Escondido, California Divorce Lawyers

Damon Brandon Forney
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Full time experienced family law attorneys represent clients in divorce cases including custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of assets, division of debts and other related issues
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Julia Kaemerle
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Free consultation, aggressive representation in divorce and custody cases.

I'm an experienced family law and divorce lawyer and will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes complex divorce cases, spousal support, child support, and child custody & visitation.
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Roy M. Doppelt Esq.
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Full time experienced family law attorneys represent clients in divorce cases including custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of assets, division of debts and other related issues
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Stephen Smith
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California Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience

California Western School of LawCalifornia
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Sandy Lynne Meade
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Escondido, CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(619) 503-3050 500 La Terraza Blvd.,
Suite 150
Escondido, CA 92025
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Western Sierra Law School
(619) DIVORCE and attorney Sandy L. Meade have over 54 years of combined experience practicing law in California. Through open communication and a commitment toward the empowerment of her clients, Sandy has earned an outstanding reputation among both colleagues and clients for her professional and compassionate approach to family law.
(619) 503-3050 3555 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Michelle Louise Blair
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Escondido, CA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(760) 871-2531 210 S Juniper Street, Ste. 200
Escondido, CA 92025
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Education
Ms. Blair graduated from the Menlo College, Atherton, California where she was a magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Ms. Blair then received her juris doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California and was admitted to the California and Federal bars in 2002.

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Family Law Section, California Bar Association
San Diego North County Bar Association
Hannah J. Engholm
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Escondido, CA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(760) 208-1604 500 LaTerraza Blvd
Suite 150
Escondido, CA 92025
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Hannah J. Engholm received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as a University of California Regent’s Scholar. Hannah simultaneously earned her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law and her Master in Social Work degree from San Diego State University. She served as Senior Editor for the California Western International Law Journal. Hannah is involved in several volunteer opportunities, including San Diego’s Voices of Children where she has been a Court Appointed Advocate since 2010. Ms. Engholm has experience with all family law issues.
(951) 249-7022 27555 Ynez Rd
Suite 214
Temecula, CA 92591
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Drive
Suite 625
San Diego, CA 92108
Escondido, CA Divorce Attorney with 41 years experience
(760) 747-7500 739 E Pennsylvania Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Western State Univ
Escondido, CA Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(760) 755-1940 300 West Grand Avenue, Suite 203
Escondido, CA 92025
Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Escondido, CA Divorce Lawyer with 38 years experience
350 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Divorce and Family
Western State Univ
Escondido, CA Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience
(760) 761-1155 2440 Bear Rock Glen
Escondido, CA 92026
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Whittier Coll School of Law
Escondido, CA Divorce Lawyer with 33 years experience
(619) 743-7357 350 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Divorce and Family
Escondido, CA Divorce Lawyer with 46 years experience
(760) 747-7500 739 E Pennsylvania Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Divorce, Family, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
California Western School of Law
Escondido, CA Divorce Attorney with 23 years experience
(760) 233-8870 202 Calle Florecita
Escondido, CA 92029
Divorce, Bankruptcy and Family
Ashley Negrette
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California Divorce Attorney

Ashley Negrette is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and is in good standing with the State Bar of California. Ashley earned her bachelor's degree from University of California Los... Read More »
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Andrew J. Botros
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Knowledgeable & Determined Divorce & Family Law Attorney! Focused on You!

