San Mateo County Family Lawyers

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Sarah Van Voorhis
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Success & Experience Advocating for Family Rights and Interests! Call for Help!

I am a certified specialist in Family Law. I exclusively practice family law and work tirelessly to deliver the best possible results for my clients! Visit my website to see client testimonials. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Ariel Sosna
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Dedicated Family Lawyer! Exceptional Service & Results! Call for a Consultation!

I have been exclusively practicing family law in California since 2007. I am committed to protecting the rights and interests of those with family law issues! Visit my website for client reviews, call for a consultation! Read More »
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Sarah Arnott
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Dedicated and Experienced California Family Lawyer! Call for a Consultation!

I am a determined and skilled family attorney. I provide experienced and knowledgeable representation. I will work tirelessly for the results you need and deserve! Visit my website for reviews or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Patricia Purcell
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California Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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H. Yvonne Seeley
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(650) 347-9111 411 Borel Avenue
Suite 603
San Mateo, CA 94002
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
San Francisco Law Sch
Ms. Seeley is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Seeley’s practice focuses on dissolution cases involving high asset and complex financial issues such as the division of interests in closely-held businesses, real estate, and equity compensation, including stock options and RSU’s. Ms. Seeley also has extensive experience with high-conflict custody matters and relocation/ move-away cases. Ms. Seeley brings over 30 years of civil litigation experience to the firm and represents clients through all phases of family law litigation before private judges and in public...
Kiana Moradi
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(650) 988-5050 951 Mariners Island Blvd, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402
Offers Video ChatFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Harvard Law School and Cornell University

Kiana graduated from Cornell Law School with a concentration in business law and is a former business litigator at one of the nation’s largest law firms. Since 2002, she has been achieving successful outcomes for clients through negotiated agreements, mediation and litigation.

Kiana’s practice focuses on complex financial divorces and custody. With each case, she creates effective strategies in dividing marital assets and spousal and child support. She focuses on each client’s particular needs with “big-picture” astuteness. Kiana educates her clients about the advantages, disadvantages, and costs involved, enabling her clients to make the best decisions...
Elaine Ryzak Fraser
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(650) 401-8080 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Offers Video ChatFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
With more than 25 years experience in family and personal injury law, I bring a seasoned expertise to both the conference room and the courtroom. As an experienced trial lawyer in all phases of litigation, I can successfully navigate diverse disputes across a range of legal areas. My expertise as a collaborative practitioner means that I am equally effective in mediating or negotiating a resolution that, when appropriate, does not involve litigation. I also assist clients as a mediator or a mediation-consulting attorney. I understand that every individual circumstance – every dispute – is unique...
Kimberly A. Madigan
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(650) 482-8480 3 Lagoon Drive
Suite 190
Redwood City, CA 94065
Family and Divorce
Univ of Alberta
Kimberly Madigan is a founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, family law firm representing clients throughout the Bay Area. She is admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of California. Ms. Madigan was named a "Rising Star" in family law by Super Lawyers on the basis of peer recognition and professional achievement for years 2012-2014. In 2014, Ms. Madigan was named as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Northern California by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). She is serving as the 2015 chair of...
Michael Edwin Marquez
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(650) 343-2611 1500 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been a San Mateo County resident for the past 34 years. I have been practicing law for over 20 years and understand the difficult time one goes through in a break up. No one can do better than I in achieving your goals and wishes.
Lisa Robertson Murray
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(650) 541-1718 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family and Divorce
U of San Francisco School of Law
Lisa R. Murray has practiced law since 1987, and family law since 1989, assisting families through the difficult divorce process. Ms. Murray assists her clients in reaching amicable and equitable settlement by offering services as a mediator, Collaborative Practice lawyer, consulting attorney for clients in mediation, and negotiating settlements. Ms. Murray has served her community as a court-appointed child advocate representing children in divorce cases, and Judge Pro Tempore. Ms. Murray's focus on consensual dispute resolution, such as mediation and Collaborative Practice was borne from her experience of the destructive manner in which litigation separates parents' and...
Lisa M Dugoni
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(650) 356-1180 951 Mariners Island Blvd. Ste. 260
San Mateo, CA 94404
Family
New England Law | Boston
Lisa M. Dugoni is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over thirty years of legal experience in all areas of family law. Lisa was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1980 and worked at several prestigious law firms in the Bay Area before beginning her own practice in 1990. The Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC specialize in family law, but Lisa also has a strong background and extensive experience in business law, including Business Litigation, Contract Negotiation, and Drafting Purchase and Sales of Business Exchanges. Lisa is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubble and is...
David Magnuson
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(650) 714-9439 345 Lorton Ave.
Suite 201
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
My family law practice is entirely limited to mediation and coaching. After witnessing the financial destruction and emotional distress that accompanies a litigated divorce, I decided to devote my career to helping couples separate constructively, peacefully and with dignity. Not only does a mediated divorce typically cost tens of thousands less than a drawn-out courtroom battle, but it also maximizes the likelihood that the parties will enjoy a civil relationship after the legal work is done. This is critically important when children are involved. I handle the entire divorce process for my clients, from our initial meeting to drafting...
Ali R Yousefi
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(650) 409-9701 951 Mariners Island Blvd
Ste 300
San Mateo, CA 94404
Offers Video ChatFamily, Employment and Personal Injury
John F. Kennedy University
Law Offices of Ali Yousefi was established with the vision to provide outstanding and effective service to litigants in the family law, employment law, and personal injury realms. What clients need the most during litigation are passion, professionalism and expediency. These values are the pillars of our office. At the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi, P.C., we care for peoples rights and our utmost duty is to find legal solutions that will remedy challenges you are facing with the law.
Amy Anne Laughlin
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(650) 343-3486 15 N. ELLSWORTH, SUITE 201
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family, Business, Divorce and Entertainment & Sports
Univ of Michigan Law Sch
Amy Laughlin has been achieving exceptional results for clients since 1992. After graduating with honors from The University of Michigan Law School, Amy joined the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. While there, she counseled individuals and corporations in a wide range of complex financial matters. In 2013, Amy opened her own practice where she focuses primarily on divorce, business and entertainment law.
H. Nathan James
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California Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience

Lincoln Univ9th Circuit, Central and Northern District Federal Courts of California, United States Tax Court and California
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Kristine Stewart
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California Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience

Kristine is an experienced litigator with extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Kristine returned to school in 2005 as a single parent following her own divorce, and her commitment to her... Read More »
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Yenny Teng-Lee
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(650) 619-0042 1630 S Delaware St # 25414
San Mateo, CA 94402
Free ConsultationFamily, Domestic Violence and Employment
We are built on meaningful connection with local communities and helping people. We focus on core legal services and extensive use of technology to cut down on legal costs. We believe in a compassionate approach that adds significant values to clients. We believe in strong and competent advocacy for clients.
Robert John Bruening
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(650) 343-6400 441 First Avenue
PO Box 1290
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family
Creighton Univ School of Law
Clifford Ross Chernick
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(650) 327-5570 770 Menlo Avenue
Suite 101
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
The Best Lawyers in America 2003-present; Best Lawyers 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for San Jose metropolitan area; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys “2016 Nationally Top 10 Attorney Award” for State of California; Best Law Firms – U.S. News and World Report 2014-present; Northern California Super Lawyers 2003-present; Daily News, Readers’ Choice Award “Best Lawyers Office” 2016; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Strathmore’s Who’s Who; National Registry of Who’s Who (life member); Author “Family Law ADR and Other Techniques” (Aspatore, “Inside the Minds – California Family Law Strategies,” 2009); Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Menlo College, 1995-2009,...
Richard Bragg Golden
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(650) 326-6009 750 Menlo Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Nancy Ann Lara-Moscardini
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(650) 347-8592 398 Primrose Road, Suite 213
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
San Francisco Law Sch
William Henry Holsinger
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(650) 340-7500 247 No. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
Mu-En Chen Steeg
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(650) 638-2338 177 Bovet Rd, Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
Family and Divorce
UC Hastings COL
Sidney Lorvan
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 59 years experience
(650) 359-4407 15 W Manor Dr
Pacifica, CA 94044
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Albany Law School/Union Univ
Valerie Lynn Patten
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(650) 365-3508 1690 Woodside Road
Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
Georgetown University Law Center
Dawn Michelle Ward
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(650) 473-0227 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600
Redwood City, CA 94065
Family, Divorce and Social Security Disability
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Esther R. Lerner
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California Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, U.S. Federal Court, Florida and U.S. Court...
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Stacey Poole
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California Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience

Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Craig Harris Collins
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 49 years experience
(650) 348-1974 1290 Howard Av., Suite 303
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Paul Davis
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(650) 345-7700 Post Office Box 5230
San Mateo, CA 94402
Family, Divorce and Municipal
San Francisco Law Sch
Lisa Veizades
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer
(650) 477-2466 1900 S. Norfolk St.
Suite 350
San Mateo, CA 94403
Family
Debra Schoenberg
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(415) 834-1120 575 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Family and Divorce
University of New Hampshire School of Law
DEBRA R. SCHOENBERG, ESQ., HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER.
More than thirty years ago, she established her own firm, which has vast experience and expertise in the highly sensitive and complex practice of family law. Ms. Schoenberg has established a professional reputation for thoroughness, strategic thinking, keen attention to detail, loyalty, and dedication to client service.

Today Ms. Schoenberg handles cases that range from complex financial issues and extensive marital estates, to high-conflict custody matters. Adept at negotiating resolutions as well as aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, she also handles straightforward family law cases, pre- and post-marital agreements, and marital settlements. Ms....
Robert Chang
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(510) 388-4866 2016 Lewelling Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94579
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
I started my practice with the premise I would always attempt to facilitate a collaborative divorce. Before going to law school, I worked for several years at a family law firm, and saw firsthand the potential of increasing acrimony between spouses when the court system is used haphazardly. Growing up with separated parents, I think I understand the stress and frustration of a long drawn out family divorce. The courts should be a place of last resort - who wants a Judge who barely knows you to make decisions for you? That being...
Stuart I. MacKenzie
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(510) 537-7200 22320 Foothill Blvd
#460
Hayward, CA 94541
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Stuart MacKenzie has been practicing Family Law for over 30 years. He is dedicated to providing aggressive yet compassionate representation to clients throughout Alameda County.

Stuart is ready to fight for your rights and interests, and lead you towards a bright future. Visit his website, or contact him for an initial phone conversation.

Lorna M. Jaynes
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Santa Clara County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(510) 795-6304 Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Because divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won, I focus on alternatives to the court system, through Collaborative Law and Mediation. I believe that most families and children are best served by being supported to work together in resolving their family matters. The fundamental goal in both Collaborative Divorce and Mediation is client empowerment.

With either mediation or the Collaborative process you will have control of the decisions that are made and will be firmly supported, legally and emotionally, in achieving a successful dissolution of your relationship. This not only allows but also encourages you...
Ariel Sosna
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Ariel Sosna is a founding partner of Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP. She is certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Sosna has been exclusively practicing family law in California (San Francisco Bay Area) since 2007.

Ms. Sosna received her J.D., with a concentration in Family Law, from U.C. Hastings School of the Law and her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley.

Before starting her own practice, Ms. Sosna was an associate at a well-known San Francisco law firm. She was co-chairperson of the Family Law Section of the San Francisco...
Stacey Poole
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Esther R. Lerner
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
Lauren Pruett
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(916) 273-7777 75 Broadway Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111
San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Lauren Pruett is a Partner and shareholder of Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett P.C.. Laurennoversees our Family Law Department. She focuses exclusively on family law issues including: divorce, custody, spousal support, child support, domestic violence, guardianships, adoptions, grandparent visitation.

