Watsonville Divorce Lawyers

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Timothy Joseph Walsh
Watsonville, CA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years of experience
(831) 728-3500 734 E Lake Ave Ste 17
Watsonville, CA 95076
Divorce and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Heidi Simonson
Watsonville, CA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(831) 763-0988 1050 S Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Divorce and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Dana Lynn Santos
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Dana Lynn Santos
Aptos, CA Divorce Lawyer with 19 years of experience
(831) 207-6850 P.O. Box 2182
Aptos, CA 95001
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I am a Family Law Specialist, certified with the California State Board of Legal Specialization. I enjoy assisting clients with all their family law needs including custody, support, division of property and paternity. I have acted as minor's counsel for several years, both private and appointed by the court, and have provided mediation services for 15 years.
Stephen W. Penn
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Stephen W. Penn
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Attorney with 33 years of experience
(408) 776-1525 16360 Monterey St
#120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Glendale College of Law
Stephen W. Penn is a Certified Family Law Specialist who has been in private practice since 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles and his law degree from Glendale College of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University and Master of Arts from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Mr. Penn served as Vice Chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community College District and Director of Finance and Chief Business Officer of California State University...
Sara Sturtevant
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Sara Sturtevant
Marina, CA Divorce Attorney with 13 years of experience
(831) 287-9781 PO Box 236
Marina, CA 93933
Divorce, Collections, Estate Planning and Family
New College of California
Sara Sturtevant is a licensed California attorney specializing in mediation and family law. She was the Associate Dean at Monterey College of Law and ran the school’s Practical Lawyering Program. Before joining Monterey College of Law, Sara worked at the court’s Self Help Center in Monterey. As an attorney and mediator, Sara believes that people have their own best solutions to any problem they face. This is as led her to help create programs in community mediation and self-help legal education to provide resources for people to access when facing legal problems. Sara believes that mediation should be...
Thomas S. Stinson
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Thomas S. Stinson
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 8 years of experience
(831) 425-8999 1101 Pacific Avenue, Suite 309
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Mr. Stinson represents clients in divorce and family law matters, provides estate planning and wealth preservation services through drafting documents such as wills and trusts, and handles general civil litigation matters. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Management Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz where he graduate with honors in the major and overall within the college. While there he also earned perfect scores in his economics calculus classes. Mr. Stinson then worked in corporate finance with a national publicly held company before attending law school. While in law school Mr. Stinson clerked with...
Joshua R. Jachimowicz
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Joshua R. Jachimowicz
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Lawyer with 9 years of experience
(800) 576-4210 17485 Monterey Road
Suite 204
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
Santa Clara University School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Joshua Robinett Jachimowicz was admitted to the State Bar in 2011. Mr. Jachimowicz began working with his father's firm as a law clerk while attending law school. He graduated the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Physics. Like his father, he received his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. While at Santa Clara, he received honors for his academic efforts in Wills and Trusts, Employment Discrimination and Trial Techniques classes. As a young attorney, he has handled numerous criminal matters, including petty thefts, drug offenses, and DUIs. Mr. Jachimowicz recently married...
Michele Elizabeth Hales
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Michele Elizabeth Hales
Hollister, CA Divorce Attorney with 28 years of experience
(831) 638-1082 719 San Benito St
Suite D
Hollister, CA 95023
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Michelle Elizabeth Hale has been representing clients with Divorce and Family Law matters since her admittance to the California Bar in 1992. In addition to a successful litigation practice, she also offers Alternative Dispute Resolution services, such as Mediation, Collaboration and Unbundled Family Law Assistance. She is dedicated to providing experienced, skilled and knowledgeable representation, and pursuing the best possible outcomes for your family law needs.

