Attorney Bettina Yanez California certified family law specialist

OC Family Lawyer - California Certified Family Law Specialist

Bettina Yanez, California Certified Family Law Specialist, OC Family Lawyer

Bettina Yanez, CFLS
"Certified Family Law Specialist"

Attorney Bettina Yanez is a California Certified Family Law Specialist, previously based in Anaheim. The Law Firm relocated to Santa Ana, then Tustin, California in 2007. She has been practicing family law since 2000. Her family law offices are now located in Orange, CA, two blocks south of the Orange family law courthouse.

She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in Divorce Law, Matrimonial and Family Law, which includes, matters such as complex divorce issues and Equitable Distribution Litigation, Child Custody and Visitation, Relocation/Move away, Child Support and Spousal Support Proceedings, Contempt of Court Proceedings, Enforcement and Modification Proceedings, Paternity, Domestic Violence, Interstate Child Abduction and Custody Matters.

Court appointed attorney in Orange County

The Superior Court of California, County of Orange appoints Bettina to provide legal representation for minor child(ren) of parties and parents who have found to be indigent.  She is approved for appointment in the following panels: Minor’s Counsel, Termination of Parental Rights, Family Law Contempt and Paternity.

As minor’s counsel she functions in a dual role, as the voice of the child and as a Friend of the Court. She can present evidence to the Court once it gets to trial, but otherwise acts as an advocate for the child. Moreover, in the family law contempt panel she serves as an assistant public defender in contempt cases where parents are facing jail-time for failing to pay their child support. 

Many of her clients describe her as an honest, assertive, “NO-BS” attorney that tells it like it is. She is very active in multiple organizations and believes in making time to give back to the community, both in giving of ones time and monetary means.

Bettina understands that divorce and family law issues have long-term effects on all family members, especially the children. As a child Bettina experienced the pain of divorce when her parents decided to dissolve their marriage. Therefore she knows and understands the pain and guilt children may be experiencing; therefore, she draws from her personal experience to better help her young clients involved in complex and highly contested custody cases. When appointed as minor’s counsel, Bettina takes special interest in her young clients in order to ensure that their rights are protected.

She also negotiates and drafts Pre-Nuptial, Post-Nuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements. Practice includes Mediation and Collaborative Divorce as alternatives to traditional divorce and matrimonial litigation.

The experienced divorce attorney blends concern with stern support for her clients. Her stress-free and out going style allows her to make the people around her feel relaxed; therefore, fostering a better interaction with her clients and opposing attorneys. She offers a free consultation for divorce and family law cases.

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OC Family Lawyer education and organizations

Bar Admissions:

• Admitted to practice in California,  2000

Professional Memberships:

• American Bar Association
• The California Young Lawyers Association  (pervious officer)
• The Los Angeles County Bar Association
• The Orange County Barristers (pervious officer)
• The Orange County Bar Association
• Hispanic Bar Association or Orange County (current officer)


• Pitzer College, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, 1995
• Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1996


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