Matthew Long, Esq.

Matthew Long, Esq.

Attorney at Law
Tel: 805-254- 4878

Helping Families With Their Legal Needs Since 1992

After 28 years of witnessing the unnecessary expenses, delays and emotional pain of court-centered divorce, I am no longer willing to participate in a system where divorcing clients have no control.

I am proud to be a strong advocate and leader in Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. I offer you what I believe to be the most sane, dignified, efficient and cost-effective ways to get divorced.


  • 28 years Family and Civil Law experience.
  • Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore for 11 years. Settlement Master for Family Law, Civil, and Unlawful Detainer for 12 years.
  • Extensive Mediation and Collaborative Divorce training and experience.
  • Graduated Order of the Coif from Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2016, Santa Barbara Superior Court


  • Extensive Family Law trial experience in all aspects of custody, support, contempt, and domestic violence matters.
  • Skilled in using the DissoMaster guideline child and spousal software.
  • 11 years of experience as Minor’s Counsel.
  • Ability to accurately analyze income of self-employed individuals aided by: Training and experience in principles of finance and asset valuation; Personally maintaining law office accounting software; Experience as treasurer of a non-profit corporation; and Training in tax and accounting issues.
  • Counsel for Respondent: In re Marriage of Williams (2001) 88 Cal.App.4th. 808.


  • Member of Santa Barbara Superior Court Family Law Rules Committee in 2010 and 2011.
  • President of the Santa Barbara Collaborative Law Group since 2007, recruited Board of Directors, organized and conducted training events.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Santa Barbara Family Education, Inc. (i.e., Children in the Middle).
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association


  • CFLR Advanced Family Law Training 2011
  • Minor’s Counsel Training – Santa Barbara County Bar Association 2008
  • Various Advanced Collaborative Practice Training – I.A.C.P. 2006-2008 Basic Collaborative Law Training – Chip Rose, J. D. 2003
  • Small Claims Mediation Internship – The Community Mediation Program 2000
  • Basic and Intermediate Mediation Training – Judith Rubenstein, J. D. 2000

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1624
Arroyo Grande, CA 93241-1624