San Mateo 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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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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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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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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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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H. Yvonne Seeley
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years experience
(650) 347-9111 411 Borel Avenue
Suite 603
San Mateo, CA 94002
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Ms. Seeley is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Seeley’s practice focuses on dissolution cases involving high asset and complex financial issues such as the division of interests in closely-held businesses, real estate, and equity compensation, including stock options and RSU’s. Ms. Seeley also has extensive experience with high-conflict custody matters and relocation/ move-away cases. Ms. Seeley brings over 30 years of civil litigation experience to the firm and represents clients through all phases of family law litigation before private judges and in public...
Elaine Ryzak Fraser
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(650) 401-8080 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
With more than 25 years experience in family and personal injury law, I bring a seasoned expertise to both the conference room and the courtroom. As an experienced trial lawyer in all phases of litigation, I can successfully navigate diverse disputes across a range of legal areas. My expertise as a collaborative practitioner means that I am equally effective in mediating or negotiating a resolution that, when appropriate, does not involve litigation. I also assist clients as a mediator or a mediation-consulting attorney. I understand that every individual circumstance – every dispute – is unique...
Michael Edwin Marquez
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(650) 343-2611 1500 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
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 one can do better than I in achieving your goals and wishes.
Lisa Robertson Murray
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(650) 541-1718 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Divorce and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
Lisa R. Murray has practiced law since 1987, and family law since 1989, assisting families through the difficult divorce process. Ms. Murray assists her clients in reaching amicable and equitable settlement by offering services as a mediator, Collaborative Practice lawyer, consulting attorney for clients in mediation, and negotiating settlements. Ms. Murray has served her community as a court-appointed child advocate representing children in divorce cases, and Judge Pro Tempore. Ms. Murray's focus on consensual dispute resolution, such as mediation and Collaborative Practice was borne from her experience of the destructive manner in which litigation separates parents' and...
David Magnuson
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(650) 714-9439 345 Lorton Ave.
Suite 201
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
My family law practice is entirely limited to mediation and coaching. After witnessing the financial destruction and emotional distress that accompanies a litigated divorce, I decided to devote my career to helping couples separate constructively, peacefully and with dignity. Not only does a mediated divorce typically cost tens of thousands less than a drawn-out courtroom battle, but it also maximizes the likelihood that the parties will enjoy a civil relationship after the legal work is done. This is critically important when children are involved. I handle the entire divorce process for my clients, from our initial meeting to drafting...
Kimberly A. Madigan
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(650) 482-8480 3 Lagoon Drive
Suite 190
Redwood City, CA 94065
Divorce and Family
Univ of Alberta
Kimberly Madigan is a founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, family law firm representing clients throughout the Bay Area. She is admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of California. Ms. Madigan was named a "Rising Star" in family law by Super Lawyers on the basis of peer recognition and professional achievement for years 2012-2014. In 2014, Ms. Madigan was named as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Northern California by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). She is serving as the 2015 chair of...
Kiana Moradi
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(415) 593-3988 177 Bovet Road
Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
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....
Amy Anne Laughlin
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(650) 343-3486 15 N. ELLSWORTH, SUITE 201
San Mateo, CA 94401
Divorce, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Family
Univ of Michigan Law Sch
Amy Laughlin has been achieving exceptional results for clients since 1992. After graduating with honors from The University of Michigan Law School, Amy joined the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. While there, she counseled individuals and corporations in a wide range of complex financial matters. In 2013, Amy opened her own practice where she focuses primarily on divorce, business and entertainment law.
Mu-En Chen Steeg
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(650) 638-2338 177 Bovet Rd, Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
Divorce and Family
UC Hastings COL
Dawn Michelle Ward
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
(650) 473-0227 825 Oak Grove Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Divorce, Family and Social Security Disability
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Michael Edwin Marquez
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 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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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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Irene Gold
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 300-0411 333 Gellert Blvd.,Suite 132
Daly City, CA 94015
Divorce and Estate Planning
Nancy Ann Lara-Moscardini
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(650) 347-8592 398 Primrose Road, Suite 213
Burlingame, CA 94010
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Valerie Lynn Patten
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(650) 365-3508 1690 Woodside Road
Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Juvenile
Georgetown University Law Center
Paul Davis
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
(650) 345-7700 Post Office Box 5230
San Mateo, CA 94402
Divorce, Family and Municipal
San Francisco Law Sch
Michelle Ane Melen
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San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney
(650) 208-2420 1690 Woodside Road, Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061
Divorce
San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 41 years experience
(650) 340-1166 1700 S El Camino Real Ste 502
San Mateo, CA 94402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Family
Hastings College of the Law
San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 49 years experience
(650) 350-2000 PO Box 1145
San Mateo, CA 94403
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Stanford University Law School
San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience
(650) 233-1144 750 Menlo Ave Ste 250
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Hastings College of Law
San Mateo County, CA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(650) 638-2320 177 Bovet Rd Ste 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
San Mateo County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 38 years experience
(650) 350-1110 1777 Borel Pl
#204
San Mateo, CA 94402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Stanford Univ Law School
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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Kristine Stewart
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California Divorce Attorney

