Divorce Attorneys in Orange County

    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

    Read what our Clients are saying...

    • Danielle Ayers Avatar
      Danielle Ayers
      3/17/2021 - Google

      I called Yanez & Associates divorce & family law attorneys and scheduled a free consultation with Attorney Yanez few weeks ago. She was very polite and listened attentively and was very informative in her response. She seemed very well-informed in her field, intellectually quick and very assured. Just speaking to her made me feel strong and safe, which is a good sensation to get from an attorney. I would hire this law office just based on their kind conduct. I haven't officially met her due to covid, but I would highly recommend, to anyone looking for a Family Law Attorney.

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      Bradley Ella
      3/08/2021 - Google

      I didn't hire them but did an initial consult. Laura called me back on a weekend and set up the consultation. I was very impressed getting a call just minutes after submitting a request for help. Thank you for the time!

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      Adrian Daniel
      3/08/2021 - Google

      I scheduled a free consultation with this family law firm and they were really helpful. It indicates a lot to me when someone takes time to talk to you for a few minutes about your problem. Compassion is super important and this law firm has it. Thank you so much.

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      maryann christensen
      2/19/2021 - Google

      I reside outside of California and was blindsided with a child custody matter that involved a temporary restraining order. Clearly this was a terrifying and strange spot to be in. From the very first contact with Yanez and her associates I was impressed with their attention to detail. I highly recommend them.

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      Sylvia Acevedo
      2/14/2021 - Google

      I was in great need of the best family law attorneys to handle a child support matter. I contacted several family law firms. I then called an OC family law firm and spoke with Mrs. Yanez. She was very professional & knowledgeable about family law topics. She went over my case and she answered all my questions. She quoted a price and suggested I also interview other attorneys before making a decision. That made me feel good that she was not rushing me. Most importantly, thanks to attorney Yanez, I was able to recompose and cool off before proceeding.

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      Katherine Gallardo
      1/29/2021 - Google

      A little of our story,
      My Husband and I hired on Mr Yanez & Associates to help us with a move away case from CA to CO for my step son who had primarily lived with us since he was 5 yrs old (he’s 11 now). His birth mother believed that with us moving away she should now have her turn in raising him and attempted to change the custody agreement. We were worried we’d lose the case and our son would have to stay behind and not be able to continue to grow up with his brothers since “courts tend to sway with the biological mothers” or so they say.
      My husband and I were fortunate enough to have had met with Sean in person a few years prior and were able to get a feel for how we’d hope he’d handle our case. And thankfully we were right. Even with all the Covid 19 obstacles he did not falter. We wanted someone who would listen to our concerns, someone who would answer our questions (and trust me we had a lot!) but not just with what we wanted to hear but with facts, with honesty and sincerity even if it wasn’t the answer we wanted. We wanted someone who knew the ins and outs of the court system and how it all worked and would give us their honest opinion. He was always was a step and ahead and very strategic. He gave us play by play and being in a situation where the end result could possibly be loosing your child, having someone like Sean who was literally there fighting with us made all the difference.
      Mr Yanez & Associates were always extremely timely with getting back to us quickly, we never felt out of the loop, we never felt as if we were in limbo waiting on responses or answers or what our next step should be. Their professionalism and knowledge in my opinion is bar none.
      The end result is we now live in CO with my stepson, and thanks to Mr. Yanez & Associates, my husband and I can continue to watch our boys grow up together.
      If you’re looking for an attorney for your case. Look no further!!
      Sincerely,
      a Wife & Boy Mom of 3

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      Amber Gunn
      11/28/2020 - Google

      Attorney Yanez was a godsend. She assisted us with a very difficult custody situation. She gave great advise over the phone and took the time to listen and address my unique situation during these uncertain covid-19 times. She is kind, but a tough divorce attorney. If you want a clever, trustworthy and passionate attorney who cares and knows family law extremely well, I recommend this legal team.

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      Donald Leske
      11/21/2020 - Google

      Absolutely remarkable family attorneys. Yanez and his team are extremely knowledgeable and give great advice. They know family law! I spent days seeking family law firms before making a decision. This firm was able to help me. Thanks to Mr. Yanez, I'll be able to be spend more time with my son again. If you're looking for a family law attorney for Irvine or the general Orange County area who cares, who's reasonably priced and knows what he's doing, this law firm without a doubt is a must consult with. I highly recommend them.

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      Patty Malicoat
      11/19/2020 - Google

      Our encounter with attorney Bettina was incredible. She walked us through the divorce process and allowed us to better understand the complexity of going through a divorce. I can honestly say that Mrs. Yanez and her Associates helped release my stress and allowed me to be able to sleep comfortably without worrying, she was phenomenal. Thank you again. I will recommend you and your team to my family and friends.

