“The best way to reduce the cost of a divorce is to know your strategy before filing with the court.”
Kristen A. Holstrom, CFLS
About Custody Queens
Kristen and Sam envisioned a team that offers sophisticated legal analysis, combined with a unique, individual and personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce or custody case should be treated with respect and compassion.
Each case, each party, each child, and each opposing party is unique and requires its own individual approach, strategy and action plan. Attorneys, nor cases, are “one size fits all”, and that is important to remember when making decisions that affect your future, your children, and your livelihood. Additionally, an attorney should always tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. That is what separates the Custody Queens from other attorneys.
At the end of the day, this is your case and your life. The attorney you choose should provide you with the tools, education, and representation necessary to achieve your goals. Our clients learn how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for their children, and set themselves up for success as parents for years to come.
Meet Our Team of Attorneys
Custody Queens are a team of California family law attorneys who specialize in cases involving children. Our style blends compassionate representation with aggressive legal advocacy.
Kristen A. Holstrom
Managing Attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS)
Kristen is the Managing Attorney of Custody Queens. She is sharp, dynamic, and compassionate and is deeply valued by her clients for her creative legal strategies. As a Mother herself, Kristen truly understands the intricacies and challenges of family law issues and helps navigate her clients to get the best results for each client and each case.
She is well respected within the legal community and the recipient of many acknowledgments and awards. She has consecutively been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Most recently she was selected with the Top 50 Women Rising Star award, and the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Southern California Rising Star list, which is reserved for the top 1% of attorneys practicing under ten years.
She is co-chair of the Family Law section of the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), on the board of directors of the Orange County Board of Directors Family Law Section, and the board of governors for Corona Regional Medial Center (CRMC). Her specialties include divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, domestic violence restraining orders and related family law issues.
Samantha K. McBride
Attorney at Law
Sam is a resourceful, detailed-oriented, and tenacious family law attorney who is highly regarded by her clients for her skillful writing, responsiveness, and energetic representation.
She has an exceptional understanding of the intricacies of the law and legal procedure. Sam practices in child custody, domestic violence restraining orders, divorce, and related family law matters and her clients rely on her to provide sound legal advicebased on their unique circumstances.
Sam likes to be heavily involved in the communities she represents. She works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire and volunteers her time each year with Orangewood Children’s Foundation to help at-risk teens. She is a member of the Barristers Club of Riverside, the Riverside County Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association.
Sam’s focus has always been with helping people through difficult times. Her clients have been extremely appreciative of her efforts and she holds a superb rating with Avvo.com.
Attorney at Law
NaKesha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only from her 10 years of practice in family law, but also her extensive involvement with the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA).
She is co-chair at the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA) family law section, and a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). Her approach is to make the process as easy and painless as possible for clients and their children.
NaKesha has been trained as a minor’s counsel, allowing her to advocate for children in the most contentious of cases, as well as a Judge Pro Tem.
Attorney at Law
Samantha began her career as an attorney working primarily in civil litigation. After becoming a mother, she discovered a passion to work with parents and families, and now practices exclusively in family law. Samantha knows that the family law process can be confusing and stressful, and provides compassionate. level-headed support for her clients.
Samantha utilizes the training and skills developed while working in civil litigation, as well as her strengths in research and writing, to provide a unique form of support to the Custody Queens team.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Western State University College of Law, she received both Real Estate Practice and Business Law Certificates, earning the Distinguished Scholar honor in the latter.
As the Business Editor for her school’s Law Review, Samantha received eight Witkin Awards, for achieving the highest grade in her section, in courses such as Legal Writing and Research, Property I and II, and Negotiations.
Emiliza San Diego
Attorney at Law
Emiliza chose a career in family law to guide people through difficult times in their lives. She takes pride in explaining complex legal concepts in a straightforward manner and providing clients with comprehensive explanations and advice, to ensure they understand their rights and all of the options available to them. Clients enjoy working with Emiliza; she has a knack for building rapport and putting people at ease, due to her genuine desire to help take the stress out of an often-challenging process. She takes a proactive approach to representation and maintains constant contact with her clients through every step of their case.
Emiliza’s approach ensures that clients are able to identify their goals and understand how the law applies to their individual situation. She operates with the benefit of a collaborative approach in mind but comes fully prepared to litigate the issues in court, in order to achieve the best results for her clients.
Melannie entered the legal profession to help families persevere through difficult and complicated life challenges. She takes pride in delivering accessible legal services to clients, and has experience working on cases involving child custody, divorce, and domestic violence restraining orders.
An active listener, Melannie has a keen ability to balance empathy and legal analysis so that clients know what to expect as they move through their legal matter. Together with attorneys, she applies effective communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills in working toward our clients’ best interests.
Melannie received a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego, and passed the California Bar Exam in February 2019. She has completed Dispute Resolution Mediation Training with Orange County Human Relations, and has received numerous awards and certifications for pro bono and volunteer work that benefits underserved communities in San Diego and Orange County.
Margo is an incredibly valuable resource to Custody Queens attorneys and clients alike. She provides top-notch administrative support to attorneys and keeps clients in close contact regarding their legal matters. Margo is readily accessible for questions clients have about court processes and filings from start to finish.
As senior paralegal, Margo is involved in nearly every case handled by Custody Queens. She has a keen eye for detail, has a knack for multitasking, and blends sharp analytical thinking with a sense of empathy. Those qualities combined with her eight years of experience in the legal field equate to unmatched customer service for clients of the firm.
Margo graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in Psychology. Outside the office, she does volunteer work with Olive Crest, is a youth mentor, and an accomplished event planner.
The Custody Queens Approach
This is about real people helping real people. We understand that navigating a divorce with children is emotional and taxing on your well-being. As family law attorneys, we help you establish realistic goals based on the unique details of your situation, and in line with California law. By understanding who you are as a person, we help you face the unknown and address the challenges you’re facing in the most efficient way possible—not just with your custody case, but in all aspects of life.
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Do not face your legal matters alone. Let’s talk about how we can help you start on the next chapter of your life.