I am a skilled and dedicated divorce lawyer. I am committed to resolving all sorts of family law matters. I work for the best possible results! Visit my website to see client testimonials and call now for a consultation.
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Angelina Bradley
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(323) 487-1171 2930 Barnard St
San Diego, CA 92110
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Military
University of Colorado Law School
I am a retired Navy Judge Advocate helping families, working professionals, parentrepreneurs, and creatives attain work-life balance. I am a licensed attorney in California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. I am also a certified as a mediator and peer specialist. I help my clients find a work-life balance goal, then craft solutions to empower them to attain those goals. For most of my clients, that means providing compassionate family law services to restructure a family: from marriage to divorce; reworking custody and visitation; adding a new member to the family through adoption; or restoring safety. I will guide you...
(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr
#260
San Diego, CA 92128
Michelle Cornejo Sullivan
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(858) 451-9390 11545 W. Bernardo Ct.
Suite 211
San Diego, CA 92127
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
The mission of the attorneys at The Sullivan Law Firm, APC, is to counsel clients in finding common sense solutions to complex family and bankruptcy legal problems by providing a full spectrum of legal services. Attorney Michelle Sullivan, CLS-F, is a specialist in counseling clients regarding divorce, mediation, collaboration, adoptions, prenuptual agreements, and other legal issues. Located in Rancho Bernardo, a neighborhood of north San Diego, our family law and bankruptcy practice especially caters to residents of San Diego and North County.
Michael Allen Fischer
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(858) 935-6211 Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
10620 Treena St #230
San Diego, CA 92131
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Michael Fischer is a licensed California attorney licensed to practice in both state and federal court. Mr. Fischer has handled hundreds of contested and uncontested family law matters. He is known for his ability to guide his clients through the tumultuous processes of family court in an aggressive yet compassionate manner. Mr. Fischer graduated Cum Laude from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensellaer Indiana with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and a minor in Political Science. For twenty-two years he oversaw the growth of his photography studio and photo processing laboratory in Soldotna, Alaska as well as owning and...
(760) 722-7669 Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
701 Palomar Airport Rd., #300
Carlsbad, 92011
(760) 757-6854 Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
100 E. San Marcos Blvd., Ste. 400
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 722-7646 Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
2424 Vista Way, Ste. 200
Oceanside, CA 92054
Roy M. Doppelt Esq.
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(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr
#260
San Diego, CA 92128
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 30 years experience
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
Craig Richard VanThiel
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(760) 722-7669 701 Palomar Airport Rd., Ste. 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Damon Brandon Forney
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr
#260
San Diego, CA 92128
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Case Western Reserve University and University of California - San Diego
The only San Diego State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist who was also a Former Federal and County of San Diego Prosecutor with Over 20 Years of Experience!
Peter Mueller
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San Marcos, CA Divorce Attorney with 46 years experience
(760) 752-4600 950 Boardwalk #305
San Marcos, CA 92078
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Mr. Mueller has been practicing law for thirty-five years and is licensed in California and Illinois. Graduating with honors from Loyola Law School in 1972, he was selected to associate with Chicago’s leading corporate firm and was also invited to become a Visiting Professor of Corporate Law at Loyola, where he had held the position as Assistant Dean of the Business School during his law studies. In his position as director of Father’s Rights Law Center®, Mr. Mueller, a Certified Family Law Specialist, benefits from his early litigation training and experience and will involve when needed, qualified and respected...
Denise E. Oxley Esq.
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 25 years experience
(858) 486-4823 16935 W Bernardo Dr
#104
San Diego, CA 92127
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning and Family
Inns of Court School of Law, Grays Inn, London
Elizabeth N. Fox Esq.
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(858) 935-6211 10620 Treena St #230,
San Diego, CA 92131
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Barbara Jean Weiser
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 30 years experience
(858) 924-0053 16885 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 123
San Diego, CA 92127
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Whittier Coll School of Law
Jenna A. Hoefler
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Dedicated California Divorce & Family Law Attorney! Call Now!

I provide exceptional legal representation for those going through a divorce. I will work tirelessly for the best possible results in your case! Visit my website for information and reviews.
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Angelina Bradley
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California Divorce Attorney

