Vernalis, California Family Lawyers

Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(209) 491-2027 1320 Standiford Ave.
Suite #4-278
Modesto, CA 95350
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Humphrey's Coll School of Law
Modesto, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(209) 524-3688 814- 14th Street, Suite C
Modesto, CA 95354
Family and Business
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Modesto, CA Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(209) 526-4920 1130 L Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(209) 225-9333 1150 Ninth Street
Suite 1410
Modesto, CA 95354
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Manteca, CA Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(209) 823-1112 165 Saint Dominics Dr Ste 202
Manteca, CA 95337
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Municipal
Humphrey's Coll School of Law
Modesto, CA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(209) 529-0969 810 14th St
Modesto, CA 95354-1023
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Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney
(209) 305-0188 101 College Ave Ste 2E
Modesto, CA 95350
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Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(209) 578-0900 1130 14th St
Modesto, CA 95354
Family and Personal Injury
Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(209) 260-1255 615B 13th St Ste 1
Modesto, CA 95354-2435
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Modesto, CA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(209) 579-9270 1020 15th St Ste 9
Modesto, CA 95354-1132
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Lorna M. Jaynes
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Pleasanton, CA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(510) 795-6304 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd
#300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
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...
David Alan Patton
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 32 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...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 510-3916 177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Family, Business, Divorce and Education
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Ali Shahrestani is a bi-coastal litigation attorney who has been featured in print and TV news for his legal expertise, is a recipient of multiple professional awards and a graduate of top rated schools with various honors, and has donated much effort and time to public education, legal journalism, and social justice activism.

Serving California, New York, Massachusetts, Washington DC, and Washington State in four fundamental areas of law:

1) Education Law - K-12, College, Graduate, Students, Teachers, Schools
2) Divorce & Child Custody - High Conflict, LGBTQ, Father's Rights
3) Business, Contracts, & Real Estate Law - Litigation, Transactions, ADR
4) Criminal Law...
Yanna Sukhodrev
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(408) 244-4570 160 W. Santa Clara St
STE 1500
San Jose, CA 95113
Family and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Yanna Sukhodrev is a partner at Morgan Tidalgo Sukhodrev & Azzolino LLP and a Certified Family Law Specialist. She focuses her practice exclusively on family law and has successfully handled a variety of matters, both before private judges and in the public courthouse, including high-earner child support issues, date of separation disputes, restraining orders, breach of fiduciary duty claims, reimbursement claims, valuation of stock options, valuation of businesses and complex challenges to the validity of pre-nuptial agreements and marital settlement agreements. She regularly handles challenging custody disputes, and has experience litigating international move away cases. She works closely with...
Michelle Weber Tidalgo
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(408) 244-4570 160 W. Santa Clara St.
STE 1500
San Jose, CA 95113
Family and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Michelle Tidalgo, a founding partner of Morgan Tidalgo Sukhodrev & Azzolino LLP and a Certified Family Law Specialist, is an experienced trial lawyer who practices family law exclusively, focusing on diverse financial issues including business valuation, property division and child and spousal support. Ms. Tidalgo also represents clients in difficult custody disputes. Before the founding of Morgan Duffy-Smith & Tidalgo LLP in 2008, she spent part of her career practicing civil litigation and handling cases involving claims of unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret misappropriation and employment law with a management orientation. Ms. Tidalgo began to practice family...
Jennifer Mello
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 21 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
Jennifer is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She earned a B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her law degree from Santa Clara University. Jennifer is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, and member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Jennifer has lectured at multiple seminars for the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and Santa Clara University School of Law,...
Traci Pickering
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(408) 288-7800 1055 Minnesota Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
Traci is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2000 and was admitted to the bar in December of that year. During her tenure at Santa Clara, she was the Sr. Technical Editor of the Computer Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research and Writing. After graduation, Traci was recruited by a top corporate law firm. She worked at Gray Cary (now DLA Piper) from 2000 - 2002 as a securities and corporate transactional attorney. She was involved in...
Michael Edward Lonich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 38 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...
Magdalena Chattopadhya
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 7 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...
Indy G. Colbath
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Walnut Creek, CA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(925) 289-8574 1299 Newell Hill Pl.
Ste 303
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7020
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law and University of California - Davis
Indy Colbath is a licensed California attorney who has focused the entirety of her legal career on family law issues, including: divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and domestic violence restraining orders. Indy has a breadth of courtroom experience she relies upon when assessing her clients’ family law matters, as well as strong relationships with the local legal community and bench. Indy has effectively represented her clients in an array of complex family law litigation, many of which involving high net worth individuals. Even though Indy has a passion for courtroom advocacy, she understands that every...
Mitchell Todd Ehrlich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 22 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...
Andrew George Marcellino
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 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...
Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 14 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.
Julia Lemon
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 13 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...
Stephen W. Penn
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Morgan Hill, CA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(408) 776-1525 16360 Monterey St
#120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Glendale College of Law
Stephen W. Penn is a Certified Family Law Specialist who has been in private practice since 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles and his law degree from Glendale College of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University and Master of Arts from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Mr. Penn served as Vice Chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community College District and Director of Finance and Chief Business Officer of California State University...
Gina Azzolino
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(408) 244-4570 160 W. Santa Clara St.
STE 1500
San Jose, CA 95113
Family and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Gina Azzolino is a Partner at MTSA and a Certified Family Law Specialist with the State Bar of California. She has practiced family law exclusively since 2005.

