California Divorce Laws & Resources


When you're getting divorced in California, you want to make sure you're armed with the best information and services available. To help you out, we've assembled everything you will need when getting a divorce, whether you want to handle everything yourself or use the assistance of experienced divorce professionals. Below you will find a listing of these professionals, as well as online divorce options and separation or divorce papers.

You can also look up the relevant laws to understand how everything is decided in a divorce and what your rights are. To find out how much support might be awarded, we've included child support guidelines and access to an online calculator. You will also be able to look up local support meetings and domestic abuse services around the state.

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CA Family Law - self-help information from the California Courts

CA Divorce Code - Section numbers for specific topics:

  • Premarital agreements - SECTION 1610-1617
  • Annulment - SECTION 2250-2255
  • Legal separation - SECTION 2330-2348
  • Residency requirements to file for dissolution of marriage - SECTION 2320-2322
  • Where to file and which court has jurisdiction - SECTION 200
  • Ground for divorce - SECTION 2310-2313
  • Separate property - SECTION 770-772
  • Community property - SECTION 760-761
  • Division of property - SECTION 2550-2556
  • Determination of alimony / spousal support - SECTION 4320-4326
  • Restoration of wife's former name - SECTION 2080-2082
  • Best interests of the child - SECTION 3010-3011
  • Child custody factors - SECTION 3040-3049
  • Duty to support minor child - SECTION 3900-3902
  • Child support guidelines - SECTION 4050-4076


Franklin Radoff has worked Biblically in solving divorce and family law issues through a compassionate, straight-forward approach for over 35 years. His service will help guide you as you navigate the uncertain process of fairly dissolving a marriage that was started out with the intention of lasting a lifetime. Franklin Radoff's legal ministry is rooted in Christian principles and ethics, and he has a reputation for treating clients with honesty and integrity, while upholding the law in all situations.

Once you retain Mr. Radoff, he will be the only person handling your case and he doesn't bill for phone calls. Franklin strives to reach a peaceful resolution to the various divorce issues using methods such as mediation if possible. He will keep you in the look each step of the way and be with you for all court proceedings.

Mr. Radoff has offices in Ventura and Woodland Hills and handles cases in all southern California counties. Call and speak to Mr. Radoff at (805) 522-1160 for your FREE phone consultation.


Helene Taylor
1592 Union St. #262
San Francisco, CA 94123
Ph: 1-800-278-1712
Counties: San Francisco and Marin


Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
4740 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-455-5200
Counties Served: Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer

Divorce In A Day Mediation
800 Grand Ave., Ste. AG-8
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: (760) 720-9324


Aeschleman Law
Nicole Aeschleman
1520 The Alameda, Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-724-8930
Counties Served: Santa Clara

At Aeschleman Law, our attorneys represent San Jose and Santa Clara families in a wide range of family law matters. Our team understands the personal and financial disruption that a divorce, support, or custody issue can have on you and your family's lives and we strive to achieve the most favorable outcome. In addition to divorce, child custody, and child support issues, we also handle annulments, paternity actions, domestic violence, pre and postnuptial agreements, and much more.

Berenji & Associates
Hossein Berenji
9107 Wilshire Blvd #750
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 730-1893
Counties Served: Los Angeles

Berenji & Associates is a premiere divorce and family law firm serving all of Los Angeles. We handle divorce, child support and custody, spousal support, and high-net worth divorce. We offer a free consultation. We have over 20 years of combined experience and will put this experience to work for you.

Boyd Law Family Attorneys

Karie Boyd

Los Angles County
2029 Century Park East, Suite 2880   
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-777-0231

Orange County
300 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 1185     
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-753-1028

San Diego County
225 Broadway, Suite 1425
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-232-1206

Sacramento County
1415 L Street, Suite 1240
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-840-2050

Boyd Law is a California family and divorce law firm. Boyd Law attorneys have many years of successful experience handling a wide range of family law related cases. Practice areas include but are not limited too: divorce, child support, spousal support, child custody, child visitation, military divorce, adoption, asset division, and more. Contact us for a free legal consultation, today.

