Huntington Beach, California Family Lawyers

Sabrina C. Fernandez
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California Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience

Western State University College of LawCalifornia
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Winiviere G. Sy
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Determined and Experienced Family Law Attorney! Focused on You! Call for Help!

For over 10 years I have successfully helped clients achieve favorable outcomes in family law matters. I am dedicated to effective advocacy! Visit my website to see reviews and case results, or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Patricia Ann Hendrickson
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Dedicated Legal Counsel in Southern California Family law issues must be given careful thought and professional attention because the absence of these two elements could result in negative consequences for your family's... Read More »
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David P. Schwarz
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Dedicated California Family Lawyer with Experience and Compassion! Call Now!

I am committed to providing skilled and aggressive legal representation. I will fight to get the results that you need and deserve! Visit my website to see client testimonials and case results. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Patricia Ann Hendrickson
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(714) 969-9910 18377 Beach Blvd
Suite 100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Family and Divorce
Western State College School of Law
Dedicated Legal Counsel in Southern California Family law issues must be given careful thought and professional attention because the absence of these two elements could result in negative consequences for your family's future. Terms of a divorce and other issues that arise within this area of law are determinations that can affect your life in the long term. If you are facing divorce in Orange County, California, your case requires the unmatched legal representation of Hendrickson & Associates. At our firm, we have the ability to handle the legal situation you are facing and approach your case in a...
James Rudolph Jones Jr
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(714) 372-2205 7755 Center Ave
Suite 1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Probate
Seattle University School of Law
Born in Virginia. Traveled extensively and worked abroad. Attended Nurnberg American High School in Nurnberg, Germany and George C. Marshall Regional High School In Ankara, Turkey. B.A. in International Relations from University of Arizona, 1975. J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 1979. Phi Alpha Delta legal Fraternity. Rule 9 Limited Admission to Practice in Washington State, 1979. Admitted to California Bar, 1980. Admitted to U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, 1981. Parliamentarian, NASBA. Past delegate ABA. Arbitrator for the Orange County Superior Court. Member Family Law section...
Mr Norman Gregory Fernandez Esq.
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(800) 816-1529 18685 Main Street
Suite 101-193
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of La Verne College of Law
Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., is a top rated, Nationally Recognized.Attorney at Law, and founder of The Law Offices of Norman Gregory Fernandez & Associates, a California personal injury law firm.

Mr. Fernandez has been made a member of the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He was also named one of the 10 Best by the American Insitute of Personal Injury Attorneys for the year 2016-2017.

Mr. Fernandez is an aggressive trial lawyer who has extensive experience handling Personal Injury, Family Law, and other types of legal matters, throughout the State of California.

He handles cases which...
Jeffrey Stearman
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(714) 871-7778 7755 Center Ave #1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Western State University College of Law
Graduated Cal State University Fullerton with degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. Attended and graduated Western State University School of Law in Fullerton in 1981 and passed and admitted to the CA. State Bar in 1982 (on the first try). Have been in practice since 1982 and private practice since 1992. I am also licensed in Calif. as a Private Investigator and owner of Stearman Investigative Services.
Samuel S. Hu
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(714) 878-9312 17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family and Business
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Samuel Hu is a former Deputy District Counsel for Orange County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). In 2009, Samuel Hu opened his own practice, focusing on small business and family law. His mission is to provide high quality, yet affordable legal services to small business owners and families that are facing the most difficult time in their lives. He is focused on educating the legal consumer through his blog, as a legal consultant for Korea Daily, and as a legal consultant for Kimchi Brothers. Before starting his own practice, Samuel handled over 500 cases with Orange County...
William Marshall Strachan
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(714) 841-1931 17011 Beach Boulevard
#900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Debra Anne Cotton
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(714) 375-6417 5267 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Western State Univ COL
Denise Arlene Furubotten
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(714) 960-6200 17011 Beach Blvd
#900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Elizabeth Diane Fondren
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(949) 838-0270 One Pacific Plaza
7755 Center Avenue, 11th Floor
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Free ConsultationFamily and Estate Planning
Trinity Law School
Catherine Sempepos
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(707) 239-9623 16787 Beach Blvd
Unit 359
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family, Criminal and DUI
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Gerald A. Maggio
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California Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience

