4675 MacArthur Court, Suite 700, Newport Beach, CA 92660, US

Divorce and family law representation to Newport Beach and surrounding area


A Heritage Of Excellence In Family Law

 An experienced family law attorney is vital to protecting you, your assets and your family. At Nelson | Kirkman (previously Paul J. Nelson & Associates),  we provide the knowledge, expertise and integrity you deserve. Our firm  can help you with a variety of family law matters.



  • Divorce
  • Asset protection
  • Property division
  • Child custody and support
  • Paternity
  • Visitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Litigation

Qualified To Take On The Most Complex Divorce Cases


Divorces can range from simple agreements to large and complicated  disputes. When your divorce involves high-value assets like property or  businesses, you need an expert family law attorney to navigate the  divorce process and protect your assets.

Our attorneys are  well-versed in high-asset divorces, and can help you in complex business  and property division cases. One of our attorneys is board certified in  family law by the state of California, showcasing our dedication and  experience in resolving complicated family law matters.


"A Lawyer that is honest!!"


5.0 stars

I have a great attorney with Paul!!  He has integrity and morals. He does what he says for you and is very  hard working!! I couldn't give him a higher rating!! He's courteous and  handles himself with professionalism!!

Satisfied Client

"Tenacious, Bulldog, Great Attorney"

 5.0 stars

Using Paul Nelson for my divorce was  the best decision I made in the entire process. He is knowledgeable,  tough, and does not back down. I first noticed Paul while at court for  another matter. I liked the way he approached the judge and did not back  down. He was considerate, but firm and backed by knowledge of the law  that applied. Because of that, I followed him out of the courtroom and  got his card. Divorce is terrible, but working with Paul helped me to  achieve good results.

Posted by Stephen



5.0 stars

Paul Nelson was very professional  and informative prior to, during, and after handling my legal situation.  I was grateful for his guidance, and communication throughout the  process. Additionally, I appreciated his availability in answering any  questions I may have had.

More often than not, family legal situations can be very time consuming, frustrating, and lengthy.

I  am thankful that even in the midst of all the details, Paul Nelson, and  his associates were notably helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and  speedy in all actions and correspondence.

Posted by Rebekah

"Excellent Family Law Professional"


5.0 stars

Paul and his staff are very professional, very knowledgeable and an excellent firm to work with.

The  firm does a great job of keeping the client informed, they are very  easy to work with and add the human touch to a very difficult situation.  I very much appreciate how they handled my case.

Posted by Mike


 Excellent Attorney

5.0 stars

Paul  Nelson and his team were excellent. They were tough when they needed to  be and willing to negotiate when that was appropriate. Paul handled my  case beautifully. I am confident that others will find him to be one of  the best family law attorneys in Southern California. I recommend him  without hesitation.

Posted by Beth

"This Guy is Tough and Good!"

 5.0 stars

I saw Paul in court in action. I had previously interviewed 3 other attorneys before hiring Paul.

He  provided me a realistic view of my case and an outline for his plan  from the outset. He suggested that we set up a settlement meeting with  my ex prior to court. We were able to settle a number of things at that  time.

Paul was very effective with the judge, the other attorney and the experts we had to hire in my case. I highly recommend him.

Posted by Dave


5.0 stars

Paul is extremely caring and wants  the best for me and my children. After working in OC for years Paul  knows the procedures, the court's staff and most all the Judges and  attorneys. This is especially helpful when preparing for his  appearances. He is especially knowledgeable with Family Law and does an  excellent job making sure my rights are protected. I have not observed  any other attorney stand up the same way Paul does.

 A Dad's Point of View 

"Highest Standards of Integrity"


5.0 stars

In 2008 I filed for divorce after 20  years of marriage. I only wished I had been referred to Paul Nelson  back then, instead of any one of the four attorneys I left over the next  3 years. Not one of them cared about my case, or responded to any  information I gave them.

Within three days of my Judgment, my Ex  stopped paying me. I turned to a friend who I met just before my divorce  was final, and asked her to please give me the name of her lawyer. She  had been quite happy with him and she got a good result.

I met  Paul Nelson. Paul has been nothing but a God send for my post-divorce  work for the past four years, which is quite often. My Ex continues to  stop paying support routinely, which is challenging and don't need the  additional stress. Paul had to help with everything that the "other  lawyer" forgot to put in the Divorce Judgment, that I wouldn't even know  to ask for, such as being taken off the mortgage on the house that I  Quit Claimed to my Ex. Paul has exceeded my expectations at all times  compared to any of the other lawyers I had. Paul has been nothing but  kind, compassionate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure  that I will get what I am entitled to now. I am always amazed that, at  last, I like and ADMIRE a GREAT LAWYER. He is the most ethical and  honest lawyer I have met in Orange County. Paul has been supportive and  gone the extra mile many times for myself and for my friend that  referred me to Paul.

Please do yourselves a favor and read the  reviews of divorced people. Don't hire a lawyer or law firm by name, or  from a neighbor that "heard about someone". Divorce is very emotional  and stressful and you should go through it with someone who cares about  your life after your divorce and well being. You need a lawyer who will  be there for you for the long haul, not pass you off to a "lawyer in  learning". Hire someone who will care about You, be compassionate,  understanding, and intelligent. Hire the lawyer who will get you  everything you deserve and are entitled to. Hire the lawyer who will  communicate with you personally.

That lawyer in Orange County is  Paul Nelson. I can count on Paul always, and I know he is there for me  no matter what work I'll need in the future.

Posted by Beverly

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