Family Law Lawyers Inland Empire

Litigating divorce and family law legal matters can be among the most stressful and time-consuming events in a person's life. Even when the parties are not hostile towards each other their legal matters are usually complex in terms of understanding current California family law, local court and legal procedures, and preparation of required divorce and family law court forms.


Keep in mind that divorce and family law rules, including court procedures, change regularly. Mistakes that are often made without the assistance of an experienced divorce and family law lawyer can be extremely costly to you and your family, especially in regards to your rights to retirement benefits, rights to real and personal property, rights to child custody, support, and visitation, rights to spousal support (alimony), rights to tax benefits, and more.


Note: Delay in filing certain divorce and family law legal matters in San Bernardino County can lead to adverse consequences concerning your family law legal rights.


You need expert advice from experienced divorce and family law attorneys who practice exclusively in this complex and changing area of California law.


With Dorado & Dorado, you have a team of dedicated and experienced divorce and family law attorneys, including trial lawyers, who will advise you of your divorce and family law legal rights and aggressively pursue your goals. Most of all, we will not make matters worse with unnecessary litigation designed to create more hostility and inflexibility between the parties and their children.


It is not uncommon to find that the litigants to a divorce or family law case are not fully aware of their respective rights on issues of divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, child visitation, division of community property and debt, division of retirement benefits and pensions, division and/or valuation of joint or separate property business interests, tax issues, domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO), enforcement of existing family law orders, current California adoption procedures, and more.


DVRO Caution: The process of filing and responding to domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO) requires an-depth knowledge of the criminal law. Only divorce and family law attorneys familiar with criminal law and procedure should handle these matters.

For example, it is not uncommon for a person who is facing a DVRO to also be facing criminal charges based on the same facts that support the petitioner’s DVRO.


When this happens, the person responding to the DVRO (respondent) must keep in mind that he or she has a right to remain silent, and anything that he or she says may be used against him or her in a subsequent criminal case.


This is true even when the respondent (defendant) is not aware that his or her admissions of conduct may constitute a crime. This makes defense of a DVRO almost impossible without a family law attorney familiar with criminal defense.

Alternatively, persons who petitions the family law court for DVRO without the assistance of a lawyer often inadvertently make use of illegally gathered evidence to form the basis of his or her DVRO. This evidence is not only inadmissible in family court, but may also serve as the basis of a criminal prosecution against the petitioner. This is common with DVRO requests that use unauthorized recordings as evidence in support of the petitioner’s case.

Beyond Family Law Forms

Even where the parties do not anticipate adverse divorce or family law litigation there are legal matters that should be handled only by experienced divorce and family law attorneys; these legal matters have no standardized forms and include, prenuptial agreements, tracing inheritance, complex discovery, avoiding unnecessary tax liability, adoptions, guardianships, joining parties and issues to a divorce or family law case, estate planning, contempt court proceedings (for failure to follow court orders for support or visitation),  dividing retirement benefits (QDRO), court ordered psychological evaluations, and more.

Evidence & Discovery Production

One of the biggest difficulties that a person runs across when he or she attempts to handle his or her family law case without the assistance of a family law lawyer is how to collect, preserve, and use evidence in his or her case.


Collection of family law case evidence is usually handled through investigators, subpoenas, requests for discovery, requests for admission, and more. Some well-minded paralegals may be able to assist with these documents, but when the opposing party to a divorce or other family law legal matter does not comply with the request(s) the requesting party is left in the dark on how to proceed.


Family law lawyers are familiar with the proper procedure for requesting and preserving documents related to your case, and when the opposing side does not comply with the lawyers request the lawyer knows how to follow up his or her request with the assistance of the court.

Note: Evidence gathering is not always complex, and/or even necessary in every family law case; however, when the parties are not forthright with requested documents related to divorce, legal separation, DVRO, guardianship, and more, a family law lawyer is usually needed to navigate the discovery process and ensure that his or her client has access to all of the evidence to which you the client is entitled.


Also, litigants who attempt to secure certain types of family law evidence without an attorney may be accused of intimidating a witness. This is common where a non-lawyer attempts to interview opposing party’s witnesses who might be hostile to the interviewer.

Divorce and family law attorneys at Dorado & Dorado, along with their team of supporting divorce and family law staff, are experienced and dedicated practitioners. We handle all family law related cases, including:

Divorce, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO), Fathers’ Rights, Guardianship, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation (Parenting Time), Paternity Suits (Proving Parentage), Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements, Legal Separation, Juvenile Dependency Hearings, Child Protective Service Defense, Conservatorship, Annulment, Spousal Support (Alimony), Grandparents’ Rights, Wage Garnishment (Earning Assignment), Stepparent Adoptions, Modifying Court Orders (Child Custody, Support, Etc.), Contempt Proceedings, Pet Custody, Mediation, and more.

We are a full-service family law firm and we have in-house criminal defense lawyers to assist with the petition and response to DVRO petitions, and juvenile dependency lawyers to assist with CPS defense and juvenile dependency hearings.


Initial consultations are always private and provided at no cost to Riverside & San Bernardino County litigants. Our divorce and family law attorneys are available six days a week, Monday-Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and we accommodate Spanish speaking clients. Call today!


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