Orange County divorce attorney Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced family law and divorce attorney dedicated to providing a personalized approach to each client's legal representation based on their needs. Mr. Maggio is... Read More »
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Bettina Yanez
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Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Orange County

Yanez & Associates Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Orange County law firm helps families with cases dealing with domestic violence, restraining orders, child custody, divorce; more. With Child's best interest in mind. Read More »
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Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(714) 375-6619 17011 Beach Blvd Ste 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family
Trinity Law School
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(714) 895-4529 4952 Warner Ave
Ste 106
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(714) 362-2413 18377 Beach Boulevard
Suite 100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(714) 374-1914 20331 Bluffside Cir Apt 104
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Family
Whittier Coll School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(818) 908-2618 16787 Beach Bvld # 777
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family, Divorce and Immigration
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(714) 385-2846 17011 Beach Blvd Ste 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family and Divorce
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(949) 415-4576 20342 Bridgeside Ln Unit 201
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Family and Divorce
Western State Univ COL
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(714) 960-8424 2134 Main Street #140
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Family and Divorce
Western State Univ
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(714) 596-3532 16162 Beach Blvd Ste 207
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family
Univ of Akron School of Law
Huntington Beach, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(562) 594-5678 1 Pacific Plz
7755 Center Ave Ste 1000
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Univ of Victoria
Sharman L. Brooks
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California Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience

Thomas Jefferson School of Law and University of California - Santa BarbaraCalifornia
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Stefanie M. Hilliard
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California Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Ms. Hilliard is a highly respected and accomplished lawyer, having been awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Law and White Collar Crime. Read More »
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Parvin Wiliani
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Costa Mesa, CA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(714) 432-1333 3525 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Free ConsultationFamily, Immigration and Personal Injury
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Parvin Wiliani-Malek is an experienced attorney known for her devotion to her clients and devotion to immigration and nationality law. She has extensive knowledge of all types of immigration law, including deportation, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, marriage-based green cards, extreme hardship waivers, naturalization, citizenship, mandamus litigation for unreasonable naturalization delays, consular interviews, consular appeals, fiancé visas, and many other areas of immigration law. Parvin attended the University of Texas-Arlington for her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, but decided to switch her focus to law. Ever since she was young she had a strong passion in advocating for others. In 1994...
Jonathan Kaiho
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Fountain Valley, CA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(949) 891-0581 10507 Slater Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Family, Business, Domestic Violence and Insurance Claims
Arizona State University
Mr. Kaiho is the primary attorney at Dragan & Kaiho. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Mr. Kaiho is fluent in Japanese and intimately familiar with the Japanese culture. With respect to his undergraduate education, Mr. Kaiho attended Boston University, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After graduation, Mr. Kaiho moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he worked for a multi-national chemical manufacturing company and was a law clerk in a Japanese law firm. For his legal education, Mr. Kaiho graduated from Arizona State University with his JD/MBA, specializing in business law. During law school, Mr. Kaiho was a judicial law...
Thomas James Stolp
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Fountain Valley, CA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(714) 847-6041 10061 Talbert Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Family, Collections, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western State Univ
Elizabeth Yang
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Irvine, CA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(877) 492-6452 199 W. Garvey Ave.
2102 Business Center Dr., Suite 130
Irvine, CA 92612
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, IP and Traffic Tickets
University of La Verne College of Law
Founder Elizabeth Yang has been practicing law since 2007 and is admitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She assists inventors in protecting their inventions, entrepreneurs and business owners in protecting their intellectual property as well as preparing and enforcing their contracts, and families in going through the divorce and child custody process.
Bettina Yanez
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Orange, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(714) 971-8000 625 The City Dr S
#490
Orange, CA 92868
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State Univ COL
Bettina Yanez is a CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. The Orange County Divorce attorney firm represents and handles family law cases in both Orange County and Los Angeles. The Orange County family lawyer is located near the Orange County Family Law Court. She is a highly respected and knowledgeable OC attorney and Orange County domestic violence attorney. Attorney Yanez is a member of the California State Bar, Orange County Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association; Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Yanez is also "un abogado de divorcio y abogada de...
Lani Baron
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Newport Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(949) 200-8412 100 Bayview Circle, Suite 315
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Whittier Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law
Lani Baron, Attorney-Mediator, is the founder of Alternative Divorce Solutions. As a child, Lani witnessed her parents’ highly-litigated and contentious divorce and she knew that there needed to be a change in the system. This life experience inspired Lani to begin her career in alternative dispute resolution early on, and she started her career as a paralegal at a small family mediation firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Shortly thereafter, Lani moved to California to study at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, where she focused on courses relating to dispute resolution and mediation. Her passion for helping others also prompted her desire to...
Harry Mirchandaney
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Newport Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(800) 756-1091 620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Harvard Law School and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Harry Mirchandaney counsels clients throughout California on trusts and wills, probate and trust administration, Personal Injury, Divorce and related issues such as Child Custody, Child and Spousal Support, and pre-nuptial and post-marital property agreements, through HMA Law Group's offices in Newport Beach, Riverside, and satellite locations.
David P. Schwarz
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Santa Ana, CA Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(888) 768-6901 3 Hutton Centre Dr
#620A
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
I have been practicing lawyer in family law and criminal for over 20 years. Primarily my practice concentrates on family law. My major focus is divorce and child custody. Over the years I have successfully litigated many child custody disputes. I have dealt even further with international child custody disputes and interstate child custody disputes. I went to UCLA for my undergraduate studies where I majored in English Literature and minored in Spanish. I took many classes that focused on film directing and producing as I was very interested into going into film...
Douglas Borthwick
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Santa Ana, CA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(714) 654-6742 1800 N. Broadway, Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Family, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School
Douglas Borthwick Esq. was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1965. He graduated with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Muskingum University in 1988 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business, Economics, and Religion. At Muskingum University he was the recipient of the prestigious Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, and the Financial Executive Institute Award. Attorney Douglas Borthwick received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from Capital University Law School where he was the recipient of an academic scholarship and was on the Dean's List. Throughout his time in Law School, he worked as an Intern at the...
Richard Gaines Heston
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Irvine, CA Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(949) 222-1041 19700 Fairchild Road
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92612
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Southwestern Law School
Having practiced for 29 years in both bankruptcy and family law, two often related fields of practice effecting consumers, I have gained considerable expertise as well as an understanding that consumers are seeking prompt resolution of such issues with the least conflict and at the lowest cost. Being among a small handful of dual Certified Specialists in both Bankruptcy and Family Law, I am frequently sought out by attorneys and litigants whose cases originating in one field have spilled over into the other, where knowledge and experience in both areas is essential.
Comm. David S. Weinberg (Ret.)
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California Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience

Western State College of Law at Argosy UniversityCalifornia
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Albert A. Friske
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California Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

Albert Friske has practiced law since earning his J.D. degree from California Western School of Law in 1995. Read More »
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Kevin C Boileau
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Irvine, CA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(949) 444-6964 17901 Von Karman Ave Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Personal Injury
Harvard Law School, University of San Diego School of Law and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
For your mediation or negotiation needs, contact Kevin Boileau at
408.442.2983, 949.444.6964, or 415.830.0065.

Scientist, lawyer, and psychoanalyst specializing in complex negotiation, mediation, and law that utilizes game theory and psychoanalysis.

Substantively, we operate in:
DIVORCE LAW - - we handle complex financials, estates, and discreet matters
PERSONAL INJURY MEDIATION & NEGOTIATION - - we can help you avoid litigation and get your settlement
ANIMAL RIGHTS MEDIATION - - we protect animals
WATER & LAND MEDIATION - - we offer creative solutions
BUSINESS MEDIATION - - we can help with business conflicts
HUMAN RIGHTS MEDIATION - - we broker peace

