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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- Yvette Salinas8/19/2021 - Google
With much gratitude to Yanez & Associates Attorneys and Staff.
Mrs. Bettina Yanez, Mr. Peter Flanagan and Mr. Sean Yanez worked closely with our family through one of the most difficult and emotional domestic violence divorce. Our entire family suffered by one person's act of violence. Going through this kind... read moreJessica Moreno8/18/2021 - Google
I appreciate everyone at Yanez & Associates. I was blessed to have wonderful attorneys who protected, worked hard and assured me that I came first in all their decision making. I went through a difficult abusive and domestic divorce and Yanez & Associates attorney's, staff and administration responded with respect... read moreDira Johnson6/11/2021 - Google
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- 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... read moreJessica Thomas7/20/2020 - Google
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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!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... read moreLilian 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... read moreLee 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... read moreBarry 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... read moreKayden 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... read moreJoy 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... read moreLola 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... read moreAava Farokhian3/18/2020 - Google
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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... read more
- Sharon9/03/2019 - Avvo
Grandparent’s rights consultation I had the pleasure of consulting with Bettina Yanez this morning regarding a very difficult situation in our family. She is obviously well-versed in this area of family law. The information and guidance that she provided will be invaluable as I take the next steps. My impression of Bettina is... read moreheidi 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... read moreAisha 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... read moreJim 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... read moreSandra 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... read moreDouglas 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... read moreMauricio 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... read moreSandra5/17/2018 - Avvo
Excellent family law attorney 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... read moreAdriana12/03/2015 - Avvo
Very helpful, and understanding Bettina is a very knowledgeable Orange County based Lawyer. She was very helpful in the matters of family law, and termination of parental rights. She helped ease many of my concerns with my case. She is very compassionate, and understanding. I would highly recommend Bettina for any of your Family... read moreanonymous8/21/2015 - Avvo
Reassured & grateful! After reading all the remarks, I am SO thankful that the judge in my child custody case chose Bettina Yanez as my children's court appointed attorney. When I first took my children to her office and she came out to call one of them in, she looked very mean and... read moreJoe7/22/2015 - Avvo
Truly remarkable Lawyer....Where do I even begin.... Bettina Yanez was assigned to my children as minors counsel in our highly conflicted case. Her professionalism, honesty, & unbiased opinion was the ONLY one I saw the entire 2 1/2 years I was battling for custody of my Children. Her character is above all else. My children felt safe,... read moreG Rogers3/16/2015 - Avvo
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- 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... read moreanonymous9/17/2014 - Avvo
Excellent divorce & family law attorney in Orange County This family law firm help me when I was falsely accused of domestic violence. I work in the educational industry and they do not tolerate a criminal record. Attorney Yanez was very skillful in disproving the a allegations.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... read moreEddie12/21/2013 - Avvo
She’s awesome! I am going through a modification and while in the OC family court I observed attorney Yanez in action and was quite impressed. I then followed her and asked her for her contact information. I asked the court bailiffs about attorney Yanez and they had nothing but nice things to... read moreRobbie12/14/2013 - Avvo
Highly recommend trustworthy divorce attorney I strongly recommend Bettina Yanez and her legal team. Bettina was upfront and honest during my consultation. She suggested I exhaust all remedies before considering divorce and recommended marriage counseling first. Other firms I consulted with were just interested in getting me divorced. I felt attorney Yanez was truly interested... read moreanonymous12/06/2013 - Avvo
Thank you Yanez & Assoc! When I hired this firm I was in the middle of a long and nasty divorce. My self-employed ex wasn't paying child support and I had minimal income. Ms. Yanez allowed me to make payments and she and her associates represented me powerfully, compassionately, ethically. I cannot say enough wonderful... read moreanonymous10/20/2013 - Avvo
OutStanding Lawyer I cannot thank Bettina Yanez enough. My divorce went smooth without any headaches. Attorney Yanez and her staff kept me informed throughout the process. I was lucky to find Bettina and cannot stop recommending her to all my friends and family. EXCELLENT JOB! Thank you, JTanonymous10/03/2013 - Avvo
