Whitewater, California Divorce Lawyers

Heather Mellyn Cullen
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California Divorce Attorney with 20 years experience

The family law practice at the Law Office of Heather Cullen strives to maintain effective, quality relationships with each of our clients. We treat each client with integrity and respect for his or her individual needs,... Read More »
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Amanda Beth Naples
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California Divorce Lawyer

Amanda B. Naples is an Attorney at The Law Office of Heather Cullen. Attorney Naples is currently an active member of State Bar of California and practices exclusively Family Law. Attorney Naples is a native Southern... Read More »
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Brad Faber
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California Divorce Lawyer

Experienced Family Law Attorney serving Indio, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and the entire Coachella Valley. I am a husband and father. The preservation of the family unit can be achieved, even after a divorce. My... Read More »
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Frank J. Prainito
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Attentive, results-oriented representation in divorce and child custody cases.

I'm an experienced divorce lawyer and represent clients in simple and complex cases. My practice includes property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation, and post-judgement modifications. Read More »
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Banning, CA Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(714) 939-1712 12215 Santiago Rd
Banning, CA 92220
Divorce and Family
Western State Univ COL
Palm Springs, CA Divorce Lawyer with 33 years experience
(760) 323-2221 655 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Oral Roberts Univ O W Coburn School of Law
Richard Lutringer
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Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney
(760) 459-4123 777 East Tahquitz Canyon Wy.
Suite 200
Palm Springs, CA 92260
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Real Estate
Cornell University
Full time mediator with offices in New York City and Southern California.
Palm Springs Office concentrates primarily on divorce, custodial arrangements and disputes related to real estate and probate, as well as family-owned business and vacation homes. New York City Office concentrates on corporate, commercial and finance matters

Extensive training in alternative dispute resolution techniques, including at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London (CEDR), the American Arbitration Association.
(AAA),and the International Mediation Institute (IMI)., Among other panels, he mediates disputes as a member of the mediation panels of CPR,...
Mr. Thurman Wesley Arnold III
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Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience
(760) 320-7915 225 S. Civic Dr
Suite 1-3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Ethical family law and divorce attorney, handling high conflict divorces, but also amicable & simple situations. Divorce mediation and collaborative divorce is available through our mediation practice at http://www.DesertFamilyMediationServices.com. Mr. Arnold is a Certified Family Law Specialist.
Michael John Harrington
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Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(760) 347-4445 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Suite 203
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Family
Univ of LaVerne COL
An understanding lawyer with compassion. Listens to his clients concerns and develops a plan to best meet them. Early in my career I practiced criminal, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency law. This background still helps today. My practice focuses on typical family needs. Family law, child custody, consumer bankruptcy, and elder care. More recently, I have expanded to offer services to small and family businesses.
Thomas Lee Watkins
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Banning, CA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(951) 849-0326 12 S San Gorgonio Ave
Banning, CA 92220
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
Western State Univ COL
Mark David Gershenson
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Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 39 years experience
(760) 322-0555 400 S Farrell Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Divorce, Business and Family
Emory Univ School of Law
Yucca Valley, CA Divorce Lawyer with 45 years experience
(760) 365-8888 7355 Church St
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Western State Univ
Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 33 years experience
(760) 322-2505 870 Research Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Divorce and Family
Univ of Tennessee COL
Rancho Mirage, CA Divorce Lawyer with 35 years experience
(760) 324-3212 69730 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Divorce and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Domingo Castillo Jr
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California Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience

I am the principal partner of Castillo & Associates handling workers compensation, personal injury, criminal defense and family law matters throughout our Southern California offices in Riverside, San Diego,... Read More »
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Steven P. Fernandez
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California Divorce Lawyer with 30 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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Cathedral City, CA Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(858) 324-6450 68828 Ramon Rd
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Divorce and Family
Univ of LaVerne COL
Banning, CA Divorce Attorney with 37 years experience
(951) 849-0326 12 S San Gorgonio Ave
Banning, CA 92220
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 44 years experience
(760) 320-7878 177 S Civic Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
Palm Springs, CA Divorce Attorney with 39 years experience
(760) 323-8377 2122 E Baristo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Divorce and Family
Western State Univ
Heather Mellyn Cullen
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Temecula, CA Divorce Attorney with 20 years experience
(951) 715-4632 28465 Old Town Front Street
Suite 321
Temecula, CA 92590
Divorce and Family
University of California - Riverside and University of California, Davis, School of Law
The family law practice at the Law Office of Heather Cullen strives to maintain effective, quality relationships with each of our clients. We treat each client with integrity and respect for his or her individual needs, goals and objectives. We focus on intelligent legal representation. We pledge to listen to and communicate with each of our clients. At our firm, we will give you the personal attention you need as you work through your family law issue. Our practice focuses on all areas of family law, from complicated divorce with complex property division, custody and support to simple preparation...
Beshoy F. Shehata
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(951) 587-0505 27720 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 320
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationTemecula, CA Divorce Lawyer with 1 year experience
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Beshoy F. Shehata is the managing partner. He goes by “B.” B graduated from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2017. B is passionate about his career choice and loves helping his clients.