Lauren dedicated her focus to family law from the start of her legal studies, taking courses dedicated to the field such as family law, community property, family law trial skills and juvenile law. Additionally, she clerked for the Honorable Thadd Blizzard for one year at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse and worked as a certified law student for a local...
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 624-7602 582 Market, Suite 1007
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationFamily and Personal Injury
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Jacob Harker is a San Francisco Bay Area attorney. Mr. Harker has set up and run his law practice in a cost-effective and practical manner. He has done so in an effort to pass on the savings to his clients. As an attorney, Mr. Harker sees his practice as taking the lead in a new era of legal services.
Sarah Arnott
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Sarah Arnott is an Attorney at Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP. Ms. Arnott was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 2015, and served as the chairperson of the family law section of the San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club in 2013.

A native of New York and North Carolina, Ms. Arnott moved to California to attend Santa Clara University School of Law, from which she received her J.D. Ms. Arnott has exclusively practiced family law since 2008. She is well-versed in all areas of family law, including dissolutions, custody,...
Nancy Martinez
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Santa Clara County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(650) 242-5280 2211 Park Blvd, Suite 9
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of San Francisco School of Law
Nancy M. Martinez is a California native. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend college. Nancy is a native Spanish speaker. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of California-Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History. After Cal, Ms. Martinez worked as a paralegal for several years in the areas of business litigation, antitrust, class-actions, and intellectual property.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she earned a Certificate of Concentration...
Christine Ann Pham
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(510) 993-4118 One Kaiser Plaza, Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Southwestern University School of Law
Christine Pham is a San Francisco native with over 10 years of litigation experience. Her background in litigation, bankruptcy, and knowledge of California family law, combined with her creative legal strategies and sincere compassion for her clients, has made her a recognized and trusted name in and around the Bay Area.

Christine focuses her practice on helping families and couples in a range of family law and family formation matters, including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony), dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, division of property, and assisted reproduction.

Christine’s dedication to her clients is reflected in the testimonials they give...
Liat Sadler
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney
(415) 362-0220 44 Montgomery St
#3780
San Francisco, CA 94104
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
I am an experienced and caring family law and divorce lawyer who represents clients in high net worth and asset marital and domestic partnership dissolution. My practice includes asset and property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal and domestic partner support. I have successfully litigated characterization and division of equity compensation, business and art valuations, and move-away child custody cases. I represent clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County, Marin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County.
Nathaniel Dowds Esq.
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney
(415) 312-5495 404 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Family and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
We are a small law office offering family law and divorce related services to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide individuals and families with the help they need to resolve family law issues surrounding dissolution of marriages or domestic partnerships (divorce), adoption and surrogacy, prenuptial agreements, child custody, spousal support (alimony), and offer counsel and legal services to couples contemplating marriage or domestic partnership. We pride ourselves in being able to offer resposive and personalized service at affordable rates. By eliminating the crippling overhead and high management salaries that are common among larger Bay Area law firms,...
H. Nathan James
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(415) 749-5900 2135 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Lincoln Univ
Inez Kim
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(808) 255-9016 8 10th St 1706
San Francisco, CA 94103
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Elder
American Heritage University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law
Inez Kim, Attorney at Law specializes in representing individuals in various areas of law. She is known for her mission to take a genuine interest in her clients and bring fast resolutions. Her clients appreciate her immediate feedback and strong communication skills. She understands the uniqueness of each cases and meets the clients' expectations. She also holds an MBA degree and bring to the table real world business experience. She is dedicated to bring commitment, integrity and positive results for all her clients.
Shelley M. Kennedy
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(415) 398-3400 870 Market Street
Suite 1151
San Francisco, CA 94102
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Shelley M. Kennedy is a family law attorney and private mediator with Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.

Shelley's mediation practice includes high-asset dissolution of marriage matters including division of property, preparation of complex financial models, calculations for various settlement options, as well as determination of support. In addition to Shelley’s experience in financially complex matters, her practice also includes mediation for couples with smaller estates.

Shelley serves as a Settlement Conference Master for the San Francisco Unified Family Law Courts and as a volunteer attorney for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Family Law Project.

Shelley has participated in over 200...
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San Mateo County Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
(650) 652-0800
San Mateo, CA


San Mateo County Family Law Facilitator
(650) 261-5010
Redwood City, 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.

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