New Almaden, California Family Lawyers

Samira Amato
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Free Consultation! Experienced California Family Lawyer! Skilled Advocacy!

I am a dedicated and passionate family law attorney. I strive to provide exceptional representation to get the results you need and deserve. Visit my website to see client testimonials, or call for a free consultation.
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Patrick T. Bell
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Determined Family Attorney! Exceptional Service & Results! Know Your Rights!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable attorney representing those with family law matters. I will work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests! Visit my website for more information and call for a consultation.
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Chelan A. Vukas
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California Family Law Attorney

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and University of WashingtonCalifornia
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Joshua Stutz
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California Family Law Attorney

California Western School of LawCalifornia
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New Almaden, CA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(408) 769-1248 PO Box 97
New Almaden, CA 95042-0097
Family and Personal Injury
Andrea Mah
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(408) 564-5674 1530 Meridian Ave
#120
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of San Francisco School of Law
Andrea represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, legal separation, annulment, custody and visitation, support, and complex property division.

Andrea understands the impact a divorce and other family law issues can have on people’s lives and is committed to provide support to litigants with family law issues, while explaining the law to them and advocating for the best results possible.

Jennifer Mello
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(408) 288-7800 1055 Minnesota Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of California - Santa Barbara and Santa Clara University School of Law
Merrisa L. Coleman-Bishop
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(408) 217-8506 1035 Minnesota Ave
#H
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Jessica A. Pellerin
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(408) 288-7800 1055 Minnesota Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Traci Pickering
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(408) 288-7800 1055 Minnesota Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
Julian Jacob Carash
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Stockton, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(888) 612-4747 The Carash Law Firm
6 S. El Dorado #335
Stockton, CA 95111
Family, Criminal and Personal Injury
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Proudly Serving Santa Clara County and the Central Valley
Tracy Duell-Cazes
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(408) 267-8484 2125 Canoas Garden Ave #120
San Jose, CA 95125
Family and Divorce
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Joshua R. Jachimowicz
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Morgan Hill, CA Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(800) 576-4210 17485 Monterey Road
Suite 204
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Joshua Robinett Jachimowicz was admitted to the State Bar in 2011. Mr. Jachimowicz began working with his father's firm as a law clerk while attending law school. He graduated the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Physics. Like his father, he received his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. While at Santa Clara, he received honors for his academic efforts in Wills and Trusts, Employment Discrimination and Trial Techniques classes. As a young attorney, he has handled numerous criminal matters, including petty thefts, drug offenses, and DUIs. Mr. Jachimowicz recently married...
Sharon Louise Roper
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(408) 264-4576 2125 Canoas Garden Ave
Ste 120
San Jose, CA 95125
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Santa Clara University
Jessica A. Pellerin
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Free Consultation! Dedicated and Skilled California Family Attorney! Call Now!

I offer experienced and passionate representation for those with family law issues. My goal is always to make my clients feel safe and well represented. Visit my website for reviews or call for a free consultation.
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Victoria R.D. Campbell
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California Family Law Attorney

Santa Clara University School of LawCalifornia
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Arlette Argyris
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(408) 564-5674 1530 Meridian Ave
#120
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Robin Yeamans
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Los Gatos, CA Family Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(408) 867-8137 1484 Pollard Rd. #191
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Family and Divorce
Stanford Univ Law School
Victoria R.D. Campbell
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(408) 564-5674 1530 Meridian Ave
#120
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Sue Saign
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Morgan Hill, CA Family Law Attorney
(408) 842-8363 60 W. Main Ave., Suite 23
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family
Lincoln University
Thomas Michael Bloom
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Los Gatos, CA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(408) 358-4923 401 Alberto Way
Suite 1, #7
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Environmental
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Benita Ventresca
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LOS GATOS, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(408) 395-8822 20 S. SANTA CRUZ AVE.
SUITE 212
LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Family and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
Benita Ventresca has been practicing family law in Santa Clara County, California, since 1978. She helps her clients throughout San Jose and the Bay Area deal with some of lifes most difficult issues while minimizing conflict and reaching the fastest possible resolution whenever possible. At Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, Attorney Ventresca provides representation in family law areas that include divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, restraining orders, and paternity actions. Attorney Ventresca emphasizes communication with her clients, persistent advocacy, and attention to all aspects of their case. Regardless of the size of the case, her...
Karen Marie Hubbell
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(408) 369-1010 1940 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Family and Divorce
Lincoln Law Sch of San Jose
Robert Barrie Mitchell
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Morgan Hill, CA Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(408) 779-7879 45 East 1st Street
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Michael Edward Lonich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning and Probate
Pepperdine University School of Law
Michael E. Lonich is the managing partner of Lonich & Patton and has nearly 30 years of experience representing a wide range of businesses and individuals. His practice concentrates on Estate Planning, Business Law and divorce mediation. Mike draws upon his expertise and the firm's resources to partner with individuals and families to develop comprehensive estate plans and successfully represent clients in trust administration and probate litigation. From the creation of a simple will to a complex trust, family limited liability partnership or business succession plan, maximizing financial benefits as well as ensuring the peace of mind that an estate...
Gina Nicole Policastri
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law
Gina Policastri is a Certified Family Law Specialist and limits her practice exclusively to family law. Ms. Policastri obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 2003, where she earned a place as an editor of the Santa Clara Law Review by writing a legal comment on the Barry Bonds divorce case and the prenuptial agreement legislation it subsequently sparked. During law school, Gina earned both the Emery and Law Faculty Scholarships. She was also awarded a Public Interest Scholarship for her summer clerkship at...
Arlette Argyris
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California Family Law Attorney

University of Oklahoma College of LawOklahoma and California
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Joe Angelo
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Family Law Attorney! Protect What Matters Most!

