UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
Divorces present an emotionally charged, extremely complex situation for all parties involved, and a complete understanding of all the considerations at play is essential in preventing a drawn out, financially troubling outcome during what is sure to be a stressful and uncertain time. In California—a “no fault” divorce state—either party can initiate proceedings at any time, usually in one of three ways:
• Annulment: Legal erasure of a marriage or domestic partnership. Annulments are the simplest way to end a relationship but can be difficult to qualify for.
• Legal Separation: While a legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership, it can be a step toward divorce that allows for court orders enforcing division of property and assets, child custody, and child support.
• Divorce: The most common method for ending a marriage, divorces can vary in length and complexity depending on involvement of children or your unique financial situation.
Working with an experienced attorney who understands your unique circumstances will allow you to determine the best course of action and achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
NAVIGATING THE PROCESS
Each of the options described above for ending a legal relationship with your spouse comes with its own deadlines, procedures, and other idiosyncrasies. Having a trusted attorney at your side can help you navigate these requirements while ensuring that you understand and protect your rights.
For couples that remain on good terms, this can be achieved through alternative dispute resolution—saving both time and money through cooperation of both parties, either via mediation or a collaborative divorce. Otherwise, your case can be brought before a judge in court if an agreement cannot be reached through alternative dispute resolution. In this situation, a divorce petition must be filed with the clerk of the court and served to the other party. Whether you are pursuing alternative dispute resolution or a court judgment, our experienced team has the diligence and dedication to help you prepare all necessary documents, determine the appropriate strategy to achieve your specific needs or objectives, and protect your rights.
WORKING TOWARDS YOUR NEEDS
No two divorce cases are the same, making it vital to work with an experienced attorney who can both understand the nuances of your unique situation and evaluate your circumstances in as objectively as possible, resulting in a customized strategy crafted to suit your specific needs—both in the short term as well as in the long run. Whether you are aiming to gain custody of your children, seek spousal support, or minimize the financial impact of your divorce, our team has the insights and experience needed to help you work towards the best possible outcome for yourself and your loved ones.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
The prospect of a divorce can be extremely daunting—but you don’t have to face your situation alone. An experienced attorney that takes the time to understand your situation and craft the right strategy for you can be an enormous asset during an emotional and uncertain time. Take the first step by scheduling your free consultation through our contact form or by calling 714-971-8000.
Our Testimonials & Reviews
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- heidi boho8/20/2019 - Google
Bettina went above and beyond for us. We had a very complicated and difficult family case, supposedly “unwinnable” according to other lawyers. She was excellent about getting to the heart of the matter and presenting a solid case for a win. It’s important to have someone like her who is patient and knowledgeable during these types of stressful times, who is focused on your case more than just their billable minutes. Highly recommend.Aisha Zaky12/26/2018 - Google
Yanez and associates were court appointed to represent my children during child custody proceedings. Mrs Shary, one of the associates, made the children feel at ease during the interview, and really listened to them. At the hearing, she was extremely fair, did her due diligence in familiarizing herself with the case and past issues, and made the children's wishes known to the judge. After over 5 years of battling in court, we couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Highly recommended!Jim Ceja9/30/2018 - Google
I cannot thank Yanez & Associates more! We had a very difficult and very personal case. They did everything in their power to fight for us and be there for us through the whole process. I would like to personally thank Mr. Sean Yanez and especially Iraida Oliva! We could not have asked for a better person to be in our corner than Iraida. She put in many long and difficult hours to help us and we appreciate everything and couldn't have asked for more!! I know we wouldn't have been able to have done this by ourselves.Sandra Bales9/15/2018 - Google
Hiring a divorce attorney for your family law matters is not always easy. Often times we hear horror stories about hiring divorce attorneys that do not know what they are doing. When I first met attorney Yanez I knew she was the right family law attorney for me. Her honest answers are greatly appreciated. She does not sugar coat it, she tells it like it is. If you are thinking of a divorce or require an attorney for a family law case, consider calling attorney Yanez.Douglas Borthwick9/11/2018 - Google
Putting her legal skill and knowledge aside which is exemplary, Bettina has a quality that is equally important and that is unbridled passion for protecting and fighting for her clients. She is high energy and has a heart of gold.
There are a handful of top notch attorneys in Orange County and she is certainly among them, but it's her zeal and caring demeanor that really sets her apart from the rest. You can't teach this. You either have it or you don't, and she has it without question. Thanks Bettina.Mauricio Zuniga8/05/2018 - Google
OMG I would never have enough words to describe Iraida Oliva’s awesome service, this woman is an Angel sent from above, it’s like she is meant to help dudes like me who are dumb when it comes to the court thang . She was very helpful and very informative of my case. I have full custody of my 14yr old girl . Recently her mother came back in the picture and did her best to take me down, now my ex ( baby momma) is a paralegal who tried to intimidate me many times and to be honest I was scurd. But this amazing woman did everything for me and very fast . It almost seems as if she was a super hero helping the weak like myself. We went to court one time and I didn’t even say one word. She stood up and looked at the judge in the eye and used her Atty. to Judge talk which by the way it has always been a different language to me....lol all I understood was your honor can we take this case of the calander and the judge said Sure... of the calandre and that was it she closed the case .... i still have full custody of my child and all because Iraida Oliva made it possible.... man she Rocks i wanted to high five her in court but i waited to till we walked out of the court room .
Iraida wasn’t expensive at all she will work with you . I would definitely hire her again ......
Thank you Iraida your theee best...Joseph Hernandez9/28/2014 - Google
Mrs. Yanez is at the top of her class! She is fully knowledgeable of family law and more than adequate to take on any case. Prior to coming to Yanez and Associates, my divorce had dragged on for 2 years. I went through 3 different lawyers who gave me the run around and were never clear on the definitive law. I spent a lot of money with those lawyers and in the end it seemed as if I worked for them! As soon as I met with Bettina, she knew exactly where I was coming from and gave her recommendations as to what "we" should do next. She is professional and her work ethic is top notch. You will feel as if your apart of a team - Team Yanez! Her staff is always available and it feels as if they are working for you. If you want a bulldog lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in every aspect of family law I highly recommend Bettina.Robbie Stevenson9/01/2014 - Google
I strongly recommend Bettina Yanez and her legal team. Bettina was upfront and honest during my free consultation. She suggested I explore all remedies before considering divorce and recommended a marriage counselor. Other firms I consulted with were just interested in getting me divorced. I felt attorney Yanez was truly interested in my well being and not just generating more business. Three months later it looks like things will work out. Many thanks, again I will recommend attorney Yanez and her firm to all my friends and family. God bless you.Xochtil Miranda9/02/2013 - Google
When I came across Bettina Yanez law firm I had hired an attorney to help me with my divorce and child custody. I did not feel comfortable with the attorney, it wasn’t lack of knowledge I did not feel he cared for my case but only for my money. Angelica one of the paralegals from Yanez team help me every step of the way from the day I hired them to the day my divorce was finalized. They not only care for their clients but they go the extra mile even after the case has settled.
Yanez team also gave me the option of reasonable monthly payments. I strongly recommend Bettina Yanez for any who needs from an experience attorney help in their divorce/ child custody. They fight for the rights of the child.