I am a retired Navy Judge Advocate helping families, working professionals, parentrepreneurs, and creatives attain work-life balance. I am a licensed attorney in California, Colorado, and the District of... Read More »
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Andrew Patrick Johnson
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Vista, CA Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(760) 639-0187 440 S. Melrose Drive
Suite 260
Vista, CA 92081
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
Andrew Johnson, CFLS is a licensed Attorney in California who is also a Certified Family Law Specialist. Mr. Johnsons’ law practice is entirely devoted to the practice of Divorce & Family Law located in Vista and North San Diego County, California. Mr. Johnson is also a certified divorce mediator. Mr. Johnson became a member of the Bar in 2000, and over the past 18 years, has worked for himself, Basie and Fritz Attorney’s at Law and at the Law Offices of James A. Hennenhoefer A.P.C where he was a partner before opening his own practice in 2011. ...
Carmen Elena Ramos
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 25 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
MS. RAMOS is a 1993 graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego and a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. A former Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County, Ms. Ramos became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 2005 and is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association. She has spoken on paternity issues for the Western State Alumni MCLE program. Ms. Ramos is fluent in Spanish.
Beatrice Larsson Snider
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 44 years experience
(888) 860-8544 9663 Tierra Grande
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
California Western School of Law
The youngest of four children, Beatrice Larsson Snider came to the United States from Sweden with her family at the age of 10. The family first lived in Berkeley, California then moved to Westchester County, New York where she graduated from high school in 1967. Certain characteristics separated her from the other teens of her day and her natural instinct to protect the underdog and speak up for her beliefs forecasted her eventual career in law. Ms. Snider was offered a scholarship as an undergraduate to California Western University in San Diego, California. Halfway through her undergraduate degree in pre-medical studies,...
Robin Ann DeVito Esq.
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(760) 720-9890 1015 Chestnut Ave
#C-2
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
California Western School of Law
Richard Renkin
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Encinitas, CA Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(619) 299-7100 320 Encinitas Blvd
Ste B
Encinitas, CA 92024
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Western State Univ
At Renkin & Associates, we represent clients in all areas of San Diego and North County for family law cases. Divorces can have many complex issues, and we have experience handling a variety of issues, including marriage dissolution, property division, and move-away issues. Visit www.renkinlaw.com to learn how we can help you.
Christine Hayes Sickler
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 42 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
MS. SICKLER joined the firm in 1985 and is a supervising attorney with the firm. Ms. Sickler obtained her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1976 and her Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sickler was engaged in the general practice of law, including obtaining substantial civil and criminal trial experience. Ms. Sickler was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1976 and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 1991. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association,...
Dennis Geis Temko
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(858) 274-3538 12636 High Bluff Dr. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92130
Divorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Dennis Temko provides exceptional representation in appellate matters in California State Courts in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere. His appellate practice is focused on family law matters including custody, property division, child and spousal support, stock options, high income earners, Ostler Smith (bonus support orders), domestic violence restraining orders, and imputation, among other issues. Most of his practice has been devoted to family law appeals and writs since his 2013 admission to the California State Bar. Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Mr. Temko as a rising star in 2017, and again in 2018.

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Rickard Lee Borg
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Lawyer with 43 years experience
(760) 729-2313 2558 Roosevelt Street
Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Divorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Life Long California resident serving the Carlsbad area for 40 years Graduate of Lynwood SDA Academy Vietnam Veteran -- Gasoline Truck Driver Former Realtor in California Business owner and General Counsel to the Health Care Industry including hospitals.... Currently General Counsel to Spinergy Professional Affiliations with Brig. Gen. David M. Brahms USMC Ret and Vanessa Duisters. A significant percentage of clients are professionals including Lawyers. We are Lawyers for Lawyers Quite often Our wide experience in trial matters is useful in settling difficult cases in Mediation. We have youth in Vanessa Duisters. Brilliance in General Brahms supplemented with Business...
Matthew Kaemerle
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Attorney
(760) 931-1981 5962 La Place Court
Ste. 165
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Andrew J. Botros
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
University of San Diego
Mr. Botros has practiced family law exclusively since 2010. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specializatio
Nancy J. Bickford
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Successful Divorce Lawyer! Certified Family Law Specialist & Public Accountant!

I am a dedicated attorney practicing exclusively in the area of family law. I provide skilled representation to pursue the results you need. Visit my website to see client testimonials and call now for a consultation.
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Matthew S. Blado
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Experienced & Dedicated Divorce & Family Law Lawyer! Exceptional Representation!

