FAQ About Our Family Law Firm's Services and Fees

You have questions about our services and fees? We have your answers here

Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP is not one or two lawyers who dabble in divorce and family law along with various other areas of law.

We are a team of dedicated family law attorneys and a respected Southern California family law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California.

You care about the quality of the legal representation. So do we. It's our highest priority.

You want that representation at a competitive price, not "cheap" work that comes with inferior quality or foolish shortcuts. You want experience and intelligence in and out of the courtroom. That is what and who we are.

For you, we have created this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our firm's services and fees. We will update this page from time to time as needed. Ready? Let's get to it.

Click on the "Q" before each title if you want to automatically scroll down to that portion of the FAQ.

FAQ about our family law firm

Is family law your only area of law?

Yes, our law firm exclusively handles family law matters. That includes divorce and parentage cases, both before and after judgment. It also includes domestic violence restraining orders.

In what counties do you handle family law cases?

We have offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Most of our cases are in these three counties.

We will handle select Southern California cases outside of these three counties, but only in Southern California.

Our attorneys are licensed in the State of California. We do not handle any matters outside of California.

Do you represent clients if they are located outside of California but have a family law matter in the counties you mentioned above?

We represent California residents who have an actual or potential family law case in the California counties we handle.

We also represent residents of the United States or Canada who have an actual or potential family law matter in the same California counties.

We do not consult with or represent any person located outside of North America and/or who is a resident outside of North America, even if that person has an actual or potential case in one of the above California counties.

What sets you apart from other lawyers I may consider for my family law case?

First, all we do is family law. When you do one thing and one thing very well, clients are rewarded with knowledge, skill, and experience.

We see other lawyers and law firms who sell themselves as family law attorneys when in fact they handle different areas of law like personal injury, criminal law, bankruptcy, and/or immigration, etc.

We think hiring a family law firm that only handles family law matters provides more focused attention to a client's needs.

Second, we are a larger family law firm, not just one or two attorneys with a secretary. We have the lawyers and resources to handle complex matters that need considerable time and attention.

Third, we have a proven record of success for our clients in and out of the family law court room.

Fourth, we have a reputation as honest, hardworking, client and result focused family law attorneys.

FAQ about the types of cases we handle

What types of family law cases do you handle?

We handle divorce and parentage cases (parentage means child custody and child support cases for unmarried men or women). We handle cases before judgment and after judgment.

We also handle select family law appeals for appeals that arose out of a case in Southern California.

Our cases are usually of mid to high complexity or mid to high conflict, although we also do handle uncontested cases.

Most prospective clients seek out our firm because of our experience and litigation skills inside and outside the courtroom.

The family law cases we handle may include child custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence, property and asset division, separate and community property characterizations and disputes, business valuations and division, and more.

Are there certain types of family law cases or clients you don’t handle?

We do not represent the following people, nor take on the following types of cases:

  1. Child abusers,
  2. Domestic violence perpetrators including but not limited to any case where there has been a finding of domestic violence against the person contacting us,
  3. Those who have willfully failed to pay child or spousal support and now want to unjustifiably negotiate arrears that are clearly owed, or
  4. Men or women who intend to use the family law process for unlawful or improper reasons such as using children as leverage on financial issues, hiding assets or those who make false allegations of abuse, etc.
  5. Those who have had multiple prior law offices represent them. Generally, we do not consult on cases where the person contacting us had two or more prior attorneys.

We also do not handle collection of support cases, adoptions, guardianship cases, termination of parental rights cases, or dependency matters.

What if I am transitioning from a previous lawyer to you?

It is not unusual to have more than one lawyer throughout the life of a divorce or parentage case.

If you have had one prior lawyer, that doesn't necessarily keep us from taking on your case although we would want to know why you are changing lawyers because that is an important consideration.

As a general rule, we are cautious before we take on a pending matter from another attorney and are selective before we do so because we do not want that transition to interrupt the quality of the work we provide to our existing clients.

Our law firm however will not take over an active case if the prospective client has had two or more previous lawyers for that case or if the case has a prior history of litigation that makes it impractical for us to take it over.

What if I have been self-represented and want you to take over my case?

For the same reasons as stated above, we are cautious before we take on any pending, active matter.

The quality of the services we provide is our highest priority.

Therefore, there are times throughout the year where we may not take on any matter that is "pending", meaning there is an active case with court dates or events already in progress.

To determine whether we are taking on pending, active matters, please contact us and we will let you know.

Do you also handle divorce mediations?

Yes, if spouses both want to hire us to be their divorce mediation attorney, we offer that service throughout the State of California. We handle mediations through virtual communication platforms so that is the one area of our family law firm that is not limited to Southern California.

Contacting our family law firm

The best and fastest way to contact us is to call us during business hours, 8am to 5pm. Our direct numbers are (714) 937-1193 for our Orange County office, (213) 201-1199 for our Los Angeles office and (619) 929-3040 for our San Diego office.

You can also visit our contact us page for more information.

If you want to complete a form to contact us, scroll to the bottom of this page and you will see a contact form you can complete. After you complete it and click "submit" for the form, it will redirect you to a thank you page that explains what happens next.

Will I speak with an attorney about my case?

Yes, when you meet with us for an affordable strategy session, you speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

We prefer to have such sessions by phone or online video and/or audio conferencing. When the pandemic related issues are over, we can resume in-person sessions.

