Marin County, California Divorce Lawyers

Debra Schoenberg
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Personal Attention | Thoughtful Litigation | Final Resolution

Whether by vigorous negotiation or powerful litigation, we deliver the finest services in all family law matters. Our goal is to preserve your dignity and humanity while achieving a favorable outcome on your behalf. Read More »
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Esther R. Lerner
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California Divorce Lawyer with 39 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, U.S. Federal Court, Florida and U.S. Court...
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Stacey Poole
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California Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience

Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Ariel Sosna
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Skilled Divorce Lawyer! Exceptional Service & Results! Call for a Consultation!

I have been exclusively practicing family law in California since 2007. I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of those going through a divorce! Visit my website for reviews or call for a consultation! Read More »
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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Exclusive Representation for Discerning Clients

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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Nathaniel Dowds Esq.
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney
(415) 312-5495 404 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Divorce and Family
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
We are a small law office offering family law and divorce related services to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide individuals and families with the help they need to resolve family law issues surrounding dissolution of marriages or domestic partnerships (divorce), adoption and surrogacy, prenuptial agreements, child custody, spousal support (alimony), and offer counsel and legal services to couples contemplating marriage or domestic partnership. We pride ourselves in being able to offer resposive and personalized service at affordable rates. By eliminating the crippling overhead and high management salaries that are common among larger Bay Area law firms,...
Shelley M. Kennedy
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San Rafael, 94901
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...
Amanda J. List
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Alameda County, 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.
Benjamin Lee
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 8 years experience
(415) 735-0311 100 Pine Street
Ste. 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Divorce and Family
American University
Benjamin Lee is an experienced family law and divorce lawyer licensed in California. Ben is passionate about family law and is committed to collaboration with clients on family law matters. Ben supports his clients throughout divorce and the difficult transitions that come with it.
Keith Foster Carr
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 31 years experience
(415) 935-3744 1 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationDivorce and Bankruptcy
UCLA School of Law
Attorney Keith F. Carr has 30 years experience in Bankruptcy and Divorce. The Law Offices of Keith F. Carr has served the Northern California community since 1988. Since the business was established, we have helped clients save their homes and businesses and get their finances back on track through bankruptcy.

The Law Offices of Keith F. Carr has helped spouses get through the emotional pain of divorce and has advised and represented them in all family law and divorce proceedings. Attorney Keith F. Carr will take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights...
Paul W. Thorndal
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San Francisco County, 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.
Daniel Beck
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Sonoma County, CA Divorce Attorney with 44 years experience
(707) 992-5404 755 Baywood Drive
Second Floor
Petaluma, CA 94954
Free ConsultationDivorce, DUI, Employment and Family
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Attorney Daniel Beck is a lawyer with more than 35 years of family law, employment law, labor law, criminal law, medical marijuana law, personal injury, civil litigation, real estate, and business law experience. Mr. Beck has practiced before the Superior and Appellate courts of California and the Federal Courts of Nevada, Idaho and Washington D.C. He is a member in good standing with the California Bar Association. Beck Law P.C., headquartered in Santa Rosa California provides legal services to Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Lake County California including Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Kenwood, Glen Ellen,...
Erin Patricia Farley
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Sonoma County, CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(707) 776-4772 775 Baywood Drive, Suite 117
PO Box 7331
Petaluma, CA 94954
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
"Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you."

Erin Farley brings over 19 years of legal experience to the firm. She is well-respected in the community for her work and was voted in 2013 and 2015 as the Best Attorney in Petaluma by the Argus-Courier's People's Choice Awards.