Michelle received her B.A. from the University of California Davis in 1989. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1992. Michelle is a member of the State Bar of California,...
Mr. Aaron Judson Lodge Esq.
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Mr. Aaron Judson Lodge Esq.
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(831) 426-3030 1414 Soquel Avenue, Suite 222
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Divorce, Civil Rights and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Aaron J. Lodge received his BA degree and first graduate work in math. He taught math at both the high school and college level for nearly 10 years, before changing careers and going to law school. Mr. Lodge now has a general practice law firm, where he focuses on family law, mediation, civil rights, and is now affiliated with other larger firms for personal injury and other areas of law. Mr. Lodge is highly dedicated to his clients, is very personable, and excellent in both litigation (in court), and in mediation.
Warren S. Forest
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Warren S. Forest
Scotts Valley, CA Divorce Attorney with 34 years of experience
(831) 440-9909 5521 Scotts Valley Dr Ste 270
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Univ of Utah COL
Nat E. Hales Jr.
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Nat E. Hales Jr.
Hollister, CA Divorce Attorney with 54 years of experience
(831) 638-1082 719 San Benito St
Suite D
Hollister, CA 95023
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
University of California Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall)
Nat E. (Ned) Hales, Jr. is a family law attorney of extraordinary experience. For more than 40 years, he has been a leader and respected member of the Santa Clara Bar Family Law Division. Ned is a graduate of Occidental College and the University of California Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). Ned has worked diligently to improve family law litigation and practice in California. As a two term Family Law Chairman of the Santa Clara County Family Law Section, Ned initiated the Santa Clara County Family Law Judge Pro Tem Program, the use of form Family Court Orders, Santa Clara...
Philip John Crawford
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Philip John Crawford
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 33 years of experience
(408) 313-3212 986 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Education, Family and Juvenile
Santa Clara University School of Law
Philip Crawford graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of law. Philip has practiced in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties for the past 33 years. His practice includes Family law, Juvenile law, Education Law, and Labor law.
Philip is a former Police Officer, Police Sergeant at San Jose Police Department. He is the founding attorney and former chief counsel for the Santa Clara County Correctional Officers Union. He has served as Chief Negotiator for public employee unions in negotiations and has handled hundreds of internal affairs investigations...
Creighton Mendivil
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Creighton Mendivil
Capitola, CA Divorce Lawyer
(831) 475-7515 314 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Collections and Domestic Violence
Monterey College of Law
Theodore Harry Cominos
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Theodore Harry Cominos
Salinas, CA Divorce Attorney with 68 years of experience
(831) 754-6600 10 W Alisal St
Salinas, CA 93901
Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
U of San Francisco School of Law
Brian Kipling Myers
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Brian Kipling Myers
Scotts Valley, CA Divorce Attorney with 18 years of experience
(831) 438-2318 5321 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 205
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
Victoria Elizabeth Canter
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Victoria Elizabeth Canter
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(831) 471-7812 200 Washington Street, Suite 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Robert Barrie Mitchell
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Robert Barrie Mitchell
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Attorney with 44 years of experience
(408) 779-7879 45 East 1st Street
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Brunhilda Diel
Aptos, CA Divorce Attorney with 42 years of experience
(831) 662-8536 221 Via Lantana
Aptos, CA 95003
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Robin Marisa Towse
Aromas, CA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years of experience
(831) 786-7334 PO Box 221
Aromas, CA 95004
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Stanford Univ Law School and Stanford Law School
Patrick T. Bell
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Patrick T. Bell
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Attorney with 6 years of experience
(408) 776-1525 16360 Monterey St
#120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
J. Winston Duggan
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J. Winston Duggan
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years of experience
(408) 776-1525 16360 Monterey St
#120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037-5454
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law and Marquette University
Winston Duggan graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a B.S. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Law, and a Minor in Philosophy. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara Law in 2014. Winston was awarded a CALI Award for Excellence in Juvenile Court Law Seminar, was a member of the Criminal Law Society and worked as an associate on the Journal of International Law.

While attending Santa Clara Law, Winston interned with the Alternate Defender’s Office of Santa Clara County, working specifically with juvenile justice cases and assisted a diverse group of attorneys and investigators in ensuring fair...
Allison Marie Hardin
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years of experience
(831) 459-6000 406 Mission St Ste D
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Bankruptcy and Family
Monterey COL
Pascha Rose Moller
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(831) 460-9588 915 Cedar St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Herbert Ernest Fox
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 51 years of experience
(831) 427-2114 555 Soquel Ave Ste 230
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Timothy Harrison McCarthy
Salinas, CA Divorce Attorney with 47 years of experience
(831) 320-9785 PO Box 8160
Salinas, CA 93912
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Harvard Univ Law School and Harvard Law School
Brandi Marian Johnson
Salinas, CA Divorce Lawyer with 17 years of experience
(831) 757-6844 337 Cayuga St
Salinas, CA 93901
Divorce and Family
Monterey COL
Robert James Pitman
Salinas, CA Divorce Attorney with 51 years of experience
(831) 422-9606 21 W Alisal St Ste 100
Salinas, CA 93901
Divorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
David Ross
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 33 years of experience
(831) 458-9200 411 Cedar St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Family
Roxanne Sher Olson
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 16 years of experience
(831) 471-5293 434 Plateau Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Family, Immigration and Real Estate
American U Washington COL and American University Washington College of Law
Ronald Scott Granberg
Salinas, CA Divorce Attorney with 42 years of experience
(831) 422-6565 134 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Monterey COL
John Michelet McCrary
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 43 years of experience
(650) 213-9950 127 4th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Divorce and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Dennis Gary Caspe
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 52 years of experience
(831) 425-8676 PO Box 2435
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
UC Hastings COL
Patricia Ann Liberty
Scotts Valley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 35 years of experience
(831) 438-2604 PO Box 66915
Scotts Valley, CA
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Monterey COL
Billie Chrystine French
Salinas, CA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years of experience
(831) 757-6844 337 Cayuga St
Salinas, CA 93901
Divorce, Civil Rights, Family and Juvenile
Monterey College of Law
Joseph Gerard Haselton
Soquel, CA Divorce Attorney with 33 years of experience
(831) 475-4679 2425 Porter St Ste 14
Soquel, CA 95073
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Anita Maria Elliott
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 34 years of experience
(831) 566-4181 412 Escalona Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Laura Ann Perry
Morgan Hill, CA Divorce Attorney with 28 years of experience
(408) 779-0007 25 W 1st St
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Anthony John Salatich
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 42 years of experience
(831) 425-3711 127 Jewell St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Jennifer Greene
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Lawyer with 21 years of experience
(831) 459-6800 PO Box 4192
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Personal Injury
Monterey COL
Donna Lynn Becker
Santa Cruz, CA Divorce Attorney with 37 years of experience
(831) 459-7400 550 Water St #J-3
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Divorce and Family
University of California, Berkeley School of Law and UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
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Watsonville Divorce Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Santa Cruz County Family Law Facilitator
(831) 786-7200
Watsonville, CA


Santa Clara County Self-Service Centers/Family Law Facilitator's Office
Morgan Hill, 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.

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