We are technologically savvy, and we can arrange for several types of online meetings to fit a potential client's scheduling needs and availability.

We do run a "conflict check" when you call or contact us through this website to make sure the other party (your spouse, ex-spouse or other parent) has not already consulted with us.

How long will I have to wait for a call back if I leave a message?

Most of the time, if we missed your call, we contact you the same day you called us and left a message. Sometimes, it may go to the next business day.

There are times our firm stops taking on new matters.

We do this if we believe to take on new matters may start to take away from the high quality of representation we provide to our existing clients. If that is the case, we let you know of that when you call.

FAQ about the initial strategy session

What is a strategy session?

A strategy session is a meeting between you and one of our experienced family law attorneys where we discuss the specific facts of your case (if one has already been filed) or matter (if a case is not open yet).

The strategy session is all about you.

We are here to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, educate you on how California law may apply to your facts and issues, etc.

We will discuss both strategy and budget on your case.

On complex financial or custody cases or those matters with a history of litigation behind it, it may require more than one session or a file review before we can answer your questions or discuss strategy. If so, we will give you a quote for that.

Note: strategy sessions are for individual representation. For those who instead seek divorce mediation, we offer a separate mediation consultation with both spouses.

How long does a strategy session take?

That depends on the complexity of your situation. Most sessions take one hour. Complex cases can take more.

How much does the initial strategy session cost?

That also depends on the situation. Sometimes we offer a free, initial session for up to 30 minutes. Other times, there may be a fee for the strategy session depending on the facts, issues and expected length of the session.

Either way, you will know ahead of time and before we set the session. Contact us and we will be happy to let you know regarding your specific situation.

If I retain you after the strategy session, will you apply the fee I paid for it toward my retainer?

Most of the time, yes, we do.

In most cases, we reduce your retainer (which is your retainer deposit you pay if you hire us) by the amount you already paid for the strategy session (if it was a paid session) so, if you retain us, rather than paying the retainer deposit in full, we sometimes subtract from that deposit the amount you already paid for the strategy session.

For example, if you paid $300 for a strategy session and the retainer would normally be $10,000 to hire us, your retainer deposit becomes $9,700 instead. We do this on most hourly rate matters. It is like getting the strategy session for free.

Will you answer my questions in the strategy session?

Yes, as to those that can be answered. If you ask a question that we cannot answer at the strategy session, we will tell you what additional information we need to answer it.

The question of course must be family law related. We don't give tax, insurance, financial planning, business management or estate planning advice. We can refer you to professionals in these and related fields if your wish.

Can we discuss my situation at the strategy session without an obligation to retain you?

Of course. We are here to help you, but we don't sell or pressure you to hire us. It's not our style.

We want the decision to hire us to be yours and yours alone. We don't influence that decision. We don't have to.

Will you give me a fee quote at the strategy session to take over my matter?

Yes, if your matter is one our firm will handle and with which we can help.

Since we don't have cookie-cutter fees, the fee quote will be customized to your case.

This fee quote will be for the initial retainer deposit.

We cannot give you a fee quote for what the entire case will cost. There are too many variables in play to do that, but we do tell you what the variables will be in your case.

Do you offer hourly rates, flat fees or both?

Our firm offers hourly rates.

Will you take on my case if I can afford your services?

There is more involved than that.

We need to also make sure we are a good fit for you, and you are a good fit for us.

We are selective about the clients we represent. We represent good people with the right intentions for themselves and their children.

That is exactly the kind of family law attorney a good person, going through this difficult time in life, should want - someone who is interested in your case and cares about the representation and result, not just a lawyer that wants your money.

What if my matter is urgent and I need immediate help? Can you take on my case?

Since we are selective about the cases we handle and we are not a "mill" (a mill is a lawyer or law firm that will take on any client who can afford the representation), we have to make sure we have the time to dedicate to your case on an urgent manner.

We are honest with you if we cannot take on your case because we cannot make the urgent time commitment.

How does the consultation process work for divorce mediations?

For those who seek a divorce mediation instead, we can schedule an informative consultation. Both spouses must be available for the mediation consultation although it is not unusual for one spouse to initiate the initial contact with us. Sometimes, the consultation is free. Other times, depending on the situation and the complexity of the case, there may be a fee for the initial consultation.

FAQ about the retention (hiring) process

Am I retaining a specific attorney to represent me or the law firm?

You are retaining our family law firm. Your case is assigned to a team you will work with throughout your case.

Will I sign a contract?

Yes, we will provide you with a contract. It is called a retainer agreement.

Will I get a copy of everything I sign?

Yes, you receive fully executed copies.

What payment types do you accept?

Check, cash and all major credit cards.

How will I be billed?

On hourly rate cases, you receive a bill once per month.

The bill is itemized and has all the information you need including but not limited to the date of each action for which you were billed, who did the work, the exact amount of time, the billing rate and total time spent on your case for the month.

Also, if you ever want to know where your billing is at during the month, you can call us. We are happy to provide you with up to date information.

How does retention work for a divorce mediation?

It is similar to what we wrote, above, except you and your spouse are both involved in the process. We provide you and your spouse with a written retainer contract. This contract explains our divorce mediation fees and costs. We work at hourly rates and there is generally an initial retainer deposit.

