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Certified Family Law Specialist: I am a Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I have been practicing family law for over 20 years. 

 I handle all aspects of legal separations and dissolutions of marriage or registered domestic partnerships, including:

·         Property settlements

·         Asset and debt division

·         Determination of whether property is separate or community

·         Child custody and visitation

·         Child support

·         Spousal support (alimony)


 I can explain to you the manner in which marital assets and debts are divided upon dissolution. The division of marital property includes the valuation and distribution of community property assets, the characterization of property as community or separate and determining whether one party is entitled to reimbursement for separate property contributions towards community property and debts. I will advise you as to your rights pertaining to these issues. 

 I can represent you at any stage of a custody or visitation dispute, from the initial filing of the petition to post-judgment requests for a change in custody and visitation. I handle all matters related child custody and visitation.  

 Child and/or spousal support issues often arise in family law matters and I can provide you with information regarding your rights and obligations in these areas.

I also mediate cases and can assist you in reaching an agreement on all issues in your case.  I will prepare all of the documents necessary to finalize your case.

       I am a 1990 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and I have practiced family law since 1992.  I have been certified by the State Bar of California as a Legal Specialist in Family Law.  This required me to pass a test concerning family law, take a high level of family law continuing education classes and obtain recommendations from my peers.

       I volunteer as an attorney mediator at Settlement Officer Conferences in Santa Clara County Superior Court. I have experience handling complex family law cases and will be an advocate in court if a trial or contested hearing is necessary. I have also assisted many clients in settling their cases without the necessity of a contested hearing or trial. 

       For more information, please visit my website at If you would like to schedule a meeting with me or want more information, please contact me. Call 408-243-4100.



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
  2. Family: 35%
    2 thousand cases
  3. Mediation: 30%


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Contact info

Law Office of Marilla J. Ronald

1550 The Alameda
Suite 315
San Jose, CA, 95126-1746


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super Lawyer- Top 5 %Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 AttorneysNational Advocates2014
Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%Super Lawyers2013
Top Women Attorneys in Northern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers2013
Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%Super Lawyers2012
Top Women Attorneys in Northern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers2012
Certified Family Law SpecialistState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2006
Honors Psychology DegreeSan Jose State University1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Marilla J. Ronald1992 - Present
Contract AttorneyPrivate Practice Firms1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2007 - Present
Santa Clara County Superior CourtVolunteer Attorney Mediator/Judge Pro Tem2006 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association- Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaLicensed Attorney1990 - Present
Northern District of California Federal CourtLicensed Attorney1990 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaLifetime Member1989 - Present
San Jose State University Alumni AssociationMember1988 - Present
Saratoga Education FoundationChair-Endowment1996 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of Husband and WifePrevailed on behalf of client re spousal support
Marriage of Wife and HusbandPrevailed in request for sole custody and supervised visitation
Marriage of Wife and HusbandPrevailed on behalf of Father for custody
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
California State University, San Jose State UniversityPsychology-with HonorsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business Institute- MCLEWhat Family Court Judges Want You to Know2007