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Criminal and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
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Robert Chang
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 7 years experience
(510) 388-4866 2016 Lewelling Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94579
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
I started my practice with the premise I would always attempt to facilitate a collaborative divorce. Before going to law school, I worked for several years at a family law firm, and saw firsthand the potential of increasing acrimony between spouses when the court system is used haphazardly. Growing up with separated parents, I think I understand the stress and frustration of a long drawn out family divorce. The courts should be a place of last resort - who wants a Judge who barely knows you to make decisions for you? That being...
Debra Schoenberg
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney
(415) 834-1120 575 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Divorce and Family
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Skilled Legal Representation for All California Families At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., we recognize that divorce and other family law matters are complex, sensitive issues that can have a lasting impact on individuals, families, finances and futures. To achieve the very best outcomes for our San Francisco family law clients we apply a comprehensive approach to family law cases. By working closely with psychologists, appraisers, accountants, economists and other professionals, we ensure that legal strategies developed for each case reflect our own skills and valuable additional perspectives. Whether a case is best resolved by vigorous negotiation or powerful litigation, we have...
Lorna M. Jaynes
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Santa Clara County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 795-6304 Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Stacey Poole
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Nancy Martinez
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Santa Clara County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years experience
(650) 242-5280 2211 Park Blvd, Suite 9
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of San Francisco School of Law
Nancy M. Martinez is a California native. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend college. Nancy is a native Spanish speaker. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of California-Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History. After Cal, Ms. Martinez worked as a paralegal for several years in the areas of business litigation, antitrust, class-actions, and intellectual property.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she earned a Certificate of Concentration...
Ariel Sosna
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Howard Elliot Kane
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Alameda County, CA Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(510) 292-0193 2425 Webb Avenue, Second Floor
Alameda, CA 94501
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
UC Hastings COL
1983-1987 UCLA, B.A. History
1987-1990 UC Hastings College of the Law, Juris Doctor

Law Offices of Howard E. Kane 1990-present
Offices in Alameda & Walnut Creek

Esther R. Lerner
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 39 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Sabi Mand
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(925) 984-3365 39899 Balentine Drive
Suite 200
Newark, CA 94560
Alameda County, CA Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
Divorce and Family
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Sabi Mand is a zealous advocate for his clients. He works vigorously to provide effective representation and results for his clients. Sabi has worked for several Bay Area law firms handling all aspects of Family Law before starting his own practice. He has also worked as a mediator for over 10 years and helps clients resolve their disputes amicably.
Sabi has volunteered as an attorney for the Alameda County Superior Court, Family Law Division. He has very refined negotiation and interpersonal communication skills. He has been a coach and judge for the UC Hastings negotiation team. In addition, Sabi has had the...
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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Sabi Mand
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California Divorce Attorney

Sabi Mand is a zealous advocate for his clients. He works vigorously to provide effective representation and results for his clients. Sabi has worked for several Bay Area law firms handling all aspects of Family Law... Read More »
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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
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.
Ashley Talbot Dean
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 6 years experience
(415) 328-2797 720 Bay St
San Francsico, CA 94109
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
University of San Francisco School of Law
Ashley is founder of Talbot Law Firm. As an attorney in the firm’s emerging business practice, Ashley counsels startups with incorporation, early stage financing, employment issues, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, commercial partnerships and various other corporate transactions. Ashley believes that understanding a company’s vision and priorities is important to devising strategies to solve legal problems so companies can focus on their goals. Ashley has nearly 3 years in-house experience representing entrepreneurs in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. Ashley received a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in...
Lisa J. Auer
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(415) 772-5686 12 Funston Avenue
Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94129
Divorce and Family
University of California - Berkeley
Attorney and mediator Lisa J. Auer works with clients in the San Francisco Bay Area in a full range of family law matters, including divorce, dissolution of domestic partnership, parenting issues, child and spousal support, and premarital and postmarital agreements. Lisa’s services include traditional family law representation, mediation, consulting for clients who are in mediation or pursuing self-directed settlement, limited scope representation, and collaborative divorce. Lisa is committed to resolving family law issues outside of court whenever possible. However, Lisa understands that litigation is necessary to resolve some cases, and she will represent your interests skillfully and cost-effectively. Regardless of...
Sarah Van Voorhis
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Stanford Law School
Christine Ann Pham
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 273-9220 388 Market Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
Southwestern University School of Law
Christine Pham is a San Francisco, Bay Area native with over 10 years of litigation experience. She now focuses her practice on helping families and couples in a range of matters, including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony, guardianship, dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, and division of property.

Christine is also dedicated to helping individuals throughout the Bay Area gain their financial freedom through filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In the past, she was the managing attorney of the San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fairfield and Stockton offices of the nation’s largest consumer bankruptcy...
Liat Sadler
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney
(415) 362-0220 44 Montgomery St
#3780
San Francisco, CA 94104
Divorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
I am an experienced and caring family law and divorce lawyer who represents clients in high net worth and asset marital and domestic partnership dissolution. My practice includes asset and property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal and domestic partner support. I have successfully litigated characterization and division of equity compensation, business and art valuations, and move-away child custody cases. I represent clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County, Marin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County.
Shelley M. Kennedy
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San Francisco County, CA Divorce Attorney with 8 years experience
(415) 398-3400 870 Market Street
Suite 1151
San Francisco, CA 94102
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...
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.
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
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San Mateo County Divorce Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

San Mateo County Family Law Facilitator
(650) 261-5010
Redwood City, CA


Alameda County Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Centers
(510) 272-1393
Hayward, 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.