La Jolla, California Divorce Lawyers

Roy M. Doppelt Esq.
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2019 Super Lawyer: Benefits/Qualifications No Other Attorney Can Match!

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. Read More »
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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 Angeles (UCLA), and... Read More »
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Damon Brandon Forney
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Only SD Certified Family Law Specialist Who Is A Former State/Federal Prosecutor

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. Read More »
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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. Read More »
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Elizabeth A. Rodriguez
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California Divorce Attorney

Thomas Jefferson School of LawCalifornia and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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Michelle Paul
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SAN DIEGO, CA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(800) 590-4305 4918 N. Harbor Drive, Suite #204
SAN DIEGO, CA 92106
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do On Your Own – We will lead you through the toughest decisions you will ever have to make, whether it is to protect you, your children, your property and your future.” – Michelle Paul, Esq. Michelle is an East Coast native who has been successful in the business arena as an entrepreneur for 37 years. She went back to school after 20 years as a non-traditional student and obtained a Political Science degree with Summa Cum Laude 4.0 honors from Coastal Carolina University. She has worked in Civil Litigation for the past eight...
Drew Hendricks
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 2 years experience
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Dr. #625
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Drew received his Bachelor of Arts from Queens University of Charlotte, where he majored in Psychology and served as captain of the university tennis team. After college, he attended graduate school at West Virginia University, where he earned master’s degrees in social work and public administration, and participated in many community outreach projects. He also demonstrated exceptional work ethic by completing two master’s programs while simultaneously working as a tennis coach to help pay for his education. He later received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where he was a Dean’s List student and member of...
Brian Alan Burkett
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(619) 683-2429 444 Camino del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
At the Law Office of Brian Burkett, my goal is to help you with your legal problem by offering quality, caring, and affordable legal services and counseling. I want to be the right attorney for your needs. The attorney client relationship is very important, therefore, you should choose your attorney wisely. You do not want to choose an attorney to represent your needs and later regret that you made a bad choice. So you want an attorney who is there for you when you need them. You want an attorney who answers your questions patiently and...
Puja Arun Sachdev
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(619) 866-3756 2851 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 430
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Puja A. Sachdev is a family law attorney who graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California with her Juris Doctorate and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in Marketing and Management. She completed her Masters of Science in Business Administration in Financial & Tax Planning at San Diego State University and received the certificate for Personal Financial Planning. Ms. Sachdev is the only family law attorney in the greater San Diego area with the designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. Prior to her career in 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
Scott Howard Finkbeiner
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Dr. #625
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Scott H. Finkbeiner is a co-founder of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP and is an expert in Family Law as he is California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. Scott is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Scott has dual degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona. Scott serves as a volunteer for the Superior Court as a judge pro tem, Family Law settlement judge and mediator. Scott specializes in all aspects of complex family law cases from mediations to trials. Scott has litigated all issues involved in divorce and paternity cases...
Craig Richard VanThiel
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 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
Thomas Allan Kirby
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience
(858) 974-4900 5095 Murphy Canyon Road
Suite 127
San Diego, CA 92123
Divorce and Family
University of San Diego School of Law
Born and raised in Michigan, 2nd of eleven children. Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1975. Prior to limiting practice to Family Law about 20 years ago, I practiced in many other areas of the law including: Real Estate, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Bankruptcy.
Andrew Shorb
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(888) 222-1220 3130 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning and Family
I am a founding parter at Shorb & Connor and make it a point to get to know every client that walks through our firms doors. We are a small firm and offer small firm personal service but have the technology and team attorney approach of the larger firms. Ms. Connor and I keep up to date on every case, even thoughs handled by associates. Our goal is to help our clients, and what better way than to provide them with our entire firm's knowledge, not just their single attorney. I began my career at the San Diego Public...
Kim Marie Staron
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(619) 574-8000 2801 Camino del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
Pierre A. Domercq
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California Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience

Burke & Domercq, LLP offers skilled divorce and family law representation to individuals, families and business owners in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista and throughout North County San Diego. We have... Read More »
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Elizabeth P. Swiller
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California Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Shana Jo Black
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
(619) 557-0122 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Frank Terrazas
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 3 years experience
(619) 692-8100 1450 Frazee Road
Suite 501
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
I spent over a decade learning from two of the top Family Law attorneys in San Diego County. After being licensed I immediately began handling all areas of Family Law matters and building what became one of the best and well regarded practices in the field. My knowledge of the law often results in attorneys that have been in practice for more than 20 years regularly seek my opinion in their own cases.

At the beginning of 2019 I decided to join the law firm of GARWOOD ATTORNEYS, ALC primarily as a litigation attorney.

The core values in my practice are...
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
Ms. Elizabeth N Molea
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
10620 Treena St #230,
San Diego, CA 92131
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Daniel Richard Knowlton
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 42 years experience
(619) 997-1553 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationDivorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State Univ
COMPETENCE CONTROLS OUTCOMES. Dan Knowlton is the son of an attorney who practiced for 62 years, and Dan’s son has also become an attorney. Dan served honorably in the California Air Force National Guard and the California Army National Guard. His bachelor degrees, cum laude, were in Economics, which make business and real estate analysis second nature to him, and Philosophy. He served as president for two terms in a local Chamber of Commerce, and was active with Kiwanis and Optimists International, serving recently as president of a mid-size long-standing San Diego charity. His hobbies are...
Hannah J. Engholm
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Drive
Suite 625
San Diego, CA 92108
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.
Pamela Anevski
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer
(908) 255-0483 7710 Balboa Avenue
Suite 316
San Diego, CA 92111
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Anthony Dunne
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
(619) 503-3050 3555 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Divorce and Family
Western State Univ COL
Erin 'Annie' Ruttenber
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer
(858) 974-4900 5095 Murphy Canyon Road
Suite 127
San Diego, CA 92123
Divorce and Family
Julia D. Schneider
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 5 years experience
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Drive
Suite 625
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Julia Schneider received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas, with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. After graduation, Ms. Schneider moved to Barranquilla, Columbia where she taught fifth grade science and language arts at a bilingual school. After teaching in Columbia, Ms. Schneider entered California Western School of Law as a Trustee’s Scholar. Ms. Schneider joined Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP in January, 2014 as a certified legal intern through California Western School of Law’s clinical internship program. She later became a law clerk, and now is an associate attorney in the firm. She...
Denise E. Oxley Esq.
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California Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience

Inns of Court School of Law, Grays Inn, LondonUnited Kingdom and California
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Robin Ann DeVito Esq.
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California Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience

California Western School of LawCalifornia
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Lori Clark Viviano
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 29 years experience
(619) 296-1594 2728 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Divorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Bonnie Ada Mantel
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(619) 574-8000 2635 Camino Del Rio South Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce
McGill Univ
Mark Lee Maniscalco
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(619) 876-4161 3667 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
Divorce
California Western School of Law
A. Stephen Rocha Esq.
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
(619) 542-1100 1081 Camino del Rio S #202
San Diego, CA 92108
Divorce, Appeals and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Susan J. Rosen
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer
(588) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
Debra Black Manduley-Holmes
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(858) 354-5483 4725 Mercury Street STE 200
San Diego, CA 92111
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Jessica M. Blas
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Divorce and Family
Ashley Negrette
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(619) 356-1448 402 West Broadway
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
Divorce and Immigration
California Western School of Law
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 Angeles (UCLA), and her law degree from California Western School of Law (CWSL). Ashley has been passionate about immigration law for many years and has demonstrated exceptional ability in removal (deportation) defense, and investor visa and non-immigrant visa applications. Ashley is lead counsel rated and has received numerous awards for community leadership, problem solving, and pro bono work.
Michele Bernadette Brown
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(619) 298-1900 525 "B" Street
#2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Divorce and Family
University of San Diego School of Law
Michele B. Brown is an attorney licensed in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District. She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and she handles complex family law matters, including dissolution of marriage actions with business valuations, income analysis and financial litigation, custody, move-away and psychological evaluations, as well as pre-marital agreements, post-marital agreements, post judgment matters and enforcement actions. Ms. Brown cares deeply about the law and her clients. It is for this reason Ms. Brown is actively involved in family law legislation and politics. Michele Brown...
Andy Cook
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(619) 515-9900 1901 1st Ave
2FL
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
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 San Diego County.

