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Why Choose Us

Highly Experienced

We have been successfully resolving family law issues for the past 10 years. We’ve been through every situation imaginable and we will guide you through the process. Together we can make the best decisions for you and your children.

Certified Specialists

The San Diego divorce lawyers at Wilkinson Finkbeiner have been recognized for our outstanding achievements, including being named as “Super Lawyers,” Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, plus recognized as Certified Family Law Specialists.

Outstanding Value

Our goal with every case we handle is to provide the very best service possible while doing everything we can to keep your costs down during this process. We believe you will not find a better value anywhere.

San Diego Family Law Attorneys

Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP

With an office centrally located in San Diego and one in the heart of Escondido, the family law attorneys at Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP, provide clients with the highest level of service and legal representation.

Our commitment to excellence transcends all areas of our practice, which includes providing our clients with outstanding value and service in family law. California family law is extremely complex and can have a major effect on your family if not handled by a knowledgeable attorney.

We pride ourselves on making the resolution of your legal issue as smooth and painless as possible. We provide free parking and a free confidential consultation so you can discover how our experience can benefit you.

Experts in Divorce, Paternity and
other Family law matters.

When faced with divorce, legal separation, paternity, child support, custody, modification of a judgment, or a nullity case, it is extremely important that your attorney is skilled in the family law issue that is presented in your case. Our firm’s partners are Certified Family Law Specialists, experts in divorce, paternity and other family law matters. All of our attorneys have years of experience and are dedicated and knowledgeable about the family law issue you are facing today.

If you have family law issues that you need help with, call or email our office today to schedule your free, private meeting with our attorneys. We can help you. Family law is a unique and interesting area of law. A good San Diego family law attorney understands that there are a wide variety of other areas of law that are certainly applicable to divorce and other family law cases and they must be understood completely. For example, in divorce and legal separation cases, both parties must complete financial disclosures. That requirement is found within the Family Code. However, what if those disclosures are incomplete or inaccurate? Other California statutory and case law may provide the answer. In this example, the use of civil “discovery” rules may help the party obtain additional information. While discovery rules are not contained in the Family Code; rather they are included in the California Code of Civil Procedure, these rules and methods are critical to success in many cases. Similarly, property, tax, contract, bankruptcy and other areas of law may all have significant importance in a family law case.

If you have a family law issue, be it divorce, child custody, support orders or others, then contact one of our partners at Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP in San Diego or Escondido. We will explain the issues and present your options so you can best achieve your goals.

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With an office centrally located in San Diego and in Escondido, the family law attorneys at Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP, provide clients with the highest level of service and legal representation.

Our commitment to excellence transcends all areas of our practice, which includes providing our clients with outstanding value and service in family law. California family law is extremely complex and can have a major effect on your family if not handled by a knowledgeable attorney.

We pride ourselves on making the resolution of your legal issue as smooth and painless as possible. We provide free parking and a free confidential consultation so you can discover how our experience can benefit you.

Experts in Divorce, Paternity and
other Family law matters.

When faced with divorce, legal separation, paternity, child support, custody, modification of a judgment, or a nullity case, it is extremely important that your attorney is skilled in the family law issue that is presented in your case.

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Our firm’s partners are Certified Family Law Specialists, experts in divorce, paternity and other family law matters. All of our attorneys have years of experience and are dedicated and knowledgeable about the family law issue you are facing today.

If you have family law issues that you need help with, call or email our office today to schedule your free, private meeting with our attorneys. We can help you. Family law is a unique and interesting area of law. A good San Diego family law attorney understands that there are a wide variety of other areas of law that are certainly applicable to divorce and other family law cases and they must be understood completely. For example, in divorce and legal separation cases, both parties must complete financial disclosures. That requirement is found within the Family Code. However, what if those disclosures are incomplete or inaccurate? Other California statutory and case law may provide the answer. In this example, the use of civil “discovery” rules may help the party obtain additional information. While discovery rules are not contained in the Family Code; rather they are included in the California Code of Civil Procedure, these rules and methods are critical to success in many cases. Similarly, property, tax, contract, bankruptcy and other areas of law may all have significant importance in a family law case.

If you have a family law issue, be it divorce, child custody, support orders or others, then contact one of our partners at Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP in San Diego or Escondido today. We will explain the issues and present your options so you can best achieve your goals.


San Diego Divorce Statistics

San Diego county is the second largest county (by population) in California and the fifth largest in the United States. The county Seat, San Diego, is the eight largest in the United States. With 16 U.S. military installations, San Diego county boasts a large population of military servicemen and women as well – primarily made up of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard.

With a population of this size, San Diego and other cities in the county see a large number of divorces. In fact, in San Diego county, nearly 10.1 percent of the over 18 population (249,496 people) are divorced, with another two percent (48,875 people) married but separated. In fact, less than 50 percent of the over 18 population is married.

