About Our Founder and CEO
Peter J. O’Hanlon, Ll.B. (Hons), Barrister
Founder and CEO of NetDivorce, LLC.
I’ve been a barrister in the UK since July 1976. I obtained my law degree at age 20 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales at age 21, the youngest possible age in the UK. I practiced criminal law in the UK in the late ’70s and later private international business law in California.
I own and operate 1-800-DIVORCE, the nationwide network of independent family lawyers. I wrote the world’s first complete divorce software package (for California divorce) in 1983-84. In a joint venture, I put up the world’s first online divorce website at divorceweb.com in March 1999. From 1981 to 1999, I owned and operated California Legal Assistance Centers, which pioneered divorce by mail in California in the ’80s and ’90s. I’ve been the founder and CEO of NetDivorce, LLC since 1999. I founded the Online Divorce Association of America in September 2016.
In January 2017, I formed Online Divorce PRO, a web-based set of marketing, branding and document preparation tools, developed to assist local family lawyers to fight back and recover the vast amount of divorce business being taken from them by unqualified, often fraudulent, unaccountable and almost completely incompetent online divorce mills located out of state or in India.
I’ve been on the front lines of California divorce since June 1981.
Online Divorce PRO: January 2017-Present; CEO and Founder; Developed a low-cost “white label” divorce document preparation service (integrated online interview and document download plus lawyer control panel) to assist local divorce lawyers to fight back cost-effectively to regain the large amount of uncontested divorce work presently being captured by unqualified online divorce mills; The service is being rolled out in California and Michigan to begin, with other states to follow.
Online Divorce Association of America: September 2016-Present; Founding Member and Director; Formed the first professional association of online divorce providers; Wrote a Code of Ethics for the profession; Published a series of educational videos designed to expose the rampant fraud, slick-dealing and incompetence in the online divorce industry in America.
NetDivorce, LLC: 1999-Present; CEO and Founder; Created the world’s first fully functioning online divorce website at divorceweb.com in March 1999. Wrote and upgraded complete proprietary California divorce software package for online use. Created and managed backend for multiple online divorce websites. Responsible for development and management of NetDivorce.com, the premier, low-cost, online divorce service specializing in California divorce only.
Legal Marketing Systems, Ltd.: 1991-Present; CEO and Founder; Owns and operates the continent-wide 1-800-DIVORCE network of independent family lawyers. Developed a full array of unique systems (marketing, administration, contractual, online billing and call reporting) to enable the creation and development of the 1-800-DIVORCE network. Wrote a wide selection of original software applications to facilitate billing and other functions of LMS that had to be designed ab initio. Many systems subsequently upgraded to Internet architecture.
General International Law Practice: 1985-1999; Corporate Counsel; World Enterprises USA, Alta Loma, CA; Responsible for providing legal advice on varied issues relating to international trade, negotiating high-value international trade agreements, many requiring US State Department approval, and management of same to conclusion.
California Legal Assistance Centers, Inc.: 1981-1999; CEO and Founder. Pioneered retail divorce by mail in California. Wrote world’s first complete divorce software package in 1983-84 (pre-internet; desktop and local network use). Developed a complete array of systems from scratch to enable CLAC to become the world’s busiest divorce clinic for many years in the ’80s and ’90s. Solely responsible for all aspects of management and operations of an extremely high volume divorce clinic (hired an average of 15 times each and every day between 1984 and 1998). Charter Member of California Association of Independent Paralegals. Offices in Riverside and Sacramento.
Private Law Practice: 1976-1979: Barrister in private practice, UK; specializing in Family Law, Criminal Law and Taxation
July 1976: UK Barrister; Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn; Call to the Bar at the age of 21, the youngest possible age.
1975-1976: Completed UK Bar Exam Course and Passed UK Bar Exams; City Law School, City University, London, UK (formerly Inns of Court School of Law);
1972-1975: LL.B (with Honours); Graduated Magna Cum Laude; Aberystwyth University, UK (formerly University College of Wales, Aberystwyth); Graduated from law school at age 20.
Married for 43 years. Yes, we do joke that divorce has kept us together. Voracious reader. Avid cyclist. Still runs 3 miles in 27 minutes.