Del Mar, California Family Lawyers

Nancy J. Bickford
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Successful Family Attorney! Certified Family Law Specialist & Public Accountant!

I am a dedicated attorney practicing exclusively in the area of family law. I provide skilled representation to pursue the results you need. Visit my website to see client testimonials and call now for a consultation. Read More »
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Steven Lucas Aicher
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Only SD Family Law Attorney With MBA/Navy Veteran/Former FLJ Foundation Lawyer.

I’m an experienced family law attorney and I represent clients throughout San Diego. I provide thoughtful guidance, personal attention, and will help you and your family through every step of your case. Read More »
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Matthew Kaemerle
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Free consultation, aggressive representation in divorce and custody cases.

I'm an experienced family law and divorce lawyer and will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes complex divorce cases, spousal support, child support, and child custody & visitation. Read More »
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Andrew J. Botros
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Knowledgeable & Determined Family Law Attorney! Focused on You! Call Now

I am a skilled and dedicated family lawyer. I am committed to resolving all areas of family law matters. I work for the best possible results! Visit my website to see client testimonials and call now for a consultation. Read More »
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Del Mar, CA Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(619) 688-6505 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Ste 124
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family, Divorce and Military
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Del Mar, CA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(858) 342-3342 2480 El Amigo Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Western State Univ
Del Mar, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(858) 792-1789 828 Stratford Ct
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
William Mitchell COL
Del Mar, CA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(858) 336-5152 2352 Del Mar Scenic Pkwy
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
California Western School of Law
Del Mar, CA Family Law Attorney
(760) 505-0709 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Ste 131
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family
Del Mar, CA Family Law Lawyer with 53 years experience
(858) 755-8648 333 9th St
Del Mar, CA 92014
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Stanford Univ Law School
Dennis Geis Temko
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(858) 274-3538 12636 High Bluff Dr. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92130
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Dennis Temko provides exceptional representation in appellate matters in California State Courts in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere. His appellate practice is focused on family law matters including custody, property division, child and spousal support, stock options, high income earners, Ostler Smith (bonus support orders), domestic violence restraining orders, and imputation, among other issues. Most of his practice has been devoted to family law appeals and writs since his 2013 admission to the California State Bar. Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Mr. Temko as a rising star in 2017, and again in 2018.

Mr. Temko has...
Andrew J. Botros
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of San Diego
Mr. Botros has practiced family law exclusively since 2010. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specializatio
Nancy J. Bickford
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law, Ms. Bickford practices exclusively in the area of family law helping clients with divorce and separation in San Diego. Ms. Bickford is a graduate of California Western School of Law where she received honorable recognition for outstanding achievement in the areas of community property, taxation and civil procedure, as well as a West Publishing Award in recognition of her overall outstanding scholastic accomplishment. Ms. Bickford received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University, with a dual major in Systems Analysis and Mathematics. San Diego divorce attorney Nancy...
Matthew S. Blado
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Blado is a graduate of California Western School of Law. While at California Western, Mr. Blado studied Family Law and Community Property. During his third year of law school, Matthew was selected to serve as the judicial extern for the Honorable Nancy C. Oesterle.

While attending California Western, Mr. Blado was a founding member of the California Western School of Law Community Law Project which provided free legal assistance to poor and indigent members of the community. It was during this period that Mr. Blado was first exposed to the...
Pierre A. Domercq
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California Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience

Burke & Domercq, LLP offers skilled divorce and family law representation to individuals, families and business owners in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista and throughout North County San Diego. We have... Read More »
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Stephen J. Moore Esq.
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California Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience

California Western School of LawU.S. District Court, Southern District of Caliornia, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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Kevin Andrew Polis
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(858) 755-3300 12636 High Bluff Dr, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92130
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130
Family and Divorce
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Attorney Kevin A. Polis is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, North County Bar Association, and is Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Kevin Polis has dedicated his career exclusively to the practice of divorce & family law. Because of this, he is certified by the State Bar of California as a Divorce & Family Law Specialist, a title that few attorneys in our area have, and one that shows a commitment to the practice of the law and delivering...
Jenna A. Hoefler
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Ms. Hoefler is a University of Arizona alumnus, where she attended on a full-tuition academic scholarship and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Policy with dual concentrations in Criminal Justice Administration and Environmental Policy as well as a minor in Business. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Prelaw Fraternity, the Criminal Justice Association, and served as a teaching assistant for two courses titled “Women and Youth in the Justice System” and “Crime and Public Policy.” Her first experience with family law came while volunteering as an undergraduate intern for Southern Arizona...
Elizabeth A. Rodriguez
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(858) 793-8884 12348 High Bluff Dr
#220
San Diego, CA 92130
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Frann Setzer
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(858) 461-6840 12625 High Bluff Dr
Ste 111
San Diego, CA 92130
Family
California Western School of Law
Colleen Anne Warren
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(858) 275-2055 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92130
Family
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Beatrice Larsson Snider
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(888) 860-8544 9663 Tierra Grande
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law
The youngest of four children, Beatrice Larsson Snider came to the United States from Sweden with her family at the age of 10. The family first lived in Berkeley, California then moved to Westchester County, New York where she graduated from high school in 1967. Certain characteristics separated her from the other teens of her day and her natural instinct to protect the underdog and speak up for her beliefs forecasted her eventual career in law. Ms. Snider was offered a scholarship as an undergraduate to California Western University in San Diego, California. Halfway through her undergraduate degree in pre-medical studies,...
Roy M. Doppelt Esq.
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(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr
#260
San Diego, CA 92128
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
For nearly 30 years, San Diego family law attorney Roy M. Doppelt, Esq. has been providing clients in Southern California with comprehensive legal services. He is currently an active member of the California and San Diego Bar Associations, and he is admitted to practice law in both California and Illinois state courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California.

Roy was raised in Chicago and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He relocated to California to attend the California Western School of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1988, graduating with honors....
Christine Hayes Sickler
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
MS. SICKLER joined the firm in 1985 and is a supervising attorney with the firm. Ms. Sickler obtained her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1976 and her Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sickler was engaged in the general practice of law, including obtaining substantial civil and criminal trial experience. Ms. Sickler was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1976 and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 1991. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association,...
Carmen Elena Ramos
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family and Divorce
California Western School of Law
MS. RAMOS is a 1993 graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego and a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. A former Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County, Ms. Ramos became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 2005 and is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association. She has spoken on paternity issues for the Western State Alumni MCLE program. Ms. Ramos is fluent in Spanish.
Richard Renkin
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Encinitas, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(619) 299-7100 320 Encinitas Blvd
Ste B
Encinitas, CA 92024
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Western State Univ
At Renkin & Associates, we represent clients in all areas of San Diego and North County for family law cases. Divorces can have many complex issues, and we have experience handling a variety of issues, including marriage dissolution, property division, and move-away issues. Visit www.renkinlaw.com to learn how we can help you.
Linda A. Jazo
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California Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Elizabeth P. Swiller
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California Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Naghmeh Bashar
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande St. Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family and Divorce
Univ of Arizona COL
MS. BASHAR obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law in May 1990. She joined the firm after 7 years as a sole practitioner focusing on civil litigation, business and family law. Prior to opening her own office, Ms. Bashar was an associate attorney in a civil litigation firm where she represented financial institutions as well as individuals with personal injury, fraud and contract matters. She has also worked as a Volunteer Attorney with the Family Law...
Michelle Cornejo Sullivan
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(858) 451-9390 11545 W. Bernardo Ct.
Suite 211
San Diego, CA 92127
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
The mission of the attorneys at The Sullivan Law Firm, APC, is to counsel clients in finding common sense solutions to complex family and bankruptcy legal problems by providing a full spectrum of legal services. Attorney Michelle Sullivan, CLS-F, is a specialist in counseling clients regarding divorce, mediation, collaboration, adoptions, prenuptual agreements, and other legal issues. Located in Rancho Bernardo, a neighborhood of north San Diego, our family law and bankruptcy practice especially caters to residents of San Diego and North County.
Win R Heiskala
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande St. Ste. 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family and Divorce
Western State University College of Law
MS. HEISKALA joined the firm as a supervising attorney after spending 24 years as a sole practitioner in her own firm primarily devoted to family law. Ms. Heiskala obtained her Juris Doctorate from Western State School of Law (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) in 1976. She was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Federal District Court for the Southern District in 1976, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal in 1986 and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 1988. Ms. Heiskala is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section...
Thomas Huguenor
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La Jolla, CA Family Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(858) 458-9500 4225 Executive Square
Suite 270
La Jolla, CA 92037
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Michaela Curran
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La Jolla, CA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(858) 242-5617 4225 Executive Square Suite 600
La Jolla, CA 92037
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of San Diego School of Law
Ms. Curran has been a licensed as an attorney for 32 years.

