Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs will inform you as to how fees are charged and give you answers to some questions. Most of the FAQs are also in our “fee agreement”. Thank you for taking the time to review the FAQs below. We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have during your Initial Consultation.

Why do some cases take so long?2023-09-24T02:07:31+00:00

There are many factors and many parties that have an affect on the process of your case. Our Law Firm only has control over what we do. We do not have control over the other parties, Opposing Counsel, Courts or other unforeseen factors. We understand that you may want this situation over and done with but circumstances that we have no control over may keep this from happening.

Why should I hire a certified specialist in family law?2023-10-14T19:05:17+00:00

Attorney B J Fadem has been a Certified Specialist by the California State Bar since 1999. It’s comparable to hiring a doctor or surgeon that is also a “specialist” instead of “general doctor”. There are not many Attorneys who are Specialists in Family Law in California due to the fact that the requirements are very strict.

What are some of the basic billing items?2023-10-14T19:03:24+00:00

Court Appearance 1.50 minimum
Attorney/Client Meetings 1.00 minimum
Telephone Meetings .30 minimum
Review Client File .30 minimum
Letters from Attorney .30 minimum
Attorney from & to all Email .30 minimum
Review of Incoming documents .30 minimum
Update Client File for Court Hearing 1.0 minimum
Court Run 1.0 minimum
Letters from Staff .30 minimum
Staff from & to all Email .30 minimum

What are the attorneys billings rate per hour?2023-10-24T22:19:24+00:00

B J Fadem, Esq, Senior Attorney & Founder $600
Scott Reno, Esq, Senior Associate Attorney $400
Erika Lee, Esq, Associate Attorney $385.00
Of Counsel Attorneys $400
Senior Paralegal $275
Paralegals $225
Law Clerks $125-$225

How much will my case cost?2023-10-14T19:02:19+00:00

You should expect to pay a reasonable fee for legal services and are entitled to know how the fee is determined and when it is to be paid. Our Attorney fee is not a fixed fee because we have no way of knowing at the outset the difficulty of the legal services to be performed or how much time will be required. Even when the assets are not substantial, nor the legal issues unique, the emotions often become so involved as to require unusual time and effort by the Attorney.

How can I submit my payment?2023-10-24T22:20:30+00:00

We accept all major credit cards, ZELLE, bank wires, and checks. With our invoicing process, payments links are sent out with the invoice or by email directly. If you have any questions about billing, please contact Kathey Gentry directly at katheygentry@fademlaw.com.

What if I have a question on my invoice or about my replenishable?2023-10-24T22:40:06+00:00

Kathey Gentry, Accounts Manager has been on the Staff since 1992. If you have any questions regarding your Invoice or Replenishable account email her at katheygentry@fademlaw.com. Per the law firm fee agreement, you have 30 days upon receipt of your invoice, in writing, to dispute any charges on your invoice.

How am I charged?2023-10-24T23:24:52+00:00

Any and all legal services that our Attorneys or Staff perform on behalf of a client are billed. However, it may depend on your case.
An Expenses & Cost Fee of 4% is applied to the subtotal of the invoice to cover all services and costs, this is written into your Fee Agreement. This does not cover Process Service, Filing Fees, and Expert Fees.

How can I get the most out of my initial consultation?2023-10-14T18:39:59+00:00
  • Bring a list of all questions you wish to ask your Attorney. There is no question we won’t answer.
  • Bring a list of all names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, employment information, counsel information, and how these individuals are involved in your case.
  • If you have done research into your legal matter, bring it. Bring any documents pertaining to your issue. This could also include letters, court documents, pictures, videos, texts, and paper documents. Any supporting documentation.
  • Make copies of all documents including your list of questions, written sequence of events, and research.
Initial Consultation2023-10-24T23:28:04+00:00
  • Prior to your initial consultation you will be sent a Client Intake Form to be completed and returned to our law firm prior to meeting with an attorney. This form is important for review by the attorney prior to your meeting. Once your completed form is received your consultation will be setup. You may have a telephone, Skype or Zoom consultation depending on your request. Your initial consultation is for one [1] hour.
  • Consultation Fee is $200
  • Consultation Fee is due prior to all meetings
  • There is a limit of 2 additional consultations prior to retaining our Law Firm representation
  • Please be prepared for your meeting 10 minutes early to your appointed time
How can I save money?2023-09-24T00:41:55+00:00

