Solutions to Diverse Family Law & Other Legal Challenges

A full-service law firm with an emphasis on family law, the attorneys of McGaughey & Spirito have over 100 years of combined experience. Our family lawyers strive to minimize conflict and possess the skills necessary to resolve any family law situation, including child support, property division, and parental rights. Whether you are in the midst of a family law dispute or facing post-divorce issues, M&S can guide you toward a consensual resolution or help achieve your goals through litigation.

Recognized Leaders in Collaborative Divorce

McGaughey & Spirito understands the benefits of mediation and collaborative divorce as cost-effective and cooperative alternatives to litigation. Founding partner Joe Spirito helped introduce collaborative divorce to Southern California and remains committed to resolving family law disputes amicably. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping couples reach mutually-beneficial resolutions, but are also skilled litigators representing clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

The Resources & Experience to Protect Your Best Interests

As one of the largest family law firms in the South Bay, McGaughey & Spirito offers a range of legal services backed by substantial resources, professional associations, and a century of combined family law experience. Our divorce lawyers can help you make informed decisions that meet your goals and align with your family’s long-term interests. M&S is dedicated to providing practical legal advice and effective solutions. M&S was named a preeminent Tier 1 Family Law firm in Los Angeles by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2017.


Our Attorneys

Joseph P. Spirito, Jr.


Joseph Spirito

As a preeminent collaborative family lawyer and mediator, Joe successfully settles complex divorces.
Erin McGaughey


Erin McGaughey

Erin is an accomplished litigator, collaborative practitioner and current president of the South Bay Bar Association.
Terence McGaughey


Terence McGaughey

Terry serves our clients in estate planning, probate, trust administration, conservatorship, and guardianship.
Krista Myhre


Krista is skilled at understanding and litigating complicated property matters as well as discovery issues.
Steven P. Spitzer


Steve focuses on retirement plans issues as well as matters involving the Child Support Services Department.
Lauren Bass


Lauren, a graduate of Duke University School of Law, litigates divorce, paternity and restraining order cases

Alison Spirito


Alison, a graduate of USC Gould School of Law, assists clients in estate planning and family law matters.

Our Practice Areas

California Family Law
California Divorce and Separation
High-Net-Worth Divorce
Probate and Trust Adminstration

Latest News  

Alison Spirito Joins M&S

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McGaughey & Spirito is proud to announce that effective December 4, 2017, Alison Spirito, Esq. joined the firm as an attorney. She practices in the areas of family law and estate planning.


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