Admitted to the California Bar in December 1996, I started as a solo practitioner in Westlake Village. Later, I began enjoying work on key areas of dissolution, custody, parentage plus cohabitation issues, prenuptial contracts, surrogacy, adoptions and division of retirement plans. I moved to the office I have now in Thousand Oaks (Newbury Park) in 2005. I was raised by divorced parents and have been my own client in a divorce case. I realize why clients become depressed and arrive at the court with devotional books and best friends. I share my children with my former wife on a weekly rotational basis. Fighting in court (litigation) is not necessary, although I do litigation (this is often unavoidable, especially in custody cases). Lawyers are also able to provide 'limited scope' services. New clients are entitled to a free initial consultation. We accept credit cards. Virtually every family lawyer asks for an advance payment, commonly (and incorrectly) called a 'retainer.' I, just as virtually all family lawyers do, charge hourly, although, on rare occasions, I have charged a flat rate for a case. My hourly rate is $295. This site is a communication in terms of Rule of Professional Conduct 1-400. The information in this site is not meant to constitute legal advice, and nothing in this site constitutes a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter. Advertising in this site is limited to California. All photos and graphics are for artistic purposes only, and none of the images are those of staff or clients, unless otherwise stated. This communication is void where prohibited. Visiting, reading or studying this site does not establish an attorney-client relationship with Tristan. ?