Genesis Family Law

Empowering You Through Divorce with Expert Legal Guidance

Chula Vista Office: (619) 422-7722 | Mission Valley Office: (858) 275-2055

Chula Vista Office: (619) 422-7722

Mission Valley Office: (858) 275-2055

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a full phone consultation or video conference is appropriate for your situation.

Fighting For Your Rights During A Divorce

When you decide to get divorced, you must understand all of your legal rights. This process can be complex, and it may be your first time dealing with the court system.

When you work with us here at Genesis Family Law, in Chula Vista, and San Diego, California, we will fight for your rights as aggressively as needed. We pride ourselves on our reputation for being very effective and dedicated. We always put our clients first. We get to know you, we learn about your specific situation and your needs, and we work hard on your behalf.

Our Qualifications

Some reasons to work with us include:

  • Several of our attorneys are California Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialists.

  • Many of our attorneys are bilingual with the only Spanish-speaking specialists in South Bay.

  • Our divorce attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience.

  • We handle all parts of a divorce case, from child custody and support to spousal financial support to prenuptial agreements.

  • We can handle complex asset and debt issues.

You would be surprised how many attorneys don’t know how to read a tax return, much less a complex one. We understand how to create a picture of exactly what is going on in the marriage by using experts, depositions, bank statements and many other records. Even when you are not sure of all the facts – the total value of all assets you and your spouse control, for instance – we do not stop digging until we know exactly where you stand and what that means for your case. With eight decades of experience, we understand how to present all of the facts and information to help you work toward the positive outcome you deserve.

Domestic Violence

California Family Code 6320 states: 

(a) The court may issue an ex parte order enjoining a party from molesting, attacking, striking, stalking, threatening, sexually assaulting, battering, credibly impersonating as described in Section 528.5 of the Penal Code, falsely personating as described in Section 529 of the Penal Code, harassing, telephoning, including, but not limited to, making annoying telephone calls as described in Section 653m of the Penal Code, destroying personal property, contacting, either directly or indirectly, by mail or otherwise, coming within a specified distance of, or disturbing the peace of the other party, and, in the discretion of the court, on a showing of good cause, of other named family or household members.

(b) On a showing of good cause, the court may include in a protective order a grant to the petitioner of the exclusive care, possession, or control of any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by either the petitioner or the respondent or a minor child residing in the residence or household of either the petitioner or the respondent. The court may order the respondent to stay away from the animal and forbid the respondent from taking, transferring, encumbering, concealing, molesting, attacking, striking, threatening, harming, or otherwise disposing of the animal.

(c) As used in this subdivision (a), “disturbing the peace of the other party” refers to conduct that, based on the totality of the circumstances, destroys the mental or emotional calm of the other party. This conduct may be committed directly or indirectly, including through the use of a third party, and by any method or through any means including, but not limited to, telephone, online accounts, text messages, internet-connected devices, or other electronic technologies. This conduct includes, but is not limited to, coercive control, which is a pattern of behavior that in purpose or effect unreasonably interferes with a person’s free will and personal liberty. Examples of coercive control include, but are not limited to, unreasonably engaging in any of the following:

(1) Isolating the other party from friends, relatives, or other sources of support.

(2) Depriving the other party of basic necessities.

(3) Controlling, regulating, or monitoring the other party’s movements, communications, daily behavior, finances, economic resources, or access to services.

(4) Compelling the other party by force, threat of force, or intimidation, including threats based on actual or suspected immigration status, to engage in conduct from which the other party has a right to abstain or to abstain from conduct in which the other party has a right to engage.

(5) Engaging in reproductive coercion, which consists of control over the reproductive autonomy of another through force, threat of force, or intimidation, and may include, but is not limited to, unreasonably pressuring the other party to become pregnant, deliberately interfering with contraception use or access to reproductive health information, or using coercive tactics to control, or attempt to control, pregnancy outcomes.

(d) This section does not limit any remedies available under this act or any other provision of law.

Domestic Violence can occur between intimate partners, and it can also occur between family members. Genesis Family Law’s attorneys are trained to represent their clients in Domestic Violence hearings and trials. Attorney Amy E. West, of counsel to Genesis Family Law, is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization for the California Bar as a specialist in the area of Family Law, and is passionate about this area of family law, representing either the protected person or alleged perpetrator. Because Domestic Violence Proceedings are emergency matters, they are given priority on the Court’s calendar, which means you are given expedited hearing and response times. If you are not careful, you may be stuck in a hearing where evidence is taken, including witness testimony. In these kinds of situations, you want a team behind you to help you, regardless of the allegations. So many financial issues along with whether or not you might be able to have custody of your children are at stake. Therefore, call Genesis Family Law, as soon as possible to consult with one of our expert attorneys.

Working With Us

We know that divorce is complicated. Even when you know it is the right thing for you moving forward, it is a difficult legal process that completely changes your life.

You do not have to go through that alone. By working with us, you help secure your future, forge solid relationships with your children and get a fair division of financial assets for life after marriage.

Take control of your future. Learn about your rights. Give us a call at our Chula Vista office at 619-422-7722 or call us at our San Diego office at 858-275-2055, or contact us online.

Family Law

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) or Assisted Reproduction

Child Custody and Support

Divorce / Domestic Violence

Mediation and Discovery Referee Services

Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements

Spousal Support

High-Net Worth Divorce

Complex Property Division

Dividing Retirement And Investments

How Is A Business Divided In A Divorce?

Uncovering Assets

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Chula Vista Office

660 Bay Blvd.
Suite 212
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Mission Valley Office

2655 Camino del Rio North
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108
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Leslie L. Abrigo
Colleen A. Warren
Amy E. West
Kathlynn Cadiente
Eva Moreno Marks