By geographical region, East San Diego county has the highest percentage of divorced residents, with the South area having the lowest share:

  • East – 12.11 percent
  • North Coastal - 10.46 percent
  • Central – 10.35 percent
  • North Central – 9.89 percent
  • North Inland – 9.08 percent
  • South - 9.00 percent

Within these regions, La Mesa has the highest percentage of divorced residents with 13.97 percent, followed closely by Central San Diego with 13.24 then Carlsbad with 12.13 percent. Other notable regions include:

  • La Mesa - 13.97 percent
  • Central San Diego – 13.24 percent
  • Carlsbad – 12.13 percent
  • Chula Vista – 11.42 percent
  • Oceanside – 11.33 percent
  • Coronado – 10.98 percent
  • Del Mar / Mira Mesa – 8.13 percent
  • Escondido – 9.74 percent
  • North San Diego - 8.41 percent

The area with the lowest percentage of divorced residents? The Pendleton area. This is likely due to prevalence of Camp Pendleton, with more than half the population falling in the 15-24 range and employed by the U.S. Armed Forces.

Your Guide to San Diego Divorce Law

The divorce process can be lengthy and trying – but familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs can make it more manageable. Our divorce attorneys have the experience, education, and knowledge to make the divorce process approachable and easy to understand.

In San Diego, divorce and family law cases are handled at one of six locations.

  • The Central Courthouse – The first permanent courthouse built in San Diego, hears divorce and family law cases at 220 W. Broadway in downtown San Diego.
  • The Family Law Court Building – A six courtroom building located downtown at 1555 6th Avenue.
  • The Madge Bradley Building – Two courtrooms located at 1409 4th Avenue.
  • The North County Regional Center – A shared court facility for all of Northern San Diego County located at 325 South Melrose Dr. in Vista.
  • The East County Regional Center – A shared court for all of Eastern San Diego County located at 250 East Main Street in El Cajon.
  • The South County Regional Center – Hears family law cases for all of Southern San Diego County located at 500 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista.

What Are My Divorce Options?

There are three ways to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership in the state of California:

  • Divorce. Also known as a “dissolution of marriage,” this officially ends your marriage. After divorce, you are single again, and you can re-marry when you wish.
  • Annulment. Also known as “nullity of marriage,” this is when a court makes a marriage legally invalid. This is a unique option for ending a marriage that is usually due to pressing legal (and in some cases safety) matters.
  • Legal separation.This option does not legally end a marriage, but allows a couple to live apart, with the courts giving guidance on money, property, and parenting issues. This is an appropriate option for those who want to work on their marriage, rather than ending it entirely.

Are There Any Requirements for Divorce in San Diego?

Annulment can be an option if:

  • One of the people was under 18 years old at the time of marriage.
  • One of the people got married under force or fraud.
  • Either side was already in a legally binding marriage.

For a legal separation, at least one of the persons in the marriage must be living in California as a permanent resident.In divorce proceedings, these resident requirements are stricter, requiring either you or the spouse to:

  • Live in California for the last 6 months.
  • Live in the county where you’d like to file for the last 3 months.

Additionally, the divorce process must take at least 6 months from the first initial filing of the divorce, due to a mandatory waiting period required by California law.

How Do I File for Divorce in San Diego County?

Filing for divorce in San Diego is considerably more complicated than you might think – but it all starts by filling out these forms:

  • Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership (Form FL-100). Basic information regarding the marriage.
  • Summons (Family Law) (Form FL-110). This is an important form which details the divorce proceedings. Read this form carefully for limitations, restrictions, and any other directions during the divorce process.
  • Because divorces are filed with the county, you must also fill out an additional local form, the Family Law Certificate of Assignment (SDSC Form #D-049). This allows the court to assign your case to the proper court location.
  • Consult a San Diego Divorce Lawyer Before Officially Filing the Paperwork

    Upon completing the preliminary forms, it’s heavily recommended to consult an experienced divorce lawyer. This is a life-altering decision, so it’s best to have experts in family law review your paperwork. Additionally, if you have any matters concerning child support and child custody, an educated divorce lawyer can help you through the next steps upon submitting your forms.

San Diego Divorce Statistics

San Diego county is the second largest county (by population) in California and the fifth largest in the United States. The county Seat, San Diego, is the eight largest in the United States. With 16 U.S. military installations, San Diego county boasts a large population of military servicemen and women as well – primarily made up of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard.

With a population of this size, San Diego and other cities in the county see a large number of divorces. In fact, in San Diego county, nearly 10.1 percent of the over 18 population (249,496 people) are divorced, with another two percent (48,875 people) married but separated. In fact, less than 50 percent of the over 18 population is married.

