Playa Vista, California Divorce Lawyers

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.
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Marshall W. Waller
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Certified Family Law Specialist | Los Angeles & Ventura County Divorce Lawyers

If you consult with us about your California family law problem, we promise discreet, non-judgmental, and compassionate representation that is based on meeting your needs, not our own.
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Steven P. Fernandez
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California Divorce Lawyer with 29 years experience

Attorney Steven Fernandez is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over 27 years of experience. Mr. Fernandez handles every family law case including divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Read More »
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Rozanna Michelle Velen
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California Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience

Rozanna M. Velen is a co-founder of The Law Offices of Korol and Velen. She is an attorney licensed to practice before all of the Courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for... Read More »
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Jeffrey L. Harris
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer
(310) 745-8644 6601 Center Drive West Ste. 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Jeffrey L. Harris is the Managing Partner of Harris Family Law Group. He is a prominent and well-respected Los Angeles and Orange County Family Law Attorney who represents clients in all aspects of divorce – including child support, visitation and custody, spousal support, division of property, domestic violence and restraining order, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Working exclusively in family law, Mr. Harris provides a wide-range of legal services in the area of Family Law, including divorce litigation and mediation, dispute resolution, post-judgment modifications for custody, visitation, and support agreements, as well as obtaining or contesting temporary restraining orders (TROs)....
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(310) 641-8300 6733 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(310) 337-1600 5757 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(310) 484-2860 5959 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 46 years experience
(310) 649-6981 8939 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 38 years experience
(310) 649-3141 5757 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Business, Family and Real Estate
Whittier Coll School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(310) 642-6611 8726 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
National Univ School of Law
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 43 years experience
(310) 215-3215 5777 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce and Family
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(310) 242-6012 6080 Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Business, Family and Real Estate
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 66 years experience
(310) 641-2271 5959 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Employment, Estate Planning and Family
Loyola Law School
Sandra I. Salinas
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Certified Family Law Specialist | Los Angeles & Ventura County Divorce Lawyers

If you consult with us about your California family law problem, we promise discreet, non-judgmental, and compassionate representation that is based on meeting your needs, not our own.
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Linda Lu McLarnan-Dugan
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California Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience

Linda L. McLarnan-Dugan, Esq. has over 26 years of experience in the legal field following her admission to the California State Bar. She handles all types of cases which deal with the family. Her... Read More »
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(310) 645-0295 6224 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Workers' Comp
Western State Univ COL
Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(310) 258-0650 6820 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Univ of West Los Angeles
Mr. David Thomas Pisarra
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Santa Monica, CA Divorce Attorney with 20 years experience
(310) 664-9969 1305 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and International
Univ of West Los Angeles
Our firm is devoted to the fathers and husbands, which is why our website is www.MensFamilyLaw.com. We do handle mothers and wives, particularly in Parental Alienation cases, and Hague Convention Child Custody cases. We practice in the courts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, regularly. I have authored 3 books for men, A Man's Guide to Child Custody, A Man's Guide to Divorce Strategy and A Man's Guide to Domestic Violence. They are available both as e-book downloads from my website, www.MensFamilyLaw.com, or on Amazon in hard copy. I have represented fathers in Child Custody Cases where they have been...
Kevin John Kensik
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El Segundo, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(310) 891-2300 400 Continental Blvd.
S. 600
El Segundo, CA 90245
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Southwestern University School of Law
I have been a practicing attorney for over 20 years, and my practice for the last 15 years has been focused on Family Law in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of California.
Donald E Glass
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Marina del Rey, CA Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(310) 564-2388 4551 Gencoe Ave Suite 100
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
So Calif College of Law
After graduating from High School, Don attended his initial college year at ASU, AR, on a full music scholarship. Thereafter, he transferred to Whittier College, CA, where he received his BA in Business Administration. In subsequent years, he attended Southern California College of Law, CA, where he received his Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the California State Bar in 1990. Don is also a licensed California real estate broker. He began practicing law as a sole practitioner but soon joined the law firm of Berger Kahn and then Gray & Prouty as an associate attorney...
Evan Braunstein
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(424) 500-2983 12777 West Jefferson Blvd., Building D, Suite 3001
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
The George Washington University Law School
The Law Offices of Evan Braunstein provides fixed fee services for all of your divorce and family law needs. Our practice areas include divorce, premarital agreements, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and modification of orders. Unlike most other family law attorneys, we do not bill by the hour but instead charge a fixed fee for our work on your case. This efficient billing approach offers you the predictability of knowing how much our services will cost and the assurance of knowing that everything necessary will be done. You will be able to talk to us and ask...
Stacey Lind Widger
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(310) 306-8000 13101 W Washington Blvd
Suite 405
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Thomas Alan Widger
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(888) 806-5445 13101 West Washington Blvd.
Suite 405
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Divorce and Family
Loyola Marymount University
Tobie Brina Waxman
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Culver City, CA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(310) 410-9902 400 Corporate Pt
Ste 300
Culver City, CA 90230
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Medical Malpractice
Loyola Law School
Providing high quality legal representation to a wide range of clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area since 1993. I offer reasonable and highly competitive hourly rates where applicable. Prenuptial Agreements and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) are expertly prepared for one flat fee. The best interests of the children are the focus of the courts and of my law practice. Once your family law matter has resolved, you will not be abandoned. If modifications of any support, child custody or visitation orders are needed in the future, contact my office to reopen your file. I was...
Jackie Ferrari
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer
(310) 310-3616 11500 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Divorce and Family
New York Law School
Los Angeles Family Lawyer www.FerrariLawOffice.com
Alexander R. Ginzburg
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California Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience

Whittier Law School and University of Washington School of LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court Central District of California, District of Columbia and United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Mr. Clarke Logan Young
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Helping healthy parents save their children from pathogenic Borderline parents.

I am dedicated to helping nurturing parents secure custody orders that protect their children from alienating, subjugating Borderline ("BPD") parents.
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Thomas Ray Barnes
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Marina del Rey, CA Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience
(310) 821-7745 4223 Glencoe Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning and Family
Loyola Law School
Charles Rosenberg
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(310) 391-5839 11500 W Olympic Blvd
Ste 400
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
John Marshall Law School
Sandra I. Salinas
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Beverly Hills, CA Divorce Attorney
(818) 201-2978 433 North Camden Dr.
Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State University College of Law
Sandra Salinas is certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.

She is a partner in the law firm of Feinberg & Waller. Ms. Salinas is admitted to practice before all the courts in the State of California and the United States Federal Court.

Ms. Salinas' practice at Feinberg & Waller is devoted exclusively to family law where she is a highly regarded member of the firm's senior attorney team. You can be secure in the knowledge that she understands your problem, has a solution and is working hard on your...
Alphonse Provinziano
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Beverly Hills, CA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(877) 529-7101 8888 Olympic Blvd
Ste 203
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Alphonse focuses on providing excellent client service and aggressive advocacy to clients in Family Law matters. Alphonse is a Certified Specialist in Family Law (CFLS) by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Alphonse graduated with a B.A. in Rhetoric with Honors and English Literature from U.C. Berkeley, where he gave the Commencement Address for the Rhetoric Department. He also received the honor of Distinction in General Scholarship. He graduated with a J.D. from U.C. Hastings in San Francisco with a concentration in Civil Litigation and was awarded for the best student in Trial Advocacy II by the CACI Institute.

