Berkeley, California Divorce Lawyers

Sarah Van Voorhis
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Success & Experience Advocating for Client Rights and Interests! Call for Help!

I am an experienced and determined divorce law attorney. I am dedicated to delivering the best possible results to those going through a divorce! Visit my website to see client testimonials. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Giselle F. Guro
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California Divorce Lawyer

Giselle F. Guro is an associate attorney at The Law Offices of Ethan M. Weisinger, Inc. Her previous family law experience includes clerking for a family law firm in Walnut Creek and participating in her law school’s... Read More »
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Stuart I. MacKenzie
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Dedicated & Compassionate Divorce Attorney! Protecting Your Rights & Interests!

For over 20 years I have provided exceptional legal representation focused on the unique needs of those going through a divorce. Visit my website for reviews and information about your rights. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Ethan M. Weisinger
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Dedicated Divorce Lawyer! Striving to Do What is Best for You & Your Family!

I am a skilled and experienced family law attorney. I am committed to protecting the rights and interests of my clients! You and your family come first! Visit my website for client reviews and call for a consultation. Read More »
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Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
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Albany, CA Divorce Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 860-5919 1050 Kains Ave. #A1
Albany, CA 94706
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Elder and Entertainment & Sports
Marquette University Law School and Marquette University Law School
Angela N Bryant
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 8 years experience
(510) 922-0904 2222 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of California - Davis
My approach to each family law case is specifically tailored to the needs of each client. Some cases require aggressive litigation, while other times, settlement is the best (and cheapest) choice for all involved. As your attorney, you can expect me to give you guidance based on the law, and to be transparent with you about your options. My role is to advise you, but not to make decisions for you. I enjoy partnering with my clients to get them their desired outcome. I am also very responsive to client communication. I pride myself on keeping you...
Ariel Winger
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 564-0585 2832 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
New College of California
I began practicing family law in 1999 and worked for a non-profit for 5 years where I successfully represented survivors of domestic violence and their children in court. In 2007 started my own family law practice to offer services for those who want to divorce using a non-adversarial model. I offer Mediation, Collaborative Practice, and other forms of settlement oriented methods of divorce that seek to find a mutually agreeable resolution for both parties.
Alex Verbeck
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer
(415) 212-8253 2120 University Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Criminal, Family and Landlord Tenant
Lewis & Clark Law School
Martin James Elmer
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 39 years experience
(510) 644-2411 1919 Addison St, #105
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Thomas V. Roland
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BERKELEY, CA Divorce Lawyer with 47 years experience
(510) 841-1500 1830 Berkeley Way
BERKELEY, CA 94703
Divorce, Appeals, Business and Domestic Violence
U of San Francisco School of Law
Sharon Alkire
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer
(510) 761-5792 Law Office of Sharon Alkire
1900 Addison Street, #200
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce and Family
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 30 years experience
(510) 528-0700 2025 Rose St Ste 202A
Berkeley, CA 94709
Divorce and Family
Columbia Univ School of Law
Albany, CA Divorce Lawyer with 38 years experience
(510) 526-5146 901 Peralta Ave
Albany, CA 94706
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 45 years experience
(510) 893-6150 2330 Rose St
Berkeley, CA 94708
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Exclusive Representation for Discerning Clients Since 2007

A recipient of multiple awards, seen on Fox and ABC News, and honored by dozens of client testimonials, Ali Shahrestani offers intense and affordable representation, consistent communications & professional advocacy. Read More »
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Lorna M. Jaynes
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Experienced & Compassionate California Divorce Lawyer! Call for a Consultation!