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By geographical region, East San Diego county has the highest percentage of divorced residents, with the South area having the lowest share:

  • East – 12.11 percent
  • North Coastal - 10.46 percent
  • Central – 10.35 percent
  • North Central – 9.89 percent
  • North Inland – 9.08 percent
  • South - 9.00 percent

Within these regions, La Mesa has the highest percentage of divorced residents with 13.97 percent, followed closely by Central San Diego with 13.24 then Carlsbad with 12.13 percent. Other notable regions include:

  • La Mesa - 13.97 percent
  • Central San Diego – 13.24 percent
  • Carlsbad – 12.13 percent
  • Chula Vista – 11.42 percent
  • Oceanside – 11.33 percent
  • Coronado – 10.98 percent
  • Del Mar / Mira Mesa – 8.13 percent
  • Escondido – 9.74 percent
  • North San Diego - 8.41 percent

The area with the lowest percentage of divorced residents? The Pendleton area. This is likely due to prevalence of Camp Pendleton, with more than half the population falling in the 15-24 range and employed by the U.S. Armed Forces.

Your Guide to San Diego Divorce Law

The divorce process can be lengthy and trying – but familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs can make it more manageable. Our divorce attorneys have the experience, education, and knowledge to make the divorce process approachable and easy to understand.

In San Diego, divorce and family law cases are handled at one of six locations.

  • The Central Courthouse – The first permanent courthouse built in San Diego, hears divorce and family law cases at 220 W. Broadway in downtown San Diego.
  • The Family Law Court Building – A six courtroom building located downtown at 1555 6th Avenue.
  • The Madge Bradley Building – Two courtrooms located at 1409 4th Avenue.
  • The North County Regional Center – A shared court facility for all of Northern San Diego County located at 325 South Melrose Dr. in Vista.
  • The East County Regional Center – A shared court for all of Eastern San Diego County located at 250 East Main Street in El Cajon.
  • The South County Regional Center – Hears family law cases for all of Southern San Diego County located at 500 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista.

What Are My Divorce Options?

There are three ways to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership in the state of California:

  • Divorce. Also known as a “dissolution of marriage,” this officially ends your marriage. After divorce, you are single again, and you can re-marry when you wish.
  • Annulment. Also known as “nullity of marriage,” this is when a court makes a marriage legally invalid. This is a unique option for ending a marriage that is usually due to pressing legal (and in some cases safety) matters.
  • Legal separation.This option does not legally end a marriage, but allows a couple to live apart, with the courts giving guidance on money, property, and parenting issues. This is an appropriate option for those who want to work on their marriage, rather than ending it entirely.

Are There Any Requirements for Divorce in San Diego?

Annulment can be an option if:

  • One of the people was under 18 years old at the time of marriage.
  • One of the people got married under force or fraud.
  • Either side was already in a legally binding marriage.

For a legal separation, at least one of the persons in the marriage must be living in California as a permanent resident.In divorce proceedings, these resident requirements are stricter, requiring either you or the spouse to:

  • Live in California for the last 6 months.
  • Live in the county where you’d like to file for the last 3 months.

Additionally, the divorce process must take at least 6 months from the first initial filing of the divorce, due to a mandatory waiting period required by California law.

How Do I File for Divorce in San Diego County?

Filing for divorce in San Diego is considerably more complicated than you might think – but it all starts by filling out these forms:

  • Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership (Form FL-100). Basic information regarding the marriage.
  • Summons (Family Law) (Form FL-110). This is an important form which details the divorce proceedings. Read this form carefully for limitations, restrictions, and any other directions during the divorce process.
  • Because divorces are filed with the county, you must also fill out an additional local form, the Family Law Certificate of Assignment (SDSC Form #D-049). This allows the court to assign your case to the proper court location.
  • Consult a San Diego Divorce Lawyer Before Officially Filing the Paperwork

    Upon completing the preliminary forms, it’s heavily recommended to consult an experienced divorce lawyer. This is a life-altering decision, so it’s best to have experts in family law review your paperwork. Additionally, if you have any matters concerning child support and child custody, an educated divorce lawyer can help you through the next steps upon submitting your forms.

Online divorce mediation

Our Team

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service in family law.

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David Wilkinson

Partner

Scott Finkbeiner

Partner

Brian Mullen

Partner

Justine Marren

Partner

Kyle Siems

Partner

Hannah Engholm

Attorney

Julia Schneider

Attorney

Andrew Tran

Attorney

David Wilkinson

Partner

Scott Finkbeiner

Partner

Brian Mullen

Attorney

Justine Marren

Attorney

Hannah Engholm

Attorney

Kyle Siems

Attorney

Julia Schneider

Attorney

Andrew Tran

Attorney

Wilkinson and Finkbeiner is an amazing law firm that provides great service period. They are honest and ethical, while at the same time, focus hard on protecting the rights and goals of their clients. They do not overcharge for their services and are well worth every penny.

Eric V.