Communication during your family law case

Am I retaining a specific attorney to represent me or the law firm?

You are retaining the law firm, not a specific lawyer. However, a lawyer is assigned to your case.

That lawyer usually works with either a secretary or paralegal on your matter. At times, there may be more than one lawyer who works with you, especially during the more time-consuming parts of your case.

How often will we discuss my case?

We communicate regularly.

The divorce or family law process is a collaborative process. We cannot do it without you, and you cannot do it without us.

With most clients, we communicate 2-4 times per month, sometimes much more when it is a busy month and sometimes less if not much is going on in that specific month.

How does communication work for divorce mediations?

If you and your spouse hired us for a divorce mediation, we communicate with both of you throughout the matter.

Building a strategy for individual representation

What we write below is for individual representation. It does not apply to divorce mediations. See the next section regarding divorce sections.

How do we decide what should be done on my case?

A good strategy comes from four things:

  1. Understanding your facts,
  2. Understanding the facts your spouse or other parent want to advocate,
  3. Knowing what evidence (testimony, documents and witnesses) support 1 and 2, and
  4. Knowing how California family law and procedure apply to 1 and 2

That is the formula and it takes diligence, communication, patience and cooperation between you and us to build a strategy.

When can we make a settlement offer?

Settlement offers are part of the strategy.

In divorce cases that involve financial issues, we must have your preliminary declaration of disclosure and that of your spouse completed and in hand so we know what the assets, debts, income and expenses are.

If you and us do not believe the disclosures are enough and discovery (formal request for more information) is needed before you make offers, then, with your knowledge and consent, we start the discovery process, which sometimes starts at the outset of the case.

On family law cases that involve custody, we prefer to get those issues settled early unless there are significant disputes between the parents on what is in the children's best interest.

Settlements save time, stress, and money. But settlements should not be rushed nor delayed unreasonably.

A collaborative process for divorce mediations

If you and your spouse are hiring us for divorce mediation, the process is a little different.

Will my spouse and I be involved if we hired you for divorce mediation?

Yes, you and your spouse will be actively involved throughout the divorce mediation process. We collaborate with both of you and we do not have any substantive communications with one spouse that excludes the other spouse.

How does the divorce mediation process actually work?

We offer you some amazing guides on this website regarding divorce mediation. Here is a good article that will start you off - read about our 3 step divorce mediation process and how it can help you and your spouse achieve a successful and amicable resolution.

Bonus FAQ!

You seem awesome. Are you as awesome as you seem?

We really are. Once you retain us, you will see for yourself.

Got more questions?

Bring those great questions with you to an affordable strategy session. Let's chat about your case and make positive, forward progress.

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Our family law firm has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

Peter is a rockstar. This firm assisted me against a gatekeeper mother. The professionalism from this firm motivated me to become a paralegal. I intend to retain again in the future because more complexities has risen and I am confident this firm will help me gain more custodial time.

- JC

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- SB

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- DiC

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- Clarissa

There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for the services I received during the course of my, unusually complicated divorce. The entire team guided me through an extremely difficult period in my life. Their caring, for me as a person as well as a client was always evident throughout the process. Each and every member of this remarkable team remained professional, competent and...

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- DC

I would highly recommend Amanda Naples as your lawyer for your legal needs. Amanda made the unpleasant process of getting a divorce as simple and painless as possible. I appreciated her timely communication, professionalism, and sage advice. Definitely felt that she had my best interest at heart.

- JA

The entire team at Farzad and Ochoa were high performing and caring. They provided me with several strategy options and succeeded in delivering the best possible outcome. They are honest, organized and clear communicators. I can’t thank Lauri enough for her responsiveness and leadership throughout my case. If I had not found them, I don’t think the outcome would have been nearly as favorable.

- Erin

The idea of navigating a divorce alone was horrifying, but Robert and the Farzad & Ochoa Law team made the entire process very straight forward, and easy to navigate. It's hard enough dealing with a separation and our busy lives, but if you do your part to gather the information that the team requests, they help you prepare, and confirm that everything is exactly as the courts...

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- Evan

I cannot praise the Farzad & Ochoa team enough! I came to Robert with a very unique, post-judgement issue in my divorce and he and his team far surpassed my expectations. Not only did Robert and Alaa solve the issue at hand with their superior expertise in law and attention to detail, but they identified the personality type of my ex and knew exactly how to approach the case. They remained...

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I had an excellent experience with Farzad and Ochoa Family Law Attorney's handling of my divorce case. Yvette Ochoa managed my case and I couldn't more pleased with her performance. She gave me sage advice on my settlement options and crafted a comprehensive offer that in the end was satisfactory to both parties. My wife's attorney was Hell bent to take me to court. With much help from Yvette,...


I want thank my Attorney Yvette Ochoa for representing me during one of the most difficult and frustrating times for my family. She supported me the entire time. She always remained patient and professional. She always made me feel like my case was priority! Because of Yvette and the rest of the team I was able to gain joint physical and legal custody of my five year old son ! I highly...

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I retained Robert Farzad to represent me in a custody case for my son about 3 years ago. Finding a good family law attorney to help you successfully navigate Family court is difficult. My only regret is not retaining Robert Farzad sooner than I did! I was served court documents when my son was just days old and I was in a complete panic. I knew NOTHING about family law. I chose a random...

