• 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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  • Orange CA Offices of Yanez & Associates Firm Overview

    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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  • Law Firm's Areas of Practice

    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!

 

CA FAMILY LAW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & IMPORTANT TOPICS

How do I enforce child support payments in California If My Spouse or Domestic Partner Is not following the court order?

How do I enforce child support payments in California If My Spouse or Domestic Partner Is not following the court order?

So, if you and your spouse or domestic partner are no longer together, and you have a child support order in place that orders your spouse or domestic partner to pay child support to you, your expectation is that the checks will arrive on time and be paid in full. But what happens when your spouse or domestic partner chooses not to pay, or not to pay in full? You do have options under the California legal system. A child support order that was issued by the court is legally enforceable, and you may choose to use the law to make sure that your child is financially supported[Read More]
Do I have to pay child support if I am not the biological father?

Do I have to pay child support if I am not the biological father?

In California, biological parentage does not play as big of a role in determining child support as legal parentage does. A legal parent has both the legal rights and legal obligations that come with raising a child, even if that parent is not the biological parent. Depending on your situation, a biological parent may or may not be required to pay child support for a child in California, and a nonbiological parent or guardian may also be required to pay child support, or not.[Read More]
What Can I Do If the Other Party Is Not Following the Court’s Orders in OC CA?

What Can I Do If the Other Party Is Not Following the Court’s Orders in OC CA?

When a court order has been issued, the people involved are legally required to follow the terms of the order, or to face legal consequences for refusing to do so. This also means that if a court order has been issued regarding you and another person, you can legally enforce your court order so that the other person does follow the terms of the order, even if he or she has not been doing so thus far.[Read More]
How Do I Open a Child Support Case in OC California?

How Do I Open a Child Support Case in OC California?

In California, every parent has a legal obligation to provide financial support for his or her children. If your child’s other parent is not providing financial support for your shared child, you may initiate a child support case. In doing so, you can have a child support order created, and if necessary, you can have it legally enforced. This means that if your child’s other parent fails to pay the necessary amount to support a shared child, he or she will face legal consequences and could have his or her wages garnished in order to make payments.[Read More]
How do I stop a child support wage garnishment in OC CA When My Child Turns 18

How do I stop a child support wage garnishment in OC CA When My Child Turns 18

In California, child support obligations usually end when a child turns 18 and graduates from high school, or turns 19. However, if your wages have been garnished in order to make your child support payments, you can usually terminate the wage garnishments as long as you are caught up on payments. Wage garnishments are standard in all California child support cases; however, parents or the local child support agency may choose to allow payment in another way.[Read More]
Grandparents' rights to custody of grandchildren in Orange County, CA

Grandparents' rights to custody of grandchildren in Orange County, CA

As a grandparent in California, you may be able to legally enforce your visitation rights with your grandchildren, especially if your grandchild’s parents are divorced and your former son or daughter in law will not allow you to see your grandchild. Grandparent’s rights are not as easy to enforce as the rights of a parent, and you will need to meet certain criteria in order to establish or enforce your right to spend time with your grandchild. California law states that it will allow ‘reasonable visitation’, which may depend on each specific situation. Your existing relationship with your grandchild will also come into play.[Read More]
Other parent is not allowing me to see my children in Orange County, CA

Other parent is not allowing me to see my children in Orange County, CA

I live in Orange County CA; the other parent is not allowing me to see my children, what can I do to see them? In California, it is usually in a child’s best interests to spend time with, and build a relationship with both parents. If your child’s other parent will not allow you to spend time with your children in California, you have the right to take legal action to spend time with your children.[Read More]
If My Child’s Other Parent is Using Drugs, How Do I Protect My Child in California?

If My Child’s Other Parent is Using Drugs, How Do I Protect My Child in California?

If you are concerned that your child’s other parent is not providing a safe environment for your child while the child is in the custody of that parent, it is important for your child that you make an effort to protect him or her. However, it is important to remember that a custody order cannot be changed simply because you do not agree with what your child’s other parent is allowing while the child is spending time with that parent; the actions of the other parent will need to put the child in danger, or not be in the best interests of the child in order for the custody order to be successfully modified through the court.[Read More]
How do I modify Child custody, visitation and support orders in OC California?

How do I modify Child custody, visitation and support orders in OC California?

