedule. Get up on time, work out at the same time of the day, get out of your house daily, go to bed at same time each day, and set aside 8 hours for sleep. A regimented schedule even for those of us who have never been very strict about our daily lives will strengthen your emotional and physical well-being so that you can confront the stress of divorce.

3. Turn off the inner monologue, the inner chatter, the overthinking, put your phone down. If you are considering divorce or a break, or are in the midst of it, obsessive overthinking —particularly at sleep time —is an energy vampire. If you’ve hired an attorney or mediator, let that individual do his/her job, listen to the advice you are receiving, and let the professional deal with the stress of your case. Your focus should be to acquire information, keep your mind and body healthy, and adopt methods to limit your anxiety (which you are GOING to feel.

4. Move your body daily. Take up a physical fitness plan, learn to breath, hire a personal trainer and get into the open air and sunshine away from your electronics.

5. Find your zen, keep your wits. If you need it, I highly recommend reaching out to a life coach, divorce coach or therapist. There are so many good ones readily and virtually available. No one expects you to do it alone.

6. Dedicate on hour a day at least for playtime/downtime with your kids. This can overlap with other categories easily. Working out with your kids (for example) can create healthy bonding time and also hilarious and happy memories.

Being pro-relationship while also being a divorce attorney/mediator/coach may not sound consistent.

But in fact, divorce is premised on the freedom we all have to choose happiness, to make change, to make our individual future a priority.

That doesn’t mean divorce isn’t painful (of course!), but there are steps you can take during the process that will minimize the pain.

1. Do not isolate - enlist your allies, circle your wagons, and ask your friends for help (or at least an ear). Interview/hire an attorney and establish or re establish your support system.

2. Discipline. Implement and maintain a consistent daily schedule. Get up on time, work out at the same time of the day, get out of your house daily, go to bed at same time each day, and set aside 8 hours for sleep. A regimented schedule even for those of us who have never been very strict about our daily lives will strengthen your emotional and physical well-being so that you can confront the stress of divorce.

3. Turn off the inner monologue, the inner chatter, the overthinking, put your phone down. If you are considering divorce or a break, or are in the midst of it, obsessive overthinking —particularly at sleep time —is an energy vampire. If you’ve hired an attorney or mediator, let that individual do his/her job, listen to the advice you are receiving, and let the professional deal with the stress of your case. Your focus should be to acquire information, keep your mind and body healthy, and adopt methods to limit your anxiety (which you are GOING to feel.

4. Move your body daily. Take up a physical fitness plan, learn to breath, hire a personal trainer and get into the open air and sunshine away from your electronics.

5. Find your zen, keep your wits. If you need it, I highly recommend reaching out to a life coach, divorce coach or therapist. There are so many good ones readily and virtually available. No one expects you to do it alone.

6. Dedicate on hour a day at least for playtime/downtime with your kids. This can overlap with other categories easily. Working out with your kids (for example) can create healthy bonding time and also hilarious and happy memories.

Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation updated their phone number. 02/27/2021

Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation updated their phone number.

Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation updated their phone number.

02/04/2021

A little dark divorce attorney humor since Valentine’s Day is coming up....humor and laughter are valuable therapies for any situation but especially during divorce.

#valentines #valentinesday #divorce #divorcerecovery #familylaw #divorcecourt #divorceattorney #humor #youincompleteme

A little dark divorce attorney humor since Valentine’s Day is coming up....humor and laughter are valuable therapies for any situation but especially during divorce.

#valentines #valentinesday #divorce #divorcerecovery #familylaw #divorcecourt #divorceattorney #humor #youincompleteme

01/27/2021

2021 SoCal SuperLawyers!

2021 SoCal SuperLawyers!

01/27/2021

Thankful to be included in the 2021 list of Southern California Super Lawyers for the 13th straight year! Always an honor to be recognized by my peers in the family law community as one of the top attorneys in Southern California. #superlawyers #socal #lawyerlife #lawyer #lgbtattorney #virtualfamilylawyer #mediator #divorcecoach #familylaw #divorcecommunity #divorcerecovery #divorcelaw #lovemarriagedivorcepodcast #brethunterlaw #brethunteresq

Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation
IG: @brethunteresq

12/16/2020

The new junior associate has quite the attitude. Someone needs to tell him that year-end performance reviews are coming up. #lawandorder #lawyerlife #lawyersofinstagram #virtuallawyer #attorney #attorneylife #attorneystyle #attorneysofinstagram @ronanempire12 #mysonshine #myson #superlawyers

The new junior associate has quite the attitude. Someone needs to tell him that year-end performance reviews are coming up. #lawandorder #lawyerlife #lawyersofinstagram #virtuallawyer #attorney #attorneylife #attorneystyle #attorneysofinstagram @ronanempire12 #mysonshine #myson #superlawyers

11/25/2020

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃!

