Ann F. VanDePol

Ann F. VanDePol

Providing quality and personalized legal services since 1988

Firm Overview

At Ann F. VanDePol in Oakland, we take great pride in helping individuals and families throughout California with speed, sensitivity and assurance. As a solo practitioner, attorney Ann F. VanDePol is committed to handling every case personally. You can expect us to treat you with the highest level of professionalism and personal attention.

As a certified family law specialist with 24 years of legal experience, Ann is well-qualified to handle complex family law matters involving property, custody or support. We work diligently to resolve legal disputes without the necessity of a trial, but we also have a rich history of representing clients in courts throughout California.

Ann F. VanDePol can help you with:
-Child custody
-Child support
-Interstate custody
-Interstate divorce
-Interstate family law
-Visitation rights
-Family law
-Trial work support

Securing just and economical results:
When we take your case, your growth, your success and your peace of mind are our priorities. The uncertainty of family law disputes can be overwhelming and stressful. Ann works closely with you and maintains an open, accessible and honest rapport throughout your case. Regardless of your legal matter, Ann F. VanDePol in Oakland provides tailored and economical legal solutions that fit your needs.

Main Office

Main Office
11 Embarcadero West, Suite 135
Oakland CA 94607






Full-service family law firm in Oakland

Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption, experiencing the pain of marital conflict or facing another legal issue close to home, we listen to your needs, understand your concerns and help you reach solutions to your legal problems.

We have served families in Oakland for since 1996. We provide legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Child support modification and enforcement
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but when something goes wrong, there is a chance of substantial heartache. We assist families with the complex legal process of adoption, so you can feel secure about your child's future well-being.

Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. We help you establish fair and equitable spousal support so you can continue to live as comfortably as you did before your marriage ended.

Child custody and visitation:
For every parent, child custody is the most heart-wrenching aspect of divorce. We advocate for your parental rights so you can raise your children in an appropriate and healthy home.

Child support:
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. We help ensure your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement:
Child support payments remain the same unless and until the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, we can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Throughout your divorce, our attorneys stand by you. We accompany you through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings:
When California authorities interfere with your parental rights, you need a compassionate advocate who understands the bureaucratic red tape. We are skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of California to protect your parental rights.

Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. We can help you obtain the most favorable divorce settlement using mediation.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements:
When you marry, you may not foresee the potential problems that can eventually lead to divorce. We expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.

Ann F. VanDePol

Ann F. VanDePol


Practice areas:
-Family law
-Property disputes
-Interstate jurisdictional matters
-Child custody
-Child and spousal support

California, 1988

-University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1987
-University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1983
-University of California at Berkeley, M.A., 1974
-University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1972

Associations and memberships:
-Alameda County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Executive Board)
-State Bar of California
-Association of Certified Family Law Section

Biographical details:
-Phi Beta Kappa
-Judicial Extern, The Hon. Marilyn H. Patel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1986
-Author: "California's GAIN: Greater Avenues or a Narrow Path? The Politics and Policies of Welfare Reform and AFDC Work Programs in the 1980's," Berkeley Women's Law Journal, Volume 3, 1987-1988
-Lecturer, Sociology of Law Programs, University of California at Davis, 1993-1998 and 2006-2007
-Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara Law School, Family Law, 1994-1995


University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1987