Andy Cook handles family law matters exclusively. He has one associate attorney and has run his own practice in the Bankers Hill area of San Diego, located about a mile from the main San Diego Family Law Court, for over 23 years. Andy has been Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar...
Linda A. Jazo
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California Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Stephen J. Moore Esq.
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California Divorce Lawyer with 37 years experience

California Western School of LawU.S. District Court, Southern District of Caliornia, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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Michelle Cornejo Sullivan
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 35 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.
Richard Renkin
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Encinitas, CA Divorce Attorney with 32 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.
Michael Allen Fischer
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San Diego, CA Divorce Lawyer with 13 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...
Stuart Mellman
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney
(619) 304-0600 600 W Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Mr. Mellman provides clients with a full range of legal services including estate planning, estate litigation, family law, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, civil litigation, business transactions, business law, intellectual property, real property, and asset protection. Mr. Mellman received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated in the top four percent of his class with honors of Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Mr. Mellman served as the Managing-Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review...
Roseline D. Feral
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(619) 232-1010 444 W C St
#310
San Diego, CA 92101
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Ms. Feral puts the needs of her clients first, even if that means dealing with conflict. Passionate about making sure her client's voice is heard, you can count on her to fight and not back down. Ms. Feral is rated one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area and has earned the respect of clients and San Diego Defense Lawyers throughout California.
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 31 years experience
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
For nearly 30 years, San Diego family law attorney Roy M. Doppelt, Esq. has been providing clients in Southern California with comprehensive legal services. He is currently an active member of the California and San Diego Bar Associations, and he is admitted to practice law in both California and Illinois state courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California.

Roy was raised in Chicago and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He relocated to California to attend the California Western School of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1988, graduating with honors....
Garrison Klueck
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La Mesa, CA Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(866) 920-3993 7777 Alvarado Road, Suite # 413
La Mesa, CA 91942
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I have a calling to spread the word to folks that there are alternatives to going to court. There are alternatives like mediation, collaborative law and cooperative law. People in our firm, and myself, had to take extra training, often at substantial expense and in other states, to be able to offer those alternative dispute methods for our clients. Now I have hobbies of "spreading the word" about those alternatives. I appear on TV, often with other members of our firm....
Julia Kaemerle
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Carlsbad, CA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(760) 931-1981 5962 La Place Court
Ste. 165
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Nicholas Moore
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 5 years experience
(619) 485-2900 101 W. Broadway, Suite 1770
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Family and Social Security Disability
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Nicholas J. Moore is an award winning San Diego criminal attorney. He has been recognized as "Best of the Bar, 2016" by the San Diego Business Journal, "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers, and named "Rising Star," in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and named "10 Best in Client Satisfaction" by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys two years in a row (2016 and 2017).

Nicholas is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Thomas Jefferson School of...
James Richard Vercollone
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San Diego, CA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(619) 704-1035 2366 Front St
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Suffolk Univ Law School
Mr. Vercollone is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and California. He has spent more than twelve years practicing exclusively family law in San Diego and southern California. Mr. Vercollone has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since 2010. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the San Diego Family Law Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. Mr. Vercollone has dealt with all aspects of family law litigation, including complex property issues, custody disputes, support matters, and has negotiated numerous prenuptial...
Paul A. Swiller
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California Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Andrew J. Botros
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Knowledgeable & Determined Divorce & Family Law Attorney! Focused on You!

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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.