Carlsbad Family law and Mediation
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The Law & Mediation Offices of Debra N. Caligiuri handles all aspects of family law including divorce and legal separation, child custody, paternity cases, CACI appeals, child and spousal support, step-parent adoption, complex property matters, guardianships and conservatorships, and premarital and post-nuptial agreements.

We are devoted to helping our clients find the best solutions for their personal circumstances. Although we are skilled litigators when your situation requires going to Court, our philosophy is to obtain the best result through alternative dispute resolution when possible. By engaging our mediation and collaborative divorce representation, you can minimize your financial and emotional costs while maintaining control over your legal process.


has devoted the past twenty-five years to building her family law and mediation practice in Carlsbad, and contributing to the Carlsbad, Encinitas, and the surrounding San Diego county communities. She has worked with hundreds of clients, who have benefited from her legal expertise, as well as her commitment to provide quality service with a personal touch.

Over the years, she has volunteered legal services through the Court and community- based programs. She has served on the board of directors of several bar associations, including the North County Bar Association, Lawyers Club, and the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego. Debra enjoys public speaking and teaching non-lawyers about the law and legal process.

She has taught at forums such as the People’s Law School and appeared on television and radio show panels to discuss current legal issues. She is a frequent speaker at Second Saturday, a program that educates individuals about the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce.


is a licensed California attorney, authorized to practice in both state and federal court. She has over 10 years of experience working as a family law paralegal for San Diego’s most seasoned and prestigious law firms.

Ms. McKinnon graduated from UCSD, earning her Bachelors in Economics with a minor in Legal Studies. She continued her education at Western Sierra Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.

Since 2004, Vanessa has gained experience in all aspects of family law cases, including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, premarital agreements, post-marital agreements, paternity and domestic partnerships, trial preparation, negotiation and mediation. She also has a great deal of experience in administrative proceedings, including National Security Clearance, Unemployment, Disability, and Child Abuse Grievance proceedings.

Ms. McKinnon strives to ensure clients attain their goals in the most diligent, efficient, and informed manner. She is committed to providing her clients with superior service and guidance.

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