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San Diego Family Lawyers

Uniquely Experienced in Litigation and Mediation

As one of the most established Family Law firms in San Diego County, our lawyers bring decades of experience to your case. Experienced trial lawyers, we are experts in all forms of divorce proceedings, including litigation and mediation. We are first and foremost competent, fierce advocates for you and your children. We are as adept at handling cases with sophisticated financial issues as we are at resolving complex custody disputes.

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Lesa Christenson, CFLS*

Lead Mediator and Owner

When it comes to divorce and Family Law, Lesa Christenson keeps clients focused on what matters most – achievable results that put her clients in the best position possible to move forward with their lives. Lesa is a Certified Family Law Specialist* with nearly 40 years of legal experience. She is skilled at litigation, mediation and informal settlement.

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Heidie Y. Trautwein, CFLS*

Senior Associate Attorney

A Certified Family Law Specialist*, Heidie Y. Trautwein joined ABC in 2019 bringing over a decade of complex litigation experience to the firm. Heidie has over 12 years of experience in Family Law matters, including divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LITIGATION AND MEDIATION

LITIGATION DIVORCE

We will be tough when litigation is necessary for your Family Law matter.  We handle straightforward, simple divorce cases as well as more complex divorce cases, including cases involving business owners.

MEDIATION DIVORCE

Mediation is a good option for divorcing parties who want to reach an agreement in a private and non-adversarial setting. Mediation can help the parties save time and money, avoid litigation, and create a respectful relationship going forward.

OUR FAMILY LAW SERVICES

Litigation Legal Services

  • Marital Dissolution (Divorce)
  • Same-Sex Divorce
  • Child Custody and Parenting Plans
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Move-Away Requests
  • Property Division
  • Marital Settlement Agreements

Mediation Center Services

  • Start to Finish with Parties Only
  • Parties and Their Attorneys Present
  • Post-Judgment Mediation

Other Family Law Services

  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Special Master (Expert) Services
  • Paternity Actions

Post-Divorce Services

  • Modifications of Child Custody
  • Modifications of Child Support
  • Modifications of Spousal Support
  • Enforcement Challenges

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Positive, Quick and Amicable Outcome

“Working with Lesa and the ABC Family Law team was as good as it can get. They were very focused on making sure that my interests, as well the family’s interests and the well-being of the children were always on top of the list. They made a hard and difficult process look easy, always staying focused on a positive, quick and amicable outcome.”  – Jorge

*This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.  

Thoughtful Care And Skill

“Sara and I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to you and your team as we complete our business together.  We very much appreciate your thoughtful care and skill in assisting our family through some pretty hard to believe experiences (lol!).   Thank you for coming into our lives and helping us demonstrate and walk our values out that fidelity, truth and love are worth fighting for.  Thank you again.” – John S. (Father of 3)

*This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.