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- RH

Matt Sundly has been the greatest attorney to work with! My husband had the pleasure of working with him on his prior divorce and Matt recently helped me with my modification for custody and child support. He is a great attorney, in the court room he is aggressive and will fight with all of his might for you. He returns your calls when you need him and always gives you the best advice. He is...

- R.R.

Robert and the rest of the team at his firm achieved not only the big picture results we aimed for, but also remain very savvy at proactively assessing risk and unknowns when dealing with potentially inflammatory co-parenters. Short term settlement objectives were satisfied, and laying the foundation to protect my child's best interests in the long term were of utmost importance--and continue...

- RD

This law firm has stuck with me through a lot and has helped me out in so many ways. This firm will be as invested in you as you're invested in your family. I feel that there are not enough words in the English language to express how grateful I am. Although Mr. Farzad may disagree since, in my opinion, he is a great verbalist and he can probably find much better words than I could. Which that...

- ZA

"When it came time to make the painful decision to file for divorce, I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I knew things would get ugly. My ex-wife was very hostile, financially aggressive and determined to fight me at every turn. From the beginning, the firm eased my concerns and lowered my stress level. They immediately analyzed my situation and put together a sound strategy...

- MG

"Words cannot describe how grateful I am to you and your staff. My move away situation was horrible and I didn’t know what to expect. But after meeting with you, I knew I had found the best possible person to represent me. You were honest, telling me the truth about my case, good and bad. You prepared me for a potentially hard and long battle. Your team was so thorough and detailed...

- S.P.

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- A.C.

If you're looking for an excellent attorney for a family law case, Farzad Family Law is exactly what you need. From the very first call and strategy meeting, I felt instantly at ease and confident that my representation would be nothing short of amazing. I've had the pleasure of working with Matt, Peter, and Robert and they don't just claim to care about you and your personal situation; their...

- Julie

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- D.J.

"Before I met Robert, I had never spent more than six hours per week with my eight month old son. I tried to fight for more time but was never able to succeed. I felt very lost and scared about what might happen because I had absolutely no understanding of the family court system. My first attorney would barely take my calls or inform me of what was going on. I contacted Robert through his...

- Nick

"Want to thank everyone at the Farzad Family Law offices for everything they did for me. They treated me like Family and provided the upmost sincere advise with a great outcome to my case. Thank you for having my best interest at hand and always keeping me updated. GREAT Job. Would recommend to anyone going through a divorce. They are sincere and trustworthy."

- M.W.

"Dear Robert and the team, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping me, supporting me and always giving me strength and courage not to give up no matter what. Thank you Robert!!!!!"

- P.N.

"After 5 years of trying to negotiate custody for my son through other law firms, and having to settle for minimal visitation rights, I now have 50/50 custody for my son, thanks to Mathew and Ashley who were able to help me!!! I am highly satisfied with their services, I would recommend Farzad Family Law to anyone in my former situation. Thank you!!!!"

- R.P.

"There are no words to express how thankful I was to have Matt by my side through my custody battle! The most scariest time of my life and to have the most trustworthy attorney makes it all that much easier…whenever I felt stressed out him and Ashley always made me feel confident again! He goes in there and handles his business! I can’t thank Matt (and Ashley) enough for getting me...

- L.T.

"Robert got the job done! Came to him with my divorce dilemma, wife wasn’t letting me see the kids. Within 2 months Robert changed everything! I am almost done with the divorce now and Robert is HIGHLY recommended, and I will recommend him to any of my family and friends in the same situation. Thank you Robert and Yvette for all your help!'

- R.R.

"I can honestly say that working with Farzad Family Law has been a wonderful experience through a very difficult time. I’ve been working with Robert and his team for 3 1/2 years now. Never one have I felt as though I was just another client. Even during the slow times of my case such as waiting on continuances, distant court dates, or when nothing was happening legally I could always quickly...

- N.D.

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- Joy

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- E.C.

"When I contacted Farzad Family Law to handle my divorce there was one thing that was important to me. I did not want to fight with my ex-wife verbally on the way out. A couple are married for many years and the last thing they do is say a lot of vile things that they later regret and have to live with. FFL handled this for us very well and I highly recommend them."

- HR

"If you’re looking for an attorney, scratch that, a firm that looks out for you, that works as a team on your case, that treats you like family I have to say I don’t think any other team could make you feel the way they treated me. I have to be honest, they make you feel important, like your case is first priority. They’re always available and able to answer any questions, you’ll never...

- JU

"I had been married just under a year when it became very clear my husband and I were not meant to be together. A couple years before the marriage, I had purchased a house that had appreciated quite a bit in the year I was married. I was concerned I would have to sell my house to pay a large settlement as consequence of the appreciation…He negotiated a financial settlement that was...

- SJ

"My separation was amicable until it wasn’t. When it came time to hire an attorney, I called several. Most were practical and dispassionate. Robert, however, was not only passionate about my case, he was mad about what my ex was trying to pull. I think he might have even been angrier than I was. I hired him the next day. While handling my case, he maintained that fervor while deflecting...

- KW

"Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Robert and his staff. I contacted Robert via email around 1:30am out of desperation and I received a phone call same day. I was immediately put at ease by speaking with Robert regarding my case. My ex-husband had filed for full custody of our daughter for the second time in five years. Needless to say, I was in a state of shock and disbelief and...

- Erica

"When the mother of my children filed false accusation in court to get custody of our daughter, I lost temporary custody but thanks to Farzad Family Law, seeing me on such short time notice from our court date they were able to take on my case and represent me in court doing an excellent job with clearing my name and getting me everything I ask for and more. I am very pleased and grateful...

- Luis

"When my ex-wife filed papers for more custody and child support, I chose the attorneys at Farzad Family Law. They were professional, honest and always had my best interest in mind. They were always quick to return my phone calls and emails, and never beat around the bush. They will be honest and straight forward with you about your case. Because of all these amazing qualities, I was able to...

- Collin

"Divorce is never easy and a divorce with children is even more difficult. After several calls and meetings with different attorneys in Orange County, I met with Robert and Yvette. Both were extremely assertive, informative, and composed. However, the main reason I chose them to represent me, was that they were patient and compassionate. I felt comfortable explaining my situation (even though...

- LU

"Life can be ever changing in a split second. I found myself in need of a divorce attorney quickly. Through a recommendation I found Robert and his team. Through their professionalism, compassion and just pure kindness, they made this journey for me and my son bearable. I will forever be grateful to them."

- LS

"Before I met Robert, I had never spent more than six hours per week with my eight month old son. I tried to fight for more time but was never able to succeed. I felt very lost and scared about what might happen because I had absolutely no understanding of the family court system. My first attorney would barely take my calls or inform me of what was going on. I contacted Robert through his...

- Nick

"I had a good reason to terminate the alimony that I was paying way over half of my marriage length. However my ex had a good reason to fight for it too. After a few minutes Google search, I found Farzad Family Law Firm as one of the highest positive ranking in the business. Honestly I didn’t look further searching and just called them and talk to Matt. He made a very well-thought plan for...

- Shahram

"Robert has been an incredible help during a very stressful, constant battle with Orange County DCSS. He and his team were always there to answer the phone, provide advice, and therefore, drastically lowering my stress level and anxiety. He was right, it takes a little bit of time and patience, but the outcome was finally both in the best interest of my kids and fair to me. I’m quite...


"I searched for about 4 months and talked to a lot of attorneys for my case to get custody of my 14 year old daughter. Finally I talked to Robert 3 times before I said yes to taking my case. I have had a lot of bad experiences with attorneys going up against my ex-husbands attorney. I was very scared that it would turn out like it has in the past with my case getting dismissed. Robert and...

- Amanda

"Divorce is not an easy process. I was faced with so many different emotions I wasn’t prepared for. Luckily, Robert Farzad and team helped walk me through the process. The times I felt like I couldn’t fight anymore, the team really stepped up and made sure I didn’t give up. They are about a FAIR divorce, which I respect. I am very appreciative I had Robert Farzad and his team on my...

- Kelly

Mr Farzad is very accommodating and fair. He is very attentive . If you ever need to reach him for any matter, he will return your phone call or email very promptly. Although his clients are going through a very difficult time, he will act very firmly on his clients behalf and make sure that they are making the right decision under the circumstances. His staff is very pleasant and always there...

- SA

"When it came time to find an attorney for my divorce, Robert Farzad’s firm was one of the firms recommended to me. I had a long and detailed conversation with Robert Farzad after which I decided to meet with him and have him represent me. During the initial phone meeting as well as the person to person meeting, Robert made his recommendation on how to proceed with my divorce. He...

- SN

"When my ex girlfriend and I broke up for good, I knew that she would attempt to strip me away from my child’s life. She had decided to move across country without considering what would be the best environment to raise our child. At that moment I became desperate, I had gone to more than five different lawyers which gave me no absolute hope, they all said that since she was a single mother...

- MA

"Like most parents, I really only care about the safety and well -being of my children. My ex was an addict and was a direct threat to himself and my son, though no one seemed to listen to me! Once I retained Robert Farzad things changed. I had a lengthy custody battle that lasted for years, but Robert and his team were there with me every step of the way, always keeping the safety of my son...

- SM

"I came to Robert Farzad’s office after I met someone at the court house and referred me to him. I was in a nasty divorce and needed an attorney who would take my case seriously and personally. My ex is one of those wives who would say or do anything to win sole custody of the child to have more money from child support. Robert is NOT the type of attorney who likes to lose. How many...

- PN

"I have hired Robert Farzad as an out of town attorney. Although he never practiced in the town where I had my case filed, Robert soon became famous in the courtroom. Soon after other attorneys in that town spoke about him with respect and even judges respected his approach and honesty. I have never met an attorney who was so sharp and intelligent. He ALWAYS looked out for the best interest...

- DM

"Fantastic family law attorneys. They represented me in a difficult divorce case against my husband. They got great results and custody of my daughter. I wish I had hired them first."

- WM

"Amidst a major life crisis that turned my entire life upside down, when I was terrified, morose, and confused, I found Robert who helped me find clarity and calm throughout the legal process. He is always willing to go above and beyond when it comes to communication with clients – late night emails, weekend meetings if necessary, and quick response time for any and all questions. His team...

- AS

"Divorce is such a stressful area of law. I was already distressed and yet I had to think about legal implications. Robert Farzad was recommended to me by a good friend. From the first second that I talked to him, all my worries were put aside. He was so patient with me as he took me through the process while assuring me that he will take the pressure off my shoulders. He always returned my...


