About Seeley Family Law Practice

Seeley Law Practice is dedicated to the practice of family law. Our firm serves a wide variety of people including CEOs, start-up founders, engineers, scientists, homemakers, doctors, lawyers, business owners, and salaried employees. We develop strategies to meet your goals whether you need a simple division of assets and debts or your case involves more complex issues like a business valuation, analysis of stock options and RSU’s, or a high-conflict custody dispute.

Our firm uses a team-based approach and works tirelessly to achieve your objectives.  We are committed to high ethical standards of practice and to maintaining respect and collegiality with our clients, opposing counsel, judges and court personnel.


H. Yvonne Seeley has been practicing family law in California for 35 years and has had a family law practice in San Mateo County for 30 years. She holds both a degree in law and a masters in business. She is a certified family law specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, of which only a very small percentage of California family law attorneys have been so certified. She is also a Super Lawyer honoree which is a distinction given to her by the recommendations of her peers and a reviewing committee. Ms. Seeley has been highly successful in trials, court hearings, settlements and mediation both in public court and with private judges.


What sets us apart is the level of client service our attorneys and staff members provide. Telephone calls and emails are almost always returned within 24 hours if not sooner, as we recognize that divorce and custody-related matters are some of the most difficult and stressful experiences our clients will face. We are sensitive to the costs involved, both financial and emotional, and take a big-picture approach to our clients’ cases. We help our clients stay focused on their children and work priorities. Our goal is not just to bring the case to a conclusion but to help transition our clients to a better place, with the assistance of outside consultants if necessary.

We understand that for most mothers and fathers their children are their highest priority. Children are also the highest priority of our family law courts. We will work closely with you, and outside therapists if appropriate, spend time getting to know you, and help you achieve a child-centered parenting plan, via negotiation or litigation if necessary.


At the outset of your case, we will assess which dispute-resolution vehicle is the most suitable for your case, including negotiation for out-of-court settlement, mediation, collaborative practice, litigation in public court or with a private judge, given the issues at hand, dynamics between the parties, opposing counsel, size of your marital estate and level of income. While in some cases, litigation is unavoidable, the policy of the State of California and our family law courts is to promote the settlement of family law cases, as is ours.

We use a team approach, delegating work when appropriate to associate attorneys or paralegals, which ensures that your case will be handled economically. And, we will work closely with you, keeping you apprised of the developments in your case and giving you cost-savings options whenever possible.

Trial Ready

We know that the most successful settlements come from intense trial preparation. Accordingly, for those cases that are contested and headed for trial, we prepare them thoroughly. H. Yvonne Seeley is an experienced civil litigator and spent several years conducting civil jury trials and appeals before transitioning to family law. All of our attorneys are trained in trial work practice.

Our attorneys represent clients before public court and private judges. Private judges are a good option for clients with privacy concerns or who desire a more efficient trial or settlement process.