Beverly Hills Divorce Lawyers

Beverly Hills Divorce Lawyers

Quality Beverly Hills Divorce Attorneys | Kleeman Kremen Family Lawyers

With over 70+ years of combined family law experience, Dena Kleeman and Ruth Kremen have established themselves as preeminent attorneys in the Los Angeles family law community.

When you choose Kleeman Kremen Family Lawyers you are choosing seasoned family lawyers with a longstanding, proven track record.

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Know Your Divorce Options

At Kleeman Kremen Family Lawyers, there is no such thing as “one size fits all”. Each divorce case is unique, and each requires a hand tailored strategy. Some divorce cases require litigation, while in others mediation, or collaborative divorce are viable alternatives. It is important for you to be educated on all of your divorce options.


Divorce does not have to be resolved in court. One popular out of court divorce option is mediation. In mediation, the couple hires an impartial mediator who educates them on the law, identifies divorce issues, helps formulate “win-win” solutions, and, ultimately, crafts legal documents that complete the divorce process.

Mediation has many benefits. These benefits include faster outcomes, greater control and confidentiality, and the additional civility that comes from a face to face process that continues a dialogue between spouses and partners until the divorce case is resolved. Mediation is also supportive of future co-parenting for couples with children. It is important to note that you do not need to agree on everything in order for mediation to be a good fit.

Our firm serves as both mediators and consulting attorneys to mediation. Schedule a consultation to learn if mediation is the right fit for your case.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is another alternative to court. In collaborative divorce, each party hires an attorney who negotiates the terms of the divorce. Often attorneys will pull in financial professionals, child custody experts, forensic accountants and even therapists to aid in the process of resolution.

Collaborative lawyers support compromise and settlement. The collaborative process is confidential and reduces disputes by using a team of joint professionals to provide advice, and emotional support.

Couples do not need to agree on everything to pursue a collaborative divorce. They do, however, need to be willing to compromise. At the beginning of the collaborative divorce process, each party signs an agreement that if they are not able to come to a full resolution outside of court, they must then find new attorneys and restart the divorce process. This requires that the parties and attorneys commit to working through the issues presented in a divorce without resorting to litigation.

Collaborative divorce can be less stressful, less costly, and provide ultimate solutions that address the parties’ individualized needs and goals as compared to the in-court, litigation process.

At Kleeman Kremen Family Lawyers, we serve as collaborative lawyers and are prepared to represent you in this specialized dispute resolution process.


Litigation may be necessary to reach a fair resolution of your dispute. If so, our firm ensures that our clients are well prepared for the courtroom setting. Our client’s team of court experts is coordinated “from the top”, with our attorneys managing the courtroom presentation with focus, determination and attention to detail. Even if you do not think your case will go to court, it is important to hire a divorce attorney who has experience in the courtroom and who is able to build rapport with the judicial officers assigned to hear your case.

The litigation process can be complicated and lengthy. From discovery, to trial preparation, settlement efforts and the trial, we have the courtroom experience necessary to successfully represent you in court.

At Kleeman Kremen, we have a high success rate in the courtroom setting, as well as in settling cases outside of court. We have a reputation for integrity in the courtroom and in the family law community. It is important to have seasoned experts on your side to navigate you through the process.

High Net-Worth Divorce

A high-net worth divorce often includes many types of compensation – equity compensation, deferred compensation, rents, royalties, residuals, and other future income streams, perquisites, that require analysis of tax attributes, and techniques to divide them in the context of a divorce case.

What Is Considered “High-Net-Worth”

A high-net worth divorce is not defined by a strict dollar value, but raises a host of tactical, legal, and procedural complexities. These cases often include business entities that present valuation and division issues, requiring adjunct forensic accountants, appraisers, tax and transactional business attorneys to create a winning, professional team.

High-net worth divorce cases also present asset protection strategies, out of state property, and third party ownership of community assets that require additional procedural steps.

A high-net worth divorce often includes many types of compensation – equity compensation, deferred compensation, rents, royalties, residuals, and other future income streams, perquisites, deferred compensation that require analysis of tax attributes, and techniques to divide them in the context of a divorce case.

Dividing Assets In A High-Net-Worth Divorce

Dividing assets in a high-net-worth divorce takes the work of a team. Our office partners with forensic accountants, financial advisors, business valuators and licensed appraisers to ensure that our client’s best interests are protected at every turn.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the basic divorce process?

The (very) basic divorce process is as follows:

  1. File for Divorce
  2. Disclose Finances
  3. Work out an Agreement or Litigate
  4. Submit Final Paperwork
  5. Receive Signed Judgment

The divorce process can increase in complexity the longer the marriage, the number of issues to resolve, the variety of assets and debts to divide or characterize as separate or community property, whether children are involved, and when addressing long term spousal support. Our firm specializes in complex divorce where a lot is at stake.

What are the divorce requirements in California?

In California, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least 6+ months in order to file for divorce, although cases can be initiated sooner for certain emergency orders and for a legal separation. Choice of filing county depends on the county of residence of one of the parties.

How long from filing until I will be divorced?

In California, there is a six month mandatory waiting period once divorce papers have been filed and served for a marriage to be ended by a divorce judgment. Property, support and child custody matters can be addressed sooner – if resolved consensually – or later, if still in dispute.

The length of a divorce varies greatly case by case. In general, the less you fight the quicker your divorce will be. Most high-net-worth divorces take one to two years to complete by settlement – and longer if by judicial decision. There are often interim matters to be decided along the way. If there are no children, and fewer property and support issues raised, the process is quicker.

Do I have to go to court for my divorce?

When it comes to divorce, court is not your only option. The majority of divorce cases settle outside of court by settlement with the aid of attorneys representing the parties, or by opting for mediation or a collaborative divorce process.

Sometimes however, a trial is necessary to reach a fair resolution of a family’s dispute, either on some or all issues. The policy of California law is to urge parties to settle as many issues as possible, before seeking a decision by a judge. It is possible to settle certain issues and “bifurcate” others, to move the process of resolving a divorce case forward, easing the emotional and financial cost on the parties.

Dena Kleeman and Ruth Kremen

Dena A. Kleeman and Ruth S. Kremen have the kind of experience that is crucial in the practice of family law.

As a certified family law specialist, Dena A. Kleeman is recognized by the State Bar of California as having the requisite education and experience to represent clients in the specialized field of family law. She received training and certification as a divorce mediator through an approved program of the National Academy of Family Mediators. Ms. Kleeman has practiced family law full-time since her graduation from Stanford Law School in 1983.

Ruth S. Kremen has been practicing full-time family law since 1993. She has a wide background in the practice of civil litigation, including family law litigation. Ms. Kremen graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1982, clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1983, and entered private practice in 1984.

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