Attorney Yanez fought for my rights after falsely being accused of Domestic Violence I was falsely accused of domestic violence by my ex-spouse during one of our child exchanges. I was not only faced with losing joint custody of my children but my future employment was also pending. Attorney Yanez fought hard and proofed I not only was falsely accused but that the... read moreXochtil 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... read moreSandy7/25/2013 - Avvo
Attorney fought for our grandparent rights and won! After we were being denied access to our grandchild we decided to obtain legal counsel. We interviewed several attorneys, Mrs. Yanez is trustworthy and knowledgeable and her friendly staff kept us up to date on the progress. We were blessed to have a family law expert on our side. We... read moreDave7/10/2013 - Avvo
I was accused of Domestic Violence and Attorney Yanez saved my job I was falsely accused of domestic violence and faced loosing my job as an educator. Any one that is an educator knows that the school districts are very strict when it comes to criminal actions on your record. Attorney Yanez and staff thank you for everything you have done for... read moreBobby6/13/2013 - Avvo
Amazing attorney!!!! Betina is hands down the best family attorney in Orange County! I have hired 2 other attorney's in Orange County in the past and Betina was the first attorney that was not a push over and was all about me and understanding my needs. Her paralegals have always been there... read moreRoberta4/30/2013 - Avvo
Our day in court Mrs. Yanez presented herself very professionally. Told us what to expect and what she could and could not do for us. She and her staff went above and beyond to help us. And I must say, her fee was quite reasonable for what she did. We did prevail in the case!Jan4/12/2013 - Avvo
Attorney Yanez got me custody of my grandchild in our highly contested case Attorney Yanez came highly recommended from an attorney that did not handle highly contested child custody cases. The attorney spoke highly of attorney Yanez and stated that I would not be able to find a better family law attorney for my situation in Orange County. Bettina Yanez was successful in... read moreSandra2/02/2013 - Avvo
We made the right choice going with Attorney Yanez for our modification Well it was time to revisit our child support orders after 3 years; therefore, a modification of the child support was in order. Months earlier I observed Attorney Yanez in court. I was so impress with her performance that I chased her down the hall to ask for a business... read moreJan11/07/2012 - Avvo
My chidren and I thank you Mrs Yanez My first attorney made a mess of my child custody case. Later, I searched for an attorney, enthusiastic to take on a difficult case, and an attorney who had all of the abilities I desired in a family law attorney.I had practically given up on finding such an attorney 'til... read moreMelinda11/01/2012 - Avvo
Family Law no-nonsense Attorney Attorney Yanez and her firm got me through some very extreme, difficult and upsetting family court procedures. When I was searching for a family law attorney, I knew after my consultation with Mrs. Yanez, that she was the ONE. Learning that she was also a family law specialist solidified my... read moreNorma10/31/2012 - Avvo
best family attorney - knows her practice well! Ms. Yanez is an outstanding attorney in every regard. From the first phone consultation, she made me feel safe and confident. Further my family also felt more secure and calm knowing Attorney Yanez was handling our case. She is so responsive and puts the law in plain language so that... read moreTanya10/31/2012 - Avvo
Finally, a Fair and Caring Lawyer! Bettina Yanez is an excellent lawyer AND a wonderful person. Her and her staff made sure I was always kept abreast of everything that was going on with my case and eased my mind when I had concerns or pressing questions. She was especially mindful of my children's welfare and... read more
- Laura10/22/2012 - Avvo
Bettina Yanez was my voice when I had no strength! I was in a very painful marriage for 31 years, I was beaten down until I had no strength to fight any longer. I turned to Ms Yanez to handle my divorce. Ms Yanez stood up to my ex-husband for me and has been my voice until I can get... read moreDesiree10/12/2012 - Avvo
5 star Attorney Mrs. Yanez recently represented me in a child support case and this recently settled, she helped me vacate the financial portion of a default judgment that was innacurately served. Bettina Yanez helped me obtain a much more affordable monthly support amount. She also presented me with the resources, tools, and... read moreTamara10/02/2012 - Avvo
Professional and Friendly I can't say enough about this law firm! Bettina Yanez and her staff are so friendly and they did everything they could to get what was best for my children. Though it was a difficult separating our the family, Bettina was supportive, kind but professional and knowledgable. She was there... read moreanonymous6/15/2011 - Avvo
Trusted Attorney!! I was referred to Mrs. Yanez two years ago she helped me when others wouldn't. She even arranged affordable payment plans to suit my needs. She was always in a great mood and helped keep my spirits high even when things were rough in my marriage. She has many years... read moreanonymous4/13/2011 - Avvo
Excellent Family Lawyer I was facing a long and painful divorce but Bettina Yanez took care of everything. She was helpful, compassionate and knowledgeable and really kept me in the loop of what was going on with my case. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for a lawyer who... read moreanonymous3/10/2009 - Avvo
Completely Sastified! I was experiencing a long and drawn out custody and child support battle. I hired Bettina Yanez and Amy Montes. They were efficient, compassionate, responsive and informative. They solved my case almost immediately. I feel like they were very reasonable in their cost and retainer. I am completely satified. I... read more