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Los Angeles Family Lawyer

The skilled attorneys and paralegals at Boyd Law provide a variety of professional legal services to business clients, individuals and families in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas in California.

Going through a family law issue in Los Angeles such as a contentious divorce is no easy feat, and you need help to guide you through the process.

With extensive legal experience, the Los Angeles family law attorneys of Boyd Law offer a wide range of skills including thorough management of complex divorce cases as well as sensitive representation in emotionally charged custody proceedings.

Why Choose Boyd Law?

Our team of attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience exclusively in family law serving clients across the city of Los Angeles and the state of California.

We offer extensive resources and a long list of services to satisfy the needs of our clients. Our legal experts use a team-based approach to cover every aspect of a case.

We create positive overall experiences for our clients even during difficult or tedious family law cases through exceptional customer service. You will stay updated on every aspect of your case during every phase that you work with us.

We have offices located in multiple locations throughout California for your convenience in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Century City and Sacramento.

Meet Lead Attorney & CEO Karie Boyd

During a difficult family law proceeding, Karie Boyd is here to help you. Karie has more than 15 years of experience handling a variety of family law cases, such as divorce, child custody, and celebrity divorce.

Karie is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS), which is a certification as a specialist in California family law, demonstrating an exceptional level of knowledge in family laws. Additionally, when you place your family law matters in the hands of Karie Boyd and her team, you are trusting her to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your family law case.

So if you’re looking for someone who if experienced, knowledgeable, and is committed, trust Karie Boyd to fight for you and the best possible outcome for your individual situation.


Here’s what some of our happy clients have to say about working with us. (Google Reviews)

“Great experience overall having Matt Cadwell as my attorney. Matt understands his client, very insightful and is an expert in his field. Truly a professional and marvelous individual.”

– Steve

“Professional. Efficient. Personable. The team at Boyd Law executed my dissolution expeditiously and fairly. Highly recommend their services.”

– Adrian

“My experience with Boyd Law was excellent. My attorney, Matt Cadwell, gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. He was a calming and confident presence during very difficult court proceedings. Although I acquired his services through the Modest Means Program, I never once was treated as anything other than a valuable client by Mr. Cadwell. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received through Boyd Law.”

– Tori

Table of Contents

Benefits of Hiring An Attorney

Benefits of Hiring A CFLS

Our Practice Areas

How A Family Law Attorney Can Help

What Does A Family Lawyer Do?

Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Los Angeles Family Lawyer?

You do not have to go through a family law battle alone. The law in California grants you the right to hire an attorney to represent you during in or out-of-court proceedings.

It is especially important to hire a lawyer during a divorce or separation case if you find out your spouse has already hired one. Otherwise, your spouse may have an advantage over you during settlement negotiations.

Hiring an attorney of your own can level the playing field and allow you to protect your rights during the claims process. A lawyer can bring many key benefits to you as a client including:

  • Objectivity in discussing family law matters
  • Concrete ways to achieve your case goals
  • Multiple options for negotiations before going to trial
  • Personalized legal strategies
  • Aggressive negotiation tactics
  • Assistance with complicated paperwork and legal red tape
  • Access to exceptional resources and tools
  • Multiple professionals working on your case
  • Experience with the family courts

You may benefit from hiring a lawyer if your case involves complex issues such as high-value assets or a child custody battle. A lawyer will know how to tackle these matters while protecting the interest of you and your kids.

Your Los Angeles family attorneys will understand legal processes and how to navigate them as efficiently as possible – potentially saving you time, money and stress. You can enjoy greater peace of mind regarding your legal matter with a lawyer taking care of it for you. Hiring an Los Angeles family attorney could potentially reduce the emotional toll for everyone involved in the case.

Why Choose a California Certified Family Law Specialist?

A Certified Family Law Specialist, or CFLS, is a family law attorney who has received additional education and training, passed a written examination, and been favorably evaluated by peers and the State Bar of California to prove that he or she has the required knowledge and experience to be certified as an expert in family law.

The additional hours of work and study required to become a CFLS in California make these legal professionals highly qualified to handle even the most complex family law cases.

Hiring a Certified Family Law Specialist in Los Angeles can come with many benefits for you and your case, such as:

  • Extra confidence in the capabilities and experience of your attorney.
  • A lawyer who can handle anything that your case involves – no matter how difficult.
  • Accreditation by the State Bar and the attorney’s peers.
  • A lawyer who is better trained and more experienced than most other family law attorneys.
  • Innovative solutions from an immense amount of knowledge and experience.
  • High standards of customer service and care.

Whether you wish to end your marriage, create an estate plan, modify a child support order, fight for child custody, enforce a court order, or contest a will or trust, a Certified Family Law Specialist in Los Angeles can help you successfully make it through the legal process. A CFLS has everything you need for the strongest possible family law case.

No matter what your goals are when taking legal action, a certified specialist in your practice area can give you strong advocacy and greater odds of success than a non-certified attorney. Our legal team at Boyd Law is proud to have multiple Certified Family Law Specialists, including our founder and CEO Karie Boyd.

Our Family Law Practice Areas

The attorneys at Boyd Law are committed to helping you face your familial related legal matters head on with honest, straightforward advice and experienced legal representation. We are a results oriented law firm and handle all types of family law matters. We provide attentive, full service representation for all aspects of family law, including the practice areas of:

With a careful eye toward quality of service over quantity of cases, we carefully manage our caseload to provide timely feedback and clear, consistent communication to our clients at all times.

We feel that this approach grants our clients peace of mind during otherwise difficult and turbulent times. Our Los Angeles family law practice is dedicated to achieving the best results. When your family is in the midst of a legal crisis or issue, it can be more than a little overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the legal system.

