• Orange County Family Law Offices of Yanez & Associates

    We are Family Law and Divorce Lawyers serving clients in Orange & Los Angeles County, California, since 2000. Our Law Firm is located within walking distance of the OC Family Law Court – “Lamoreaux Justice Center” and 4 miles from the “Central Justice Center” in Santa Ana. The founding Attorney Bettina Yanez, is a Certified Specialist. The legal team is experienced and compassionate. Our focus is on family law matters - comprising of child custody, child support, mediation, alimony, annulment, dissolution of marriage, child custody, visitation, modifications and other related services.

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    Bettina Yanez, founder of Yanez & Associates provides an Overview of her Law Practice. The Practices is engaged in the community. Bettina Yanez possesses a degree in phycology and is a Certified Family Law Specialist and an active member of numerous legal groups. The Law firm makes available payment plans and offers a free consultation. Their objective is to deliver skillful cost-effective legal assistance for California family law matters, such as ...

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  • Child Custody & Child Visitation Lawyers for OC & LA County California

    Family Attorneys for Los Angeles County & Orange County CA, aiding families with child visitation & custody legal matters. Child visitation and custody requires that orders be implemented that are in the best interest of the children. This benchmark prescribes that the family law court consider numerous matters which may well increase the concern and difference among the participants. Sole legal and physical custody, Joint legal and sole physical custody, Legal and physical custody can be split; Physical custody may be joint by the parents; while one parent is awarded sole legal custody.

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  • Alimony/Spousal Support Lawyers for Orange County & Los Angeles County CA

    Alimony a.k.a. Spousal support, is the financial payment from one partner to the dependent partner. Alimony may be awarded to either a wife or husband after the divorce, the support serves to aid the dependent spouse so that the standard of living continues that was established during the marriage.

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  • Orange County & Los Angeles County Child Support Lawyers

    What is child support? It is a once-a-month monetary sum by the non-physical custodial parent to the physical custodial parent for their children’s everyday requirements. It gives financial care for things such as housing, food, clothing, health expenses, and educational expenses. It assures that parents take financial responsibility for their offspring, even after their marriage has terminated.

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  • Divorce Lawyer for Orange California

    A dissolution of marriage, is the termination of a marriage before the passing of either spouse. In the USA, it is forecast that approximately 31% of marriages end and the rate is currently dilapidating. The leading reasons in the United States are adultery, family stresses, emotional and/or domestic violence, and mid-life crisis.

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    All sections of California Family Law: adoptions , annulments, prenuptial agreements, community property & debt division, custody, paternity, child support, modification of orders, child visitation, collaborative divorce, contempt of court orders, criminal defense, divorce, legal separation, mediation, domestic partnership dissolution, domestic violence/abuse, restraining orders/protective orders, estate planning, probate, father's rights, parent's rights, grandparent's visitation rights, guardian ad litem, guardianship, juvenile defense & dependency, spousal support - alimony, limited scope representation & more

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Top Orange County Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in California

Best Female family law and divorce attorney Bettina Yanez | Top Family Law lawyer in Orange County CA

Welcome, my name is Bettina Yanez, a recognized TOP Female Family Law & Divorce Attorney - Certified Family Law Specialist in California and founder of Yanez & Associates. When retaining a CFLS you can rest assured you are in good hands. A Specialist is an attorney with the greatest level of education and skill acknowledged by the legal profession. Many states, prohibit attorneys from claiming they are “specialist” in their practice area, unless they have obtained certification through their state bar.

With Offices in the City of Orange California, I have been practicing Family Law/Divorce/Immigration in Orange County and Los Angeles County since 2000. I have a staff of experienced attorneys and support staff available to assist you and your family with your legal matters.

For instance, if you or your spouse are planning on filing for a "dissolution of marriage" in California, make sure that you have satisfied the residency requirements. One party must be living in the state for at least six months and three months in the county where you will be filing.

You may contact us 24/7, at 714.971.8000. The firm will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your consultation with one of the attorneys. For emergencies, one of the attorneys will call you a ASAP. Business hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Upon request, a Saturday appointment can be scheduled.

A dissolution of marriage cannot legally be finalized earlier than six months from the date the petition (A formal application made to a court in writing that requests action on a certain matter) is served.


The facts are, “No one can promise you a fast divorce” the process must take its course.

Q: Could it take longer than the six months?

A: Yes, even though the law states that six months is the least amount of time, your dissolution of marriage could take longer if parties cannot agree.

There are several legal issues that could increase the amount of time that your dissolution could take to finalize.

Amicable agreements are not always possible; therefore, trials are necessary

Rest assured we are knowledgeable and experience in dealing with California Family Law matters. We get results in family legal matters for our clients, for instance, but not limited to divorce, child custody, paternity, child support, property division, domestic violence...

Some clients prefer female divorce attorneys over male attorneys in order to bring some sort of balance to the case. As one client put it, " We need the perspective of a Woman Attorney's point of view!


