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A native of Palm Springs, Attorney Thurman W. Arnold has been providing family law services to the residents of his home city for 32 years. He began his post-secondary education at Reed College of Portland, OR, back in 1974, earning a Certificate of Excellence for his achievements there. He went on to attend UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his B.A. with honors. After receiving his J.D. from Lewis and Clark School, and serving as a member of its nationally recognized Environmental Law Review, he was admitted to the California bar in 1982.


He joined his father and began practicing civil law in Palm Springs, but soon recognized his passion and talent for helping people get through the emotional and financial strains of intra-family disputes. To better assist his clients in this pursuit, he became a Certified Family Law Specialist, which has given him extensive knowledge on the subject of family law. He is also a California Superlawyer and Martindale AV rated. He is honored to serve those with family law cases such as complex property division, spousal support, marital agreements, child support, parental rights, the division of family businesses, and related topics.


As a fifth generation attorney whose grandfather was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Attorney Arnold strives to uphold the legacy that a long line of men before him had begun. He is dedicated to ethical and tough representation, yet he incorporates Zen mindfulness techniques in helping his clients to manage divorce reactivity. He believes that those who apsire to peacemaking or who hire peacemaking attorneys with huge experience end up with much better outcomes, and less financial and emotional burdens, even if portions or all of their cases must be litigated.


Mr. Arnold is an avid writer, providing much free legal assistance and helpful information on his website and The Enlightened Divorce Blog™. His goal is to help people make informed decisions about their family law matters, no matter if they are his clients or visitors to his Divorce Blog (which now receives almost 1 million page reads each year). To judge for yourself, visit his website or make an appointment with his firm to take advantage of a free initial consultation! We invite you Google his name and reputation, and to visit the Testimonials page of our website,!


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    34 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Mediation: 20%
    9 years, 200 cases
  3. Child Support: 10%
    34 years, 300 cases
  4. Child Custody: 10%
    34 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($375-450/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gretchen Wellman Taylor

    I have had Mr. Arnold appear in my Courtroom over the years and now that I am retired , I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him on numerous projects and cases.He is dedicated and hardworking and has at the heart of his practice the clients needs and best interests foremost. He is able to litlgate a complicated matter with great skill as well as to resolve through mediation and settlement those cases that are amenable to alternate dispute resolution.A really great lawyer and leader in forward thinking Family Law issues.


    Gretchen Taylor Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gordon Gilbert Meyer

    I have been an attorney for 37 years and am a Certified Family Law Specialist. Mr Arnold and I have opposed each other in trial. He is very competent and an experienced attorney. Despite a partial trial, we were able to successfully resolve many issues without a lengthy trial. He has passed the written exam for family certification. Upon completion of the certification process, he will be a very fine addition to the list of certified family law specialists.


    Gordon Meyer Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Desert Family Mediation Services

225 S Civic Dr Ste 1-2
Palm Springs, CA, 92262-7227

Law Office of Thurman W. Arnold

225 South Civic Drive
Suite 1-3
Palm Springs, CA, 92262-7227



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
California Divorce SuperlawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
2014 Top LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Certificate of AppreciationDesert Bar Association2013
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2010
Member, Environmental Law Journal (Law Review)Lewis and Clark Law School1981
Degree With HonorsUCSB1979
Certificate of Academic ExcellenceReed College1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MediatorDesert Family Mediation Services2009 - Present
Founding OwnerLaw Firm of Thurman W. Arnold, III, C.F.L.S.1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association BarristersN/A2010 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2010 - Present
Mediators Beyond BordersMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law AssociationMember2009 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2008 - Present
Family Law Section, California State BarMember2001 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
International Association of Holistic LawyersMemberN/A
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Family Law Section, Desert Bar AssociationChair2011 - 2013
American Inns of CourtMember, Warren Slaughter Chapter2001 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)The Growing Role of Mediation and Collaborative Law in Family Law Cases2012
CuttingEdgeLaw.comConsider Choosing a Peacemaking Lawyer2010
Martindale-Hubbell publicationLawyers as Front Line Crisis Responders2010
CuttingEdgeLaw.comIn These Economic Times Consider Mindful Divorce2010
CuttingEdgeLaw.comThe Power of Forgiveness in Divorce2010
TransitionalFamilyResources.comThe Pursuit of Whose Happiness? Men?2010
HG.orgOvercoming Addiction as a Coping Response to Domestic Violence2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolFamily LawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Reed CollegePsychologyN/AN/A
Loma Linda UniversityFamily SciencesN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
FLS Workshop"Advocacy Perspectives"2013
Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce CasesFamily Law Evidence2013
Quarterly Conference"The Economic and Emotional Divorce"2012
Smart Talk Radio WITFDivorce and Parenting2010
Blog Talk RadioCo-Parenting with an Ex2010