The Law Offices of

B J Fadem & Associates, APC

Certified Family Law Specialist

San Jose Divorce lawyer

Going through a Divorce is a very personal struggle. It’s not just about leaving the person you thought you would grow old with. Or the person you brought into your family. Or the person you may have had children with. When it comes down to Divorce, suddenly everything you believed was “sentimental” becomes “material”. Divorce consumes your life as did your marriage, yet now instead of connection, you feel betrayed, lonely and life feels fragile. So now you are faced with a daunting and most likely expensive Divorce. What do you do?  Our Divorce Attorneys are top notch and will guide you all the way through the process.

Divorce is not shameful. Divorce is more common than you may think – whether you are 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, or even 75. Our Law Firm deals with ALL situations regarding Divorce.

Mr. B J Fadem, Esq, is a Certified Family Law Specialist and can represent you in all aspects of your Divorce:

Are you concerned regarding:

Annulment Child Custody

Abduction/Child Removal Paternity

Child Support Palimony

Child Custody/Visitation Property Division

Property Characterization Criminal Defense

Restraining Order Domestic Violence

Second Parent Adoption Family Support

Father’s Rights Legal Separation

Guardianship & Conservatorship Mediation

The only reason we list Criminal Defense, is because some of our cases have become Criminal issues, which we do handle.

On the subject of Domestic Violence, it can be subtle, or it can be obvious. If you come to any of our staff regarding this issue, we have resources and connections to instantly help and protect you from that situation. ‘It just takes a call’.

In a Divorce case, while you are going through the process, it is also important to consider your interim estate planning.

Many Father’s feel they do not have rights because of culture, religion, or social pressure. Yet, you may find the Law is on the side of the Father’s as much as the Mother’s in the USA and Abroad.

Delays often happen during the Divorce process; things like:

*Discovery (requesting, receiving and responding) formal information from the other side

*Judges’ calendar

*If Custody is contested and needs to be pursued through an ‘Assessment’ or a ‘Custody Evaluation’.

*Numerous ‘Motions’ necessary to be filed on your behalf because the Opposing Party and or Opposing Attorney/Law Firm refuses to cooperate

*The above can take many months to years to resolve – depending upon how contentious the Divorce is.

Many common questions regarding Divorce are:

Q: My Spouse and I have no children, no house, not much in the way of assets and were not married long. How do we get a simple Divorce?

A: If it has been 5 years or less from date of marriage to separation, you have no children, no jointly owned home and little or no assets, you may be eligible for a “Summary Dissolution” by filing a joint “Petition” together while paying just one filing fee.

Q: I’ve been served with a “Summons and Petition for Dissolution”. What do I need to do?

A: A “Response” has to be filed with the Court within 30 days or a “Default” may be taken against you and everything requested in the “Petition” will be granted as a “Judgment”.

Q: How long will it take to get my Divorce?

A: It will depend on numerous factors and the number of issues involved in your case. However, you cannot obtain a ‘Judgment of Divorce’ any sooner than 6 months from the date the other party has either been served with the ‘Summons and Petition for Dissolution’ or has appeared in the case by filing a ‘Response’ to the ‘Petition’.

Q: Can I move out of the State with my child(ren)?

A: This depends on many factors, the numerous factors may include:

Our Law Firm also handles:

  • Mail Order Brides from foreign countries, especially those brought over to the US under false pretenses

Can your Law Firm file our Legal documents and/or represent me in any County?
Yes. We can file in all California Counties and cities, including but not limited to: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Glenn County, Humbolt County, Inyo County, King County, Lake County, Lassen County, Madera County, Marin County, Mariposa County, Mendocino County, Merced County, Modoc County, Mono County, Monterey County, Napa County, Nevada County, Placer County, Plumas County, Sacramento County, San Benito County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Solano County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, Sutter County, Tehama County, Trinity County, Tulare County, Tuolumne County, Yolo County, and Yuba County. In addition, B J Fadem has represented hundreds of clients throughout California, the United States and foreign countries [with regard to Hague matters].

Seeking sound legal counsel with regard to Divorce is a very important decision. Making the wrong or uninformed decision could cost you your family. Helping families is what Attorney B J Fadem does.

Our Divorce Attorneys are skilled at helping clients with regards to Divorce legal issues and making the process as civil and polite as possible. We hope that your case will go to Mediation first or to a Settlement Conference. This will save you both time and money. However, if the Opposing Side does not hold these ideals in high regard, we will be prepared to litigate at trial.

Your issue may be time sensitive.

Please contact our office to set-up your Initial Consultation.

Please read the FAQs prior to your Initial Consultation.

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‘It just takes a call’


Regarding Domestic Violence here are some links for immediate help:




Client Testimonials
  • BJ Fadem was my lawyer in a child custody case. He was incredible. He knew my fears and took the time to ease everyone of them. BJ was helpful with everything. He is about fair and what is best. I would not have made it through the process without him. BJ is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and straight forward. I would recommend him for anyone that is in need of a Family Law lawyer. Hated going through it, but he made it incredibly painless!Posted by Scot
  • I hired BJ Fadem and Associates to enforced my divorce settlement. BJ Fadem and Associates read through the entire divorce settlement and wrote a letter to my ex-husband pointing out what was not being enforced. BJ is very kind and makes you feel comfortable talking about the situation. BJ and his staff followed through on getting the tasks done and my ex husband complied with his responsiblities. The best possible outcome I could have expected and I couldn't have reached that result without BJ Fadem and his team!Anonymous
  • I have had several opportunities to consult with this law firm over the past few years. I have always received timely and courteous responses to my inquiries. The reason I return time and time again is knowledgeable employees and the respect I am treated with. I also think that the noncondensending matter in which I was treated was a prime factor. It was hard enough to go through what I did, I appreciated not being talked down to by some old stuffy lawyer. Though I have only consulted with Fadem Law, I have referred a few family members who were totally happy with the outcome of their cases.Posted by Claude
  • Mr Fadem is extremely knowledgeable of the laws. Felt he was very in tuned to my needs and fought those. Would definitely would use again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDPosted by Sharon
  • I endorse Mr FADEM Loved The Way He Went To Bat For Me Very Skilled!!! Mostly He Listened When I Thought I Had No Hope!!! Thanks For CaringPosted by Darrell Fears
  • I had a previous attorney who so screwed up my divorce that I almost lost my home, custody and my business!!! When I did my initial consultation with Mr. Fadem, him and and his staff immediately started working on my case to get things saved! The professionalism, customer service and legal knowledge this firm has is incredible!! I can't say enough!! My case is still going on. However, I am so grateful for all they have done and are doing on my behalf!Posted by anonymous
  • I have worked with Mr. Fadem on many occasions and he is as intelligent, professional, and dedicated as they come. His knowledge of family law is outstanding and I refer him to anyone who needs a specialized and highly skilled family law attorney.Posted by Emily
  • As a father with an extremely challenging custody situation, I went through several attorneys before retaining BJ Fadem. Without a doubt BJ has helped my case and my family reach favorable results more quickly and effectively than the collective effort of my first three attorneys combined. Based on years of favorable results and such a positive experience there is no way I would use any other law firm for custody or family law matters. BJ Fadem is absolutely one of the finest custody attorneys in the bay area.Posted by Gary
  • Professional and Skilled. Great Law Office! Mr. BJ Fadem is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney with great experience. Thank you!Larry
    California Jan 27, 2014