Family Law

Located in Los Angeles, Bennett & Erdman represents men and women throughout Southern California in family law matters. We have earned a reputation for excellence through our success in handling divorce/dissolution matters for people of all walks of life, including some of California's most wealthy individuals.

How We Can Help You

We understand the gravity of your situation and will do everything in our power to help you achieve your goals in any family law matter:

  • Divorce and complex property division
  • Child and spousal support
  • Child custody and paternity
  • LGBT family law issues
  • Adoption
  • Relationship agreements (including the use of premarital agreements to protect business interests)
  • Sperm donor agreements

Palimony/Marvin Cases

We handle palimony, or "Marvin" cases, on behalf of heterosexual and same-sex couples. The ending of a long-term relationship — even when the couple was not married — can have huge financial implications. Palimony is sometimes paid from one partner to another following the ending of a domestic partnership. We can help determine if palimony applies in your situation.

Help for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

There is never an excuse for domestic violence, emotional abuse or threats of violence. We work to protect the victims of domestic abuse by helping them obtain temporary and permanent protective orders and by developing child custody agreements that allow each parent to maintain a relationship with his or her child while minimizing contact with each other. If child abuse has occurred, we can seek supervised visitation to ensure the safety of the child while the parent seeks help with anger management or a drug or alcohol problem.

False charges of abuse: It's unfortunate, but true that some people take advantage of the law by bringing false charges of abuse to court to get an innocent partner kicked out of the family home. This can have a negative impact on a pending divorce or child custody case. We represent innocent spouses falsely accused of domestic assault.

Meet Our Attorneys

Founding attorney Roberta Bennett has been a pioneer in family law involving novel child custody/visitation cases and adoption issues in Southern California. Ms. Bennett is a renowned and distinguished leader of the family bar and is also a Certified Family Law Specialist.* She leads our team of other experienced family law attorneys.

In addition, we have authored many publications regarding family law matters and lectured extensively on many issues, including subjects such as California domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages, obtaining and using financial information in a family law case, and protecting against public disclosure of confidential, proprietary and/or trade secret information being sought in a family law matter.

Working With a Certified Family Law Specialist

We bring to our family law practice a high degree of specialization. To become a certified specialist in family law, an attorney must meet rigorous requirements set by The State Bar of California. The attorney must pass a written examination in his or her area of specialty, demonstrate a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfill ongoing educational requirements and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

Contact Us Today

For information about California family law, or to discuss your family law matter with a skilled attorney, call us at 1-877-820-6534 or complete our online contact form. A member of our firm will respond quickly.

*Certification by the California Board of Legal Specialization.