The breakup of a marriage is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face. Most people feel vulnerable, angry and/or afraid. At ABC Family Law, our job is to turn that emotion and uncertainty into forward progress. You can count on us to guide you through the divorce process, so you can come out the other side prepared and confident to enter the next phase of your life.
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.
Divorce & Legal Separation
- Marital Dissolution (Divorce)
- Same-Sex Divorce
- Child Custody and Parenting Plans
- Child and Spousal Support
- Move-Away Requests
- Property Division
Mediation Family Law Services
- Start to Finish with Parties Only
- Parties and Their Attorneys Present
- Post Judgement Mediation
Post-Divorce Legal Services
- Modifications of Child Custody
- Modifications of Child Support
- Modifications of Spousal Support
- Enforcement Challenges
Other Family Law Services
- Stepparent Adoptions
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements (review only)
- Post-Nuptial Agreement Review
- Grandparent Visitation
- Special Master (Expert) Services
- Paternity Actions
Business Minds. Compassionate Hearts.
We are first and foremost competent, fierce advocates for you and your children. Our attorneys are Certified Family Law Specialists*. These lawyers have received extra training, taken an additional bar exam and are highly regarded by the court as a result. We are as adept at handling cases with sophisticated financial issues, as we are at resolving complex custody disputes.
Lesa Christenson, CFLS*
Partner & Co-Founder
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 over 35 years of legal experience. She is skilled at litigation, mediation and informal settlement.
Lesa knows that cases often change course during the divorce process. While a case may start out amicably, it may need more aggressive representation if critical issues, such as custody or child support, cannot be settled. Lesa is well-prepared to change course when necessary.
Heidie Y. Trautwein, CFLS*
Senior Associate Attorney
Heidie Trautwein is a Certified Family Law Specialist* who has been an attorney since 2010. She joined Lesa Christenson’s team in 2019. She has over 10 years of experience in Family Law matters, including divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, support arrearages, property division, and domestic violence.
Prior to joining the Firm, Heidie worked at a local Family Law firm and at a national law firm in the civil litigation department. She has experience handling high net worth Family Law cases.
Jodi Ruiz, Paralegal
Jodi has been a paralegal on Lesa Christenson’s team since 2014. She began working for retired Partner, Kathryn F. Ashworth, in 1991, in the Firm’s predecessor firm. Jodi provides compassionate support and paralegal services to clients during their Family Law proceedings.
Jodi is regularly complimented on her legal skill, professionalism and organization. She has two children, including an adult son who proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corp.