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Bettina Yanez

Divorce and separation Attorney at Orange, CA

4.8   41 reviews

also known as Attorney Yanez

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bettina

Learn Bettina’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer. Alimony, child custody, child support, and a fair division of community assets (like who keeps the house or how your checking and savings accounts are divided) are matters that a divorce lawyer is trained to help determine.

    23 years, 700 cases

  2. Child custody
    The legal guardianship are legal terms which are used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the child to make decisions and the parent's duty to care for the child.

    23 years, 500 cases

  3. Family
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, a family law attorney can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits.

    23 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Child support
    Court-ordered payments, typically made by a noncustodial divorced parent, to support one's minor child or children.

    23 years, 450 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    Violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.

    23 years, 200 cases

Attorney Bettina Yanez, is a Certified Family Law Legal Specialist.  She also serves as a court appointed attorney for minor children in Orange County often referred to as Minor’s Counsel.  She also negotiates and drafts Pre-Nuptial, Post-Nuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements. Practice includes Mediation and Collaborative Divorce as alternatives to traditional divorce and matrimonial litigation. Moreover, she is contracted by Orange County to represents parents that are in contempt of court for failing to pay their child support (serving as an assistant public defender).


The experienced divorce attorney blends concern with stern support for her clients. Her stress-free and out going style allows her to make the people around her feel relaxed; therefore, fostering a better interaction with her clients and opposing attorneys. She offers a free consultation for divorce and family law cases.  Saturday appointments available twice a month by special appointment only.

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Contact Bettina

Yanez & Associates Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Orange County
625 The City Dr S
Orange, CA, 92868