I am a dedicated and skilled divorce law attorney. I limit my practice to settlement, specializing in collaborative law and mediation. Visit my website to see client testimonials and reviews, or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 46 years experience
(510) 847-9605 1951 Napa Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
UC Hastings COL
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 45 years experience
(510) 524-1840 1916 Los Angeles Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 21 years experience
(415) 981-3111 2030 Addison Street, Suite 300,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 37 years experience
(510) 889-1882 2147 Parker St
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 52 years experience
(415) 981-3111 2030 Addison St
Ste 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and International
UC Hastings COL
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 46 years experience
(510) 333-0450 1055 Cragmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
UC Hastings COL
Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 38 years experience
(415) 371-8000 2000 Center St Ste 308
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
New Coll of CA School of Law
Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years experience
(510) 849-4424 2039 Shattuck Ave Ste 207
Berkeley, CA 94704
Divorce and Family
Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva U
Berkeley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 433-4800 2095 Rose St Ste 102
Berkeley, CA 94709
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
UC Hastings COL
Berkeley, CA Divorce Attorney with 66 years experience
(510) 525-7997 811 Arlington Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Christine Ann Pham
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Oakland, CA Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(510) 993-4118 One Kaiser Plaza, Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
Southwestern University School of Law
Christine Pham is a San Francisco native with over 10 years of litigation experience. Her background in litigation, bankruptcy, and knowledge of California family law, combined with her creative legal strategies and sincere compassion for her clients, has made her a recognized and trusted name in and around the Bay Area.

Christine focuses her practice on helping families and couples in a range of family law and family formation matters, including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony), dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, division of property, and assisted reproduction.

Christine’s dedication to her clients is reflected in the testimonials they give...
Amanda J. List
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Oakland, CA Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(510) 302-6600 2101 Webster Street
Suite 1835
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Appeals and Family
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Amanda J. List is an associate at the Wald Law Group. She specializes in divorces of all kinds with an emphasis on gay divorce. The Wald Law Group practice areas include: Divorce, Dissolution & Contested Parentage Actions for all families; Custody Disputes. Legal services provided at both the TRIAL and APPELLATE level. Assisted Reproduction; Adoptions of All Kinds; Family Contracts; Parenting Law including Surrogacy; Donor Contracts for Egg and/or Sperm Donations; Pre-Nupital Agreements; Co-Parenting Agreements; Domestic Partnership Agreements; Name Changes.
Daphne DeMorris Yeldell
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Oakland, CA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(510) 655-8013 PO Box 3011
Oakland, CA 94609
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
San Francisco Law Sch
Veronica Natalya Panella
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El Cerrito, CA Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(510) 233-0572 11100 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Divorce, Elder and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Erin A. Levine
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Emeryville, CA Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(510) 595-4112 5801 Christie Ave.
Suite 387
Emeryville, CA 94608
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Oakland, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Business, Education and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
- Client Testimonial

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Debra Schoenberg
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Attorney
(415) 834-1120 575 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Divorce and Family
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Skilled Legal Representation for All California Families At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., we recognize that divorce and other family law matters are complex, sensitive issues that can have a lasting impact on individuals, families, finances and futures. To achieve the very best outcomes for our San Francisco family law clients we apply a comprehensive approach to family law cases. By working closely with psychologists, appraisers, accountants, economists and other professionals, we ensure that legal strategies developed for each case reflect our own skills and valuable additional perspectives. Whether a case is best resolved by vigorous negotiation or powerful litigation, we have...
Sarah Arnott
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Sarah Arnott is an Attorney at Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP. Ms. Arnott was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 2015, and served as the chairperson of the family law section of the San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club in 2013.

A native of New York and North Carolina, Ms. Arnott moved to California to attend Santa Clara University School of Law, from which she received her J.D. Ms. Arnott has exclusively practiced family law since 2008. She is well-versed in all areas of family law, including dissolutions, custody,...
Ariel Sosna
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Ariel Sosna is a founding partner of Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP. She is certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Sosna has been exclusively practicing family law in California (San Francisco Bay Area) since 2007.

Ms. Sosna received her J.D., with a concentration in Family Law, from U.C. Hastings School of the Law and her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley.