I am an experienced and skilled family law attorney. I am dedicated to resolving your case in a timely and efficient manner. Visit my website to see client reviews and testimonials, or call for a free consultation.
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David Alan Patton
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
David Patton is a Family Law Specialist as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, limiting his practice to family law exclusively. He heads the firm's family law practice.

Mr. Patton has 22 years experience as a trial lawyer, spending his early years focusing on insurance defense and plaintiff's personal injury cases. After co-founding Lonich & Patton in 1994, Mr. Patton developed the firm's family law practice. Since then, he has become one of Silicon Valley's top family law attorneys. Mr. Patton is a certified family law specialist. Only attorneys certified by the State Bar of California...
Andrew George Marcellino
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(408) 266-5291 255 W Julian St, Suite 501
San Jose, CA 95110
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lincoln Law Sch of San Jose
Andrew Marcellino is a seasoned lawyer who has represented many clients throughout Santa Clara County in the trial and mediation process. He fights for his clients in the courtroom, but emphasizes negotiation and mediation as alternatives whenever possible. He does this to save his clients time, money and emotional stress, and to help them retain control over their legal results.

We assist family law clients in matters of domestic violence, divorce, custody and visitation, child support, restraining orders, property division, modifications of court orders, paternity matters, and other issues related to family law. We also provide experienced representation in criminal...
Julia Lemon
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Julia Lemon became an associate at Lonich and Patton, LLP in November 2007. Julia is well versed in Estate Planning and Business Law, however she has a a special interest in Family Law matters. Julia began her relationship with the firm as a second year law clerk in 2005. Julia was raised in San Jose and attended Presentation High School. Thereafter, she attended the University of California at Davis where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In 2004, Julia graduated with honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, earning a Bachelor's Degree with a major in...
Kevin C Boileau
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Campbell, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(408) 442-2983 1999 S Bascom
Campbell, CA 95008
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,...
Jeffrey Moore
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Campbell, CA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(408) 915-8043 155 E. Campbell Avenue
Suite 121
Campbell, CA 95008
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Attorney Jeffrey M. Moore has 20 years experience assisting consumers and small business in Silicon Valley. He was raised in Santa Clara County, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law (Juris Doctor) and Santa Clara Leavey School of Business (MBA). Mr. Moore is a recognized authority in family, bankruptcy, and landlord/tenant law. Visit our website for information on how we can assist you with your legal issue.
Susan F. Dent
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 475
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily
Santa Clara University School of Law
Susan Dent is a recently admitted member of the California Bar, joining Lonich and Patton from a C.F.L.S. litigation firm in Newport Beach, CA. Ms. Dent was an active member of the law school community at Santa Clara University, serving as both an associate and editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, an Executive Board member for Honors Moot Court Internal, and as the president of Santa Clara Law's Criminal Law Society. Ms. Dent also served as a research assistant for SCU's Center for Global Law and Policy. Thoughout law school, Ms. Dent clerked for Hon. Jerome...
Erik Steven Johnson
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(408) 246-3004 247 N. Third Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Erik Steven Johnson is a dedicated criminal defense attorney with a unique passion for defending the legal rights of his clients. His particular legal experience includes, but is not limited to: driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence, hit-and-run accidents, drug-related offenses, theft (both petty and grand), and sex crimes, among many more. He is committed to providing the best legal representation to his clients, and maintains a high percentage of client satisfaction, thanks, in part, to being detail oriented.

Mr. Johnson is an honors-scholarship graduate from Saint Mary's College, where he received a bachelor's degree in political theory. He has...
Mitchell Todd Ehrlich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Mitchell T. Ehrlich is a partner with Lonich and Patton and along with David Patton, he leads the Family Law practice. His practice focuses on all areas of Family Law including Dissolutions, Child Custody, Support Matters, Property and Business Division, Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Paternity, Registered Domestic Partnerships, Guardianship and Adoptions. In 2009, he became a California Certified Family law Specialist. Mitchell has over 10 years of experience as a civil litigator and trial attorney. Mitchell began focusing his practice exclusively on Family Law matters shortly after Lonich & Patton's Family Law practice was developed. Prior to that, he amassed significant...
Lorna M. Jaynes
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Palo Alto, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 795-6304 Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Steven Edward Springer
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Morgan Hill, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(888) 490-9852 16360 Monterey St. Ste. 180
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
Santa Clara University
Help small to medium size companies navigate through a wide variety of legal challenges: formation, funding, governmental impediments, operational legal planning, merger and acquisition, employee relations, and labor compliance. All with the goal of litigation avoidance. Litigation in all California state courts and the Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California.
Stephen W. Penn
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Dedicated & Effective Family Law Attorney! Certified Family Law Specialist!

