They say criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, and family attorneys see good people at their worst. Family law is a difficult area of practice because the clients are often emotional. This is understandable, of course, since they face the breakup of one of the most important relationships in their life. When you need legal support, contact the divorce attorney at the Law Offices of Sondra S. Sutherland, APC in San Diego, CA.
If you have children, we'll help you find a way to put aside any angst against the other parent so you can peacefully co-parent your children. If for no other reason, this emotionality makes it advisable to hire counsel.
As your divorce attorney, I will...
I'm more than just a divorce and child custody attorney. I can help with a variety of family law matters related to...
Marriage: Premarital (prenuptial), marital and post-nuptial (marital settlement) agreements
Divorce and legal separation: Dissolution or annulment of marriage | Termination of domestic partnerships | Paternity/maternity (parentage) | Child custody and visitation | Child, spousal and partner support | Division of property
Family disputes and domestic violence: Representation at mediation or settlement conference | Domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders | Family law trials and contested hearings | Enforcement of judgments and orders | Family law appeals and writs
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My foray into family law began in 1997 when I was hired fresh out of law school as a research attorney for the L.A. Superior Court. I was assigned to 6 of the 11 judicial officers in the Family Law Department. I worked up app. 1,000 motions - meaning I read the papers, researched the law and wrote a memorandum to the bench officer, recommending a ruling. This gave me incredible insight into the inner workings of a busy family law court and gave me a host of employment options.
From there, I went to work for Trope and Trope in West Los Angeles, one of the largest family law firms in the U.S. There, we represented many celebrities and other wealthy parties in handling complex family law matters.
I returned to San Diego, CA in May 1999, where I started my own practice. I have been in private practice handling primarily family law cases ever since.
Contact me when you need guidance from a divorce or child custody attorney.