Before starting her own practice, Ms. Sosna was an associate at a well-known San Francisco law firm. She was co-chairperson of the Family Law Section of the San Francisco...
Robert Chang
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Oakland, CA Divorce Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 388-4866 1300 Clay Street, Ste. 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
I started my practice with the premise I would always attempt to facilitate a collaborative divorce. Before going to law school, I worked for several years at a family law firm, and saw firsthand the potential of increasing acrimony between spouses when the court system is used haphazardly. Growing up with separated parents, I think I understand the stress and frustration of a long drawn out family divorce. The courts should be a place of last resort - who wants a Judge who barely knows you to make decisions for you? That being...
Esther R. Lerner
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 39 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Stacey Poole
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Sarah Van Voorhis
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Stanford Law School
Paul W. Thorndal
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA 94108
Divorce, Appeals and Family
UC Hastings COL
Paul W. Thorndal is a partner at Wald & Thorndal. He specializes in divorces of all kinds with an emphasis on gay divorce. Mr. Thorndal is a Certified Family Law Specialist (The State Bar of California Legal Specialization). Wald & Thorndal's practice areas include: Divorce, Dissolution & Contested Parentage Actions for all families; Custody Disputes; Mediation; Marvin Actions. Legal services provided at both the TRIAL and APPELLATE level. Assisted Reproduction; Adoptions of All Kinds; Family Contracts; Parenting Law including Surrogacy; Donor Contracts for Egg and/or Sperm Donations; Pre-Nupital Agreements; Co-Parenting Agreements; Domestic Partnership Agreements; Name Changes.
Shelley M. Kennedy
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Lafayette, 94549
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Shelley M. Kennedy is a family law attorney and private mediator with Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.

Shelley's mediation practice includes high-asset dissolution of marriage matters including division of property, preparation of complex financial models, calculations for various settlement options, as well as determination of support. In addition to Shelley’s experience in financially complex matters, her practice also includes mediation for couples with smaller estates.

Shelley serves as a Settlement Conference Master for the San Francisco Unified Family Law Courts and as a volunteer attorney for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Family Law Project.

Shelley has participated in over 200...
Liat Sadler
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Attorney
(415) 362-0220 44 Montgomery St
#3780
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
I am an experienced and caring family law and divorce lawyer who represents clients in high net worth and asset marital and domestic partnership dissolution. My practice includes asset and property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal and domestic partner support. I have successfully litigated characterization and division of equity compensation, business and art valuations, and move-away child custody cases. I represent clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County, Marin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County.
Deborah H. Wald Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA 94108
Divorce, Appeals and Family
Northeastern Univ School of Law
Deborah H. Wald is the founder and managing partner at The Wald Law Group. A Certified Family Law Specialist*, her work has evolved over the past 27 years from a part-time home-based family formation law practice to a multi-disciplinary full service family law firm. Ms. Wald's goal is to ensure that all individuals, families and children coming to The Wald Law Group receive the highest quality legal protections available. (*Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.) In addition to a strong general knowledge of family law, Ms. Wald has three specific areas of...
Deborah Lynne Dubroff
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Oakland, CA Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 452-5050 1939 Harrison Street Suite 750
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
We practice family law exclusively because we like helping people with legal issues that affect them personally. We handle our cases collaboratively, so you always benefit from the best of our expertise, skills, and experience. We're settlement oriented but trial ready.
Ashley Talbot Dean
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San Francsico, CA Divorce Attorney with 6 years experience
(415) 328-2797 720 Bay St
San Francsico, CA 94109
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
University of San Francisco School of Law
Ashley is founder of Talbot Law Firm. As an attorney in the firm’s emerging business practice, Ashley counsels startups with incorporation, early stage financing, employment issues, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, commercial partnerships and various other corporate transactions. Ashley believes that understanding a company’s vision and priorities is important to devising strategies to solve legal problems so companies can focus on their goals. Ashley has nearly 3 years in-house experience representing entrepreneurs in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. Ashley received a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in...
Stacey Schliffer
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San Francisco, CA Divorce Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 857-0776 100 Pine Street, Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Divorce and Family
City University of New York - City College
Stacey Schliffer has practiced exclusively family law since graduating from the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) with a J.D. in 2007. While in law school Stacey was an associate editor of the New York City Law Review, received the Paul O'Dwyer Fellowship for work dedicated to children's rights, and participated in a family law clinic where she received training regarding domestic violence at CUNY from 2006 to 2007 providing free legal services to indigent clients on a variety of family law issues. From 2007 to 2008 Stacey served as a law clerk in the Family...
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.