"I was referred to the firm by a close friend of mine. From the first phone call to the final court appearance, the professionalism and attention to detail of the staff were nothing short of fantastic. They kept me informed and most importantly, they got me results. I have to thank Matt and Holly most of all, they really got me through a difficult situation. I’d recommend the firm to anyone...

- KK

"The firm helped us thought a rough time in our life when we were struggling with a very high child support payment that they reduced by more than half. They also got us more time with our son and helped us out with a divorce that was very complicated. I couldn’t have selected a better law firm to assist me with my problems. Their staff is always available to help in anyway…I would highly...

- JT

"After going through two attorneys that did nothing for me but run up my bill, I was blessed to find Robert Farzad and his law firm. I have never met an attorney who was so sharp and intelligent. He ALWAYS looked out for the best interest of me and my daughter. Once I retained him I was finally able to sleep through the night and my stress levels were low. I never had to worry about...

- MD

"I was very impressed with the level of service I received from the firm. I met and spoke with the actual attorneys who would be representing me. They explained everything they could, should, and would do in a way that made me feel they had my best interest in mind. I was not overloaded with paperwork or unnecessary phone calls in an attempt to jack up their billing hours. Communications were...

- Jeanne

"They talked me through everything. It was a very comfortable process thanks to them. It was a great feeling knowing they had mine and my children’s best interests at heart. They gave me their time wholeheartedly which mattered to me the most. This office proved to me that professionalism and a caring attitude can and do go hand in hand. My lawyer had a calming, yet powerful way about her...

- Elisa

"I highly recommend Robert Farzad. He is well versed on divorce, child custody and family law. He is accountable and expects the same from you. I met Robert Farzad through a friend’s attorney who Robert was up against him. My friend’s attorney, she said ‘Robert Farzad is cleaning my clock in my case against with him’. My friend’s attorney called Robert Farzad personally and explained...

- Suzanne

"Their knowledge and expertise in negotiating helped me to obtain the best Marital Settlement Agreement for my financial situation. I would recommend this law firm to any single father looking for solid representation and the best possible financial outcome. I was able to sleep at night knowing that all the details and available options were considered and put on the table. This ensured the...

- Damian

"I am a United States Marine. Robert and Matt represented me in my divorce and child custody Case. I cannot thank them enough on how they represented me in court, resulting in getting me the time I deserved with my daughter. They are true professionals and always showed true concern for me. There is not a doubt in my mind I would recommend them to family, friends or other service members....

- Nick

"Recently, I was encountered with two family law cases in superior court. The first time I decided to use a paralegal in order to save money. I quickly learned that this decision was the wrong decision. It only extended my court case, caused problems I was not familiar with and ended costing me more money. The second time Matt and Robert represented me. They are skilled, they know the law and...

- Joe

"I was represented by Robert Farzad and Matt Sundly in my Domestic Violence / Divorce case. It was a difficult time for me. They were professional and courteous, knowing how emotionally difficult this was for me. Their staff took time to inform me of details on the case, and in the end I was satisfied with the results all due to their efforts. I would say, if you must get a divorce, then...

- SB

"Attorney Matthew Sundly, has represented my interests in an ongoing and difficult custody situation for the last 4 years. There is no one else I would want to represent me. The professionalism, communication and interest in my case are second to none. Without Mr. Sundly’s commitment and personal attention to the details of my case, I fear what the outcome might have been. Knowing Mr. Sundly...

- BD

"I couldn’t be happier with their representation. I highly recommend them to anyone who is going through a divorce, or separation. They are professional, upfront about everything, kept me informed, and got me the results I was looking for."

- AG

"Matthew Sundly represented me in my child custody case. My son was living in a very dangerous and unhealthy environment with his mother. Because of Matthew’s skills in the courtroom and his wonderful rapport with judges and opposing counsel alike, I was able to gain full custody of my son and a very bad situation was completely turned around. Throughout my entire case, Matthew Sundly was...

- TK

"It was as bad as it could get: an angry, vindictive ex-spouse who was intent upon inflicting as much damage personally and financially as possible with lies and distortions. I faced the loss of my career, my reputation, and financial ruin. The first law firm I contracted suggested I just “give in to my ex’s outlandish demands and walk away.” This was not an option. Robert and Matt...

- Jeff

"I was once at a point in my life were I was scared and confused. I felt lost and alone. No one ever enters into marriage with the anticipation of pending divorce. My family is a precious part of my life that I never wanted to lose. The odds were not looking good for me even when I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was introduce to this firm. They explained to me that I had rights! They...

- CC

"They are a competent and objective professional family law firm who provides sound and consistent counsel. They are supported by a strong legal team who were impressively responsive to me. Matt and Robert always ensured I was aware of the potential downside of each issue we reviewed. They strike the right balance between taking assertive positions and the legal cost of those decisions so that...

- RC

"When it came time to file my divorce, I knew things would get very messy. My ex-wife was hostile, financially aggressive and determined to fight me at every turn. From the beginning, they alleviated my concerns and significantly lowered my stress level. They immediately analyzed my situation and put together a sound strategy to achieve the best outcome for my divorce. Throughout the process...

- Steven

"The firm represented me in my divorce case. Their professionalism set me at ease by carefully explaining all my options and courses of actions I could realistically take. Their prompt service in quickly answering my questions and taking action gave me a confident feeling that my case was important to them and their staff. In the end, I was very pleased with the fair, balanced and thorough...

- Greg

"In 2006, I was hit with the biggest change in my life, a bitter divorce. I had been married for over 18 years, had two beautiful girls and everything one could ask. Needless to say, this was the most difficult time of my life, a 2 ½ year divorce that ended in 2008. So I thought…In 2011, I was hit by the surprise of an Order to Show Cause from the Ex wanting long term support. I had no...

- Dan

"I am so grateful to have found them and could not have asked for a more attentive or compassionate law firm during this trying time. I always knew what to expect: honesty, integrity, professionalism and they always had my best interest at the forefront. I have and will continue to highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation for a divorce proceeding."

- Kelly

"I want to off by saying after being divorced in 1994 and paying 18 years of child support you would think your legal obligations would be done. That was not the case for me. I received papers from my ex wife looking for some outrageous amount of back child support. I was not sure what do at that point so I went hunting attorneys over the internet. I was very nervous to call an attorney but...

- TW

"Matt Sundly is currently representing me in my custody case of my 1 year old son. I have been a client for well over one year and everything I have seen thus far from this law firm has been great. My son’s father left the country for a year but is seeking 50% physical custody upon his return and we will be in court within a week or two of his return. Matt has always responded to my concerns...

- CL

"They represented me in a problematic child support case. This case had been going on for quite a few years and all advice I’d been given was negative and hopeless at best. My problems seemed to be insurmountable. I was literally at my wit’s end. Amazingly, with their representation, the results they were able to obtain for me were better than I could have ever imagined. I’m usually not...

- MW

"Matt represented me on my child custody case. He is very experienced person. Still to this day I call and he gives good advice over the phone and he is very fair on the fees. I would highly recommend them to anybody."

- MC

"Robert and Matt represented me in my Child Custody case. I am exceptionally pleased with how professional their work ethics are. Not only do they show hard work ethic and a genuine disposition, but they are the type of people that you can honestly feel that you can trust with your case. They make sure that you are comfortable and well taken care of when you come to the offices to discuss your...

- Cecelia

"I worked with Matthew Sundly whom I was very happy how he handled my case. This firm is also very fair in regards to the charges that were required. I have used them since my divorce for a custody situation and again I can’t say enough about there professionalism and concern for my case."

- Jim

"I really believe that you did an outstanding job with my situation. Yes, finances were touchy, but none of us anticipated the amount that we would spend. I was very pleased with how everything turned out. Thankfully, I got a fantastic teaching job and life has gone on!"

- Michelle

"I was represented by Matthew Sundly in my divorce case, though I was in a very precarious place due to previously represented by another attorney. Matthew Sundly was able to get me agreeable terms and will be representing me in the future to adjust custody. He was polite, professional and took a real personal interest in my case. If there is any regret it is I did not start with Matthew...

- Doug

"You are probably going through the same emotions as I was, confusion, anger, frustration but most of all sadness to have to go through this process. Rest assured, their professional staff made me feel completely at ease as I went through this tough time. Their legal team helped me understand the volumes of California divorce law and protected my best interest in my case. At the end, my legal...

- Carlos

Matt represented me in a “move away” custody situation with a very contentious ex-spouse. Matt was a strong representative who clearly cared about the outcome of my case. He fought for me, was strategic and tactful in dealing with the other attorney and clearly knows the court system well. I was impressed with his knowledge of my case because I had experienced previous attorneys reading...

- JH

"I had the pleasure of being represented by Mathew and supported by Ashley out the Mission Viejo office. Don’t kid yourself, this is a full service firm with multiple locations and I had regular interactions with Robert, Yvette, etc. They bring all their resources, knowledge and relationships to represent their clients and choosing a firm to fight for your family is one of the most important...

- J.F.

"I had case with my ex wife who I divorced 15 years ago. She wanted a low six figure reimbursement from me, though she is insanely rich and I am not, for what she claimed were medical bills for my daughter but were really almost all educational expenses. In the past, I have had multiple bad experiences with divorce attorneys, whom I spent fortunes on. The past attorneys in my divorce case were...

- William

"Remember, during the process of your divorce Mr. Farzad will become your most trusted ally. However, it may at times seem not so. Do not lose your cool. Do not focus on the cost. Do not focus on the present but look toward the future His strategy, persistence, and attention he offers to his clients will be seen only when it's all over. No one wins in divorce but he and his staff will see that...

- Joseph

"It was the toughest time of my life and Robert and his team are compassionate, understanding, and will focus you on what you can control and impact to get a better result. You will get through this process but having Farzad Family Law on your side will make it easier and lead to a better result. Can't say enough about the firm, their staff and the work they do. Don't tell Robert but I would...

- James

"Robert and his staff are very forthcoming with information. They are very straight forward and always kept me up to date on new developments. I felt completely safe and knew that every person working on my case had my best interest at heart; as well as my daughter. I wouldn't have had the outcome I did without the care and representation of Robert Farzad. I highly recommend Farzad Family...

- Erica

"There was not a moment that I felt that they didn’t care about my case, knowing they were working on others cases as well. The actually hearing was nerve wracking however, Robert assured me that everything turns out exactly how it should for the best interest of the children. Robert is not malicious like most lawyers, he is realistic and his advice is positive. I could not thank Robert and...

