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Southern California Custody Attorneys

We are ready to guide you through the family court process by providing the legal expertise, empathy and support you need to set yourself up for future success.

Kristen A. Holstrom and Samantha K. McBride are leading attorneys in Southern California, specializing in child custody and divorce.

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Aggressive and Approachable

Achieve the best outcome for your case with skillful representation so that you can avoid unnecessary stress and trauma for your family. We craft custom case strategies for each client. We take the time to become knowledgeable regarding the specific facts of your case and explain how those facts interact with family law. We provide comprehensive representation and are with you during the entire court process. Our strategies are founded on clear expectations, and are designed with purpose to benefit your family for years to come.

The Custody Queens Team is Hiring!

We’re looking for hard-working, energetic team players who want to join a group of legal professionals who truly care about helping families. Positions as Family Law Attorneys, Paralegals, and Office Staff are available in all our offices throughout Southern California, including Riverside County and Orange County.

Kristen A. Holstrom and Samantha K. McBride | The Custody Queens
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Child Custody & Visitation in California

Family law in California with respect to child custody and visitation is designed to protect the best interests of the child. The primary concern of the court is to ensure that the health, safety, and welfare of the children is well considered. Each case begins with the assumption that children benefit from frequent and continuing contact with both parents.

When parents that are separating cannot agree on how to divide responsibilities, the court decides for them. Ideally separating couples are able to settle an agreement among themselves before turning the decision over to the judge. A good family law attorney helps you reach a settlement that fits your needs and schedule without going to court. In the event that the other side is unreasonable or uncooperative, your attorney protects your parental rights in court.

Divorce Feels Scary Sometimes

A divorce can feel like a deep, dark path though the unknown. One false step can place you somewhere you don’t want to be. We provide clients a map and a guiding light for navigating the complexities of the legal system. Let us turn obstacles into stepping stones that lead to a brighter future for your family.

Client Testimonials

As experienced family lawyers, we create solutions for families that outlast our representation.


“I hired Mrs. Ruegg for help with my divorce custody of my child. She worked hard to protect my son and what was best for him. She went above and beyond of my son and I. She is smart, and knows what she is doing and won’t be bullied.”

Michelle B.

Best Decision Ever

“I had spent months looking up reviews for different lawyers for my custody case. I was hesitant to choose any because this was the most important thing to me and wanted to make sure I chose the right lawyer to represent me. Kristen stood way out to me from all of the others so I decided to schedule a consultation with her…”


Wish I’d contacted Kristen sooner!

“In early 2018 I was faced with the difficult task of separating from my wife of 21 years. We had come to the conclusion amicably and had every intention of conducting a very civil divorce, keeping the well being of our 10 year old son at the forefront of our intentions. Like many couples in this scenario we didn’t see a need to seek legal counsel…”

Darryl Polk

Well Attentive Legal Services

“Samantha K. McBride has provided well-skilled services to my case. Done so in a timely manner, that was skillfully communicated at all times. I recommend her and the law firm for any case in this area of law.”


I Truly Appreciate You!

“Good Afternoon,
As I sit here and reflect over the last 19 (I believe) court hearings, I realize how special you all are and an integral part of my life.

So, as I cry writing this, and from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!

For supporting me
For believing in me
For being there
For listening
For being patient
For being understanding
For voicing my frustrations when I could not
For arguing on my behalf
For never giving up on me
For working with me
For helping me meet my needs
For never turning your backs
For the lost hours of sleep
For the time you could have given to your family, but instead gave it to my case


I know I would not get the same service, treatment or understanding anywhere else. I see how far we have come and thank you both for helping me in and understanding me in your own ways.

I truly appreciate you!”

Current Client

Great Listener and Honest

“I felt Sam listened to everything I had to say. She sought to understand where I was coming from and what I needed. I felt like she advocated for me every step of the way. One thing I appreciated about her the most was her honesty and her frankness. If something I requested or was inquiring about would end up costing me more in attorney fees than what I was asking for, she was very honest about that. She took my financial situation into consideration and made sure to do everything she could to make the process as affordable for me as possible. Although attorneys are not cheap, regardless of how they are representing you, I wholeheartedly appreciate the efforts she made to keep my costs low.

One thing I would recommend, as the client, is to read over all documents, settlements, requests, and other items in writing and check for misspellings and grammatical errors because I did see quite a few of those. Aside from that, I feel at peace knowing I had Sam representing me throughout my divorce.

Her confidence and knowledge of laws surrounding divorce provided me with even more comfort in choosing her as my representation. I would recommend Sam to anyone going through a divorce who needs to feel safe, listened to, and advocated for.”

Kaylie R.

Caring beyond measure

“I was fortunate enough to have Sam take part as an attorney on my case as it has continued to progress over the years. Sam has a smile that brightens up a room that helps you find a sense of peace and calm on court dates. Sam is caring beyond measure, approachable, a wonderful resource and knowledgeable about anything family law.

I should also add, Sam is killer in the courtroom, and I have enjoyed having her represent me over the past few hearings. Thank you Sam for everything you have done and continue to do for my daughter and I.”

M. S.

Extremely knowledgeable in family law

“Making a choice when it comes to retaining an attorney/firm can be very intimidating at first, then I met Kristen. The fact that Kristen was so relatable, made it an easy choice for me to retain her services, along with her being exceptionally: professional, kind, understanding, easily approachable, extremely knowledgeable in family law and a bada** in the courtroom. I have lost count of court appearances to date but have had favorable outcomes EVERY time due to Kristen’s ability to strategize before court, and execute the plan during a hearing. Thank you Kristen for being there with me every step of the way, you are definitely a gem to not only myself and my daughter, but the legal community as a whole.

Melissa S.


“Samantha is an all around class act. Guided by her legal prowess and cunning ability to strategize. I was successfully and swiftly by legal standards; enabled to achieve a favorable decision allowing me to have equal custody of my son. Samantha’s talents alongside her personable nature allowed me to calmly relinquish any angst. This alone is worth the admission for services rendered & I highly recommend anyone in need to follow suit…”


Best Family Law Attorney in Riverside County

“Attorney NaKesha Ruegg is the best family law attorney in Riverside County. Ms. Ruegg is a true professional that truly puts her client’s needs as her highest priority. Ms. Ruegg’s knowledge in law, her personal experience & genuine care of concern for clients & their families shows in her work ethic. I’ve retained Ms. Ruegg back in 2014 & have had her as my attorney in all my family matters. Ms. Ruegg has become a friend through the process & I wouldn’t trust anyone else to handle our legal family matters. I highly recommend NaKesha Ruegg, you won’t be sorry & she is worth the financial investment. Hands down. I absolutely love her & you will too!”

Jeanette M.

You know what they say about ‘peace of mind!’

“The short answer I hired her to help me with custody, visitation, and father’s Rights protection for me and my new born son; who’s mother is not married to me. Everyone listen up! If you don’t have a clue where to start and you have custody or alimony issues etc, then you have to hire this lawyer. Remember, peace of mind is priceless!!”

Ryan S.

Contact SoCal Attorneys Passionate About Child Custody

An experienced family law attorney in the Inland Empire and Orange County can help you overcome the obstacles facing you and your family. Call today for a telephonic case assessment of your legal matter. You will learn the options available to you and the different approaches for handling your unique situation.

Telephonic Case Assessment

Call: (833) 622-0001

Do not face your legal matters alone. Let’s talk about how we can help you start on the next chapter of your life.