Certified Family Law Specialist

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Going through a divorce is always emotional and full of anxiety. Metaphorically speaking, each party is entitled to one-half of the assets acquired during marriage and possibly an interest in separate property. That spouse is also entitled to possible support rights so such threats are generally only scare tactics to take advantage of the vulnerable spouse.

Yes. Filing first gives you control over the progress of the case especially if the case proceeds to trial.

Look for an attorney with experience and the special background in the field of family law. Meet the attorney and see if the meeting gives you confidence and trust.

Yes but it always depends on the circumstances. In general terms, look for ability and need to answer the underlying question.

There is no winner or loser in a family law case. The facts decide the outcome. It depends on how the person perceives “winning”. Do they take the “Sheen” approach or seek some reasonable approach to resolving such a difficult situation in their lives?

It depends but the better question is “can you afford NOT to have an attorney?

If there is no agreement and no evidence of extreme emotional or physical abuse, a spouse is not likely to get an emergency “kick-out” order. However, every case is different.

You must apply to the court through the court’s pleading process and ask that orders be made.

  • To help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law.
  • To encourage the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.

  • A Certified Specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. A California attorney who is certified by that State Bar as a Family special must have:
    • Taken and passed a written examination in Family Law;
    • Demonstrated a high level of experience in Family Law;
    • Fulfilled ongoing education requirement;
    • Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his or her work.

  • Make certain marital settlement agreement and pre- or post-nuptial agreements are properly prepared;
  • Identify tax issues which may affect the distribution of marital property and the payment of child, spousal or family support;
  • Help you effectively deal with complex legal issues involving community property laws;
  • Negotiate or mediate the difficult and emotional issues relating to legal separation, dissolution of marriage and child custody;
  • Protect clients who need restraining orders for domestic violence;
  • Handle matters relating to modification of child custody spousal support or child support;
  • Offer a collaborative process enabling client to resolve their issues without court intervention.


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