I practice exclusively in the areas of Divorce and Family Law. I work tirelessly to deliver the best possible results for those going through a divorce! Visit my website for client reviews and call for a consultation.
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Nancy J. Bickford
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
California Western School of Law
Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law, Ms. Bickford practices exclusively in the area of family law helping clients with divorce and separation in San Diego. Ms. Bickford is a graduate of California Western School of Law where she received honorable recognition for outstanding achievement in the areas of community property, taxation and civil procedure, as well as a West Publishing Award in recognition of her overall outstanding scholastic accomplishment. Ms. Bickford received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University, with a dual major in Systems Analysis and Mathematics. San Diego divorce attorney Nancy...
Matthew S. Blado
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Jenna A. Hoefler
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
California Western School of Law
Win R Heiskala
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 42 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande St. Ste. 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
Western State University College of Law
MS. HEISKALA joined the firm as a supervising attorney after spending 24 years as a sole practitioner in her own firm primarily devoted to family law. Ms. Heiskala obtained her Juris Doctorate from Western State School of Law (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) in 1976. She was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Federal District Court for the Southern District in 1976, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal in 1986 and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 1988. Ms. Heiskala is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section...
Naghmeh Bashar
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande St. Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
Univ of Arizona COL
MS. BASHAR obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law in May 1990. She joined the firm after 7 years as a sole practitioner focusing on civil litigation, business and family law. Prior to opening her own office, Ms. Bashar was an associate attorney in a civil litigation firm where she represented financial institutions as well as individuals with personal injury, fraud and contract matters. She has also worked as a Volunteer Attorney with the Family Law...
Carrie E Nolan
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Encinitas, CA Divorce Attorney
(760) 479-1900 662 Encinitas Blvd
#260
Encinitas, CA 92024
Divorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Carrie began her career in family law in 2006 as a legal assistant. She became a paralegal in 2007. She began working for the Law Office of Annette Hall Neville in 2008 as a paralegal while she attended law school. She became an associate attorney in 2012. Carrie’s diligence and attention to detail are second-to-none. She is a vital part of our practice. Clients and colleagues alike respect her work ethic and easy demeanor.
Thomas Daniel Nares
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Lawyer with 32 years experience
(760) 434-5710 2794 Gateway Rd.
Suite 106
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
My practice is devoted to the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Custody and Visitation, Domestic Violence and Support, as well as to all Criminal Law cases from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies.
Stephen J. Moore Esq.
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years experience
(760) 720-9890 1015 Chestnut Ave
#C-2
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Divorce, Family and Probate
California Western School of Law
Shannon B. Miles
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(858) 943-2060 12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92128
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
California Western School of Law and University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Born into a military family in Quantico, Virginia, Ms. Miles attended California Western School of Law, graduating in 2006. While at Cal Western, Ms. Miles studied Family Law and Community Property. Ms. Miles clerked for a family law firm and civil litigation firm while in law school. Ms. Miles also served as a judicial extern for the military judges at Camp Pendleton. Ms. Miles started with our firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Miles worked for the law firm of Moore, Schulman & Moore for four years, practicing exclusively in the area of family law. She is trained...
Yijin Jennifer Lee
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Solana Beach, CA Divorce Attorney with 2 years experience
(858) 410-0144 777 S. Highway 101, Suite 123
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
University of San Diego School of Law
Yijin Jennifer Lee is a San Diego family law attorney who brings both strong, legal expertise and a calm, rational demeanor to her clients when navigating difficult family matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jennifer worked exclusively in the area of family law as both a paralegal and a law clerk for more than two years, and is especially skilled in guiding clients through issues of divorce, spousal and child support, custody, visitation, and restraining orders. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served as an associate and...
Andy Cook
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California Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience

Andy Cook is here to help you! With a great courtroom presence (he used to be a professional announcer) and strong writing skills, Andy is able to get your message across to the many family law judges in... Read More »
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Paul A. Swiller
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California Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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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.