Ms. Farley's work focuses on dissolutions, child support, child custody, spousal support, post-judgment support, comprehensive property division, and prenuptial agreements. Ms. Farley brings experience, insight, and compassion to what is likely the most emotionally difficult of court proceedings.
Adam Nathan Gurley
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(415) 240-9953 3755 Balboa St
Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94121
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
UC Hastings COL
I am a San Francisco Divorce Attorney who has done Family Law/divorce cases for more than seventeen years. I have done hundreds of Family Law hearings, rather than just a few. I have had cases in every county in the Bay Area. An experienced attorney, like myself, can make a huge difference in the outcome of your family law situation. Call me at 415.240.9953 and I will give you an immediate free telephone consultation. You can text me at 415.240.9953. I do traditional representation and "Limited Scope." With Limited Scope, there is no large up front retainer. You just pay as...
Ms. Lucy Zheng
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
(408) 638-7006 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Lucy Zheng is a California licensed attorney, experienced in individual tax debt relief, DUI law, family law, personal bankruptcy filings, and tenant evictions. Prior to forming her own practice, Lucy worked at a law firm handling multiple client cases all throughout Northern California. She witnessed the strengths and weaknesses of a larger law firm, and thus determined she could best provide her clients with the personalized attention and service that they deserve by starting her own practice. Lucy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Law in only 3 years, from the University of...
Kristine Stewart
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California Divorce Attorney

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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H. Nathan James
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California Divorce Attorney with 38 years experience

Lincoln Univ9th Circuit, Central and Northern District Federal Courts of California, United States Tax Court and California
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H. Nathan James
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 38 years experience
(415) 749-5900 2135 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
Lincoln Univ
Adam Neufer
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 9 years experience
(415) 796-0938 785 Market Street
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Prior to opening his own law office, Adam worked as an associate at Triano & Byrne where his practice focused on high-asset and high-conflict divorce and family law matters, business and commercial litigation, and construction defect cases. He continued to hone his litigation skills as an associate at Kern, Noda, Devine & Segal practicing personal injury and insurance defense. Adam served as an attorney on the San Francisco Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services Panel providing clients with pro bono services in divorce and family law matters. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patrick J. Mahoney of...
Inez Kim
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 4 years experience
(808) 255-9016 8 10th St 1706
San Francisco, CA 94103
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Elder and Family
American Heritage University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law
Inez Kim, Attorney at Law specializes in representing individuals in various areas of law. She is known for her mission to take a genuine interest in her clients and bring fast resolutions. Her clients appreciate her immediate feedback and strong communication skills. She understands the uniqueness of each cases and meets the clients' expectations. She also holds an MBA degree and bring to the table real world business experience. She is dedicated to bring commitment, integrity and positive results for all her clients.
Stacey Schliffer
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San Francisco County, 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...
Robert Alan Goodman
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 987-7800 555 12th Street
Suite 1900
Oakland, CA 94607
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
University of San Francisco, School of Law
Alan Silverman
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(415) 242-5204 456 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Whittier Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law
Katherine Harris Reder
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Franicsoc, CA 94108
Divorce, Appeals and Family
University of North Carolina School of Law
Kate Reder is an associate attorney at Wald & Thorndal. She specializes in family formation, divorce, and dissolution for both traditional and non-traditional families. Firm 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.
Michael John Apicella
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Sonoma County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(415) 377-1580 10 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
I've always had a passion for law and justice. As such, I gave up a business career in my mid thirties to obtain a law degree. I graduated from law school in 2001. While in school, I received multiple awards and honors, including top 5% of my class in the first year, as well as a merit scholarship. I received special training in trial work, earning certificates in litigation, public interest law, and mediation. My law practice began in commercial litigation, where I had certain aptitudes and strengths due to my business background....
Deborah H. Wald Esq.
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San Francisco County, 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...
Joseph Anthony Castagnola
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Sonoma County, CA Divorce Attorney
(707) 738-7334 133 1/2 Kentucky St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Personal Injury
Northwestern California University School of Law
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No one wants to go through the eviction process. Often times, mediation between a landlord and tenant can produce a better result. However, where eviction is the correct course of action, you need an attorney dedicated to your results....
Michael Edwin Marquez
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California Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience

