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Thank you for accessing our website. The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. Our hearts go out to people all over the world who have been impacted by the pandemic. The worldwide death toll has been significant and a reminder of the fragile world in which we live. In the months that we have been grappling with how to shape our lives to meet the challenges that we face on a daily basis, we remain very grateful for the extraordinary work of first responders and people performing essential services They have done a magnificent job. They have put their lives on the line to save others and some have paid the ultimate sacrifice of the lives to save others.

Throughout this crisis and beyond, we are available to take care of your family law or estate planning needs.

We are sure that you have questions and responses to some of your questions include:

Is your office currently open during normal business hours?

No. Due to the serious health risks posed by COVID-19, we are following California Governor, Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 guidelines and orders and our physical office is closed. However, we have a range of video platforms available on offer, such as Legaler and Zoom to remotely initiate and conduct client conferences. We will modify our hours as the Governor’s guidelines and orders change.

When and how can I contact you?

You may contact us telephonically 24/7 and by email to receive assistance in your family law or estate planning matter.

Are you accepting new clients?

Yes. We welcome new clients in family law and estate planning matters.

How can I get updates regarding the status of my case or legal matter?

Client communication is very important to us. Therefore, you can expect frequent communication from our office regarding your case. This is especially important during this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. You will always receive updates on your case via telephone calls and emails. If the need arises to calendar a conference call, you can request a call back or we will schedule a conference call with you to update you on the status of your case.

Are courts of law still open in my area? Will my court date be rescheduled? What if I can’t come to court because I’m sick or quarantined?

No. Family Courts in San Diego County are closed, except for emergency matters. They are scheduled to re-open for all matters on May 22, 2020. The court has indicated that hearings will be re-scheduled, and notices of the new hearing date will be mailed via U.S. Mail.

If you are sick or quarantined, you cannot come to court due to concerns for your own health and safety and the safety of others. If you are represented, you should notify your attorney immediately, who will ensure that notice is given to the court and to the other party.

Will scheduled depositions, mediation, arbitration, or settlement negotiations occur as planned?

Yes. So long as all parties and attorneys agree to remote web hosting of depositions, mediations, and/or settlement negotiations.

Can I file for divorce while the courts are closed?

From May 26, 2020, E-filing will be implemented in San Diego Family Court.

Client Reviews
I am very grateful to Denise Oxley for her help in resolving a very difficult family law situation. She was very professional and knowledgeable. She listened to all of my concerns and always found a successful outcome to the proceedings. Her correspondence and responses were timely and focused on the problem. I always felt prepared to stand in the court room and face the Judge’s decision. Thank you, Denise, for your help. I highly recommend her. Lana
A very highly respected individual first and foremost. As a lawyer, well...her opponent's fear her in a court of law due to her knowledge base, experience, diligence, and most of all commitment. A colleague once said, "I want to introduce you to Denise Oxley. You need her because she is in it for the long haul." At some time in our lives we all have to sit in the defendants/plaintiffs chair. Denise Oxley will give you strong representation. Remember, knowledgeable, experienced, diligence, committed. Stellar qualities dealing with sensitive lives! T. L. Holman
My family encountered one of the most difficult situations of our lives when my son's girlfriend decided to take the kids away from their father and our entire family. We are a very close family so this affected us all. My son hired Denise Oxley to represent him in family court and that was the beginning of our healing process. Denise is very personal, a great professional and very knowledgeable. She was very interested in helping my son and I could tell that she really cares. Thanks to Denise, my son now has close to 40% of custody after just having one weekend a month I feel very lucky to have Denise on our side. Ana