Patricia Van Haren
3655 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 377-7283
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange

As you go through the process of divorce, our team of professionals will advocate for you and seek the best possible result in your dissolution. We handle all aspects of family law including guardianship, divorce, parental abductions, custody, visitation, support and property division.

Law Office Of John A. Delisi
John A. Delisi
3110 Camino del Rio South, Ste. 203
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (858) 292-1207
Counties Served: San Diego County

San Diego Family Law Attorney John A. Delisi.

Famularo and Associates
41690 Enterprise Circle N, #100
Temecula, CA 92590
Ph: (951) 587-0505
Counties: Orange, Riverside

Fernandez & Karney
Steven Fernandez
429 Santa Monica Blvd #120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 393-0236
Counties Served: Los Angeles

Family law and divorce firm in Los Angeles, CA. Attorneys Steven Fernandez and Mark Karney are Certified Family Law Specialists with over 50 years of combined experience. We offer a free consultation.

Law Office of Steven L. Fritsch
Steven Fritsch
300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Suite 216
Carlsbad, CA  92008
Phone: (760) 683-2071
Counties Served: San Diego, Riverside, Orange

The Law Office of Steven L. Fritsch, provides experienced, high-quality legal services in all areas of divorce and family law in the San Diego area.

Robert Goodman
555 12th St., #1900
Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: (925) 979-9200
Counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano

Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
2800 28th St., Suite 305
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Ph: 310-458-0796
Counties Served: Orange county and Los Angeles

Our law firm specializes in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, asset division, business and professional practice issues, paternity, and post judgment modifications. We have offices in Santa Monica and Newport Beach and serve all areas of Los Angeles and Orange county. Our services include litigation, mediation, Collaborative Law, and document preparation. Our staff of attorneys includes a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We handle your Family Law legal concerns with care and compassion and advocate with the strength to protect the interest of you and your children.

Kevin J. Kensik
23150 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310-891-2300
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside

Law Offices of Matthew M Kremer
Matthew Kremer
4909 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 278-8080
Area Served: San Diego

Law Office of Renkin & Associates
320 Encinitas Blvd, Ste. B
Encinitas, CA  92024
Phone: (619) 299-7100
Counties Served: San Diego County

We realize how overwhelmed you may be and will offer the practical guidance and dedicated counsel you need. The Law Office of Renkin & Associates have been representing San Diego area clients with since 1991 and offer extensive experience in all family law areas, including divorce, division of property, child custody disputes, modifications and more. We are committed to helping you determine the best course of action to achieve the best resolution for your case.

Law Office of Carla A. Vandermate
510 North Third Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 480-7088
Counties Served: Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa

Wilkinson & Finbeiner
David Wilkinson
27555 Ynez Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: (951) 249-7022
Counties Served: Riverside

At Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, founding partners David Wilkinson & Scott Finkbeiner and their team provide high quality legal representation to families in Temecula, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego. As family law specialists, they bring specific training, significant experience, and unrivaled family law knowledge to the table for every client, in every case. The team specializes in divorce, child custody issues, parenting plans, child support, paternity, post judgment modifications, and much more. If you are contemplating divorce, or have any other family law related question, and live in Southern California, call Wilkinson & Finkbeiner today.

Yelman & Associates
Tara Yelman
3333 Camino Del Rio South Suite 140
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 282-1107
Counties Served: San Diego

Yelman & Associates provides high level legal service for family law and divorce cases in San Diego County. Our attorneys have experience and compassion while being highly effective and we vigorously protect the rights of our clients. Because we prepare our cases meticulously and we know the law, we win in court. We offer a free consultation to prospective clients.