4.8 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Posted by Darren Fryer | March 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
she saved my marriage
Mrs. Bettina Yanez advised that I tried all options before considering divorce and urged that I consult a marriage counselor. Other law companies I spoke with were solely concerned with getting me divorced, but she saved my marriage. I thank Mrs. Bettina Yanez and her legal team, and I highly recommend them to everyone.
Posted by Milan Ahner | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody Investigation
During a child custody investigation, I approached them for advice on fighting my ex-husband for custody, and they were truly generous with their time. Thank you.
Posted by Sharon | September 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Grandparent’s rights consultation
I had the pleasure of consulting with Bettina Yanez this morning regarding a very difficult situation in our family. She is obviously well-versed in this area of family law. The information and guidance that she provided will be invaluable as I take the next steps. My impression of Bettina is that she is an expert in her field who is determined to give her clients the best possible representation. Her demeanor is warm and reassuring. If it was possible to file my case in Orange County, I would not hesitate to hire Bettina Yanez to represent me.
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Posted by Sandra | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent family law attorney
Hiring a divorce attorney for your family law matters is not always easy. Often times we hear horror stories about hiring divorce attorneys that do not know what they are doing. When I first met attorney Yanez I knew she was the right family law attorney for me. Her honest answers are greatly appreciated. She does not sugar coat it, she tells it like it is. If you are thinking of a divorce or require an attorney for a family law case, consider calling attorney Yanez.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
sean yanea
I was pleased with the honesty presented during our phone consultation.
Posted by Victoria | December 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and reliable
Provided thorough and honest consultation on complex community property issues relating to prenuptual agreement.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I was recommended by a friend, to Attorney Bettina Yanez for a family issue. She was very professional and knowable. I will do the same and recommend her to family and friends. If results matter contact Attorney Yanez. Thank you !!
Posted by Adriana | December 3, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful, and understanding
Bettina is a very knowledgeable Orange County based Lawyer. She was very helpful in the matters of family law, and termination of parental rights. She helped ease many of my concerns with my case. She is very compassionate, and understanding. I would highly recommend Bettina for any of your Family Law concerns.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reassured & grateful!
After reading all the remarks, I am SO thankful that the judge in my child custody case chose Bettina Yanez as my children's court appointed attorney. When I first took my children to her office and she came out to call one of them in, she looked very mean and intimidating, so my first impression of her was not nice, but when my youngest child came out from her office, she was smiling and very happy. When my second child (a teenager) came out, she was also smiling (which is unusual) and Ms Yanez ALSO came out with a smile, my impression of her totally changed. I know she has to stay objective and keep the kids' best interests at the forefront and that's what matters most to me too!
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Posted by Joe | July 22, 2015
Truly remarkable Lawyer....Where do I even begin....
Bettina Yanez was assigned to my children as minors counsel in our highly conflicted case. Her professionalism, honesty, & unbiased opinion was the ONLY one I saw the entire 2 1/2 years I was battling for custody of my Children. Her character is above all else. My children felt safe, protected, & happy whenever they spoke with her too, which was most important to me as a Father. I can't begin to express my gratitude for everything her & her team have done for my children's best interest. I finally get to see them again now full time, & I whole heartedly believe that her efforts for fighting for their wishes to be with me again is one of the biggest reasons why. She never gave up on fighting for what was best for them, & knew how much they needed me back in their lives regularly too. Even though she was assigned from the courts and not paid top dollar, Bettina still took the time to research our whole case from the beginning to end, and really look into all of the facts. She even responded to all of us after hours, & always made sure she was personally available whenever her presence was requested in Court. I paid for my own personal lawyer to represent my case, & just watching her professionalism and seeing how much she cared and invested in my children's needs made me wish I would have had someone of her caliber on my side too. I have had 3 lawyers in my life, & none compared to what I saw exemplified from her while representing my children. Bettina is second to none, & I promise you will be glad you chose her to represent you just like I am that she has been there for my children too.
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Posted by G Rogers | March 16, 2015
Found the Best divorce attorney in Orange County
While searching for the best divorce attorneys in Orange County, CA I trust Avvo. Avvo provides much more information about the attorneys; further, I was able to obtain a better sense of the divorce & family law attorney I needed for my particular family law case. I wanted to hire the best, so I narrowed my search to a certified family law specialists. I came across Attorney Yanez’s profile and was very impressed; further, after visiting her website I was amazed at the depth of information the site provided. I would have to say it is perhaps one of the best attorney websites I have come across. Her office proximity to the court was within walking distance, which I found it to be very convenient. In addition the free case review was appreciated, which allowed me to evaluate attorney Yanez and her staff. Attorney Yanez took her time reviewing my case for my case was somewhat complex, dealing with child custody, spousal support, domestic violence and property division issues. I felt very comfortable with attorney Yanez and would recommend her and her associates to anyone seeking an honest, assertive, knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney in Orange County. I thank you again for your honesty and taking the time to review my case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Excellent divorce & family law attorney in Orange County
This family law firm help me when I was falsely accused of domestic violence. I work in the educational industry and they do not tolerate a criminal record. Attorney Yanez was very skillful in disproving the a allegations.
Posted by Eddie | December 21, 2013
She’s awesome!
I am going through a modification and while in the OC family court I observed attorney Yanez in action and was quite impressed. I then followed her and asked her for her contact information. I asked the court bailiffs about attorney Yanez and they had nothing but nice things to say about her and her practice. In fact one of the bailiff stated, “She’s awesome”. She knows her law and is very sociable. Later after my meeting with Yanez, all I could think about was what the bailiff said, “She’s awesome!” I would recommend her to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Robbie | December 14, 2013
Highly recommend trustworthy divorce attorney
I strongly recommend Bettina Yanez and her legal team. Bettina was upfront and honest during my consultation. She suggested I exhaust all remedies before considering divorce and recommended marriage counseling first. Other firms I consulted with were just interested in getting me divorced. I felt attorney Yanez was truly interested in my well being and not just generating more business. Three months later it looks like things will work out. Many thanks and I will recommend you and your firm to all my friends and family. God bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2013
Thank you Yanez & Assoc!
When I hired this firm I was in the middle of a long and nasty divorce. My self-employed ex wasn't paying child support and I had minimal income. Ms. Yanez allowed me to make payments and she and her associates represented me powerfully, compassionately, ethically. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this firm. I never felt as if I wasn't a 'big retainer client'. Her staff returns calls promptly and are very supportive, actually cheering for me the day I went to her office to pick up my first child support payment!
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2013
OutStanding Lawyer
I cannot thank Bettina Yanez enough. My divorce went smooth without any headaches. Attorney Yanez and her staff kept me informed throughout the process. I was lucky to find Bettina and cannot stop recommending her to all my friends and family. EXCELLENT JOB! Thank you, JT
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2013
Attorney Yanez fought for my rights after falsely being accused of Domestic Violence
I was falsely accused of domestic violence by my ex-spouse during one of our child exchanges. I was not only faced with losing joint custody of my children but my future employment was also pending. Attorney Yanez fought hard and proofed I not only was falsely accused but that the whole allegation was fabricated. THANK YOU!
Posted by Sandy | July 25, 2013
Attorney fought for our grandparent rights and won!
After we were being denied access to our grandchild we decided to obtain legal counsel. We interviewed several attorneys, Mrs. Yanez is trustworthy and knowledgeable and her friendly staff kept us up to date on the progress. We were blessed to have a family law expert on our side. We all thank you and your staff for giving us peace of mind.
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Posted by Dave | July 10, 2013
I was accused of Domestic Violence and Attorney Yanez saved my job
I was falsely accused of domestic violence and faced loosing my job as an educator. Any one that is an educator knows that the school districts are very strict when it comes to criminal actions on your record. Attorney Yanez and staff thank you for everything you have done for me. I feel like a new man after you proved that no such abuse ever occurred.
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Posted by Bobby | June 13, 2013
Amazing attorney!!!!
Betina is hands down the best family attorney in Orange County! I have hired 2 other attorney's in Orange County in the past and Betina was the first attorney that was not a push over and was all about me and understanding my needs. Her paralegals have always been there for me when I have had questions or need answers. I was amazed with her knowledge her confidence in court that made me feel so much at ease and relaxed when I was in the court room in front of the judge. If I had to rate Betina 1-10 with her Law Firm, prepping my case for court and her performance in court I would have to give her a 10. Overall she is an amazing attorney with a seasoned and reliable staff.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Yanez & Associates
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Family Law Offices of Yanez & Associates
  • 2000 - Present