I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been a San Mateo County resident for the past 34 years. I have been practicing law for over 20 years and understand the difficult time one goes through in a break up. No... Read More »
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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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Yelda Mesbah Bartlett
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(510) 318-6313 1939 Harrison Street
9th Floor, Suite 921
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Business, Family and Personal Injury
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Katherine C. Wu
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer
333 Bryant St
Ste 240
San Francisco, CA 94107
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Emory University School of Law
Kristine Stewart
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 9 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
Jeffrey Bruce Neustadt
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 49 years experience
(415) 434-4440 PO Box 170249
San Francisco, CA 94117
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Boston College Law School and Boston College Law School
I have been practicing law in San Francisco California and all of the Bay Area counties for over 30 years. My practice consists of various things but primarily the trial practice including Civil, Criminal in all its aspects, and Family law. Over the course of my career, I have had a great deal of experience in each of these areas and others. I have never lost my enthusiasm nor my interest in the protection of my clients.
Kiana Moradi
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(415) 593-3988 Two Transamerica Center
505 Sansome Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Cornell University
Ms. Moradi's practice focuses on complex dissolution matters and contested custody issues. She has represented clients in issues involving valuation of businesses, stock options, and division of limited partnerships. She has also represented parents in contested custody cases, including move-aways. She has effectively helped clients at all stages of the process, from mediation to settlement conferences to trial. Ms. Moradi's combination of business acumen, litigation experience, and negotiation skills enable her to generate tailored, effective solutions unique to each client. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Ms. Moradi was a litigator at one of the nation's top law firms, Reed Smith....
Hannah Elizabeth Sims
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(510) 628-0250 1939 Harrison Street
Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Col William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Hannah E. Sims is a Certified Family Law Specialist with 22 years of experience in the field of divorce and family law. Her boutique law firm includes two associate attorneys and two paralegals who work collaboratively on cases in order to ensure the best results in the most cost-effective manner. While the Law Offices of Hannah E. Sims prides itself in its superb reputation as skilled litigators and trial attorneys, the first approach is always to attempt settlement.
Evelyn Herrera
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(510) 893-3711 1970 Broadway
Suite 625
Oakland, CA 94612
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Immigration
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Valerie Fenchel
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
(415) 805-9069 2001 Union Street
Suite 480
San Francisco, CA 94123
Divorce and Family
University of California, Davis, School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
I am a Bay Area native, presently residing in San Francisco. I am trained in mediation, negotiation, and litigation. I handle uncontested divorces and complex custody matters, as well as premarital agreements, the division of marital assets, child support, and spousal support issues. My main office is located above Jackson Square in San Francisco. You can reach me at (415) 805-9069 or email me at Valerie@FenchelFamilyLaw.com.

Prior to attending law school, I managed the care and education for toddlers, elementary age children, and preteens. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors from UC Santa Barbara and earned my J.D....
Katie Burke
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA 94108
Divorce, Appeals and Family
University of San Francisco School of Law
Katie Burke is an associate family law attorney at The Wald Law Group, P.C.. The firm provides comprehensive legal services for all types of family law situations. Practice areas include: Assisted Reproduction; Surrogacy; Adoption; Family Contracts & Parenting Law; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Co-Parenting Agreements; Domestic Partnership Agreements; Divorce; Dissolution; Custody Disputes; Paternity and Contested Parentage Actions. Experienced in Collaborative Practice & Mediation. Legal services provided at both the trial and appellate level.
Jane Ginsburg
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(415) 399-1481 291 Geary St.
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94102
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Sarah Arnott
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Dedicated and Experienced California Divorce Lawyer! Call for a Consultation!

I am a determined and skilled divorce attorney. I provide experienced and knowledgeable representation. I will work tirelessly for the results you need and deserve! Visit my website for reviews, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Claudia Bravo Silverman
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(415) 242-5204 456 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Whittier Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law
Alex Verbeck
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Alameda County, 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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Alameda County, 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
O'Neil G. Dennis
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(415) 710-5236 3223 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
University of San Francisco School of Law
Kathleen Lois Morgan
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(415) 994-1342 788a Ulloa St
San Francisco, CA 94127
Divorce, Administrative, Domestic Violence and Family
UC Hastings COL
Cheryl Anne Sena
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 35 years experience
(415) 863-5300 575 Market St
Ste 4000
San Francisco, CA 94105
Divorce
UC Hastings COL
Mary Jo Hart
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 989-2447 400 Montgomery St
2FL
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
Daphne DeMorris Yeldell
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Alameda County, 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
Ian M.A. Van Leer
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Attorney
(510) 645-1533 1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Personal Injury
Richard Melone Bryan
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 55 years experience
(415) 296-0800 425 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
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Marin County Divorce Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Family and Children's Law Center
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Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program
(415) 982-1600
San Francisco, CA

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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.