LAUREL STARKS is a real estate specialist, author, speaker, and founder of the divorce real estate institute. 

Laurel is a nationally recognized expert in family law real estate, and has sold over $120 million in divorce sales volume. In this capacity she has advised, consulted and testified in hundreds of divorce cases, and serves as a court-appointed expert in the disposition of real property. Attorneys, judges and other legal professionals have come to rely on Laurel’s knowledge, judgment, integrity, as well as her ability to explain complex real estate matters to those affected by them

Laurel speaks at numerous events around the country and is equally at home addressing ordinary homeowners or a room full of judges and attorneys. She sponsors and hosts the popular Family Law Live Lecture Series, which has become a must-attend event for family law professionals in Southern California. She is also a featured speaker at events sponsored by a wide range of organizations. She is a recognized provider of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for attorneys, and a 730 evaluator for real estate matters in family law cases.

Laurel’s educational work also addresses the general public, through events such as the Divorce Options seminar and Ask a Lawyer Night, held at college campuses in Southern California. She was the founder of the Divorce Real Estate Clinic; and Divorcing 101 at University of La Verne College of Law. Laurel is vice president of Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire, and an ad hoc committee member of their Divorce Options Program. She has also been a guest speaker at Divorce Expo in Chicago.

She was nominated in 2016 for the coveted Innovator of the Year by Inman News, the real estate industry’s leading news source. In 2017 she was listed among Inman's prestigious list of Real Estate Influencers. Laurel lives with her husband and two sons in Southern California. Her website is:

She is the author of:

The House Matters in Divorce: Untangling the Legal, Financial and Emotional Ties Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

Past Speaking Events

San Bernardino County Bar Association
Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
Eastern Los Angeles County Bar Association
East-West Family Law Council
Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County
White, Zuckerman, Luna, Zarkovsky & Hunt 


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