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Andy Cook

Andy Cook

Law Offices of Andy Cook
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence
  • California
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Andy Cook is here to help you! With a great courtroom presence (he used to be a professional announcer) and strong writing skills, Andy is able to get your message across to the many family law judges in San Diego County.

Andy Cook handles family law matters exclusively. He has one associate attorney and has run his own practice in the Bankers Hill area of San Diego, located about a mile from the main San Diego Family Law Court, for over 23 years. Andy has been Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization for over 15 years and has been rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell's Peer Review program. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association from 2013-2016.

Andy is a member of the California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists; the California Lawyers Association (and its Family Law section); the San Diego County Bar Association (and its Family Law section); and the San Diego County Family Law Bar Association.

Andy is a graduate of the University of Vermont and California Western School of Law.

He lives in the Carmel Valley section of San Diego.

He is married with two children.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
Law Offices of Andy Cook
- Current
Exclusive Family Law practice in the Bankers Hill area of San Diego.
Education
California Western School of Law
J.D. (1993) | Traynor Moot Court (co-champions brief writing and second place oral argument) and National Moot Court Competitions
Honors: First Year Honors Instructor
University of Vermont
B.A. (1984) | Major in History
Awards
Best of the Bar, 2017
San Diego Business Journal
Best of the Bar, 2016
San Diego Business Journal
Awarded in the Category of Family Law
Professional Associations
California Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of Family Law section
California Western School of Law Council of Visitors
Member
- Current
Tom Homann LGBT Law Association
Member
- Current
Lawyers Club (San Diego)
Member
- Current
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
Member
- Current
(California) Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
Member
- Current
State Bar of California # 171354
Member
- Current
San Diego County Bar Association
Member at Large
- Current
San Diego County Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors
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California Western School of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Divorce Cases from Start to Finish for Paralegals, San Diego
National Business Institute
Speaker, Periodic Meeting, San Diego
San Diego Chapter, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Panelist, What Family Law Judges Want You to Know, San Diego
National Business Institute
Panelist, Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings, San Diego
National Business Institute
Panelist, Handling Military Issues in Family Law, San Diego
Halfmoon Seminars
Faculty Member, Advanced Family Law, San Diego
National Business Institute
Moderator, What Family Law Judges Want You to Know, San Diego
National Business Institute
Co-presenter of Case Law and Statutory Update, 28th Winter Seminar of the Certified Family Law Specialists of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego
San Diego County Bar Association
Moderator, Judges' Orientation Program - Family Law, San Diego
San Diego County Bar Association
Moderator, As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce, San Diego
National Business Institute
Moderator, As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce, San Diego
National Business Institute
Certifications
Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
58 Questions Answered

Q. I retired at 65 (7/18) My ex (46) wants to impute my wages and impose a work search order to an amount I've never made.
A: A spousal support payor may not be forced to keep working beyond the age of 65 just to be able to keep paying spousal support. It is error to impute income to the payor after the age of 65 as to W-2 earnings or self-employment earnings. The court may only look at what you are actually receiving, such as retirement, social security, etc.
Q. Can I request a postponement, by one day on an ex parte order for a restraining order?
A: It probably depends on the judge. You may be able to call the clerk on the day of the hearing, since there may be no time for an ex parte hearing between the time you were served and the actual hearing. If the matter is postponed, the restraining order will stay in effect. If you do seek a continuance, you may want to indicate that it is for the purpose of obtaining a lawyer, since you probably don't want to admit an issue with drug abuse even before the judge actually starts hearing the case.
Q. I have some questions regarding a divorce
A: Just call 619-515-9900 for a free consultation any time.
Q. Did I make a mistake? I left my husband almost a year ago to move from cali to Ny.
A: I need more information. Where was the divorce filed, or has it been filed. You mention "divorce agreements" but I'm not sure what that means. How long have you been married and when did you start the 401K?
Q. How do i start a case to get full custody of my kids?
A: If you're married, you would file for divorce or legal separation. If you are not married, you would file a paternity case.
Q. My sons father never served me back w/ a response to me wanting full custody. What does that mean for me? What do I do?
A: The father is allowed to participate in the hearing regardless of whether he has filed a response or not. And he is free to hire an attorney at any time. The Court has to decide what "the best" interests are with respect to child custody and visitation. It sounds like, however, that your hearing is for temporary custody orders only, pending final resolution of the case. If the father has not filed and served a response within the requisite 30 days, you can get a default judgment, which will affect how the judge decides the issue of "final custody". For assistance with your case, call the Law Offices of Andy Cook @ 619-515-9900. If the father is getting an attorney, you probably need one too. An attorney is also important because you and he are so far apart on what you want for custody.
Q. Wife's attorney ignored my Form Interogatories, and my Meet And Confer letter. What's next:Discovery?or Order to Compel?
A: Probably do a motion to compel if more than 30 days have gone by since the discovery demands were served by someone other than you over the age of 18 and not a party to the action.
Q. I would like to take my baby’s father to court for child support but he has videos of us together before I got pregnant.
A: No.
Q. My name is SONYA and my husband DANTE WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HELP US ON OUR CASE FOR OUR SON..
A: Give me a call at 619-515-9900. If no answer, leave a message with your phone number and when a good time to call back would be.
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1901 1st Ave
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San Diego, CA 92101
USA
Telephone: (619) 515-9900
Fax: (619) 515-9898