National City, California Family Lawyers

Roy M. Doppelt Esq.
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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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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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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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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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National City, CA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(619) 266-0389 1626-G Sweetwater Rd #193
National City, CA 91950
Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
James Francis Sexton
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Chula Vista, CA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(619) 476-9436 3130 Bonita Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
California Western School of Law
James F. Sexton first worked as an attorney for the insurance companies he now opposes. Having worked this side of personal injury and worker’s compensation cases, James understands the goals, motivation, and tactics employed by the insurance companies and the lawyers who protect their interests. He uses that knowledge to better serve and protect his clients’ interests. As CEO of a company and owner of his own law firm, James Sexton’s success reflects the positive experiences his clients have had and continue to have at The Sexton Law Firm. His expertise is extensive and includes California bankruptcy law, California...
Michele Bernadette Brown
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(619) 298-1900 525 "B" Street
#2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
University of San Diego School of Law
Michele B. Brown is an attorney licensed in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District. She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and she handles complex family law matters, including dissolution of marriage actions with business valuations, income analysis and financial litigation, custody, move-away and psychological evaluations, as well as pre-marital agreements, post-marital agreements, post judgment matters and enforcement actions. Ms. Brown cares deeply about the law and her clients. It is for this reason Ms. Brown is actively involved in family law legislation and politics. Michele Brown...
Sandra Joan Morris
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 49 years experience
(619) 685-3042 750 B Street, Suite 2100
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
California Western School of Law
With a career of 44 years as a family law attorney, Ms. Morris has extensive experience in a broad range of family law issues both as a counselor and litigator, making it her goal to help each client through the process with dignity and ease. With extensive training and experience in mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and settlement negotiation, she serves as an advocate to family law clients who choose alternatives to traditional litigation in resolving their family law matters. Ms. Morris has long been recognized as one of the preeminent family law attorneys in the United States.
Stephen Smith
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(619) 503-3050 701 B St #2201
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Emiliza Pableo San Diego
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer
(619) 232-1206 225 Broadway, Suite 1425
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Emiliza San Diego is an experienced and successful family law and divorce lawyer at the Boyd Law office in San Diego, CA. Emiliza San Diego has many years of successful experience handling all different types of family and divorce law related practice area cases. Practice areas include but are not limited to: Child custody, child support, paternity, spousal support, legal separation, domestic partnership,
Gerald William Hokstad
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San Diego, , CA Family Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(619) 234-3838 940 C ST
San Diego, , CA 92101
Family
Western State Univ
Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California
Francis Bernard Connaughton
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Chula Vista, CA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(619) 425-8613 397 3rd Ave, Suite C
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
California Western School of Law
I am a San Diego Divorce lawyer, San Diego Divorce attorney, San Diego Divorce Attorney. I provide mediation and attorney services to help clients divorce in a healthy way.
Michelle Gold
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Bonita, CA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(619) 977-1672 PO BOX 1314
Bonita, CA 91908
Family, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Kelly Marie Shaffer
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(619) 230-1030 1250 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
Univ of Arizona COL
Kelly Shaffer received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University where she studied psychology and received a full tuition scholarship. She continued her education by earning her Juris Doctor at the University of Arizona, also with a scholarship. During her time in Arizona, Shaffer volunteered for the Domestic Violence Program and Southern Arizona Legal Aid. While in law school, Ms. Shaffer was selected as a judicial law clerk which allowed her to develop a love for family law and gain valuable experience from the judicial perspective. Kelly Shaffer has devoted her practice to family law and the issues surrounding...
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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Jenna A. Hoefler
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Dedicated California Family Law Attorney! Call for Help!

I provide exceptional legal representation for all family law matters. I will work tirelessly for the best possible results for your family! Visit my website for information and reviews. Read More »
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Brent Pfeiffer
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(619) 354-2528 600 B St.
Suite 2020
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Brent J. Pfeiffer is a California Licensed Attorney whose goal is to provide the highest quality legal services to his clients in a prompt and timely fashion. We understand that the circumstances surrounding each case are unique and we pride ourselves on the tailored personal approach we provide our clients.
Leslie Lohelani Abrigo
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Chula Vista, CA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(619) 422-7722 737 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Brian R Mason
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(858) 444-5256 701 B Street, Suite 955A
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Criminal
Lizbet Munoz
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CHULA VISTA, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(619) 498-8540 310 DAVIDSON STREET, #2
CHULA VISTA, CA 91910
Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Angelina Bradley
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(619) 483-4343 2305 Historic Decatur Road
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Military
University of Colorado Law School
I am a retired Navy Judge Advocate helping families, working professionals, parentrepreneurs, and creatives attain work-life balance. I am a licensed attorney in California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. I am also a certified as a mediator and peer specialist. I help my clients find a work-life balance goal, then craft solutions to empower them to attain those goals. For most of my clients, that means providing compassionate family law services to restructure a family: from marriage to divorce; reworking custody and visitation; adding a new member to the family through adoption; or restoring safety. I will guide you...
Andy Cook
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(619) 515-9900 1901 1st Ave
2FL
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
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 County.