We have offices in Silicon Valley/San Jose,...
Nancy W. Dahan
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Irvine, CA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(949) 724-8857 19100 Von Karman Ave
#380
Irvine, CA 92612
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Carrie Solny Block
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Irvine, CA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(855) 939-9111 2 Park Plaza Suite 380
Irvine, CA 92614
Family and Divorce
Loyola Law School
Carrie S. Block joined Dishon & Block as an associate in 1998. She became partner in the firm in 2005. Ms. Block's expertise is in family law, including divorce, adoption and pre-marital agreements. Many of her cases involve complicated property divisions or contested custody disputes. Ms. Block is a Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Block has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, paternity, adoption and premarital rights. She also represents clients in agreed-upon divorces, post-divorce modifications, enforcement of existing orders, paternity cases and...
Jeffery Linehan Heath
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Costa Mesa, CA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(800) 784-6670 1901 Newport Blvd.
Suite 284
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
William Mitchell COL and William Mitchell College of Law
Attorney Jeffery L. Heath has been practicing law in Orange County California for over 25 years. Jeffery's law practice emphasizes in Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, DUI Defense, and Criminal Defense. Over the years Jeffery has established him self as a strong advocate who is willing to do anything for his clients.
Sondra Ellyn BenNaEim
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Cypress, CA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
10073 Valley View
St # 139
Cypress, CA 90630
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Pacific Coast Univ
I was a family law paralegal for many years prior to my attending law school. During that time I received my 25-Hour Basic Mediation Certificate (1995) and in 2009 I received my 40-Hour Basic Divorce Mediation certificate. In 2009 I also received training in Foreclosure mediation as well as a 10 hour "brush up" course in community mediation and 3 hours of Advanced Mediation training in "Mediating Civil Harassment Cases." I presently limit my practice to Divorce Mediation, Premarital and Postmarital agreements, Prenuptials and Postnuptials, All types of mediation, and Stepparent Adoptions Guardianships.
Walter Douglas McKeague Jr
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Santa Ana, CA Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(714) 543-3356 2009 North Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Family and Divorce
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Attorney McKeague is the founder of the Orange County family law firm, The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague. For more than 30 years, Mr. McKeague has been dedicated to helping individuals as they go through divorce and other family law proceedings. He is committed to helping his clients obtain favorable solutions both in and out of the courtroom. If you are interested in retaining the representation of Attorney McKeague, be sure to contact the firm today.
Sharman L. Brooks
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Newport Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(949) 769-7040 4000 MacArthur Boulevard
East Tower, Suite 600
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Wail Sarieh
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Santa Ana, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(714) 542-6200 2107 N Broadway #308
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
California board of Legal Specialization and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
I started my legal career in 2001 by providing consultation to lawyers handling medical malpractice cases. In an attempt to enhance the quality of the consulting business, I attended Quinnipiac law school in 2002. After my first class in tort law, I knew that this what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I transferred to Loyola Law L.A. as a full-time student. In 2005 I began practicing family law and I became Certified Family Law Sepcialist dedicating my entire practice to family law.
Violet Priscilla Woodhouse
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Newport Beach, CA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(949) 640-8861 2 Corporate Plaza Dr
Suite 250
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Family and Divorce
Western State College of Law at Argosy University and Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Established in 1996, Violet P. Woodhouse, APC is a specialty family law practice offering superior legal representation. With an unparalleled background in both law and finance, the firm has handled and unraveled the most complicated, sophisticated and challenging family law matters. The firm is also recognized for its skillful approach in representing clients in the most traditional family law matters such as support and custody issues. Violet P. Woodhouse, one of the leading authorities on divorce is an author, educator, speaker and attorney. Her book, "Divorce and Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions...
Douglas Hatherley
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Irvine, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(949) 337-4050 19762 MacArthur Blvd
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Douglas A. Hatherley is a family law and divorce attorney with Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP. Mr. Hatherley's practice is focused on the issues of family law litigation, including child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, domestic violence, paternity, and division of assets. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.

Mr. Hatherley has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list four years in a row, named one of the Top 40...
Stephanie B. Saunders
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California Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience

Santa Barbara College of LawCalifornia
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Huntington Beach Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Whittier Law School Center for Children's Rights
(714) 444-4141
Costa Mesa, CA


Orange County Family Law Facilitator
Orange, CA

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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.