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Yanez & Associates Client Reviews and Testimonials - Avvo Rating and Reviews

Please visit the online unbiased reviews and testimonials located on third party sites to learn what clients and others are sharing about the Family Law Offices of Yanez & Associates. Review websites such as Avvo.com and Yelp.com permit both good and bad review postings on the attorney you are planning on consulting with. Additionally, I kindly suggest you also drop in on the California State Bar website to make certain the family law attorney’s standing reads “Active”.




Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders

In California, a restraining order, also known as a protective order, is one type of court order that is intended to protect a person from certain actions by another person. These actions include physical abuse, sexual abuse, threats, stalking, or harassment. The person that the restraining order protects is called the protected person, and the person from whom they are protected is called the restrained person. If you are facing immediate danger, call 911 immediately to get assistance. You may also have other local resources that can help you. A police officer can request an Emergency Protective Order at any time, 24 hours a day, to provide protection immediately.[Read More]
Child Custody

Child Custody

Child custody in California refers to the rights and responsibilities of parents when it comes to caring for their children. Custody can deal with where a child lives as well as who is responsible for making decisions for the child regarding his or her welfare. Visitation allows the other parent to spend time with the child, even if he or she does not have custody of the child. California law allows both parents to share custody of a child, or for one parent to be awarded sole custody. Either way, the custody arrangement is made based on what is in the best interest of the child.[Read More]
Father's Rights

Father's Rights

All parents have both rights and obligations to their children under California law. In order to establish and modify these rights, a father may require legal assistance. All fathers have the right to spend time with their children, as long as the court has not determined that spending time with the father would not be in the best interests of the children. If the parents are not married, a father may spend time with his children according to a child custody or visitation schedule that has been approved by a judge.[Read More]


Under California law, either spouse or either party in a domestic partnership can decide to end the marriage or domestic partnership at any time. California is a “no fault” divorce state, so proof of an error or mistake in the marriage is not necessary in order to obtain a divorce. If one spouse wants a divorce, he or she only needs to state that there are irreconcilable differences in the marriage as the reason for ending the legal relationship.[Read More]
Contempt of Court Orders

Contempt of Court Orders

A court order is issued by a judge at the end of a legal proceeding, whether it is a hearing, a trial, an appeal, or a form of alternative dispute resolution. Court orders define a relationship between the involved parties, and list the legal rights and obligations of each party. In order to be legal and valid, it needs to be signed by a judge. Court orders can be issued for a variety of legal issues in California.[Read More]
Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Criminal defense is a field of criminal law in which the accused may work with a criminal defense attorney to find evidence, which negates the elements of a crime. This evidence creates a defense, generally intended to prove the lack of guilt on the part of the accused. Because of the complexities of criminal law and the potential seriousness of a conviction, it is important to consult a skilled California criminal defense lawyer if you’re facing criminal charges in California.[Read More]


Our Legal Team has over 40 years experience helping clients throughout Southern California.

Our assertive Top divorce lawyers are ready to help you.

Child support - California has a statewide formula (called a "guideline") for calculating how much should be paid. If parents can't be in agreement, the judge will make a decision on the amount based on the guideline calculation.

The Child Support rule calculation depends on:

  • How much the parents make or can make
  • How much extra income each parent obtains
  • How many children these parents have jointly
  • How much time each parent devotes with their children
  • The real tax filing status of both parents
  • Support of children from other relationships
  • Health insurance expenditures
  • Required union dues
  • Required retirement contributions
  • The expense of splitting daycare and uninsured health-care expenditures
  • Other child related reasons
Child support can also include the cost of special needs like:
  • Traveling for visitation from one parent to another, Educational expenses; Other special needs.

Spousal support - Calculating Spousal takes the following into account

  • The length of the marriage or domestic partnership
  • What each person needs based on the standard of living they had during the marriage or domestic partnership
  • What each person pays or can pay (including earnings and earning capacity) to keep the standard of living they had during the marriage or domestic partnership
  • Whether having a job would make it too hard to take care of the children
  • The age and health of both people
  • Debts and property
  • Whether one spouse or domestic partner helped the other get an education, training, career, or professional license
  • Whether there was domestic violence in the marriage or domestic partnership
  • Whether one spouse’s or domestic partner’s career was affected by unemployment or by taking care of the children or home; The tax impact of spousal support .

Child custody

  • Legal custody - meaning - who makes the important decisions for your child (for example, education, health care, and welfare)
  • Physical custody - meaning, where the children will live.