08/13/2020

Yes we Kam! Congratulations @kamalaharris !

07/31/2020

Edited LoveMarriage&Divorce Podcast episodes, zoomed (is that a word?) two virtual mediation sessions, pitched an article, and gave my kid a book report assignment to kick him into gear for the start of virtual third grade in a few weeks. Single (okay ALL) working parents are putting on a thousand different hats these days, and some days are better than others...but that’s okay. Breathe, take breaks in the sun with junior, work out, call a friend, calendar your tasks...and let your kid take pics of you with corona hair. #attorneylife #weathermanhair #casualthursday #gaylawyers #gayparents #gaydads #singleparentlife #singleparents #podcast #lovemarriageanddivorcepodcast #losangeles #beverlyhills #familylawyer #familylawmediation #familylawattorney #divorcerecovery #divorcecoach #divorceattorney #superlawyers #socal #enjoythemoment #getthebalanceright

07/29/2020

Getting ready to launch the Love Marriage & Divorce podcast! So many exciting topics to discuss, and so many inspiring guests to hear from. Stay tuned!

07/08/2020

Welcome to the Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation IG page! We are based in Beverly Hills. I started my solo practice 9 years ago after learning that I was going to be a single dad to my now 8-year-old son thru the miracle of IVF and surrogacy. My background with Trope & Trope in LA and Warner, Mayoue & Bates in Atlanta has allowed me to create a solo practice geared toward the cost effective resolution of family law and divorce cases, mediations and even strategic team-based coaching. As a gay parent, I am sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ clients, but have extensive experience with clients across every spectrum. This summer, I will launch the Love, Marriage & Divorce podcast to discuss relationship, custody, parenting and breakup issues. Stay tuned for upcoming videos here and on YouTube, as well as articles on Medium and other media outlets. Remember whether you are starting a relationship or considering the end of one, choose you and your happy. Every. Single. Time. #chooseyou #chooselove #selfcare #confidence #coach #divorce #divorcerecovery #divorcecoach #divorceattorney #familylawattorney #familylawyer #superlawyers #relationshipgoals #relationship #driven #consciousliving #consciousuncoupling #fitness #life #lifechanges #divorceisnottheend #brethunteresq #brethunterlaw #losangeles #socal #socalliving #beverlyhills #lgbtattorney #gaydadsofinstagram #lgbtq

07/08/2020

You know you’re in a great relationship or marriage when your spousal equivalent has your back, supports and nurtures your goals, and treats you with so much love and respect that you feel like you can excel in all that you do, and can be a team through life’s difficult moments. Too many times, however, people find themselves in a toxic relationship - unsupported, unloved, undermined and even emotionally abused - to the point they realize they’ve lost themselves or “disappeared”. It’s important to remember who it was you wanted to become when you first met your partner - life is precious and the decision to exit a relationship which left you emotionally spent and a shadow of your former self means you have finally chosen YOU. Congrats! A chapter’s end - particularly a bad or abusive chapter - is a positive step toward recovery. Choose love and choose you. #rememberwhoyouwantedtobe #rememberwhoyouare #divorcerecovery #divorcecommunity #divorcesupport #divorceattorney #familylaw #familylawattorney #mediator #abeautifuldivorce #chooselove #chooseyou #consciousuncoupling #divorceisnottheend #relationship #lovemarriageanddivorce #lovemarriageanddivorcepodcast #losangeles #beverlyhills #lifecoach #emotionalintelligence #cptsd #cptsdrecovery

Family Law & Mediation

Family law & mediation practice in Beverly Hills, California.

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Bret Hunter Family Law & Mediation celebrates its ninth anniversary! #divorce #divorcerecovery #divorcesupport #divorcec...
The events of 2020 have made clear that at some point, we will all be placed in a situation where we need to not only fi...
I became a solo practitioner the moment I knew I was going to be a father nine years ago. As a gay parent, my practice h...
If you are getting married, congratulations! Now let me throw some cold water on the happy news (it’s not that cold!); d...
The world has changed and the way we practice family law has changed with it. My  Los Angeles practice is geared to hand...
California has extended its stay at home order into the summer which means life and family law remain in a surreal place...

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