Judge Christine Goldsmith retired from the San Diego Superior Court in October of 2014, after 27 years of distinguished service. Her most recent assignment included her role as the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Family Law Division where she excelled and garnered significant recognition from a wide variety of family law associations. Over the course of her career, she has handled thousands of family law matters including child custody and visitation, property characterization and division, discovery, and domestic violence. In addition to hearing long and short-cause litigated matters on the bench, she successfully settled many family law cases. She is best known for her knowledge of the law, hard work and good sense of humor. Her energy and tenacious dedication to problem solving are her trademark characteristics. She noted, "When it comes to helping people in family law cases it's gratifying to feel that I helped a family work through what is often an emotional roller coaster. I make my best effort first and foremost to listen, to be fair and practical and to be sensitive to what the parties are going through. I am excited in my new role as a private judge, mediator and arbitrator to be able to help parties find some closure on these cases so they can move forward with their lives."