2012 - she was rated among the top 4% of Attorneys in the U.S. by Martindale-Hubbell & Lawyers.com.

2016 - 2019 - named a Top 100 Lawyer in the U.S. by the National Trial Lawyers organization.

2014-2019 - named among the Top Lawyers in California.

Ms. Curran is a very experienced lawyer who has successfully tried, mediated, and appealed many hundreds of complex cases, including constitutional, civil, family, and criminal law cases, in both the state and federal courts.
At The Curran Law Firm, APC, she leads a top-notch team of lawyers,...
Shannon B. Miles
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(858) 943-2060 12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92128
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law and University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Born into a military family in Quantico, Virginia, Ms. Miles attended California Western School of Law, graduating in 2006. While at Cal Western, Ms. Miles studied Family Law and Community Property. Ms. Miles clerked for a family law firm and civil litigation firm while in law school. Ms. Miles also served as a judicial extern for the military judges at Camp Pendleton. Ms. Miles started with our firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Miles worked for the law firm of Moore, Schulman & Moore for four years, practicing exclusively in the area of family law. She is trained...
Steven Lucas Aicher
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Damon Brandon Forney
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(800) 769-4748 16466 Bernardo Center Dr
#260
San Diego, CA 92128
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Case Western Reserve University and University of California - San Diego
The only San Diego State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist who was also a Former Federal and County of San Diego Prosecutor with Over 20 Years of Experience!
Carrie E Nolan
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Encinitas, CA Family Law Attorney
(760) 479-1900 662 Encinitas Blvd
#260
Encinitas, CA 92024
Family and Divorce
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Carrie began her career in family law in 2006 as a legal assistant. She became a paralegal in 2007. She began working for the Law Office of Annette Hall Neville in 2008 as a paralegal while she attended law school. She became an associate attorney in 2012. Carrie’s diligence and attention to detail are second-to-none. She is a vital part of our practice. Clients and colleagues alike respect her work ethic and easy demeanor.
Denise E. Oxley Esq.
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(858) 486-4823 16935 W Bernardo Dr
#104
San Diego, CA 92127
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
Inns of Court School of Law, Grays Inn, London
Matthew S. Blado
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Experienced and Dedicated Family Law Attorney! Exceptional Representation!

I practice exclusively in the area of Family Law. I work tirelessly to deliver the best possible results for those with family law matters! Visit my website to see client testimonials and call for a consultation. Read More »
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Andy Cook
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California Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience

Andy Cook is here to help you! With a great courtroom presence (he used to be a professional announcer) and strong writing skills, Andy is able to get your message across to the many family law judges in San Diego... Read More »
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Stephanie Maria Caballero
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San Marcos, CA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(760) 798-2265 1225 San Elijo Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078
Family
Southern California Inst/Law
Law Office of Stephanie M. Caballero Assisted Reproduction & Family Formation Law
Brian Victor
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(858) 633-3529 4225 Executive Square
Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92037
Free ConsultationFamily, Administrative, Divorce and Juvenile
Concord Law School
San Diego Attorney Brian A. Victor has litigated complex family law matters ranging from child custody issues to community property debts resulting from loans. Brian A. Victor is the only attorney in San Diego County with prior work experience at Family Court Services (FCS) where for more than eleven years he worked with the most challenging child custody visitation matters and crafted more than 4000 child custody recommendations for Family Court judges. Attorney Victor sets himself apart from other family law attorneys in his ability to prepare clients for their FCS custody and visitation session when there is a custody dispute...
Dean Marshall Schreyer
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street, Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family
UC Hastings COL
MR. SCHREYER joined the firm during his 25th year of practice in 2011. He earned his degree in Economics from Revelle College at the University of California at San Diego, after spending his junior year in France at the Université de Bordeaux. He then attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986. He was admitted to the State Bar of California later that same year and to various Federal District Courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal shortly thereafter. Mr. Schreyer gained substantial experience in civil litigation...
William R Fuhrman
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Encinitas, CA Family Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(760) 479-2525 527 Encinitas Boulevard Suite 202
Encinitas, CA 92024
Family
My team of 1 associate attorney and 2 paralegals support my service to San Diego County families and businesses, principally in the North County coastal area. I routinely appear in San Diego County's family, civil, criminal and juvenile court departments: Central, East County, North County and South Bay. And, I periodically appears in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside county courts. FAMILY LAW: For nearly 4 decades, I have written premarital agreements for couples planning to marry + represented those dissolving their marriage, whether amicably or when in high conflict. We daily negotiate and litigate all related issues: child...
Edward M Castro
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande Street
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family
ED CASTRO joined the firm in 2010 after practicing exclusively in family law with a concentration in the area of domestic violence in both private practice and in the public sector. Mr. Castro obtained his Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law in 1993 and his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1982. Mr. Castro is admitted to the State Bar of California, Federal District Court and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law section of the San Diego...
Craig Richard VanThiel
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Carlsbad, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(760) 722-7669 701 Palomar Airport Rd., Ste. 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Jaime Teuchert
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(858) 376-7251 12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92128
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Born in Pomona, California, Ms. Teuchert is a graduate of California Western School of Law. While at California Western, Ms. Teuchert studied Family Law and was the Vice President of the Child, Family and Elder Law Society. In addition to receiving Academic Achievement Awards in Mediation Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ms. Teuchert graduated at the top of her class on the Dean’s Honor List. During law school, Ms. Teuchert received a State Bar of California Commendation and the Bonnie Reading Scholarship for her work in family law. Ms. Teuchert also holds an English degree from the University of California, Santa...
Timothy Levins Allen
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(858) 566-6650 9663 Tierra Grande St.
Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92126
Family
California Western School of Law
TIMOTHY L. ALLEN obtained his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 2009 where he graduated with Honors in the Child, Family and Elder Law concentration. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication/Journalism from Virginia Tech in 2006, graduating magna cum laude, and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, journalism and mass media honor society. During law school, Tim conducted an internship with the Family Law Facilitator's Office at the South Bay and Central San Diego courthouses where he assisted self-represented parties with family law matters. Tim also served as a research assistant...
Elizabeth N. Fox Esq.
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney
(858) 935-6211 10620 Treena St #230,
San Diego, CA 92131
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Warren Erwin Haviland Jr
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Encinitas, CA Family Law Lawyer with 49 years experience
(858) 223-3400 171 Saxony Rd., Suite 110
Encinitas, CA 92024
Family and Divorce
Vanderbilt Univ School of Law
Damon Brandon Forney
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Only SD Certified Family Law Specialist Who Is A Former State/Federal Prosecutor

Full service law firm including attorneys and paralegal staff located in San Diego to represent clients in Family Law cases including divorce, legal separation and paternity. Free consultation up to 30 minutes in office. Read More »
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Paul A. Swiller
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California Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Del Mar Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.