Andy Cook handles family law matters exclusively. He has one associate attorney and has run his own practice in the Bankers Hill area of San Diego, located about a mile from the main San Diego Family Law Court, for over 23 years. Andy has been Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar...
Rivka Israel
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(858) 487-3279 3200 Fourth Ave
Ste 201
San Diego, CA 92103
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
California Western School of Law
Rivka Israel, Esq. is an experienced and knowledgeable Family Law attorney who practices Family Law in San Diego, CA. Rivka was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2000. In June of 2009, after years of working for large law firms, Rivka opened her own law office and redirected her focus to self-help assistance, consulting services, document drafting, stipulated agreements and settlements, uncontested divorces, individual assistance and personal guidance in the area Family and LGBT Family Law issues. Rivka is active in the community and is a member of the GSDBA as well as...
Sandy Lynne Meade
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Escondido, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(619) 503-3050 500 La Terraza Blvd.,
Suite 150
Escondido, CA 92025
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Western Sierra Law School
(619) DIVORCE and attorney Sandy L. Meade have over 54 years of combined experience practicing law in California. Through open communication and a commitment toward the empowerment of her clients, Sandy has earned an outstanding reputation among both colleagues and clients for her professional and compassionate approach to family law.
Phillip J Wu
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(888) 222-1220 3130 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of San Francisco School of Law
Stuart Mellman
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney
(619) 304-0600 600 W Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Mr. Mellman provides clients with a full range of legal services including estate planning, estate litigation, family law, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, civil litigation, business transactions, business law, intellectual property, real property, and asset protection. Mr. Mellman received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated in the top four percent of his class with honors of Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Mr. Mellman served as the Managing-Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review...
Elizabeth A. Rodriguez
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California Family Law Attorney

Thomas Jefferson School of LawCalifornia and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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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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Teresa Trucchi
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
3055 India Street
San Diego, CA 92117
Free ConsultationFamily and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
Teresa Trucchi, CFLS joined Suppa, Trucchi & Henein, LLP in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. Her primary areas of practice include family law, personal injury and general civil litigation. Prior to Suppa, Trucchi and Henein LLP, Ms. Trucchi was an associate at Bauer and Schultz APC in Bonita, CA from 1988 to 1994. Ms. Trucchi received her Bachelors of Science Degree (with distinction) in Secondary Education in Language Arts (emphasis in Speech, Journalism, Drama and Literature) from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1984. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was on the academic honor roll all...
Nicholas Moore
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(619) 485-2900 101 W. Broadway, Suite 1770
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Social Security Disability
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Nicholas J. Moore is an award winning San Diego criminal attorney. He has been recognized as "Best of the Bar, 2016" by the San Diego Business Journal, "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers, and named "Rising Star," in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and named "10 Best in Client Satisfaction" by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys two years in a row (2016 and 2017).

Nicholas is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Thomas Jefferson School of...
ILONA ANTONYAN
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(619) 696-1100 1402 West Broadway, 21st Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
California Western School of Law
Ilona Antonyan is a Founding Partner of Antonyan Miranda, a litigation trial attorney, and a Certified Family Law Specialist. Ms. Antonyan became the youngest person in California to become a Certified Family Law Specialist, after achieving the rigorous requirements in only five years of practice.

