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.


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


Equitable Mediation Services
Serving clients throughout California
Phone: (213) 986-8581

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.

San Diego Divorce Mediation & Family Law

Scott F. Levin
9820 Willow Creek Road Ste 410
San Diego, CA  92131
Counties Served: San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Imperial
Phone: (858) 255-1321 

Scott Levin is a California family law attorney and mediator who focuses his practice on resolving family law disputes through mediation. Scott obtained his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2004. With over 17 years of experience, Mr. Levin is the only San Diego family law attorney who is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA). As a CDFA, Mr. Levin uses his legal, financial and mediation skills to help clients negotiate a fair settlement and secure their financial future. Many know him as the Chief Peacekeeper™ for his commitment to amicable divorce.

Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
Sacramento, CA 
Phone: 916-603-2913 
Counties Served: Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer

Fair Divorce In A Day Mediation
Belinda Rachman
Carlsbad, California 
Phone: (760) 720-9324


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.

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.

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.

Jessica Anvar

5757 W Century Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (800) 3856416 
Counties Served: Los Angeles

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.

Zonder Family Law Group
Lisa Zonder
3625 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 777-7740
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara

Litigation through the court is often very expensive. For many couples, a mediated divorce can reduce costs, save time, and decrease the emotional impact when compared to litigation. As your mediator and Divorce Quarterback, the team at Zonder Family Law Group often collaborates with allied professionals such as financial experts, divorce coaches, and other professionals to gain a 360-degree view of your case and settlement options. Utilizing an enhanced team approach in divorce mediation is especially important for high-net-worth clients or those with complex custody or financial issues.

Aeschleman Law
Nicole Aeschleman
San Jose, CA
Phone: 408-724-8930
Counties Served: Santa Clara

Boyd Law Family Attorneys
Office Locations:

  • Los Angles County - 310-777-0231
  • San Diego County - 619-232-1206
  • Orange County - 949-753-1028
  • Sacramento County - 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.

Helene Taylor - Collaborative Divorce
Mill Valley, CA
Ph: 1-415-968-3028
Counties: San Francisco and Marin

Deccan Law
Amey Telkikar
Long Beach, CA
Phone: (562) 454-0109
Counties Served: Los Angles County

Law Office Of John A. Delisi
San Diego, CA
Phone: (858) 292-1207
Counties Served: San Diego County

Gina M. Famularo
Family Law Matters
Corona, CA 
Ph: (951) 263-7377

Fernandez & Karney
Steven Fernandez
Santa Monica, CA
Phone: (310) 564-5710
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.

Law Office of Steven L. Fritsch
Carlsbad, CA 
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
Oakland, CA
Phone: (510) 987-7800
Counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano

Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310-458-0796
Counties Served: Orange county and Los Angeles

Kevin J. Kensik
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Phone: 310-891-2300
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
Encinitas, CA 
Phone: (619) 299-7100
Counties Served: San Diego County

Patricia Van Haren
Torrance, CA
Phone: (949) 891-0091
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange

Wilkinson & Finbeiner
Office Locations:

  • Escondido - (760) 208-1604
  • San Diego - (619) 284-4113

Yelman & Associates
Tara Yelman
San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 282-1107
Counties Served: San Diego


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. 


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, CFP®, ChFC® , CDFA®
Westlake Village, CA
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
Livermore, CA
Phone: 510-728-3578
Counties Served: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Palo Alto


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.


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J R Investigations
Jay Rosenzweig
Calabasas, CA
Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino
Phone: (818) 704-9925

Filley & Associates
California Private Investigator

Spousal Infidelity Counseling  
San Francisco, CA 
Phone: 415-462-1631

Certified Divorce Coach

WO40 Coaching
Lisa Zonder
3625 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 342-0882
Counties Served: State-wide

Lisa founded WO40 Coaching to bridge the gap between solving her clients’ legal issues and addressing the client as a whole person. Many mid-life professional women suffer silently and needlessly. They rely on their girlfriends or their family members (their “divorce committee”) to help them navigate the non-legal aspects of their divorce. It’s time to stop taking advice from well-intentioned friends and family who are projecting their own fears and divorce stories onto you. We offer 1:1 coaching and group coaching for pre, during, and post divorce along with transitional life coaching.

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 or call (619) 483-1576.


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.


Domestic Violence Hotlines & Services

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