B was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He migrated to the United States with his family in 2000. He has six siblings. He always wanted to become an attorney to help those going through tough times. He understands how difficult it is to go through a divorce or a custody battle. He understands the stress and uncertainty that accompanies...
William Stanley Fitch
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Corona , CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(951) 263-7377 Suite A
Corona , CA 92883
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State Univ COL
William Fitch, otherwise known as "Bill" is a senior attorney at Family Law Matters. Having a civil trial background for nearly two decades before joining the firm, Bill brings a unique knowledge of the law with him. He has tried hundreds, if not thousands, of cases over the years; and has conducted many jury trials. He also has extensive experience in discovery and law and motion issues. Bill's easy-going nature makes him easy to talk to, but do not underestimate his trial skills. Bill would always rather settle a case than try one one, because he recognizes the benefits to...
Scottie Lynn Leming
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(951) 263-7377 9036 Pulsar Ct.
Suite A
Corona, CA 92883
Free ConsultationCorona, CA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Scottie Leming is one of our senior attorneys. She graduated from Western State University College of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1995. Scottie is an extremely experienced family law attorney and represented victims of domestic violence for twelve years before joining our firm.

Since 1995, Scottie has helped thousands of clients with great success. She understands the legal issues and uncertainties surrounding divorce, child custody and support are personal issues. She knows how to provide emotional support and clearly communicate with her clients. Scottie is well known and greatly respected within our legal community. She is...
Gina Marie Famularo
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(951) 587-0505 27720 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 320
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationTemecula, CA Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State Univ COL
“Integrity Matters”
As a young woman, Gina experienced the pain and uncertainty of a protracted custody battle over her first child. It was this experience that caused her to become a lawyer. Her daughter is now happily married and attending medical school. Gina married her second husband in 1992. They have a teenaged son together, who still lives at home.

Gina was licensed to practice law in the state of California in 1997. Since then, she has amassed vast legal knowledge and courtroom experience. Her practice has always been limited exclusively to family law. Over the years, she has learned to listen....
Kristie Lee Bergamo
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(951) 263-7377 9036 Pulsar Court
Suite A
Corona, CA 92883
Free ConsultationCorona, CA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Kristie Lee Bergamo has presided as a temporary judge in both Orange and Los Angeles Counties. She also has an extensive history serving as minor's counsel, and has taught classes to help other attorneys become certified as minor's counsel. Kristie joined Family Law Matters in August of 2018. She attended Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon, and was licensed to practice law in 2002. Since then, she has focused on the practice of family law. Prior to joining Family Law Matters, Kristie was a sole practitioner and earned a reputation as a fierce advocate of her clients. Kristie has...
Michael Young
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Redlands, CA Divorce Attorney with 21 years experience
(866) 902-5290 1980 Orange Tree Lane
Suite 260
Redlands, CA 92374
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Southwestern Law School
Michael R. Young is a skilled divorce attorney from San Bernardino, CA.
Richard Earl Bawden III
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Redlands, CA Divorce Attorney with 46 years experience
(909) 792-0222 300 E. State Street #430
Redlands, CA 92373
Divorce and Family
Univ of Oregon School of Law
Family Law Specialist Richard E. Bawden has been practicing law for over 30 years. He has had many personal accomplishments within the legal field, among which has been to serve as the San Bernardino County Bar Association President. Mr. Bawden's personal attention to clients, his knowledge of the law and trial expertise, along with his personal integrity, have all combined to make his practice well-known in the Inland Empire. He and Robert A. Kochis are dedicated to providing quality family and divorce law consultation services in the Redlands and Inland Empire area.