Having immigrated to the United States in 1992 as an Armenian refugee, Ms. Antonyan is fluent in English, Russian, and Spanish, and is collaterally licensed as a real estate broker, and also obtained Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Ms. Antonyan focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, specializing in high-net worth cases and those...
Lance Raymond Claery
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(877) 756-4111 8880 Rio San Diego Drive
Suite 370
San Diego, CA 92108
Family, Administrative, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Lance Claery has been successfully practicing family law for more than seven years. He has worked with a diverse client base ranging from multi-millionaires to low income, modest means clients. He started his career as an attorney working with one of Southern California's most experienced family law attorneys. Thereafter, Mr. Claery began working for one of Southern California's busiest and most prestigious law firms. He was made a partner of that firm very quickly and has since worked on hundreds of divorces and other family law matters. Mr. Claery has handled trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations,...
Elizabeth P. Swiller
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(619) 794-2018 1901 1st Ave
#228
San Diego, CA 92101
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Garrison Klueck
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La Mesa, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(866) 920-3993 7777 Alvarado Road, Suite # 413
La Mesa, CA 91942
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I have a calling to spread the word to folks that there are alternatives to going to court. There are alternatives like mediation, collaborative law and cooperative law. People in our firm, and myself, had to take extra training, often at substantial expense and in other states, to be able to offer those alternative dispute methods for our clients. Now I have hobbies of "spreading the word" about those alternatives. I appear on TV, often with other members of our firm....
Roseline D. Feral
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(619) 232-1010 444 W C St
#310
San Diego, CA 92101
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Ms. Feral puts the needs of her clients first, even if that means dealing with conflict. Passionate about making sure her client's voice is heard, you can count on her to fight and not back down. Ms. Feral is rated one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area and has earned the respect of clients and San Diego Defense Lawyers throughout California.
Christopher C. Happ
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(619) 906-5800 7801 Mission Center Ct.
Suite 450
San Diego, CA 92108
Family
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mr. Happ is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) and is licensed to practice in both the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Upon being sworn in to practice law, Mr. Happ immediately opened Happ Law Group P.C. Since its founding, Happ Law Group P.C. has been a firm exclusively devoted to representing individuals involved in family law disputes. Mr. Happ has prepared pleadings and discovery, negotiated settlements and litigated contested hearings/trials involving all aspects of family law, including, but not limited to, custody/visitation, child and spousal support, property characterization and division, enforcement...
Juanita Guillen
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(619) 304-0600 600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Juanita Guillen-Mellman is a co-founding partner of Mellman & Mellman LLP, a law firm that has represented clients in various legal matters, including estate planning and probate, family law, real property, civil litigation and estate litigation. As an attorney licensed to practice in all California state and federal courts, Ms. Guillen-Mellman has gained extensive litigation experience by conducting and successfully arguing hundreds of motions, trials, and other hearings. Attorney Guillen-Mellman is well versed in what it takes to obtain results, both in and out of court. At Mellman & Mellman, LLP attorney Juanita Guillen-Mellman is an integral part of the...
Drew Hendricks
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(619) 284-4113 7676 Hazard Center Dr. #625
San Diego, CA 92108
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Stephen Smith
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California Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience

California Western School of LawCalifornia
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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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Robert M. Garland
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(619) 724-1589 2534 State Street, #477
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1993. Certified as a Family Law Specialist in 2002. Divorce, Property Division, Support, Custody and Visitation. Specializing in Move Away and Interstate Custody cases.
US Navy Veteran
Brian Alan Burkett
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(619) 683-2429 444 Camino del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
At the Law Office of Brian Burkett, my goal is to help you with your legal problem by offering quality, caring, and affordable legal services and counseling. I want to be the right attorney for your needs. The attorney client relationship is very important, therefore, you should choose your attorney wisely. You do not want to choose an attorney to represent your needs and later regret that you made a bad choice. So you want an attorney who is there for you when you need them. You want an attorney who answers your questions patiently and...
Michelle Paul
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SAN DIEGO, CA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(800) 590-4305 4918 N. Harbor Drive, Suite #204
SAN DIEGO, CA 92106
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do On Your Own – We will lead you through the toughest decisions you will ever have to make, whether it is to protect you, your children, your property and your future.” – Michelle Paul, Esq. Michelle is an East Coast native who has been successful in the business arena as an entrepreneur for 37 years. She went back to school after 20 years as a non-traditional student and obtained a Political Science degree with Summa Cum Laude 4.0 honors from Coastal Carolina University. She has worked in Civil Litigation for the past eight...
Linda A. Jazo
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(619) 794-2018 1901 1st Ave
#228
San Diego, CA 92101
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Kathryn Lynn Konzen
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
5694 Mission Center Road
Suite 177
San Diego, CA 92108
Family, Estate Planning and Probate
Concord Law School
I am a California licensed attorney and experienced eDiscovery professional. I focus on efficient and cost effective solutions for my clients when dealing with family law or estate planning and probate related issues. These can be difficult and challenging times for clients, and I treat each client with the respect and compassion they deserve.
Kymeshia Morris
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(858) 413-7980 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, 8th Floor
San Diego, CA 92108
Family, Business and Estate Planning
San Diego Esquire was founded by Ms. Kymeshia Morris in 2012. She has built a law practice that focuses on providing personal attention and candid legal advice to clients. San Diego Esquire is established on the belief that each and every client deserves the best legal representation possible. If you are looking for a lawyer that is hard working, professional, and honest, then you have come to the right place. We represent a diverse clientele in family, estate planning, personal injury & contract law.

James Richard Vercollone
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(619) 704-1035 2366 Front St
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk Univ Law School
Mr. Vercollone is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and California. He has spent more than twelve years practicing exclusively family law in San Diego and southern California. Mr. Vercollone has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since 2010. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the San Diego Family Law Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. Mr. Vercollone has dealt with all aspects of family law litigation, including complex property issues, custody disputes, support matters, and has negotiated numerous prenuptial...
Lillian Michelle Loeffler
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(619) 821-4324 4154 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Paul A. Swiller
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San Diego, CA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(619) 794-2018 1901 1st Ave
#228
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Juvenile
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Anthony Dunne
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San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(619) 503-3050 3555 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Family and Divorce
Western State Univ COL
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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Steven Lucas Aicher
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Only SD Family Law Attorney With MBA/Navy Veteran/Former FLJ Foundation Lawyer.

California Western School of LawCalifornia
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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.


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