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Greenbrier Wealth Management of Raymond James
Laurie Brennan
3027 Townsgate Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: 805-373-5699
Counties Served: Ventura and Los Angeles

Laurie Brennan’s extensive professional background brings together a unique combination of knowledge and experience in tax, divorce financial planning, and investments.  As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Laurie helps clients navigate the financial decisions they must make while going through a divorce. She is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and provides comprehensive financial plans for her clients. She is also experienced in tax planning as a CTEC registered tax preparer (CRTP). Through her own personal experience of divorce, Laurie is committed to seeing that women are empowered in their life’s transitions such as divorce, widowhood, or retirement.

Divorce Financial Solutions
Cinda Jones, CFP, CDFA
Phone: 619-795-1797
Counties Served: San Diego - Orange - LA

Experienced Divorce Financial Consulting offering step-by-step assistance from beginning to end. Find out how to choose an attorney, information to gather, tax and forensic analysis as needed. If you are debating what to do and there's confusion about how the divorce will affect you financially, you can get the help you need today.

Leininger Divorce Planning Services
Natalie Leininger
3160 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: 510-728-3578
Counties Served: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Palo Alto

I work with clients going through divorce to educate them on the short term and obvious as well as the long term and not so obvious financial results of different settlement options. This helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses of different options as well as ferret out any financial pitfalls. I work with individual clients as well as couples in the role of a neutral.


SGI Forensic
895 Dove Street, 3rd Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-278-3599
Counties Served: Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino


Legal Debt Foundation
330 Wood St Suite D
Camarillo, CA 93010

We are a Non-Profit Law Group that assists its clients with overwhelming debt through Debt Resolution or Bankruptcy.


Child Custody Coach
Steven Carlson, The Custody Coach™
Counties Served: Focusing on Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino

Child Custody Coach™ provides exclusive information, online materials, and coaching services for child custody and parenting issues to individuals nationwide. In addition to founding The Child Custody Coach website, Steven is also the author of "How to Win Child Custody", the definitive guide on child custody and visitation issues for parents facing a contested custody case. The premise of Steven Carlson's work is to help parents work through and arrive at a parenting arrangement which reflects the overall best interest of the child or children. For more information please visit our website.


Have your divorce papers completed for you without an attorney! With this online service, your uncontested divorce paperwork is customized to your unique situation as you work through a series of questions about your situation. The final papers are accurate and up-to-date for California and you will receive detailed instruction on how to file your papers with the court system. You'll also be able to freely review many e-books which cover a variety of issues that may come up in your divorce. And if you need assistance, they offer customer support by phone & e-mail. Get started on your California divorce forms.


Prepare Your QDRO Online - QdroDesk is the ideal solution for divorcing couples looking for an affordable and accurate way to obtain a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to divide retirement assets during their divorce.


Golden State Legal Pros
3550 Watt Ave Ste 140
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 888-614-4472

We offer high-quality, affordable legal services throughout California.  We specialize in uncontested divorces, and offer our basic divorce package for $249 + court fees.  We take all the guess work out of the process, and usually, neither spouse ever has to set foot in court! We offer free consultations, so please call or e-mail. We guarantee our low prices, find a lower advertised price in California and we'll beat it by 5%!


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California Investigation Services
Jay Rosenzweig
22817 Ventura Blvd, Suite 262
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino
Phone: 1-866-572-3463

California Private Investigator
Spousal Infidelity Counseling
Filley & Associates
5758 Geary Blvd, Suite 348
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415-462-1631
Fax: 415-462-9722

Filley and Associates is a San Francisco private investigator firm, with offices in San Francisco and San Rafael, California. We listen carefully to what you have to say. We make strategically sound recommendations, based on our deep experience with investigating spousal infidelity. Our personnel are experienced and well equipped. We bill fairly and work within your budget. We offer free consultation. All information received and provided is handled with complete confidentiality.


Divorce Detox
The fastest way to recover from Divorce….Guaranteed.
Andra Brosh, Ph.D. and Allison Pescosolido, MA
212 Marine Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 439-8964
Counties Served: Los Angeles

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Domestic Violence Hotlines & Services

CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence

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