Family law is a broad term encompassing marital dissolution, separation, child custody, child and spousal support, parentage, adoption, domestic violence, restraining orders and like issues plus the modification of existing orders.
As skilled Temecula and Inland Empire Family Law Attorneys, we have represented
both husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, Petitioners and Respondents in
hundreds of marital dissolution, post-judgment and non-marital family
law-related conflicts, for over 15 years.
Experienced in all aspects of domestic law negotiation and litigation, we
have represented clients with marriages as short as three days and as long as 47
years, child custody matters involving as many as eight children, and property
issues involving seven-figure marital estates.
Our approach to matters involving children is to always address issues and
possible resolutions by asking the question "What is in the child's best
interest?" In addition to suggesting to clients various parenting plan
arrangements, we utilize outside resources when necessary to help resolve
custodial controversies. Such resources include the court's mediation services,
private psychologists as court appointed evaluators and the appointment of an
attorney as "minor's counsel" to represent the children.
As to property and debt distribution, our cases have involved minimal assets
and financial obligations and martial estates in the millions. Each matter
receives methodical attention to detail and a cost effective analysis with the
goal of a fair and equitable judgment. With sensitivity to the emotions always
present in domestic matters, each client is given individual attention and
straight forward answers to their questions.
In many family law matters the judgment will state "court reserves
jurisdiction." This is common especially in matters involving the division of
future pension benefits. As experienced Temecula and Inland Empire Family Law
Attorneys, we are frequently involved in the drafting of Qualified Domestic
Relations Orders (QDROs) to complete the required paperwork and divide community
property portions of retirement plans. On occasion, when litigation is necessary
because appropriate orders were not in place at the time of the pension
participant's actual retirement, we aggressively pursue orders to provide our
clients with their prospective and retro-active entitlements.
Recently, several months after a particularly acrimonious matter concluded, a
new client indicated he had been referred to our office by the opposing party in
the prior case. When asked why the opposing party suggested our office over his
former counsel, our new client replied "He was so impressed by your
professionalism, thoroughness, court room manner and the results you achieved
for his ex, he wished he had Mr. Bender on his side of the table."
Bender & Associates, A Law Corporation
41911 Fifth Street
Temecula CA 92590
Martin Bender was admitted to the State of California Bar in 1980. In 1989, he opened his practice after 20 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to receiving his J.D. from Western State University in 1979, Mr. Bender attended Rochester Institute of Technology receiving a B.S. in 1967. He attended Michigan State University receiving his M.A. in 1969. Mr. Bender is a member of the Orange County Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association, an OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitrator, a member of the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce.