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We’re dedicated to our clients and proud of the work we do. No praise means more to us than that of our clients. Here is some of what our clients have to say about what we’ve achieved for them:

San Mateo Client, 2020

I am using my story to advocate for DV-related issues. I hope you know that you had a significant part to play in my story. I’ll be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you!

East Palo Alto client, 2015

Beginning in 2006, Tulin started working on my behalf. She helped me so much with the custody of my daughter. The mother of my child made false allegations and harassed me for so long. She did not want to rest until I was in jail. I have no words to express my appreciation for what she did for me. She helped me resolve all my problems and have sole custody of my daughter for many years. She is a great attorney who saved my life and who I trust with anything. Thanks to God and Tulin I am happy and living in peace.

Anne, San Mateo 2015

I owe Jessica Dayton my happiness and my freedom. I was scared for my life and my family’s lives, I was threatened my entire marriage to keep quiet. We had such a traumatizing experience, I felt that we were never going to get over this entire process. I was lost, trying to find my way back.

All that changed once I met Jessica, she helped me throughout the entire process of the restraining order, divorce, and getting myself to a peaceful stage. Jessica is a very caring and passionate person. She has shown interest in me when no one else did. Now I am more alive then ever, living a happy healthy life with my kids and my parents. Throughout the year that I have known Jessica I have been extremely blessed with the service and support she has provided for me. It is good to know that she helps women that have gone through the same situation as I did. It’s Jessica’s passion to help people get through domestic violence. I really don’t have words to express myself on how I feel about Jessica, she is a true blessing.




My assailant was not prosecuted; can I pursue civil restitution?

Yes. A criminal case seeks to determine guilt or innocence, and to hold an offender accountable to the state through punishment. A guilty verdict must be reached beyond a reasonable doubt. For many reasons, a criminal case may not be


What kind of damages can I seek in a civil case?

If the perpetrator is found liable in a civil court, there are three different types of monetary damages: economic damages, which pay back actual damages suffered, such as medical bills or lost wages; general or non-economic damages, which are discretionary


Can I maintain my privacy if I file a civil lawsuit?

Yes; there are different ways to protect your privacy. We can keep your name and other personal information out of the public record by filing the suit under a pseudonym, e.g. Jane Doe or John Doe; we can also file


How long will it be until my civil case resolves?

It depends. Some cases will resolve relatively quickly, with a settlement that is agreeable to both sides. Other cases will proceed to trial and may entail extensive discovery, e.g. investigations, depositions, and interrogatories. At the outset it is difficult to



How long will it take me to get divorced?

It really depends on you, the opposing party, and the complexity of your case. It can take anywhere from 3 months to 3 years or more.


I never worked outside the home. How will I survive if I get divorced?

The law recognizes that your work inside the home adds value to the marriage. For this reason, the income earned from working outside the home is distributed to both parties upon separation. The court has the power to order your


Now that we are separating, what is going to happen with the children?

As parents, you can negotiate and reach an agreement about what is in your child(ren)’s best interest. You can hire an experienced attorney to help you develop your post-separation parenting plan. There are also a number of helpful self-help resources


How are we going to divide our estate?

California is a community property state, which means that unless you contract for something different (see prenuptial and antenuptial agreements), when you get married, all income, property, and debts are community property and shared equally among the spouses. Assets you



Why would I choose mediation over filing a court case?

Mediation is a process dictated by the parties. In mediation, there is much more communication between the parties than in a litigated case, which can lead to an ultimate and permanent resolution of “old issues.” It can be much less


If we reach an agreement is it legally binding?

Yes, if mediation concludes successfully, you and the other party will sign an agreement that will then be filed with the court.


What if we don’t reach an agreement?

If mediation is unsuccessful, you are free to litigate the matter further in court. All aspects of the mediation process remain confidential and your mediator cannot be called to testify.



There is a criminal case against my abuser already; do I still need a restraining order?

It is a good idea to obtain a restraining order even if there is a criminal case against your abuser. In the criminal case the district attorney, on behalf of the State of California, is in control of the case.


If I get a restraining order against my children’s other parent, can the other parent still see the children?

Yes. A restraining order will contain custody and visitation orders tailored to the needs of your family. The court will consider the best interests of the children in making custody and visitation orders. The court can make orders that structure


I am scared. Will I have to see the person against whom I am requesting a restraining order in court?

The court cannot make any orders unless the respondent has been personally served. Once he or she is personally served, it is his or her choice whether or not to attend the hearing. If the restrained party is present, you


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Practice Areas

  • 40%Family Law
  • 40%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution

All Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Family Law

All Focus Areas

Adoption, Arbitration, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

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