Prepare for all your meetings.
Respond to all Attorney and Staff requests in a timely manner.
Write down important events, facts, and questions prior to any meeting so that you are prepared.
Keep your Attorney updated on current events and facts.
Consolidate your questions in email and telephone calls.

When do I have to pay my bill?2023-09-24T00:41:24+00:00

Invoices are due upon receipt.

What is a replenishable?2023-09-24T00:44:04+00:00

Your Replenishable is written in your Fee Agreement. It is to be maintained each month along with the payment of your Invoice upon receipt. It is the amount per your written Fee Agreement that must be maintained in the Attorney-Client Trust account to continue your legal services.




Professional and Skilled. Great Law Office! Mr. BJ Fadem is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney with great experience. Thank you!

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 RECOMMEND


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.


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.



For insights into family legal matters

Curious about terminating spousal support? 🤔 It's indeed possible, but the process can vary depending on your specific circumstances.

In California, spousal support, also known as alimony, can be terminated under certain conditions, such as:

1️⃣ Change in Circumstances: If there's been a significant change in either spouse's financial situation, such as a job loss, increase in income, or remarriage, it may warrant a modification or termination of spousal support.

2️⃣ Length of Marriage: The duration of spousal support may be limited by the length of the marriage. For marriages of less than 10 years, spousal support typically lasts for half the length of the marriage. For longer marriages, it may be indefinite.

3️⃣ Court Order: Spousal support can also be terminated by court order if certain conditions are met, such as the supported spouse becoming self-supporting or the paying spouse demonstrating an inability to continue payments.

Navigating the termination of spousal support can be complex, but our experienced legal team at BJ Fadem & Associates is here to help. We'll assess your situation and guide you through the process, ensuring your rights are protected every step of the way.

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Happy National Kids Day! This special occasion shines a spotlight on the incredible childhood journey and the unique challenges our youngsters encounter. As a dedicated family law firm, we're all about safeguarding the well-being of children and fostering unbreakable family bonds.

Now, here's the fun part:

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Dive into Quality Time: Roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst into a day filled with adventure alongside your little ones.

Why We're Obsessed with National Kids Day:

🌟 Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders: Let's nurture our kids to become the confident, compassionate leaders of tomorrow.
👪 Strengthening Family Ties: Cherish those priceless family moments—they're the building blocks of a resilient and loving household.

Here at Law Offices of BJ Fadem, we're not just about legalities; we're passionate advocates for children's rights and staunch supporters of thriving family dynamics. Let's join forces to make National Kids Day a celebration to remember! 💙

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Grandparents play an essential role in a child's life, and California recognizes this by granting them legal rights to seek visitation under certain circumstances. Whether due to the death of a parent, divorce, or estrangement, grandparents can petition the court for visitation rights if it's in the best interests of the child.

Understanding these rights can be vital for maintaining family connections and ensuring the well-being of grandchildren. Our legal team is here to provide guidance and support if you're navigating visitation issues as a grandparent.

Contact us today to learn more about grandparents' visitation rights in California and how we can assist you.

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Contrary to popular belief, annulment isn't only for marriages of a short duration. An annulment can be granted for various reasons, including fraud, bigamy, or incapacity to consent.

Understanding your options for annulment can be crucial, and our experienced legal team is here to guide you through the process. Whether you're seeking to dissolve a recent union or address a long-standing issue, we're committed to providing personalized support and achieving the best outcome for your situation.

Reach out today to learn more about annulment and how we can assist you.

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