Property division

  • Real Estate - house
  • Automobiles
  • Jewelry, Furniture; clothing
Property also includes the following...
  • Bank accounts, cash
  • Security deposits such as "rental dwellings"
  • Pension plans
  • 401(k) plans
  • Stocks, bonds
  • Life insurance that has cash value
  • Business
  • Intellectual property such as a patent

In a nutshell, the key to overcoming a long dragged out dissolution is, collaboration. No one wants a long, expensive, difficult; stressful legal ordeal. Such an approach will not accomplish anything, but only manage to cause additional pain for all parties involved. The goal should be to accept the situation and move on with ones life. The sooner you are able to finalize your dissolution of marriage, the sooner you can begin a new life.

In no way am I advising to give away what you legally deserve. What I am saying is that all parties must be willing to cooperate in order to reach an amicable agreement, one that is binding under California Law.

Well-calculated quick resolutions will save you time in court and attorney fees.

Schedule a free consultation to review your options. Our goal is to achieve a quick and amicable solution to your legal matters.


Southern California Law Firm, committed to helping you.

Our Firm will tailor a plan that will meet your specific needs. One that will get a favorable legal outcome for YOU!

We will assist you throughout your legal proceedings. Our staff is always current with all California Family Law issues in order to ensure you attain a favorable legal outcome.

To schedule your free consultation, please call us at 714-665-6600 a 24/7 receptionist is ready to assist if we are away from the office. The Attorney will be reached within minutes via a text to their cell phones, 24/7.

Serving all of Orange and Los Angeles Counties; ensuring the client receives the best possible outcome...

Now offering Unbundled Legal Services, Limited Scope Representation and Child Support Services

Handling cases throughout Southern California including but not limited to the following areas: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Placentia, Brea, Yorba Linda, Norwalk, Orange, Buena Park, Villa Park, La Mirada, Orange, Tustin, Irvine and more...

Bettina Yanez is an affordable experienced Certified Family Law Specialist with offices in Tustin.

Our Southern California Law Firm is experienced in resolving family and immigration issues. Always striving to give clients the best legal advice.

You are unrestricted to find the best lawyers that are prompt and affordable and will fight for the best results in order to help restore your peace of mind. You need a knowledgeable, determined and involved Lawyer.

Bettina Yanez is a lawyer who will “spell it out in the best and basic terms”, so you can understand your legal rights clearly.

Our Southern California Family attorneys are recognized for their integrity and crusade to safeguard you throughout the legal procedures so that you can resume with your life. Do not wait for child support and spousal support, these are legal issues that need resolving as soon as possible.

Find the best legal counsel you feel comfortable with; one you can trust.

What is a divorce mediation and is it for me?

Is Mediation for you? What is Mediation?

For more information please visit our section on Mediation

Please note: Family law encompasses many areas and at times may overlap other areas of law, such as criminal, probate, immigration and many more...

California Law Issues child & spousal support -

Children's issues - (must not fall between the cracks)

  • Child custody - legal control and responsibility for the minor
  • Child Support - moneys to be disbursed by one parent to the custodial parent of the minor as ordered by the court
  • Modifications - small alteration, adjustment, or limitation
  • Adoptions - the act of legally placing a child with a parent or parents other than those to whom they were born.
  • Visitation Rights - rights awarded by the court to visit the children on a consistent basis
  • Paternity - to determine the identity of the father for the child conceived out of marriage.
  • Right's of the Grandparents - visitation and potential custody(?)
Probate litigation
  • Trusts, Wills and estates -
  • Limited liability companies -
  • Partnerships -
  • Handling conservatorships & guardianships -
  • Formation of nonprofit and profit corporations -
  • Estate administration matters -Small business entities

    Immigration and Naturalization

  • Lawful Permanent |Residency, Visas, I-90 -
  • Cuban Adjustment Act -
  • Adjustment of Status, New Amnesty (LIFE) Act. -

Personal Injury - also known as (PI)

What is a divorce a.k.a. dissolution of marriage?

What is a Divorce?

The dissolution of marriage is the end of the marriage, stopping legal obligations and responsibilities of the marriage and dissolving away the ties of matrimony among couples. In many nations, it requires the approval of the judge or other experts in a legal procedure to finalize. The dissolution does not confirm the marriage null and void, like in an annulment; however, it ends the status of being married. Hence, allowing the individuals to move on with their lives and marry again.

The legal process for a dissolution of marriage may also include issues of child support, spousal support, child custody, distribution of assets/property, debt division, however these matters are typically secondary or ensuing from a dissolution.

Certain areas do not necessitate a party to declare fault of their spouse. Yes, even in regions, which have accepted the "no fault" law, a court may possibly nevertheless consider the events of the parties when splitting the property, debts, assessing custody, and support of spouse and children.

Within many regions, the dissolution must be permitted by the court to become real. The circumstances are typically settled by a court, although they might deliberate post-nuptial agreements or prenuptial agreements, or approved arrangements that the party could have approved to in private. In the absence of understanding, a contested dissolution may be chaotic to the spouses and lead to costly lawful action. Other approaches to resolutions have lately come into sight, such as; collaborative divorce and ;mediation, which resolves jointly amenable solutions to differences.

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