Both child support orders and child custody and visitation orders will likely need to be modified at some point after their creation in order to remain useful. There are various reasons that modifications might be necessary, and a specific court process exists just for these situations. As with all matters regarding family law and children, it is always best to consult a skilled family lawyer in California prior to initiating the process of modifying a court order.[Read More]
Never served divorce papers but default judgment entered against me in Orange County California

Never served divorce papers but default judgment entered against me in Orange County California

There are few cases when a default judgment should be granted without serving the respondent with divorce papers, but it is possible. Under certain circumstances, if a default judgment is entered against you and you have not been served with divorce papers, you may file a motion to set aside the default judgment that has been entered against you. However, depending on the specifics of your case, the process may vary. You should always discuss the details of your case with a qualified divorce attorney before taking legal action.[Read More]
How to Get Divorced in California if Already Legally Separated

How to Get Divorced in California if Already Legally Separated

There are many reasons why a couple would opt for a legal separation in lieu of a divorce in California, even if they plan to divorce eventually. In fact, it can make for a quicker and less costly divorce process. So, how do you move from being legally separated to legally divorced in California? What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce? Why do some people choose one over the other, and why do some people choose both?[Read More]
What if the Other Party Does Not Respond to My California Divorce Petition in Orange County?

What if the Other Party Does Not Respond to My California Divorce Petition in Orange County?

When you file for a divorce in California, your first steps after finding a lawyer include filling out and filing a divorce petition and some additional paperwork with the court, and then serving the petition on your spouse or partner. In most cases, your spouse has 30 days from the date he or she was served to respond to your petition. (Military divorces and special circumstances can extend this deadline.) In those 30 days, your spouse has several options for what to do. Based on which of the following he or she chooses, you can determine how to move forward.[Read More]
Will Dating Before the Divorce is Finalized Hurt my Divorce in Orange County, CA?

Will Dating Before the Divorce is Finalized Hurt my Divorce in Orange County, CA?

If you want to play it safe, then dating before the divorce has been finalized is not a good idea. However, whether or not it will affect the outcome of your divorce can vary based on your judge, your spouse or partner, your children, and your level of discreetness. Dating prior to the finalization of your divorce does have the potential to affect your divorce, even though California has a no-fault divorce option.[Read More]
A Guide to a California Divorce for Members of the Military

A Guide to a California Divorce for Members of the Military

The other party is in the military and I cannot find them, what can I do to move the case along in California if I cannot locate them? When divorcing an active member of the military, you and your spouse may already face obstacles that civilians may not face during a divorce. If your spouse is overseas, you may wonder if you can even file for divorce in California. How will child support or custody and visitation work with a military member who is currently abroad? What about the financial benefits of marriage to a member of the military?[Read More]
If My Spouse Lives Outside CA How Do I Serve Divorce Petition for my California dissolution of marriage?

If My Spouse Lives Outside CA How Do I Serve Divorce Petition for my California dissolution of marriage?

When you decide to file for divorce in California, your spouse or partner has a legal right to be made aware of the divorce proceedings, and you cannot get a divorce without making a reasonable attempt to let the other party know. There are several ways you can go about informing your spouse or partner of the action against them; it is called serving divorce papers. The method of service that you choose can depend on several factors, including your current relationship with your partner or spouse, his or her whereabouts, or whether or not you know where your spouse or partner currently lives.[Read More]
After Serving My Spouse How do I Move Forward in a California Divorce

After Serving My Spouse How do I Move Forward in a California Divorce

Understanding the divorce process can be difficult if you do not have a background in law, and making a mistake can be costly. Divorce affects almost every aspect of your life, from your family and friends to your finances and sometimes, your career. Whether you and your spouse know that you are getting a divorce or you decided on your own, the first step in the divorce process is serving your divorce petition on your spouse. At this point, your spouse will need to find his or her own legal representation and file a response. You and your divorce attorney can work on the next steps from your end even if your spouse has not responded.[Read More]
What Documents should I file for my dissolution of marriage?

What Documents should I file for my dissolution of marriage?

Whether you are filing for divorce on your own or you are working with an attorney, there are specific forms you will need to fill out accurately and file or deliver based on specific deadlines. Because a simple mistake can be costly in a divorce, it is in your best interests to discuss your case with a qualified divorce lawyer in Orange County prior to submitting your divorce forms. Depending on whether your spouse or partner responds to your paperwork and how her or she responds, you will have different paperwork to fill out in order to complete your divorce. Your divorce attorney is your best resource in determining the best way to handle your case as it plays out.[Read More]

 

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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.

Orange County dissolution attorneys "KNOWLEDGEABLE & COMMITTED TO MEET YOUR LEGAL NEEDS

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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The Divorce Lawyers for Los Angeles County & Orange County helping clients in the following communities Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, Newport, Norwalk, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda and many more.

 

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