  • Western State Univ COL
  • law
  • 1996
  • Pitzer Coll
  • undergraduate
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Grandparent Rights
  • Motion Granted
  • Paternity Matter
  • Motion GRANTED, move allowed.


  • OCBA Family Law Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • The William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court
  • Active Memeber
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Barristers
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
  • 2019
  • Everyday Hero Award
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • president recognition
  • Orange County Barristers
  • 2005


Speaking Engagements

  • OCBA Travel Seminar - Scotland
  • Dissolution Actions - Myths & Misunderstandings
  • 2019
  • Guest Speaker (Western State University College of Law)
  • Family Law Class - Minor's Counsel
  • 2019
  • AFCC CALIFORNIA CHAPTER, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • The Child’s Voice in Court: The Roles and Responsibilities of Minor’s Counsel (I2)
  • 2017
  • OCBA OCHBA Travel Seminar - Panama
  • 2016
  • OCBA OCHBA Travel Seminar - Nicaragua
  • Freedom from Parental Custody and Control/Adoption
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (16)
Endorse Bettina
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ms. Yanez. First of all she is very approachable, I met her at an attorney function with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. She seemed down to earth but as a certified specialist in Family Law I know she is quite knowledgeable. In any case I know she is super busy, but I sent her a referral and by the time I checked with the referral to see if Ms. Yanez had contacted her she said they already met and everything was taken care of. Pretty Impressive, excellent client attention and advice."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bettina is a highly respected attorney with a reputation for excellence in advocacy."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Yanez is great at what she does. She is caring and compassionate towards her clients and is respected in the legal community. She is very professional and does her best to get the best results for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way you get peace of mind when dealing with custody , visitation, spousal support, etc. Having a family law attorney's services helps ensure that nothing is left out of your case/claim or matter, which means that costly mistakes won't come back to bite you later. I endorse this lawyer . -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer She is dedicated to provide quality representation to each and every client"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bettina is a wonderful and caring attorney, who cares deeply for her clients and gets the job done right, the first time."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bettina is brilliant and ethical. She works hard and has some great people working at her firm. Very caring and wise."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bettina is a joy to work with and a very good lawyer. She goes out of her way to do the best job possible for each and every one of her clients, and is respected within the family law community for her expertise and ethics. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Yanez is one of the finest Family Law attorneys in her state. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have observed Bettina firsthand and consider her to be a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. She is well liked within the family law community and truly cares about her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bettina Yanez is at the top of my list for family law referrals. I know that my clients will be treated with the utmost compassion at this firm, and Bettina and her staff exemplify the thoroughness and diligence that are required in the practice of family law."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bettina is an excellent lawyer. I have known her for several years, and she is extremely professional. I am honored to know her both as a colleague and a friend."
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