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Valerie Lee Murphy
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Riverside, CA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(951) 715-4632 4094 Chestnut Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Divorce and Family
California Southern, School of Law
Valerie L. Murphy is a native Southern Californian who joined the Law Office of Heather Cullen as an Attorney in early 2008. Attorney Murphy's legal focus is on family law matters including divorce, termination of domestic partnerships, custody and visitation, establishment of parental relationships (paternity), domestic violence, division of community property, child support and spousal support. Attorney Murphy has extensive experience and personal knowledge with issues regarding the United States Military and Family Law. Her experience includes issues relating to divorce, child and spousal support, the Soldier and Sailors Relief act, as well as application of Federal...
Denise Merle Motroni
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Lake Elsinore, CA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(951) 900-3342 -
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law

Lake Elsinore family law attorney handling cases including adoption, child support, child custody, divorce, separation, annulments, marital agreements, spousal support, and visitation rights.
Michael Dennis Iverson
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Murrieta, CA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(951) 418-2770 38975 Sky Canyon Drive
Suite 207
Murrieta, CA 92563
Divorce, Business, Domestic Violence and Family
California Southern Law School
As the founder of the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC, Attorney Michael D. Iverson provides knowledgeable and compassionate representation to his clients in family law, estate planning, and business and civil litigation matters. He has been named a 10 Best Attorney: Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ in 2017 and 2018. Before entering law school, Mr. Iverson amassed extensive experience in varied fields. He worked as a dental technician, earned a paralegal certificate, climbed the ladder as a paralegal at a large personal injury firm in Salt Lake City, and obtained a real estate...
Paul Jeffrey Wallin
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Riverside, CA Divorce Lawyer with 41 years experience
(877) 466-5245 4229 Main Street
Suite A/B
Riverside, CA 92501
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Family and Juvenile
Pepperdine University School of Law
For over 35 years, I have been successfully representing clients facing criminal charges or dealing with family law matters. As the Senior Partner of Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation, I work hard to ensure our clients are represented with respect and professionalism. When you hire our firm, you place your trust in a team of attorneys and legal professionals, whose only goal is to obtain the best result possible in your case. You are not alone. We will get through this together.
Crista Marie Haynes
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Redlands, CA Divorce Lawyer with 7 years experience
(833) 526-5197 631 West State Street
Suite B
Redlands, CA 92373
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
University of La Verne College of Law
Crista is the Managing Partner of The Haynes Law Firm, APLC located in Redlands, CA. The Haynes Law Firm, APLC is a boutique law firm offering clients legal assistance in the areas of Family law, Criminal law, and Juvenile law. Crista prides herself on offering empathetic, educated, and experienced legal services at affordable rates. Crista is a proud member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Laverne, College of Law, where she attended law school, she is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Social Justice Advocacy Project, she volunteers her time...
Frederic Steven Wieder
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Palm Desert, CA Divorce Attorney with 50 years experience
(760) 776-6666 44-100 Monterey Ave
Suite 203
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Juvenile
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Put over 40 years of Family Law experience to work for you. I am a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. I have extensive trial and mediation experience which assists clients in getting their cases resolved with fewer court appearances, saving them money in legal fees. I sit as a temporary judge in family law frequently which has given me the experience of evaluating cases in my pratice from a judge's point of view. ...
Sheldon E. Lee
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Riverside, CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(888) 749-7428 4255 Main Street
Suite 7
Riverside, CA 92501
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
As an associate of Wallin & Klarich, I know the emotional aspects of going through a difficult dissolution, a family law issue or a criminal matter. I will provide the time and attention into each individual case whether it is a family law or criminal case so that my clients can be assured that their case is being competently handled.
Joseph Torri
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Riverside, CA Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(866) 630-5757 4255 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State Univ COL
Joseph Torri is on the Riverside Superior Court's - Family Law Minor's Counsel List of Approved Attorneys. Judges sitting in California family law courtrooms may appoint private counsel to represent children in high-conflict child custody cases. Also, Mr. Torri is a volunteer mediator at the Los Angeles Superior Court Southeast Judicial District in Norwalk, California. Joseph Torri received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fullerton, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Speech Communication. While at undergraduate college, Mr. Torri was on the speech and debate team, as well as, President...
Amanda Beth Naples
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Temecula, CA Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(951) 715-4632 28465 Old Town Front Street
Suite 321
Temecula, CA 92590
Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Amanda B. Naples is an Attorney at The Law Office of Heather Cullen. Attorney Naples is currently an active member of State Bar of California and practices exclusively Family Law. Attorney Naples is a native Southern Californian who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. She then earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. Attorney Naples is an excellent legal writer having sharpened her legal writing skills as an editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Her endeavors resulted in many published scholarly legal articles....
David Kiley Wilkinson
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Temecula, CA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(951) 249-7022 27555 Ynez Rd., #214
Temecula, CA 92591
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
David K.Wilkinson is a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and started his education when he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, one of the highest ranked undergraduate business schools in the United States. He was awarded membership to the National Dean’s List. David received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law School and graduated in the top one-third of his class. Co-founder of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, David practices family law for the firm, handling all facets of the practice area, from straightforward negotiation...
Holly J. Moore
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Riverside, CA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(951) 710-3204 11801 Pierce Street
Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92505
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
My Law firm is focused exclusively on divorce, child custody, paternity actions, modifications of child support, spousal support, property division, domestic violence and all other isues that fall under the "umbrella" of Family Law. Our passion is our clients. We recognize that while people are going through situations dealing with the breakdown of a marriage or how best to share their children, it is an incredibly challenging and heartbreaking time. It is also very nerve-wracking to have the future of your children, and/or security (financial or otherwise) be unknown or be in the hands of a Judge. There are many...
Justine E. Marren
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Corona, CA Divorce Attorney with 8 years experience
(951) 444-5530 255 E. Rincon St #211a
Corona, CA 92879
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Justine Marren received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. Ms. Marren graduated from San Diego State University, Magna Cum Laude and was on the University’s Dean’s List every semester in attendance. Ms. Marren received her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude and in the top fifteen percent of her class. Ms. Marren also received an Academic Achievement Award in Family Law which recognized her achieving the highest grade possible in her Family Law Class. During law school, Ms. Marren interned at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office...
Colleen Robinson
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(951) 587-0505 27720 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 320
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationTemecula, CA Divorce Attorney with 9 years experience
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Colleen Dillon Robinson has been licensed to practice law since 2009. Collen attended college at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2009. Thereafter, she spent the first nine years of her legal career practicing in San Diego County before jointing Family Law Matters in 2018. Colleen is empathetic and a go-getter. She loves working at Family Law Matters because everyone is so positive and it allows her to help people through the most difficult times of their lives.