- anonymous

"I was referred to Robert by someone I met at the court house. I'm glad I called him and handed my case to him. Robert takes your case very personal. He doesn't treat you like his client. He treats you like a family member. I loved the work he did for me. Hopefully I don't have to hire him again. But I will definitely hire him when I need an attorney."

- Phi

"Robert gets every detail, he prepares like nothing I have ever seen, and he is an encyclopedia of legal knowledge. If you have serious money at stake, he is the attorney that I would recommend in a moment. He is not cheap but you get your money’s worth, as I did. Also his staff are great, all of whom respond quickly and are very kind professional people. He is exactly the type of lawyer you...

- WIliam

"I was blessed to find Robert Farzad and his law firm. I have never met an attorney who was so sharp and intelligent. He ALWAYS looked out for the best interest of me and my daughter. Once I retained him I was finally able to sleep through the night and my stress levels were low. I never had to worry about anything. Robert is a genius when it comes to the law. His staff is super friendly and...

- MD

"Mr. Sundly did an excellent job handling my divorce. He was very thorough and was always there to help me and answer any questions during this very hard time!"

- Steve

"Matthew Sundly provided me with the results that I was looking for. He was attentive, professional and his team did an excellent job at handling my case."

- anonymous

"Matt is a trust worthy and knowledgeable lawyer who I can depend on guiding me in the right direction with my custody case. My case is still currently going on but so far he's gotten me full custody If,u 4 year old son which I can't ask for anything more!"

- Cullen

"Matt, Is a honest fair attorney. I've have always had full confidence in his work. He takes the time to explain things, he is fair, he does look out for the best interest for your child and you a child. I have and will continue to recommend Matt to anyone going through a delicate time in their life. Yes you can surely count on feeling safe and taken care of by Mr. Sundly. He is a honest man!!"

- Cynthia

"I initially hired an attorney who was not as focused on difficult custody situations so I found myself in a position to find a new attorney and the firm where Matthew Sundly works came highly recommended. He immediately jumped in and brought a level of confidence and genuine care to my family situation. Divorce is hard. I am glad to have had Matt and his team supporting me through the process."

- Delton

"Mr. Sundley and his team were quick to take action and to resolved my case. I am very happy with his work and I highly recommend him and his office."

- Christine

"I wish I had found Matt at the beginning of my case, but I'm glad to have had him to finish it up. Matt understands family law and the court system. He presents well in court and was well respected by all. I would not hesitate, if needed, to retain Matt for any family law matter. He's my go-to-guy."

- Earl

"It was because of Mr. Sundly's calm and pleasant demeanor and Farzad Family Law's incredible staff that something that could have easily been as stressful (if not more) as my previous "battles" with my ex-wife. I was always kept "In the loop" as to what was going on, what the next steps were and what, if anything, was needed from me. Mr. Sundly took the bull by the horns and did everything...

- Scott

"I came to him after my original attorney did nothing more than sit and take my money, Mr. Sundly was responsive and made me feel like he cared what the outcome would be. He took what was nothing 19% custody of my son to 48% and I am sure that if I would have gone with him initially I would have had at least 50%. My only regret is that I did not go to him first."

- anonymous

These guys did a great job. In particular, the team approach really set them apart from other law firms, lending the obvious benefit: some lawyers are better at attention to detail, some litigation, some in managing relationships. All were important to me; however, rarely do those traits all lie within a single person. With the team at Farzad & Ochoa, all of those strengths were delivered.

- Todd

Farzad Law is well-qualified for all family law matters. Robert Farzad is extremely knowledgeable in family law. I found his tutorials both informative and easy-to-read, in language we can all understand. Robert and his office staff are professional and are timely in following up on inquiries. Farzad Law uses a methodical process to evaluate your case. Their success rate is high, due in great...

- Ian

I spent a lot of money getting an important stipulation done, but it was worth every penny. There is an end in sight for spousal support! All the staff were great, professional and top notch. They got the job done!

- EF

I don’t know where to begin to express my sincere gratitude for having such a professional team of people helping me get through one of the most difficult life changing events. Robert, to Alaa Alomar to Luis McKissick and finally Amanda Naples to get me over the finish line. I learned so much about myself from the counsel of these professional attorneys. What’s more is that they knew ...

- MG

I was an emotional wreck and Robert heard my worries, heard my pains and with his calm, compassionate response made me feel some peace, some hope and gave me confidence he could handle the situation. I handed the steering wheel to him. He and his team put their legal experience and knowledge to use in fighting for my daughter and me. His top notch team kept me updated and promptly ...

- ML

Mr. Farzad and his office were extremely responsive, professional and discreet. The initial strategy call was extremely helpful and I found that Mr Farzad is genuinely interested in me reaching the fastest, least expensive and best outcome possible. He’s driven by great outcomes more than by making a buck. Finding a family attorney is a daunting project. For my part, I wholeheartedly...

- Sheehan

I have never written a business review. But I feel the need to say thank you to Matt Sundly. Matt gave me very human, clear-eyed, and precise advice in my hour-long consultation and follow-up to deal with a crazy custodial conflict issue in the middle of this COVID crisis. I am hoping I will not need to take my case to court, but I feel very secure in Matt's and this firm's hands....

- RJ

My attorney was professional and even though we came across a problem she was able to solve it and help me win my case.

- Wendy