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Best Family Law Attorneys in California

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in California. To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in California, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in California. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
Scott Howard Finkbeiner
Wilkinson & Finkbeiner LLP
San Diego, CA
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Brian Glenn Seastrom
Seastrom Tuttle & Murphy
Irvine, CA
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Heather Mellyn Cullen
Cullen & Murphy
Riverside, CA
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Valerie Lee Murphy
Cullen & Murphy
Riverside, CA
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Laurence Ralph Goldman
The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
Calabasas, CA
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Marilla Janet Ronald
Law Office of Marilla J. Ronald
San Jose, CA
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Julie A. Westerman
Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC
San Diego, CA
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Lindsey Anne Bannerman
Law Offices of Lindsey A. Bannerman
Modesto, CA
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Julia Schneider
Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP
San Diego, CA
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Mitchell Todd Ehrlich
Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri LLP
San Jose, CA
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Crista Haynes
The Haynes Law Firm
Redlands, CA
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California Family Law Legal Resources

Family Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - The AAML is a national organization of highly-skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in family law cases throughout the United States. The Academy's members are known as "Fellows" and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellence, knowledge and integrity in the practice of family law. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has over 1650 fellows across all 50 U.S. states.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) - The ACFTL is an invitation-only, elite organization of 100 of the most skilled family trial lawyers in the United States. Known as diplomates, members who have been accepted into this organization have demonstrated significant litigation skills in complex family law cases. The American College of Family Trial Lawyers has received national recognition through its diplomates handling of well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues in family law.
International Academy of Family Lawyers - The International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) is a non-profit organization that serves family lawyers in the United States and across the world.
Academy of California Adoption-ART Lawyers (ACAL) - The ACAL is an invitation-only society of family formation law attorneys who are licensed to practice law in California and have demonstrated extensive experience in adoption law and assisted reproduction (ART) cases. Members of the Academy of California Adoption-ART Lawyers practice with the highest standards of ethics and professional competence in this area of law.
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) of California - The ACFLS is an independent nonprofit organization of lawyers who have earned board certification as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. The organization is dedicated to preserving and improving the practice of family law while promoting board certification for the specialty area of family law and family relations law. The ACFLS is made up of some of the best family law attorneys practicing in the state of California.

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Law - Only attorneys board certified in family law can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that field. Furthermore, the board certification for family law is awarded by the CBLS. A certified family law specialist has experience performing various types of legal matters (e.g., marital settlement agreements, legal separation dissolution, etc.)
Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

California Government and Court Resources

California Attorney General

California Attorney General - California's Office of the Attorney General was created in 1850. The Attorney General oversees lawyers, officers, investigators, and law enforcement agencies. The responsibilities and duties are detailed in California's Constitution and state government codes. Also, the Officer is the head of the Department of Justice. Under the state Constitution, some of the responsibilities include safeguarding the public from criminals, support criminal investigations, and much more. One of the missions of the Attorney General's Office is to enforce and apply all of California's laws fairly and impartially.

California Department of Social Services

California Department of Social Services - The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is responsible for administering and overseeing a wide range of social service programs aimed at supporting the well-being and economic security of individuals and families throughout the state. CDSS manages programs such as foster care and adoption services, child welfare services, adult protective services, refugee assistance, childcare licensing, and various programs for individuals experiencing homelessness. The department's key responsibilities include providing essential support, advocacy, and resources to promote self-sufficiency, protect vulnerable populations, and enhance the quality of life for Californians in need.

California Judicial Branch

California Judicial Branch - In 1926, the Judicial Branch was created by the constitutional amendment. The power to govern is divided into the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Additionally, the power of the judicial branch is given to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and superior courts. The judicial branch interprets the laws of the State of California, protects the rights of individuals, "provides for the orderly settlement of disputes between parties in controversy," and determines the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating the laws.

California State Legislature

California State Legislature - The California State Assembly is the governing body responsible for making laws and overseeing the state's policies. It is a bicameral institution, comprising the State Assembly, which has 80 members serving two-year terms, and the State Senate, consisting of 40 members with four-year terms. The Legislature convenes to propose, debate, and pass legislation on a wide range of issues, including education, healthcare, transportation, and the state budget. Its primary duties involve crafting and passing laws that shape the governance and well-being of California.

Supreme Court of California

Supreme Court of California - California's Supreme Court is the state's highest court, consisting of one chief justice and six associate justices. The chief justice and the associate justices are appointed or nominated by the Governor. California's Constitution gives the Supreme Court of California jurisdiction in all cases imposing capital punishment within the state. It also has the authority to review decisions by the California Courts of Appeals and by the Public Utilities Commission (Cal. Const., art. VI, ยง 11). The court chooses cases that address legal matters that are significant and relevant in the state.

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