At Boyd Law, you will find a Los Angeles family law attorney who will guide you through all of your legal options and answer any questions you may have about how various decisions could impact your future and the future of your family.

Whether you need a divorce, are trying to prove paternity and collect child support, or are unsure exactly what all might be involved with the impending dissolution of your marriage, your Los Angeles family law attorney at Boyd Law will protect your rights, help you pursue what is just, and ensure that your best interests are always at the fore of all proceedings.

We are more than happy to provide you with information on legal separation, amicable divorce, and common law marriage. There are many different important legal issues that you and your ex-spouse to be must find answers for. Even though it may seem impossible to come to an agreement on important aspects of the divorce, it is essential and our divorce lawyers are here to help you.

How Can a Family Attorney Help Your Case?

If you are not sure whether you need to hire an attorney for your Los Angeles divorce case or a different family law matter, consider all of the benefits that you can receive from doing so.

A lawyer has the knowledge and ability to take care of processes that you may be unable to correctly perform yourself – or take care of these tasks faster, more efficiently and more effectively than you could on your own.

Hiring a Los Angeles family law attorney can mean a simpler and more seamless case when your family is already going through enough strife. Rather than taking on the legal process alone when you already have a lot to worry about, have an attorney handle the case for you. An attorney can help your case by taking many important actions on your behalf, including:

  • Responding to your legal questions with tailored answers that have been crafted after listening to your personal story.
  • Obtaining, filling out and submitting lengthy and confusing legal paperwork. This includes divorce papers, wills and estates, child custody agreements, and prenuptial agreements.
  • Representing you during a family law trial, if necessary. Although many family law matters reach settlements, if your case must go to trial, having a lawyer represent you can make a major difference to the outcome of your case.

The right attorney will provide all of the legal services that your family needs to get through your type of case – no more, no less. Your lawyer will work with you to identify your goals for a divorce or family law case and come up with creative solutions that can optimize your case results while keeping the legal process as efficient as possible.

What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

Most law offices focus on divorce cases and their related issues, such as child custody, property division and prenuptial agreements. They may also offer services in estate planning, adoptions, domestic violence and other family law matters. While some focus their efforts in just one practice area, most accept cases across different subjects.

The services a Los Angeles family lawyer provides depends on the law firm, as well as the needs of the particular case and client.

  • Answer questions and provide legal advice
  • Draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • File a divorce, separation or annulment petition
  • Respond to someone else’s divorce petition
  • Negotiate the terms of a divorce or separation
  • Offer alternate dispute resolution services (arbitration and mediation)
  • Litigate a divorce trial
  • Represent a client during custody proceedings
  • Negotiate the terms of a business contract
  • Attend child neglect hearings

The right Los Angeles family lawyer can take care of every legal task and issue that comes your way during a case. Your attorney will serve as your defender, advocate and confidant during a complicated legal matter.

From investigating an allegation against you to representing you during a tough custody battle, you can count on your lawyer to do what is necessary to serve your best interests. Hiring a lawyer near you can come with many benefits.


Contact Our Los Angeles Family Attorney Today

Our legal team is committed to helping clients in Los Angeles and throughout California navigate the legal complexities and get the result they deserve.

Don’t wait, there are time limits in California family law that can seriously damage your case if you delay taking action.

At Boyd Law, we understand that divorce and other legal issues can be unique. These situations call for creative solutions and a customized approach to meeting your needs. Our Los Angeles divorce attorneys have a proven track record, and concentrate on understanding your ultimate goals to formulate the best options for achieving them.

We give personal attention and listen carefully to each client’s case. Divorce can be emotionally unsettling and stressful. We are committed to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct, while vigorously and effectively representing our clients’ best interests.

The experienced Los Angeles family law lawyers at Boyd Law are skilled negotiators and trial lawyers who are dedicated to protecting their clients’ rights and interests at the mediation table or in the courtroom. If you need legal assistance with separation, divorce, spousal support, property division, a child custody case or child support, contact us today by calling (310) 777-0231.

Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does A Family Lawyer Cost?

The cost of hiring a family lawyer in Los Angeles can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, the experience of the attorney, and the billing structure of the law firm. Some of our attorneys charge hourly rates, while others charge a retainer for certain services. During your initial consultation, your lawyer should provide you with an estimate of the potential costs involved in your case.

What Does Filing For Divorce Look Like in Los Angeles?

Filing for divorce in Los Angeles typically involves several steps. First, one spouse (the petitioner) files a petition for dissolution of marriage with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The petition outlines the grounds for divorce and any requests for child custody, support, or property division. The other spouse (the respondent) then has the opportunity to respond to the petition. From there, the divorce process may involve negotiations, mediation, or litigation to resolve issues such as property division, child custody, and support.

Is There A Waiting Period After A Divorce?

Yes, there is a waiting period after filing for divorce in Los Angeles. In California, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period from the date the petition is served before the divorce can be finalized. However, the actual length of time it takes to complete the divorce process can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, and whether the spouses are able to reach agreements on contested issues.

How Does Child Custody Work In California?

In California, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child. Parents may agree on a custody arrangement through negotiation or mediation, or the court may make a custody determination if the parents cannot come to a proper agreement. Custody can be joint (shared) or sole (one parent has primary custody), depending on what is best for the child. Factors considered by the court include the child’s health, safety, and welfare, as well as the child’s relationship with each parent.

What Determines The Cost of Spousal Support or Alimony?

The amount and duration of spousal support, also known as alimony, in California are determined by factors such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, each spouse’s income and earning capacity, and any hardships or needs of each spouse. Spousal support may be awarded temporarily (during the divorce process) or permanently (after the divorce is finalized). The court has discretion in setting spousal support orders, and the specific circumstances of each case will influence the outcome.