I provide exceptional family law representation. I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of my clients in all areas of family law! Visit my website for more information and call for a consultation!
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Natalya Kalinovskiy
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California Family Law Lawyer

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia
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Gretchen Z. Boger
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Gretchen Z. Boger began her law career as a Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County from 2007 – 2010. During her tenure with the D.A.’s office, she prosecuted 17 jury trials. Ms. Boger has been practicing family law exclusively since January 2010. Ms. Boger joined Lonich & Patton in 2013. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During her time at McGeorge, she received a concentration in trial advocacy. Ms. Boger demonstrates great care and compassion in handling the complex emotional and legal issues which are unique to...
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(408) 286-9800 70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Jennifer Mispagel focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate. Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate and her Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 2008. After completing her first year at Santa Clara University School of Law, Jennifer spent a summer in Tokyo studying the Japanese legal system and interning for a local law firm. When she returned to school, she enrolled in Santa Clara’s MBA program to complement her legal education. Jennifer received both the Witkin and CALI Awards in Community Property as well as the American Bankruptcy...
Daniel Jensen
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Santa Clara, CA Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(408) 296-4100 4675 Stevens Creek Blvd #250
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Lincoln University
Daniel Jensen has truly established himself as a top lawyer in Santa Clara County. In fact, Jensen has been selected five times by the San Jose Magazine as one of Silicon Valley's Best Lawyers in Criminal Law and Family Law. As a former police officer and sergeant, Jensen has great knowledge when it comes to effectively defending his clients in state and federal courts. If you or a loved one are in need of legal guidance, Daniel Jensen may be able help. Learn more by calling the The Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100.
Kevin Scott Hutcheson
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(408) 288-5592 1042 WEST HEDDING STREET, SUITE 200
San Jose, CA 95126
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
UC Hastings COL
CERTIFICATIONS:
Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

BAR ADMISSIONS:
California, 1989
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1989
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1989
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
EDUCATION:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, J.D.
Andy Chen
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Los Altos, CA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(650) 735-2436 2310 Homestead Road
Suite C1 #429
Los Altos, CA 94024
Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Dana Lynn Santos
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Aptos, CA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(831) 207-6850 P.O. Box 2182
Aptos, CA 95001
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I am a Family Law Specialist, certified with the California State Board of Legal Specialization. I enjoy assisting clients with all their family law needs including custody, support, division of property and paternity. I have acted as minor's counsel for several years, both private and appointed by the court, and have provided mediation services for 15 years.
James Chau
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(408) 913-5626 181 Devine St
San Jose, CA 95110
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Welcome to the Law Office of James Chau. You deserve the highest quality legal representation on your San Jose / Santa Clara County Divorce and Family Law at affordable prices. Please call the office today to speak with the attorney.
Joe Angelo
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Campbell, CA Family Law Lawyer
(866) 447-8460 1999 S. Bascom Ave.
Suite 700
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
Willamette University College of Law
Magdalena Chattopadhya
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(408) 201-4468 300 South First Street
Suite 228
San Jose, CA 95113
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Magdalena Chattopadhya practices all areas of family law, providing comprehensive legal representation for matters related to divorce, separation, child custody/support, paternity, retraining orders, and more. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, she is hands-on with her clients from the initial consultation all the way to negotiations, trials, and even appeals when necessary. Ms. Chattopadhya focuses on the big picture – the long-term impact of a case on her clients’ lives. As a certified mediator, she strives to help parties move forward from a conflict in an amicable and dignified manner. She is dedicated to pursuing the best possible result, no...
Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(408) 625-1130 111 N. Market Street
Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law
Mr. Cvietkovich is very well-connected in the Bay Area being a 6th generation resident of San Jose. He currently works in the same building where his great-uncle had a law practice from the 1960s to the 1980s. Mr. Cvietkovich has handled over 3000 cases in his career and he uses his vast experience to aggressively defend his clients. Mr. Cvietkovich is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the California Public Defender’s Association. To find out about our flexible and affordable payment options or to receive a free consultation, please contact us today at 408-625-1130.
Elainie Honjas
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Free Consultation! Experienced Family Lawyer! Skilled Representation! Call Now!

I have provided dedicated and compassionate advocacy to families for 24 years. I possess the skills and knowledge to handle any kind of family law case! Visit my website for information or call for a free consultation.
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J. Winston Duggan
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Dedication and Skill Advocating for Family Rights and Interests! Call Now!

I am a determined and knowledgeable California family law attorney. I will work tirelessly for the best possible results for you and your family! Visit my website for more information or call for a consultation.
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New Almaden Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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


Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley
(408) 998-5298
San Jose, 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.