Colleen grew up as the third youngest of four children. Even so, her...
Athina Karamanlis Powers
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Palm Desert, CA Divorce Attorney
(760) 346-4601 44650 Village Court
Suite 200
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Workers' Comp
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Harvard Law School
Athina Powers is a California attorney and fraud examiner, and a former lawyer of the Supreme Court of Greece and the Court of Justice in Brussels. For over 30 years, she successfully represented clients in cases ranging from finances and economics to white-collar crime and fraud investigations, thanks to her expertise as a(n): Economist Former attorney of the Supreme Court of Greece and the European Court of Justice (member of the Athenian Bar Association 1987-2000) Former foreign legal consultant of New York** California attorney and member of the California State Bar ...
Domingo Castillo Jr
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Riverside, CA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(800) 497-9774 7130 Magnolia Ave. Ste. E
Riverside, CA 92504
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Univ of West Los Angeles
I am the principal partner of Castillo & Associates handling workers compensation, personal injury, criminal defense and family law matters throughout our Southern California offices in Riverside, San Diego, Indio/Coachella Valley and Imperial-Calexico. I'm married and blessed with children. I enjoy spending time with my family and love to fish, travel and enjoy watching Sports, Nature & Forsenic TV channels. I began my carrier working with the Allstate Insurance Claims Auto, Property & Liability Dept in 1987 while studying at UCLA. I then began working as a workers comp adjuster for Cigna Property & Casualty. While in Law School, I...
Linda Lindsey
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San Bernardino, CA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years experience
(909) 801-7388 357 West 2nd Street #11
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
University of La Verne College of Law
Linda A. Lindsey is a life-long resident of the Inland Empire. She is not only a licensed attorney in the State of California and the United States - Central District Court of California; she also holds a M.B.A. and has over 25 years of successful for-profit and non-profit business experience. She believes that all persons should have access to justice and even with a busy law practice she contributes her time and energy at local legal aid agencies. Each case is handled with professionalism and integrity. Linda A. Lindsey currently devotes her practice to representing clients in San Bernardino...
Stephen Paul Levine
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Redlands, CA Divorce Lawyer with 41 years experience
(909) 798-3300 1447 Ford Street
Suite #201
Redlands, CA 92374
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Western State University College of Law
I am a Certified Specialist in criminal law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and a Member of the American Legal Specialists as well. I have been practicing in the Inland Empire for 40 years in Criminal Defense, Family Law and Personal Injury matters. I've spent many years in Private Practice and joined Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, one of the most well known firms in the Inland Empire, in 2007.
Drew Hendricks
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Temecula, CA Divorce Attorney with 2 years experience
(951) 249-7022 27555 Ynez Rd
Suite 214
Temecula, CA 92591
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law
Drew received his Bachelor of Arts from Queens University of Charlotte, where he majored in Psychology and served as captain of the university tennis team. After college, he attended graduate school at West Virginia University, where he earned master’s degrees in social work and public administration, and participated in many community outreach projects. He also demonstrated exceptional work ethic by completing two master’s programs while simultaneously working as a tennis coach to help pay for his education. He later received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where he was a Dean’s List student and member of...
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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.