Law Office Of Marilyn Moreno

Certified Board Specialist In Family Law & Divorce For Santa Clara County

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Firm Overview

The Moreno Family Law Firm practices exclusively in the area of divorce and family law.

Upon graduation from law school I began practicing with my father, who had been an attorney in Santa Clara County for many years. At some point I had mostly my own cases, and in 1989 I moved my office to a separate location. During the 1990's I hired my first associate attorney and we have been a multi-attorney firm ever since.

Example cases

We have done all types of divorce and family law cases over the last 25 years.

Main Office

Main
1506 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose  CA  95125

Phone
  • (408) 266-9011

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We charge the attorney's hourly rate for a one hour consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No.

Hourly Rates

$225 to $400.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office Manager

Roy Henninger

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

When I started with my father he did everything, but probably criminal more than anything. I really didn't like the criminal part that much, because so many of those clients were, well, criminals. My father didn't like all of the paperwork that family law cases required, so I started doing all of his family law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients should definitely educate themselves. That way you can ask educated questions. Maybe you aren't right, but it is better than going in with no idea of what is going to happen. If you educate yourself a little then the conversation with the attorney can be at a higher level.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We're fine with that.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We do this a lot. The key thing is the client has to be able to carry out the coaching in court or when meeting with the other side.

Marilyn Moreno

I have always been with The Moreno Family Law Firm.

I went through a divorce myself many years ago, so that helps me understand what clients are going through. I have been doing this for many years, and there is nothing in the family law arena I haven't seen.

I have a pretty direct style. I like to confront issues and deal with them. I also have good emotional intelligence and usually can tell if the other side is being up front or trying to hide something. I have a little competitive streak and I don't like losing. Therefore, if your case is going to trial or a hearing that means I really believe in your position. Most cases eventually end up settling. Rarely do they go to trial although there may be many hearings before a case is settled. I like to get all of my ducks in a row prior to a hearing. I am always willing to negotiate with the other side but sometimes you are just spinning your wheels because the other side is never going to be reasonable so you may as well air it out and let the judge decide.

Personal interests:

Mainly it has been about the kids, but that may change because they're getting pretty grown up.

License
  • Bar Number: 104728
    California , 1982
Education
  • Stanford Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1982
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Santa Clara University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1979
    Santa Clara, CA

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