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Diana Pamela Zitser
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
(818) 763-5274 5200 Lankershim Boulevard
Suite 850, (Academy Tower)
Los Angeles, CA 91601
Divorce and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
The Law Firm of Diana P. Zitser is a highly respected and well-known firm in the family law arena. Diana, the founder, is a Certified Family Law Specialist with close to 20 years of experience. She has successfully represented clients with matters ranging from high-net-worth divorces to later-in-life divorces, legal separations, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, determination of spousal support, paternity actions, and domestic partnerships. Prior to practicing law, Diana earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance and was a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, handling complex multimillion-dollar realty valuation projects. Diana credits her unique...
Mary Ellen Waller
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Beverly Hills, CA Divorce Lawyer
(866) 297-0803 433 North Camden Drive
Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Divorce and Family
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Mary Ellen Waller is a director, shareholder, and general counsel of Feinberg & Waller, APC. Ms. Waller is not available for individual client retention, her focus is on the management of Feinberg & Waller, a law firm practicing exclusively in divorce and family law with offices located in Calabasas and Beverly Hills, California. Ms. Waller has helped lead the firm to become one of Southern California's premier family law firms, serving clients in all aspects of family law, including highly complex family law litigation. Clients receive increased value and benefit from her role, they are not charged for the expertise...
Marshall W. Waller
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Beverly Hills, CA Divorce Lawyer
(310) 803-9472 433 North Camden Drive
Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and University of San Diego School of Law
Marshall W. Waller is certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. A Certified Family Law Specialist must pass an extensive written examination in the subject area, be approved by a peer review process and show proficiency in this area by demonstrating experience handling a sufficient number of family law cases with varying degrees of complexity. Continuing education is required to maintain this specialty. Marshall Waller has also been awarded a top AV rating* from Martindale Hubble, the premier attorney rating system in the nation. Super Lawyers magazine has selected...
Kelly Yi-Yi Chang
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Pasadena, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(626) 765-5767 438 S. Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Divorce and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
I only practice family law because I love it. I am blessed because I have the distinct privilege of helping people where it matters most - at home. Loving my job gives me purpose, and God gifted me with abilities to achieve my purpose. There is no greater gift! When you hire us, know that we will try to obtain the best results for you and your family. This is our purpose as your lawyers. We are proud of our work, and we strive to never take your trust for granted.
Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
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Beverly Hills, CA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(310) 300-4021 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
UCLA School of Law
We understand that navigating the family court system can be quite overwhelming. The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is experienced in handling any family law matter: Divorce, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Modification of Child Support, Modification of Spousal Support,Child Custody Evaluations, Move-Away and Relocation Requests, Paternity Actions, Domestic Partnerships, Uncontested Divorce, Legal Separation, Pre-Divorce Planning, Limited Scope Representation/Consultation. The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is committed to providing you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about your life. Our goal is to empower...
Lani Baron
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Los Angeles , CA Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(424) 220-8412 12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 886
Los Angeles , CA 90025
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Whittier Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law
Lani Baron, Attorney-Mediator, is the founder of Alternative Divorce Solutions. As a child, Lani witnessed her parents’ highly-litigated and contentious divorce and she knew that there needed to be a change in the system. This life experience inspired Lani to begin her career in alternative dispute resolution early on, and she started her career as a paralegal at a small family mediation firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Shortly thereafter, Lani moved to California to study at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, where she focused on courses relating to dispute resolution and mediation. Her passion for helping others also prompted her desire to...
Yury Galperin
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California Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience

Yury Galperin is a litigator with over 13 years of experience representing clients going through the divorce process. Yury is a partner at Lieber Galperin and draws on his extensive trial experience to... Read More »
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Frank J. Prainito
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California Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience

MY PROMISE: My consultations are not on a time clock . . . I will personally review your case and any pleadings which you might bring. Having practiced law for more than 19 years in San Bernardino,... Read More »
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Hossein Farzam Berenji
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(213) 985-3007 550 S. Hill Street STE 1467
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Probate
Loyola Law School
Hossein Berenji, owner and found of Berenji & Associates, provides exceptional representation to anyone in need of family law attorney. Mr. Berenji's practice handles all family law matters including divorce, child support and custody, spousal support, and can assist in preparation of your pre or post nuptials.
Charles Mark Green
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(213) 387-4508 3699 Wilshire Blvd #700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Charles M. Green is a State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney. Mr. Green has extensive California State Court family law litigation experience. Prior to becoming an Certified Specialist in Family Law, Charles M. Green, obtained tax and financial expertise as a accountant with a New York and California CPA license for 10 years (now Inactive). Mr. Green has had financial work experience at several of the international accounting and tax firms.
Ted Khalaf
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(213) 550-4600 5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Western State Univ COL
Ted Khalaf is highly skilled in all legal matters pertaining to Divorce and Family Law within the state of California. Our team of skilled lawyers will represent you throughout the process of understanding your rights around a divorce, custody battle or marital and child support situation. Besides being emotionally devastating, a divorce can be financially crippling, and it is essential that you align yourself with a Divorce and Family Law attorney who will represent you to the fullest extent. A Proven Track Record of Success Whether you are dealing with the difficult task of marital property...
Matt Cadwell
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience
(310) 777-0231 2029 Century Park East, #2880
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Divorce and Family
Western State University College of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Matt Cadwell is an experienced and successful family and divorce law attorney based out of the Boyd Law office in Los Angeles, CA. Matt Cadwell is dedicated 100% to the successful legal representation of each and everyone of his clients that he represents. He sees it as a leap of faith by his clients when they choose him to represent them in a court of law, because of this Mr. Cadwell does not take the representation of his clients lightly. Matt Cadwell dedicates the necessary resources, attention, and time into each clients case to ensure that each...
Jackie A. Abboud
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(310) 407-5310 1875 Century Park East, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Georgetown University Law Center and Southwestern Law School
I am an experienced family law attorney specializing in complex divorce matters, paternity actions, nullity/annulment, separation, child custody and visitation issues/litigation, domestic violence matters, restraining orders, valuation and division of property, child support and spousal support, prenuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements, and post-judgment enforcement and modification proceedings. Before starting my own law firm, I practiced family law for many years at preeminent family law firms. I am fluent in the Arabic language and have expertise in Orthodox Jewish custody disputes. I was selected Southern California "Rising Star" by Los Angeles "Super Lawyers" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and...
Nydia Loya
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(323) 653-1600 6300 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1430
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
UCLA School of Law
Nydia Loya is an Associate in the Law Offices of Korol and Velen. Ms. Loya was admitted to the California State Bar in December, 2004. She is admitted to practice before all of the Courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Loya graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology in 2001, and earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004. Prior to joining Korol and...
Michael L. Whitmarsh
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(310) 552-3505 1900 Avenue of the Stars Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Southwestern University School of Law
Michael L. Whitmarsh completed his undergraduate studies at U.C.L.A. in 2002. He then taught children with autism and trained and competed in triathlons for two years before attending Southwestern University School of Law’s evening program. Michael worked full time at a business litigation law firm while earning his J.D. He graduated in December 2007, passed the February 2008 bar exam and since then he has dedicated his practice to exclusively to family law matters. Michael is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Family Law Section and the Southern California Family...
Lance Raymond Claery
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(310) 362-2273 2121 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
California Western School of Law
Lance Claery has been successfully practicing family law for more than seven years. He has worked with a diverse client base ranging from multi-millionaires to low income, modest means clients. He started his career as an attorney working with one of Southern California's most experienced family law attorneys. Thereafter, Mr. Claery began working for one of Southern California's busiest and most prestigious law firms. He was made a partner of that firm very quickly and has since worked on hundreds of divorces and other family law matters. Mr. Claery has handled trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations,...
Marina Korol
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience
6400 Wilshire
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Loyola Law School
Marina Korol is a co-founder of The Law Offices of Korol and Velen. She is an attorney licensed to practice before all of the Courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge in 1988 and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1992. Ms. Korol regularly sits as a Judge Pro Tem the Family Law Division of the Los Angeles County Superior...
Yury Galperin
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Los Angeles, CA Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(424) 325-6388 1801 Century Park East
24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Pepperdine University School of Law
Yury Galperin is a litigator with over 13 years of experience representing clients going through the divorce process. Yury is a partner at Lieber Galperin and draws on his extensive trial experience to advocate for his clients with the goal of achieving the best result in each case.

Yury accepts free consultations and can be reached at (424) 325-6388.
Yasha Bronshteyn
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California Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience

Loyola Law School, Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S. Federal District Court Central District of California,, U.S. Federal District Court Eastern District of California, U.S. Federal Court Southern District of California and U.S. Federal District Court...
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Playa Vista Divorce Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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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.