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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- Irene Thompson7/29/2020 - Google
Yanez and the family law team law firm, including the person answering the phone, were a godsend during my divorce case. Yanez provided me with knowledgeable of the areas of family law I was unsure about. Further Yanez spent additional time past the allocated free consultation. I was impressed that Yanez did not even look at the clock and just focused on my needs. I want to thank Yanez and the team for everything and recommend this divorce and family law firm to anyone requiring a family lawyer.Maria Tucker7/29/2020 - Google
This attorney was amazing during our initial free consultation. I was dealing with false allegations regarding a Domestic Violence matter that was humiliating. I not once thought I would ever find myself in such a situation. The staff was genuinely respectable and was very sympathetic of the circumstances. I walked away with great advice and no longer felt anxiety. For now I have peace of mind and I stop worrying. I highly recommend Y&A for DV restraining order false allegation defense.Jessica Thomas7/20/2020 - Google
I volunteered to find a child custody attorney for my dear friend that has been going through a very stressful legal situation. With the lost of her job due to covid19 she needed to stretch her funds, as a result I found this family law firm that granted her a free consultation. Thank you so much for your expert legal advice!! We are now better able to cope and understand what our options are. We will be in touch!Gabrielle Chase7/04/2020 - Google
Trustworthy and honorable! Two words that come to mind when reviewing these divorce & family law attorneys. They returned my call over the weekend and lived up to their free consultation; moreover, they recommended a local attorney in order to save me money due to their locality.Andrew Miller6/09/2020 - Google
My experience with Miss Yanez has been exceptional. She's a remarkable lawyer. It's difficult to meet someone in family law that has ethics. This law firm is very professional and will tell you how it is without sugar coating it to get your money. Thank you for your honesty!Zachariah Torres6/01/2020 - Google
Thank you Shawn for help with a child support matter. I was the one that called you in tears and with your guidance I took the steps you recommended. Even though you knew up front I did not have the means to hire an attorney you spent the time to guide me in the right direction. I know you stated that a review was not necessary, but I just want everyone to know how kind and thoughtful you were with our legal needs. Thank you so much!Alondra Nelson5/27/2020 - Google
Five stars for excellence! I first reached out to Bettina to seek help in a paternity case. Mrs. Yanez was calm and poised in her approach, which made us feel relaxed and positive that an expert was going to review our case. I sincerely recommend this attorney for her caring and professional opinion to everyone in need of legal family law assistance.Lilian Hobson5/22/2020 - Google
I was very impressed with the attentiveness I received for my child custody case review. The attorney returned my call over the weekend and spent quality time consulting me on my options. She took her time explaining the law to me and shared multiple scenarios. She was highly recommended through a friend of the family law court that constantly observes Ms. Yanez in action at the Orange County courthouse.Lee Nelson5/22/2020 - Google
I was very impressed with the attentiveness I received for my child custody case review. The attorney returned my call over the weekend and spent quality time consulting me on my options. She took her time explaining the law to me and shared multiple scenarios. She was highly recommended through a friend of the family law court that constantly observes Ms. Yanez in action at the Orange County courthouse.Barry Titmas5/21/2020 - Google
Finding a good child custody attorney was not an easy task. After numerous consultations with family lawyers I felt we would not locate an attorney that truly took an interest in the case. Then we found Bettina through a Youtube video. She is very well informed and approachable. She truly cared about our custody case and aided us in understanding our rights. I highly recommend Ms. Yanez, she is a wealth of information when it comes to family law in California.Kayden Reed5/17/2020 - Google
Yanez and the family law team law firm, including the person answering the phone, were a godsend during my divorce case. Yanez provided me with knowledgeable of the areas of family law I was unsure about. Further Yanez spent additional time past the allocated free consultation. I was impressed that Yanez did not even look at the clock and just focused on my needs. I want to thank Yanez and the team for everything and recommend this divorce and family law firm to anyone requiring a family lawyer.Joy Robinson5/11/2020 - Google
This attorney was amazing during our initial free consultation. I was dealing with false allegations regarding a Domestic Violence matter that was humiliating. I not once thought I would ever find myself in such a situation. The staff was genuinely respectable and was very sympathetic of the circumstances. I walked away with great advice and no longer felt anxiety. For now I have peace of mind and I stop worrying. I highly recommend Y&A for DV restraining order false allegation defense.Lola Bradley4/29/2020 - Google
Yanez and the family law team law firm, including the person answering the phone, were a godsend during my divorce case. Yanez provided me with knowledgeable of the areas of family law I was unsure about. Further Yanez spent additional time past the allocated free consultation. I was impressed that Yanez did not even look at the clock and just focused on my needs. I want to thank Yanez and the team for everything and recommend this divorce and family law firm to anyone requiring a family lawyer.Aava Farokhian3/18/2020 - Google
I was surprised by Mr. Yanez honestly and how he tried to help me without demanding any money which is very rare. I could hear his honestly in his voice and how he tried to help with my child support issue. He was very formative, kind and straight forward. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Mr. Yanez to any parent or partners. He is amazing, professional and HONEST.
Thank you Mr. Yanes for your advise, I am in a very good place but I couldn't have done it without you.cboys texas2/19/2020 - Google
Where do I start !
Sean Yanez, first off has the most integrity of any lawyer I’ve ever met, we met three years ago, when I contacted him from Northern California and let him know that my wife had moved to Southern California with my three children without my consent, and then she would not allow me to see them, We worked together for six months to put together a strategy that would involve me moving to Southern California getting a place where the children would be happy,Then going to court, in the process we took on the biggest divorce law firm in orange county, and in the end I got all three of my children 50% custody, my ex-wife’s law firm was playing checkers while Sean was playing chess, Our goal from the very beginning was to establish that I was an excellent father, and that all the accusations against me were false, Sean was able to prove this to my ex-wife‘s lawyer to the point in which They decided not even to go to court. I now have my children 50% of the time, full legal and sole custody, this could not have been done without Seans expertise, planning and strategy. If you have a complex case there’s no better firm to go to that Yanez and Associates.
My family has began the healing process and I will forever be grateful and thankful for Sean and so are my children.
- 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.