Los Angeles Divorce and Child Custody Professionals

Based in Santa Monica, Fernandez & Karney is a prominent Los Angeles family law firm. Our family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, complex property division, domestic violence, post-judgment enforcement and modifications, collection of child and spousal support arrearages, and paternity.

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Since time is everyone’s most precious resource, let our Los Angeles divorce attorneys help you resolve your family law issues and transition into the next stage of your life. Contact us today to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Property Division

Certified Family Law Specialist Steven Fernandez specializes in complex financial divorce cases.

Child Custody & Domestic Violence

Experienced Family Law attorney Crystal Boultinghouse will zealously represent you in child custody and domestic violence proceedings.


Certified Family Law Specialist Mark Karney brings over twenty years of Family Law experience to your divorce case.

Our Practice Areas

Child Custody & Support

Child custody and visitation is often the most contentious and emotionally challenging part of a divorce. Our experienced Los Angeles child custody attorneys will effectively represent you in achieving a favorable custody and visitation result that is in the best interests of the children.

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Complex Property Issues

Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys Fernandez & Karney are familiar with Complex Financial Issues arising from cases with a large community estate.

It is important to complete a correct accounting of all assets and income from the marriage to determine cash flow available for support, community property vs. separate property interests, retirement benefits distribution, income tracing, and business valuation. Our experience includes working with forensic accountants, business evaluators and appraisers to advocate for your financial position.

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Fernandez & Karney will handle every aspect of your divorce or family law matter. We have experience in marital dissolution proceedings, complex property division, child custody and “move-aways,” paternity, marital settlement agreements, and domestic violence cases. Our Los Angeles divorce lawyers assist individuals from all public and private professions, including but not limited to medical professionals, sports professionals, the entertainment industry, and business owners.

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Domestic Violence

Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys Fernandez & Karney have successfully prosecuted domestic violence charges for over 42 years. They work efficiently and effectively to prepare all imperative paperwork with the courts and coordinates with the all necessary channels to ensure the situation is taken care of without undue stress to their clients.

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Judgment Modification

In this fast-paced world circumstances in your life or the life of your former spouse often change significantly after a divorce that one of you may seek a modification of your divorce judgment. There may be a number of reasons for changes in child custody. In unique scenarios, the division of property or debt may also need to be modified.

The dedicated and highly experience Los Angeles divorce attorneys at Fernandez & Karney offer comprehensive legal services related to the modification of family law orders.

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Move Aways

A “move-away “case arises when a parent that has joint or sole custody of the child decides to move to a location that is far enough away to disrupt the current custodial arrangement.

Whether the move is near or far, if the move will impact the current custody situation, the parents will need new custody and visitation orders. Relocation and move-away cases are one of the most difficult decisions a judge has to make and many factors are considered before making a ruling.

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Order Enforcement

There are often difficulties that can arise after a final divorce judgment has been entered and spouses become officially divorced. Sometimes it is necessary to enforce these orders and resolve disputes that arise after the divorce process is over. Fernandez & Karney have successfully assisted their clients in all California enforcement of orders.

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Issues of paternity can be very sensitive in nature and can impact the futures of both the parents and the children involved. Fernandez & Karney and our family lawyers in Los Angeles can help you navigate the waters of paternity law. We represent clients who seek to prove or disprove paternity, and offer competent counsel in both types of paternity actions. California’s Family Code presumes that if a child is born to a married mother, her spouse is the father of that child. Paternity presumption may be refuted if a court-authorized genetic testing indicates that the spouse is not the child’s father. If Paternity is at issue, the guidance of experienced family law specialists is essential to protect both your rights and the rights and best interests of your child.

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Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement (premarital agreement) is a written agreement or contract made by a couple before they are married which generally lists the assets and debts each has and how they will be handled after the marriage takes place.

Understanding how an impending marriage can impact your property and assets is an important consideration prior to entering a marriage. Our LA family law firm helps clients with the process of negotiating and preparing prenuptial agreements to protect their assets, finances, and business interests.

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Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support (alimony) after separation is intended to maintain the parties’ status quo as they navigate through the dissolution process.

Permanent spousal support, on the other hand, is judged broadly by the parties’ “circumstances” in reference to their standard of living established during their marriage and their respective needs and abilities to pay. The court is required to consider 14 statutory factors in evaluating the issue of permanent spousal support, and the ultimate decision—as to amount, duration and whether to retain spousal support jurisdiction—rests within the court’s broad discretion.

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Our Clients' Testimonials

Our clients are pleased with our services, and we would like your experience to be great as well. Take a look at what our clients have said about us below.

Mr. Fernandez took over my case on 2007, working with Mr. Fernandez eased up some of my stress throughout the years.

He is honest ,good listener, professional of perfecting his work with his clients as if each case is personally his which is the key to his success. He does not give up and fight hard with class to win each case…Read More

Rana Shihabi, Previous Client

Divorce attorney Mark Karney took over my case with a high level of professionalism and integrity. He explained all the legal aspects in detail and he was up front with me from the beginning about my chances, legal options, time expected, possible outcomes, and legal fees. Mr. Karney was a true professional every step of the way and always responded to all my phone calls in a timely manner and answered all the questions I had. In addition…Read More

Martin Mendieta, Previous Client

“I am still in the midst of my divorce case and it’s a kicker tearing me inside out and let me tell you I could not have landed in a better firm. They are managing me terrifically. There have been times when they could have milked me pushing ideas of restraining orders etc..when I became distraught and they didn’t. There are many wrong turns I could have taken that could have derailed my case but they have kept all aligned in a conservative and smart, tactical way…Read More

C.K., Previous Client
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