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      Alex Bryan
      11/09/2020 - Google

      I was introduced to Attorney Yanez's website through a video I found on YouTube. Attorney Yanez is very knowledgeable and caring. I requested Mrs. Yanez for my complex divorce case that comprised of complex custody concerns and financial disputes. I was drawn to her because of her being a Family Law Specialist. We spoke on the phone to discuss our tactics and my concerns. Yanez is an expert in her field of family & divorce law. Without any hesitation I recommend attorney Yanez.

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      Carrie Nettles
      10/20/2020 - Google

      I scheduled a consultation with Attorney Yanez and she was absolutely WONDERFUL. I had previously spoken with several other attorneys regarding my specific situation and they were either extremely rude, indicated they were unable to assist me, or both. These conversations left me extremely frustrated and feeling very hopeless. Attorney Yanez, on the other hand, was never judgmental and researched the Family Law Code that was specific to my matter while on the phone with me, which no other attorney seemed willing to do. Even though my matter did not require her services at this time, she made sure I understood what was currently necessary to do and offered her assistance in the future if needed. I will forever be grateful that she was patient and willing to help.

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      Cloves Brandao
      10/13/2020 - Google

      This California Family Law firm was very instrumental in assisting me and my family with a free consultation over the phone and provide sound legal advise. They are extremely knowledgeable and helped me through roughest moments. I appreciate the tips shared with me. You want them on your side! Highly recommended.

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      Josh Baker
      10/10/2020 - Google

      Ms Yanez and her team are extremely knowledgeable and professional. Excellent communication, reasonable pricing and quality legal assistance. So glad I found this firm!

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      Santiago Sanders
      8/01/2020 - Google

      Awesome advice that helped greatly! This law firm really cares. No sugar coat it or making false promises. I cannot recommend them enough. Yes, I will certainty recommend this law practice to my friends and family.

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      Irene Thompson
      7/29/2020 - 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.

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      Maria Tucker
      7/29/2020 - 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.

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      Jessica Thomas
      7/20/2020 - 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!

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      Karim Mazu
      7/19/2020 - Google

      Very professional, diligent and she really cares, not like other lawyers.
      I will recommend her to anyone going through a divorce.
      Habla espanol 😉

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      Gabrielle Chase
      7/04/2020 - 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.

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      Andrew Miller
      6/09/2020 - 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!

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      Zachariah Torres
      6/01/2020 - 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!

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      Alondra Nelson
      5/27/2020 - 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.

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      Lee Nelson
      5/22/2020 - 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.

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      Lilian Hobson
      5/22/2020 - 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.

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      Barry Titmas
      5/21/2020 - 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 Reed Avatar
      Kayden Reed
      5/17/2020 - 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 Robinson Avatar
      Joy Robinson
      5/11/2020 - 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.

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      Fred Gaston
      5/06/2020 - Google

      I contacted the firm looking for an attorney, they set up an appointment. The attorney contacted me on time and was very knowledgeable. He did a good job explaining options for me. I would use this firm in the future.

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      Lola Bradley
      4/29/2020 - 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.

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      Aava Farokhian
      3/18/2020 - 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.

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      Dorothy Murphy
      2/20/2020 - Google

      They have supported us in my legal circumstances. Highly recommendable!!

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      cboys texas
      2/19/2020 - 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.

      Thankful
      Colton Irving

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      Mark Smith
      2/12/2020 - Google

      Finding good attorneys can be a daunting journey. Best wishes to the law firm.

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      Annalise Farris
      2/08/2020 - Google

      The workers are wonderful and I would not hesitate to use them again.

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      Walter Mark
      2/03/2020 - Google

      Thank you for your expert advice with our family law matter. Finding good attorneys can be a daunting journey. Best wishes to the law firm.

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      Susan Dominguez
      9/26/2019 - Google

      Excellent family law firm. The staff is friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend the firm. Thank you for the advise.

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      heidi boho
      8/20/2019 - 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.

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      Tony Marmolejo
      8/13/2019 - Google

      I highly recommend Yanez and Associates, Sean Yanez did a great job in my divorce case and custody of my kids. Thank you!

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      Ismael Galarza
      6/25/2019 - Google

      Great service prompt responses all around excellent law firm answered all my questions and exceeded expectations thank you for the help

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      hua hua
      6/23/2019 - Google

      The people’s here is really honest they never waste your time .i really like their service!

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      Aisha Zaky
      12/26/2018 - 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!

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      Erik Bartik
      10/24/2018 - Google

      I would highly recommend Ms.Yanez to anyone needing a great family law attorney! Most importantly she cares, listens to your needs, works extremely hard, is smart and will truly fight for you. She is really good at what she does.

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      Jim Ceja
      9/30/2018 - 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.

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      Sandra Bales
      9/15/2018 - 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.

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      Douglas Borthwick
      9/11/2018 - 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.

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      Mauricio Zuniga
      8/05/2018 - 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...

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      Joseph Hernandez
      9/28/2014 - 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.

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      Robbie Stevenson
      9/01/2014 - 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.

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      Xochtil Miranda
      9/02/2013 - 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.