Bio Info


Dr. Marvin L. Chapman has been divorce coaching for over 30 years, commencing when he co-founded a nonprofit organization emphasizing responsible fatherhood. He is currently the President of this multiple award-winning organization. Over the years Marv learned that empowering individuals with information about family court and the affects it has on family members significantly reduced the anxiety, frustration, and confusion inherently present when engaged in the family court system.


Educated in Southern California, Dr. Chapman has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Counseling, and a Doctorate of Psychology, specializing in forensic psychology (1). Trained as a Collaborative Divorce coach in 2004, he is an active member with several collaborative practice groups in Southern California.


As a court mediator in the early 1980’s, Marv was fortunate to be mentored by some of the innovative pioneers of court mandated mediation (2). He is a strong advocate for out-of-court options and nonadversarial alternatives, a product of his witnessing first-hand the abusiveness of the adversarial family court system on individuals and families.


In 1986, Marv was appointed to the California Senate Task Force on Family Equity, a task force set up by the California legislature to make recommendations relating to family law. He was appointed to this task force to represent the issues and concerns confronting fathers in the family court system.


Throughout the following decade, Marv spread the word through public speaking, writing articles, serving on the Board of Directors for Modern Dad magazine, and as Board member and Professional Standards Chairperson with the California Association of Legal Document Assistants (3).


In 2001, the Orange County District Attorney, Family Support Division, selected Marv to present “The Fathers Perspective” for their customer service training.

Dr. Chapman’s work with fathers through his nonprofit organization was recognized by receipt of Community Service awards from Disneyland Resort in 2001, 2002, and 2004. They received the prestigious Jack B. Lindquist Award in 2004, one of the highest awards given by Disneyland Resort.


Education and training has given Marv the tools, and working with families for over three decades has given him the experience, to effectively guide and assist those going through the family restructuring process. His approach is information, education, communication. He teaches conflict resolutions skills and assists in identifying and defusing hot emotional issues. He helps individuals separate emotional and behavior roadblocks that interfere with making sound decisions. Marv actively seeks viable options, constructive alternatives, and positive solutions for all family members.

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  1. Forensic psychology means the intersection of psychology with the law. Dr. Chapman’s forensic specialty is the intersection of mental-emotional (psychology) with restructuring-reorganizing the family unit (family law).
  2. Dr. Chapman interned as a mediator under Hugh McIsaac and Ron Hulbert with Mediation and Conciliation Court Services, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
  3. A Legal Document Assistant (LDA) is an independent professional in who prepares court documents under the direction of the client, not under the supervision of an attorney. The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) is the professional organization for LDA’s.