When involved in legal disputes such as divorce, child custody, support or post-Judgment matters, it is important to have a legal team who will Listen to Your Interests. Working with clients to find creative solutions to various problems and integrating those into appropriate orders is paramount. The needs of your children lead the course of action in custody and support cases as we strive to transition our clients from their intact family to a working co-parenting plan.

We have services to meet the various needs of our clients including Mediation, Legal Consulting, traditional legal representation, “Lawyer for a Day” (see Unbundled Legal Services), and paralegal services. Attorney Shelly John has 18 years practicing solely in the field of Family Law. Beyond meeting your immediate needs for Orders and Resolution, Attorney John believes that these situations are an opportunity to transform your life. We emphasize Accessibility, Professionalism and are Passionate about our work.

Shelly Jean John is an attorney with an emphasis in Family Law. She obtained her Juris Doctor (law degree) from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and has been an active member of the State Bar of California since December 1998. She is a member of the Family Law section of the State Bar and other active Bar Associations. She serves a board member for the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire (CDPIE). Her education includes regular Continuing Education courses, nearly 60 hours of Mediation Training with master mediator and author Forrest “Woody” Mosten, 40 hours of Mediation Training and Conflict Resolution with Ken Cloke, and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training with SCPG.


Law Office of Shelly Jean John

Address: 10737 Laurel Street, Suite 220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Phone: (909) 948-7488




Counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles


University of San Francisco, School of Law, 1995 – 1998, Juris Doctor

Northern Arizona University, 1993-1995, Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Co-Major of Political Science)

Mt. San Antonio College 1990-1993

Don Antonio Lugo High School 1986-1990, High School Diploma

Mediation/Collaborative Law Training

Woody Mosten 60 hours of Basic Family Law Mediation, Intermediate Mediation Training and serving as a Coach at his Trainings

Ken Cloke 40 hours – Mediation/Conflict Resolution Training

Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group – Two-Day Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training

Yearly Continuing Education on Family Law, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution and participation in Mediation Study Groups

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association – Family Law Member

California State Bar – Active and in Good Standing

Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire (CDPIE) – Board Member

East West Family Law Bar Association – Member

Western San Bernardino County Bar Association – Member

Professional Activity

Family Law Attorney – I have handled thousands of litigated and non-litigated cases, from paternity through multi-million dollar divorces. Child Custody cases include devising parenting plans, creating plans for better co-parenting, cross-examination of Forensic Custody Evaluators, issues where alignment or alienation is present, and handling court interviews of children. I served as Minor’s Counsel in Los Angeles County (Pomona) court in the mid-2000s. I handle Property/Debt cases including those with community property businesses, co-mingled assets, Moore-Marsden calculations for separate property residences.

I handle support cases which are privately filed, or those involving DCSS, imputation of income issues, analysis of best options for both spouses/partners, analysis of FC 4320 factors for spousal support, and Job Skill Evaluations.
For all cases, I also handle Post-Judgment Modification and Enforcement issues.

I am Collaboratively trained and have the heart and spirit built for Peacemaking. My favorite training was with Ken Cloke ~ we share an emphasis on Mindfulness. I have learned many skills from Woody Mosten over the past 10 or 15 years. In all of my cases (litigated and non-litigated), my first effort is in seeking consensus and building the new family structure, as opposed to a mindset of tearing people down. We do not have much demand for Collaborative Teams in the Inland Empire, so I have created a presentation for non-legal professionals about options to discuss with their divorcing or separating clients, to include the Collaborative option. This presentation is different from the Divorce Options program as it is for professionals and also includes tips for how they can help their clients through the process. I am on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Collaborative group (CDPIE). I am presently involved in a Collaborative case with veteran Team members such as Marv Chapman, Tracy McKinney and Karen Anderson.

Lastly, I believe that personal/spiritual growth is an important piece of my work. I have recently spent a year with Mediator Sheila James in a Coaching capacity to better design a legal practice that meets the holistic needs of my clients. I see divorce/separation as an opportunity for the client(s) to grow into their strength and to expand their compassion. I take time with my clients to teach then how to build a support system for themselves and their children, which may include psychotherapy, financial advising, child specialist coaching, and strengthening their spiritual connection (or connection to something greater than themselves).