California Divorce Laws & Resources

By WomansDivorce 

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.


DIVORCE LAW

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

MEDIATION

Equitable Mediation Services
Serving clients throughout California
Phone: (213) 986-8581
Website: https://www.equitablemediation.com/locations/california 

Divorce is likely to be one of the most significant, difficult, and painful events you will ever experience in your life. And with no guidebook to help navigate unfamiliar issues, the stress and fear is only compounded by the need to make important, life-changing decisions with far reaching implications. 

But if you don't want to involve lawyers, and you know you can't do this yourself; what other choice do you have? The answer? Divorce Mediation. 

We’re Cheryl and Joe Dillon; a Divorce Coaching and Divorce Mediation team that has been providing couples just like you and your spouse with the education, guidance, and support needed to get through their divorce in the most peaceful, fair, child-focused, and cost-effective way possible. If this seems like the ideal solution for you, contact us to find out how to get started.


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
Belinda Rachman
2945 Harding Street, Ste. 210
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: (760) 720-9324


DIVORCE LAWYERS

Aeschleman Law
Nicole Aeschleman
1550 The Alameda, Suite 308
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-724-8930
Counties Served: Santa Clara


Berenji & Associates
Hossein Berenji
550 S. Hill Street STE 1467  
Los Angeles, CA 90013 
Phone: (213) 985-3007
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
501 W. Broadway, #1760
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.


COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Helene Taylor
100 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Ph: 1-415-968-3028
Counties: San Francisco and Marin


Deccan Law
Amey Telkikar
444 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 800
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 454-0109
Counties Served: Los Angles County


Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles
Ted Khalaf
5455 Wilshire Blvd. 21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (213) 550-4600
Counties Served: Los Angeles County, Riverside County

With over a decade of experience, Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles represents people with family law, divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, restraining orders, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, paternity, relocation, and property division cases. Our top-rated family law and divorce attorneys provide a free consultation to anyone with a family law issue.


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


Gina M. Famularo
Family Law Matters
27720 Jefferson Ave #320
Temecula, CA 92590
Ph: (951) 587-0505


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

Attorneys Steven Fernandez and Mark Karney are Certified Family Law Specialists with over 50 years of combined experience. We offer a free consultation.


Furman & Zavatsky LLP
Mariya Furman
15821 Ventura Blvd #690
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 528-3471
Counties Served: Los Angeles

Dealing with divorce and custody issues can be overwhelming. At Furman & Zavatsky LLP, our experienced family law attorneys can provide you with the experienced and knowledgeable representation you need to reach the best outcome in your case. We handle all family law issues and will work to protect your rights.


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

Steven Fritsch is a divorce and family law attorney dedicated to helping those who need it most. We provide high-quality legal services with a focus on Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Military Divorce, and Property Division. If you're looking for a knowledgeable and experienced attorney contact Steven today to discuss your options.


Robert Goodman
1330 Broadway Suite #1450
Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: (510) 987-7800
Counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano


Charles M. Green, APLC
3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 387-4508
Counties Served: Los Angeles

Charles M. Green has over 20 years of experience and is a Certified Family Law Specialist in the state of California, handling divorce, custody, and support cases, as well as pre and post-nuptial agreements. He has prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant (now inactive) and is equipped to help you navigate a financially complex divorce. There are also Spanish and Korean speaking paralegals available to assist clients.


Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 740
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Ph: 310-458-0796
Counties Served: Orange county and Los Angeles


Kevin J. Kensik
609 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 310
Rolling Hills Estates, CA. 90274
Phone: 310-256-2691
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside


Matthew M Kremer
Certified Family Law Specialist
San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 696-1100 
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


Sachdev Legal Group, APC
Puja Sachdev
2851 Camino del Rio S 430 
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 866-3756 
Counties Served: San Diego

Divorce is a complicated process and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You can benefit from our attorneys legal expertise and finance experience to help you get through your family law matter. Puja Sachdev is an experienced, detail-oriented attorney who is certified as a Family Law Specialist as well as being a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Schedule your free consultation to find out how we can help you.


Patricia Van Haren
3655 Torrance Blvd, Suite 300
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 377-7283
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange


Wilkinson & Finbeiner
Office Locations:

Escondido
500 La Terraza Blvd., Ste. #150 Unit 164
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 208-1604

San Diego
7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite #625
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 284-4113


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


REMOTE ALCOHOL MONITORING

Soberlink
Remote Alcohol Monitoring Technology used in Family Law
16787 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 
Phone: (714) 330-6905
Areas Served: Nationwide 

"Proof. Protection. Peace of Mind". The Soberlink system consists of a portable breathalyzer with state-of-the-art technology that automatically sends real-time results. As the proven technology leader in child custody cases since 2011, we are the only company that combines: 

  • Court-admissibility in all 50 states, 
  • Facial recognition, 
  • Tamper detection, and 
  • Easy-to-read Advanced Reporting™ 

Trust the Experts in Remote Alcohol Monitoring Technology™ to support the best interests of the child in your Family Law cases. 


DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYSTS AND PROFESSIONALS

Square One Divorce, Inc.
Jennifer Taylor, CPA, CDFA® 
San Clemente , CA
Phone: 949-377-0250
Counties Served: All counties in California


Oaks Wealth Partners of Raymond James
Laurie Brennan
3027 Townsgate Road, Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: 877-280-2248
Counties Served: Ventura and Los Angeles


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


Leininger Divorce Planning Services
Natalie Leininger
5776 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Suite 115
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 510-728-3578
Counties Served: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Palo Alto


ONLINE DIVORCE FORM PREPARATION

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.


PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

Tense conversation with ex

J R Investigations
Jay Rosenzweig
26500 Agoura Rd, Suite 102-376
Calabasas, CA 91302
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino
Phone: 1-877-772-2873


Filley & Associates
California Private Investigator

Spousal Infidelity Counseling
350 Rhode Island St., Suite 240 
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-462-1631


COUNSELING / THERAPY

Circles
140 2nd St. Suite #500
San Francisco, CA  94105

There is real value in connecting with other people in a meaningful and supportive environment - especially if you’re going through a difficult time in your life. Circles connects people with others going through similar hard times, so you can be surrounded by support, and begin to build resilience and coping skills together - with the guidance of a dedicated professional therapist.


Divorce Seminars

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop
750 B Street
San Diego, CA  92121
Phone: (619) 483-1576

Divorce is often one of the most challenging experiences a person goes through. To help you with all the decisions that go along with divorce, the Second Saturday Divorce Workshops offer non-biased legal, financial, and emotional advice from qualified local professionals. During the workshop, you be provided with the tools and resources to help you navigate the confusing divorce process and move forward with your life. Held every second Saturday of the month via Zoom, our experts have guided thousands of divorcing women. For more information and how to register, please go to www.secondsaturdaysandiego.org or call (619) 483-1576.


CALIFORNIA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

Domestic Violence Hotlines & Services