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We have over fifteen years experience working with Attorneys and Self Represented Clients to effectively navigate through the California Family Law process. We assist you throughout the process and explain the steps each way. We have extensive experience with Family Law legal document preparation.



We specialize in Family Law. We can help you with the following:

  • Dissolutions/Divorce

  • Uncontested Family Law Judgments

  • Marital Settlement Agreements (MSA)

  • Disclosures

  • Request for Orders (RFO)

  • Restraining Orders (DVTRO) (Civil & Family Law)

  • Child Custody/Visitation

  • Child Support

  • Paternity

  • Qualified Domestic Relation Orders (QDRO)

  • Correcting Uncontested/Default Judgments

  • Status-Only Judgments

  • Step Parent Adoption

  • Grandparents Visitation

  • Adult Adoption

  • Family Law filings of all types

Does your judgment keep getting rejected? No matter how complicated your situation we can help you. We are a non-attorney service. When we encounter a situation that is beyond our scope we can refer you to an attorney. 


Uncontested Divorce vs.

Contested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce means that you and your spouse are in agreement on division of assets and child custody and support. The process is straightforward, though it may be complicated by the complexity of your finances and ability to come to an agreement on all of the issues. We assist our clients through the entire process, including filing documents with the court. We are compassionate and knowledgeable, available by phone and email throughout the entire process to answer questions and keep your divorce moving forward. We offer mediation to help both parties come to a mutually agreed upon conclusion.

We can help whether the matter is uncontested or contested. Whether a dissolution of marriage is contested or uncontested depends on the parties themselves. If the parties are able to agree upon all issues concerning the divorce, such as custody and support of any children born of the marriage and division of the material assets and liabilities, the divorce will be uncontested. However, if the parties cannot reach an agreement as to such issues, the proceeding is considered contested. There is a difference in the cost, extent, and formality in contested and uncontested divorces. A contested divorce will usually cost more in expenses and attorney fees, and will require a formal court trial to determine the issues of child custody, support and the division of marital property.

Whether your matter is contested we can help you get through the process. If your situation rises to the level of requiring legal advise we work with experienced and affordable family law attorneys.

You can begin the process for a divorce by giving us a call at 510-344-5445 or submitting the questionnaire to When a marital settlement agreement is needed, additional charges may apply. Please contact the office for details.


Family Law covers a range of legal services related to marriage, children and their subsequent relationships. While divorce is by far our most common service, A Golden Legal Service LLC routinely assists our clients with other Family Law matters.


  • Prenuptial Agreement. Prenups are becoming more common as couples delay marriage until they’ve established their careers. They’ve worked hard to acquire assets and they want to protect them. An estimated 50% of marriages end in divorce, yet people do marry again—and they bring to these new relationships not just assets but dependents. These and other factors set the stage for contracts between couples as they plan their weddings.

  • Annulment. The effect of an Annulment will be that your marriage never existed. You must satisfy very specific requirements, in order to have your marriage annulled.

  • Name Change. The process for changing your name requires filling out specific court forms, filing them with the court, running an ad in a newspaper indicating your intent to change your name and appearing at a court hearing. We assist you in completing the process.

  • Child Custody, Visitation and Support. If you already have an existing dissolution, legal separation, or parentage case and you need your custody and/or support orders to be modified, A Golden Legal Service LLC can assist you.

  • Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship. This is a custody/support proceeding for unmarried persons that creates a formal arrangement for taking care of a child. The process involves signing an official Declaration of Paternity that identifies the legal parents of a child. Even if a father can prove he is the biological father of a child, if he was never married to the mother, he does not legally have any rights or responsibilities for the child—parentage must be established.

  • Guardianship. A guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone, who is not the parent custody of a child, making the individual the Guardian of the Person. If that person or another person also has the power to manage the child’s property, he/she is the Guardian of the Estate. A guardian reports to the court and is responsible for decisions about a child’s needs—food, clothing and healthcare, education, safety and protection.

  • Stepparent Adoption. We can assist you in the adoption of an adult or minor child when the spouse of the child’s parent adopts that child. The law also recognizes domestic partners for stepparent adoptions. In both cases, the stepparent assumes the legal rights and responsibilities of the parent/child relationship.


If you have questions about these or other Family Law services, contact us at 510-344-5445 for a free consultation.

Custody Definitions:

  • Joint Legal Custody. Both parents are responsible for making decisions about a child’s health, education and welfare.

  • Joint Physical Custody. Each parent will have significant periods of physical custody so the child has continuing contact with both parents.

  • Sole Physical Custody. Children will live and be under the supervision of one parent.

  • Sole Legal Custody. One parent has the right to make decisions relating to the child’s health, education and welfare.

  • Visitation. A parent who does not have physical custody is usually given reasonable visitation time with the children, unless there is some reason it would be detrimental to them. The visitation schedule can be as detailed as necessary.

Other considerations as you develop your Co-Parenting Agreement

  • Make arrangements for holidays, school breaks and vacations. You’ve always spent the important holidays together, but things likely will change. Decide where your children will be spending Christmas or Easter, how they will spend their school vacations. Who pays for camp and other activities?

  • Financial considerations. If one parent has physical custody, determine how you will deal with other expenses, including clothing and medical insurance. Who claims the child on his/her taxes?

  • Education. Decide on private or public schooling, but also be thinking about the activities associated with school, including events and teacher conferences. Will you attend these together, separately or take turns?

  • Medical Care. Kids have accidents and get sick–what happens when your son breaks his leg and ends up in the emergency room? Which parent will respond?

  • Religion and cultural heritage. If you and your spouse come from different cultures, is there room to teach your child about both religions and cultures?

  • Disciplining your children. What is acceptable to both of you? Strive for consistency.



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