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Image of Robert FrandeenI am from Troutdale, Oregon, a small town on the Columbia river just east of Portland. I graduated from the University of Denver, where I majored in History and French. I attended the Sorbonne, University of Paris, and lived in France for two years. I attended law school at the University of San Francisco. I was admitted to the California State Bar in 1974. I served in the United States Navy, where I was stationed in Vietnam as a photojournalist aboard the USS Saint Paul CA-73, 1967-68. I have lived and practiced in Santa Cruz County for 37 years. I have five children and five grandchildren.

I am a certified family law specialist and I take only cases in the area of family law. I have practiced family law in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties since 1975. I am a member of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar; the Santa Cruz County Bar Association, and the Santa Cruz County Family Law Bar Association.

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Family Law Practice

I only take matters pertaining to family law. My practice covers prenuptial agreements prior to marriage, dissolution of marriage, property issues, and child custody and visitation issues. I also do guardianships and adoptions. In finding a family law attorney that is right for you, the most important thing to look for is an attorney who is fully focused on family law matters. Call me for a free evaluation (831) 459-6718Certainly, it is important that you like your attorney, however, no matter how well you may like an attorney personally, the attorney must first be fully knowledgeable about family law if he or she is going to be of real assistance. My practice is focused solely on family law. By knowing what is current in family law, both state wide and locally, I can best assist you with your family law problems.

Divorce doesn't have to drain you emotionally and financially

I am very sensitive to the emotions involved in family law, and that the goal is often to get rid of your family law attorney as soon as possible. Getting rid of your family law attorney means solving your problem quickly, efficiently, and with as little hostility as possible. It is not my job to incite further hostility in what may already be a very emotional situation. My job is to solve personal problems, and that often means by first calming emotions down on both sides. I know that after my job is completed the parties will often be left to work with one another over child and parenting issues. It is my job to see that see that parties are respectful to one another at all times, even though the emotions may be very difficult. It is especially hoped for parents that at the conclusion of the proceedings, the parents will be able to work with one another for the sake of their children.

Call me for a free evaluation (831) 459-6718The cost of hiring a family law attorney is an important consideration. Attorney fees can vary widely, and often times one party in a family law matter will have to pay the costs for both parties. I give an initial free consultation for clients. At the conclusion of the initial consultation, I will give you an estimate of all your litigation costs.

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4630 Soquel Drive
Soquel Financial Bldg.
Suite 5
Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: (831) 459-6718

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