Thurman W. Arnold, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Palm Springs, CA

Law Offices of Thurman W. Arnold III
 | 225 South Civic Drive, Suite 1-3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 888-503-3408
Fax: 760-320-0725
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Dedicated attorney Thurman W. Arnold is the founder of the Law Offices of Thurman W. Arnold III, which is located in Palm Springs, California. Together with Michael C. Peterson, CFLS, Mr. Arnold proudly serves the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the surrounding Coachella Valley who have needs in the area of family law. Whether contemplating divorce or facing another delicate family law matter, the residents of Southern California have turned to Mr. Arnold's Team for guidance and support for over 36 years.

Mr. Arnold began his legal career in 1982 after earning his Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School and his admission to The State Bar of California. In addition to his approval to practice law in the state, The State Bar of California also recognizes him as a board-certified family law specialist.

Attorney Arnold's abilities are not limited to litigation. He is also experienced in mediation and collaborative law. He is the founder of Palm Spring's Desert Family Mediation Services, and, in 2012, he helped to establish the Riverside County Family Law Private Mediation Panel, which is a court-approved panel designed to assist families with legal issues without the need for trials.

Due to Mr. Arnold's outstanding legal abilities, dedication to his clients and extensive knowledge of family law, he has earned much recognition from both his clients and his peers. He is peer-rated as AV Preeminent* according to Martindale-Hubbell, and he is a recipient of its Client Distinction Award. In addition, Palm Springs Life magazine has listed him among the area's top lawyers every year since 2011, he holds a "Superb" Avvo rating, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

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About Thurman Arnold, III

Admitted: 1982, California

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  • Graduation with Honors, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1979
  • Certificate of Appreciation Family Law Chair, Desert Bar Association, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated - Peer Review
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Commendation of Excellence, Reed College, 1975
  • Thurman regularly assists the Riverside County family law courts., Certicates of Appreciation Temporary Judge Services, Riverside County Superior Court, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV (Pre-Eminent) Rated - Client Reviews
  • Desert Bar Association Special Recognition for "Excellent, Devoted, and Innovative Service" as the Chairman of the Family Law Section in 2012 and 2013, 2014
  • Editor, Environmental Law Journal, Lewis and Clark Law School, 1981
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Riverside County judiciary
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AAML, 2016
  • Avvo Rated 10 out of 10 - "Superb"

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization (CFLS)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Co-Founder of the Riverside Courts' County-Wide Private Family Law Mediation Panel, 2012
  • Inns of Court, 2001
  • Central District Court of the United States, 1983
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Past Member of the Warren Slaughter, American Inns of Court (2000 to 2002)
  • Co-Founder of the First Indio Family Court Voluntary Settlement Program, 2012
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
  • Chair, Family Law Section of the Desert Bar Association, 2012 and 2013
  • California Bar, 1982

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Anyone who has experienced ‘adversarial divorce by Court process’ knows that it is toxic, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, destructively expensive, and that it resolves only legal rights – typically unsatisfactorily - while ignoring the personal grieving and raw disruptions that accompany almost all relationship breakups. This lingering dislocation, pain, and resentment is perhaps the most devastating aspect of contested, adversarial divorce because not only does it fail to heal old wounds, it gouges new ones., The Peacemaking Option For Divorce And Dissolution Of Domestic Partnerships: How Family Scientists Support Interest Based Conciliation And What This Means For Separating Couples,
  • If you are considering or facing a divorce, I invite you to think outside the box. You alone have the ability to define your experiences upon separating your affairs from those of another whom once you loved. Seek out lawyers who aspire to be peacemakers rather than warriors. Destruction is easy: Set a brave new course instead., Client as Peacemaker: Define Your Experience of Divorce by Choosing a Peacemaking Lawyer,
  • Family law attorneys are litigators within an often radically adversarial setting.  Clients who seek us out find themselves deeply within the throes of wrenching emotional disequilibrium.  Our training has conditioned us largely to believe that achieving the relative justice that client reactivity demands is our calling.  The fact that we are able to command outrageous sums to assist our clients subtly reinforces a blindness to the more positive opportunities that our roles position us for.  We may confuse a transcendent “hunger for resolution” with actualizing or even capitalizing upon our client’s stated aims for outcomes that are not at all transcendent for them., Mindfulness for Lawyerss,
  • If we can be aware of why we become angry and how anger and rage wears grooves into the cellular and neural architecture of our brains, a freedom from the 'tyranny of the mind' becomes a real possibility. Especially in divorce and relationship transitions.  If we ignore the how's and why's of our brain's functioning, we risk not only suffering a level of unconscious awareness but also a repetition of patterns of thinking and acting that really don't do us - and those we are charged with loving and caring for - much service. In fact, this can cause our families huge harm., Practice Makes Permanent: Reactive Thinking and the Promise of Rewiring Our Divorcing Brains,
  • The emotional benefits of mindfulness in divorce will not only save and protect you, they may resonant far into the future and save and protect everyone with whom you come in contact - including not just your children (the best reason), but everyone else you meet., Transgenerational and Emotional Reasons for MIndfulness in Divorce,
  • Financial benefits may be the most immediate but also the least obvious result of a mindfulness practice! In fact no "practice" is required. Mindfulness just challenges us not to go unconscious.  The cost of reactive divorce - that is, any divorce where people are responding with their emotional brains rather than consciously choosing how to feel and behave - is mind boggling. I am telling you this as a lawyer who begs you to consider how much money is wasted fighting over issues that are more about power, hurt, anxiety, and control than about economic security, childrens' best interests, or just ensuring you are treated fairly under the law. I don't want your money! I don't want you to throw you money at lawyers, period - indeed, I want you to help force lawyers like myself to change their adversarial natures by changing what you expect from us!, In These Economic Times There Is Good Reason for People In Divorce to Consider Mindfulness,
  • Thurman joined other prominent family law attorneys in authoring an article about the role of mediation in high conflict family law cases., Author, Strategies for Family Law in California, Thomson Reuters Aspartore, Family Law And Divorce, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Strafford Publications, 2013 Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: Traditional and Electronic Communications, CLE Webinar


  • Reported Appellate Decisions: Life Savings Bank v. Wilhelm (2000) 84 Cal.App.4th 174

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Thurman is the author of The Enlightened Divorce Blog, which enjoys almost 1 million page reads each year.

Educational Background:

  • Attended Masters Program at Loma Linda University in Family Sciences, 2010
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, 1975
  • Reed College, Portland, OR, 1974

Industry Groups

  • Legal
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Office Location for Thurman W. Arnold, III

225 South Civic Drive
Suite 1-3
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: 888-503-3408

Fax: 760-320-0725

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