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Los Angeles Family Law Attorneys

Certified Family Law Specialists

Steve Fernandez and Mark Karney are Certified Family Law Specialists*

Certified Family Law Specialists with 50 Years Experience

Fernandez & Karney is a prominent Los Angeles family law firm with over 100 years of combined experience. Our founding partners, Steven Fernandez and Mark Karney, are Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS).
In order to become a CFLS, an attorney must demonstrate a high level of experience in family law, pass additional testing, and receive favorable reviews from judges and other attorneys. This certification, given by the California State Bar, ensures that you will have highly qualified attorneys working on every aspect of your family law matter. The reason behind certifying legal specialists by the State Bar is to help the public identify lawyers who have demonstrated proficiency in certain law fields and to encourage the improvement and maintenance of attorney competence.

Additionally, Fernandez & Karney has an experienced team of associate attorneys and paralegals committed to protecting your rights and improving your legal position. We understand the stress involved when dealing with a divorce or family legal related matter. You can rest assured that you will have a highly qualified Los Angeles family law attorney handling your case and communicating with you in a timely manner throughout the entire process.

A Los Angeles Family Law Lawyer You Can Trust


When dealing with a family law matters such as divorce, property division, or child support and custody, you need a Los Angeles family law attorney on your side with a proven track record.

There are three ways to end marriages as well as domestic partnerships: annulment, legal separation, and dissolution of marriage or divorce. When you are going through the process of divorce or dissolution of marriage, it is necessary that you and your spouse agree on the terms of your split. Los Angeles divorce is a practice area of family law that includes several family-related legal matters such as contested and uncontested divorce, complex property division, child support, custody, and other aspects.

In case you can’t agree on these legal matters, that becomes a contested divorce. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to go straight to court. There are several processes like mediation and arbitration that can help you find mutually-agreeable solutions to your family law disputes.

Our family law lawyers are aware that each family is unique, and we are committed to giving each case the attention it needs and that our clients deserve. We are skilled negotiators with years of experience in navigating these emotionally-tense matters. If you do end up in court, bear in mind that our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience.

While family law court orders are often modifiable, the courts tend to give deference to the past order. Therefore, getting it right the first time is important.

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Our legal practice also handles family law practice areas such as domestic violence, post-judgment enforcement and modifications, and paternity.

At Fernandez & Karney, we understand how difficult the legal process can be and will use our extensive experience to help you achieve your objectives. We are skilled negotiators and seasoned trial attorneys, which means we are prepared to secure a favorable outcome for you whether it’s through mediation or in the courtroom.

Since time is everyone’s most precious resource, let a Los Angeles family law lawyer at our firm help you resolve your legal issues and transition into the next stage of your life.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We assist clients throughout Los Angeles, CA.


Los Angeles Family Law Lawyer Assisting With Child Support and Custody Cases


Under state law, each spouse is entitled to half of the property acquired after marriage when you get divorced. However, if you have assets that are hard to value, like intellectual property or retirement benefits, it’s important to have a skillful family lawyer on your side that can provide quality legal representation and grant their clients peace of mind. In addition, spousal support can be awarded to the spouse who earns less in order to maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to.

If children are involved, the whole process becomes harder. Parents usually don’t agree on where the children should live. However, our family law attorney will have your child’s best interest at heart and make sure your rights are protected.

Another thing parents should make sure of is that their children’s needs are met. That is also something a California court will make sure of before the divorce process is finalized. Although both parents should provide for their children, the parent who earns more money or the one who spends less time with the kids will probably have to pay child support. Even though child support is determined by using a Statewide Guideline, a competent Los Angeles, CA, family law attorney will make sure that everything is calculated using the best information.

At Fernandez & Karney, our certified family law specialists will make sure of that. Call us today, schedule a free initial consultation and find out how we can help you.

Property Division

Certified Family Law Specialist Steven Fernandez specializes in high asset financial divorce cases. Mr. Fernandez has over 31 years of experience and is a graduate of UCLA School of Law.

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 and custody case.

Practice Areas

Child Custody

Complex Property



Move Aways


Spousal Support




Spousal Support


What Our Clients Are Saying

“Dear Mr. Mark Karney,
I would first like to apologize for taking so long to write to you and thank you for the amazing work you did for my family and I. You will never know how much all you did meant to me. My child custody case was a complicated one because it was a move away case. As trying as it was at times you handled it professionally and with integrity. I honestly do not believe I would have achieved the desired outcome that I did without your law firm. Your knowledge, confidence and real desire for what was in the best interest of my daughters was honorable. Thanks to you and your law firm I received primary custody of my daughters and we were allowed to move away. We are living the life we dreamed and I just want you to know how truly grateful I am to you.”



What Our Clients Are Saying

“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.”



What Our Clients Are Saying

“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.”



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1 Certified Family Law Specialists

2 Over 50+ years of combined experience

3 Experienced with complex divorce and child custody cases