Ms. Azzolino has significant experience in all areas of family law, including child custody and visitation, child support (including high-earner disputes), spousal support, domestic violence and restraining orders, date of separation disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, set-aside of premarital agreements, property division, reimbursement claims, business valuations and other complex financial issues. Ms. Azzolino works closely and regularly with forensic accountants on complicated financial issues as well as with mental health professionals...
Robert Chang
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San Leandro, CA Family Law Lawyer with 8 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...
Kevin C Boileau
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Campbell, CA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(408) 442-2983 1999 S Bascom
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Personal Injury
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 Castleton
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Merced, CA Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(209) 580-4685 530 W. 21st Street
Suite B
Merced, CA 95340
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
San Joaquin College of Law
Jeff earned his Juris Doctor Degree from San Joaquin College of Law where he graduated with Distinction. During his time there, he was published in the school’s San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and later served as its Executive Editor. He also received awards for Best Brief Finalist and Best Oral Advocate Finalist in the George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition. He received multiple Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Moot Court, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Analysis.

While in law school, Jeff gained extensive experience clerking for distinguished lawyers and judges in the Central Valley. He served as a clerk for the...
Andrea Mah
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 11 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.

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...
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 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...
Gina Nicole Policastri
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 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. Call for a free 1/2 hour consultation.

Gina Policastri is a Family Law Specialist as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and partner at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, where she has worked since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law. Gina was one of the firm’s first associates and, during her 15 year tenure, has been instrumental in growing the firm into one of the largest family law firms in California.

Gina obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2000...
Gretchen Z. Boger
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San Jose, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 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...
Gary D. Sparks
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Walnut Creek, CA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(925) 465-2500 2890 North Main Street
Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Victoria R.D. Campbell
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 4 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
Victoria R.D. Campbell is a passionate and determined Attorney at Argyris Mah, LLP. Victoria's practice is exclusively in the area of Family Law. Her goal is to guide family law clients through the legal process as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

In 2013, Victoria received a B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. She earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016. Victoria grew up in Southern California, and has lived in the Bay Area with her husband since 2014. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking and baking, and spending time with...
Erik Steven Johnson
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 13 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...
Steven Edward Springer
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Fremont, CA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(888) 490-9852 39275 State Street
Fremont, CA 94538
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.
Arlette Argyris
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San Jose, CA Family Law Attorney with 10 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
Arlette completed her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2010. Prior to earning her J.D., she received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the State of Oklahoma.

Arlette has solely practiced family law since 2010. Her family law experience began prior to graduating from law school when she worked as a law clerk at the family law firm of Cindy Allen and Associates, PLLC. After graduating from law school, Arlette worked as an...
Stuart I. MacKenzie
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Hayward, 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
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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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