Kenneth H.J. Henjum
Law Offices

Family Law and Bankruptcy 


URGENT: If you are facing Foreclosure, Wage Assignment, Judgment Lien, or Bank Levy, call our office and speak with Peggy to set up an emergency appointment.  We will do everything we can to see you the same day and stop them immediately. First consultation is free!



My firm covers cases in both areas, since many times they are interrelated.  My website has helpful links along the left side with additional information for you.  If you have a specific question, please contact us via email or telephone.




I moved to Ventura County in 1963 and have resided here with my family ever since.  I have been practicing for over 25 years in Ventura County, covering Bankruptcy and Family Law.  I have been in the same office building since 1999, so I'm here to stay.  The interaction of the two areas of Bankruptcy and Family Law often overlap.  A family going through tough financial times might consider Divorce, and a family who is divorced might consider Bankruptcy.  At my office, we cover both, so you are sure to be given the best legal advice. 

My opinion is that a local attorney whom you can meet is best suited to help you.  I have handled cases from San Diego to San Francisco, but now primarily handle Ventura County and sometimes Los Angeles County.  

I have a strong network of other attorneys to help you if you need another area of law.  If you have a problem that requires a lawyer, call my office.


Our office has handled divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and restraining orders with the Family Court Judges in Ventura Superior Court for over 25 years.  Our experience and familiarity with the local system will benefit you and your case.  Our office is located across the street from the Ventura Superior Court, so we can take care of any last minute emergency. Now that the East County Courthouse is closed for Family Law cases, we can serve you better than others.


It is better if you are proactive in the process.  Learn your rights so you can make informed decisions.  Come to the office for a free consultation before you make any major decisions. 


We have more information about the divorce and custody process on the left side of the website.  Click on any area of interest, and if your question is not answered, just email it to us for a quick response.

If your situation is financially difficult, we can consult on Bankruptcy as well. The consultation is free and the information is invaluable. We handle cases in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Fillmore, Santa Paula Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Moorpark, and Simi Valley.  We invite you to explore our website for more information.


Our office will take care of you and your situation.  We have partnered with local accountants and financial planners to provide a complete solution for you and your family.  We meet with you to discuss your legal options, then you have an opportunity to meet with an accountant and then a financial planner.  We not only get rid of the debt, but consider your future as well. 

Please remember that you are not alone.  Our office has helped thousands of people just like you. The anxiety, sleepless nights, hard decision making, and overall stress are common with our clients.  Just call and make an appointment. It's free and the information from an attorney that lives in the area will put your mind at ease. You'll meet with me and I will be the attorney that will handle your case.  We process Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and some Chapter 11 cases in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Moorpark, and Simi Valley.  We invite you to explore our website for more 


I have volunteered as a coach at AYSO soccer and Mock Trial for over eight years.  The changes the kids make in such a short time is incredible and makes the effort worthwhile.  If our future relies on the kids that I have met through these organizations, we are in great shape.

Realtors: I have developed a seminar to help you make money by increasing your knowledge of Bankruptcy.  Look for the tab "Brochure" and download it.  

Thank you for visiting our website. We designed and prepared the website, and are continuing to add content.  If you have a question that was not answered on the site, just email us or call. You can schedule a free consultation with me, so don't delay, call now.

805.654.7032 or email

If you have a specific question, fill out the form below and let us know right away.



The forms for the Bankruptcy filings completely changed in January 2016. The Court has also updated the income requirements for the parties, so please call our office and we can discuss how they effect your ability to file a case.


The Family Law Department in Ventura County is backlogged with mediation's for custody cases.  The lead time is several months ahead, so be sure to call our office, so we can discuss how this can effect your case.


Cases set in Ventura Superior Court, Courtroom 34 are mandated to be heard by a Commissioner. Ventura Superior Court has a new Commissioner (Michelle Castillo) to handle cases that are processed with the Department of Child Support Services (Courtroom 34).  


The longtime Bankruptcy judge in Santa Barbara, Robin Riblet retired last year, and the Honorable Peter Carroll stepped into her former courtroom.  The first change made was to allow telephonic appearances for attorneys.  This has allowed the cost of some motions to be reduced since a telephonic appearance is shorter and the time savings can be passed to the client. 


Fortunately, the changes are on the good side this time.  Many of the exemptions were increased, allowing you to keep more items when filing a Bankruptcy.  Please call the office to discuss the details and determine if you qualify.


The cost to file a motion in family law cases went up from $60.00 to $90.00, and $120 if you are filing for Mediation. 



Effective January 1, 2013, the California Legislature updated the amounts for exemptions on what Californians can keep after a Bankruptcy case.  Please call the office to discuss the details, but an example is the car deduction was increased over a thousand dollars to $4,800. There are many other changes that may open a filing of Bankruptcy to you.




It looks like the Bankruptcy fees are going up again.  The Chapter 11 fees were moved upward, as well as, conversion fees for Chapter 7 to Chapter 11.  Don't delay your filing, the costs will just increase.


The Mock Trial program is a high school program that allows students to act as attorneys/witnesses/bailiff/courtroom clerk/artists/reporters for a trial.  As one of the coaches for a high school team, the experience the kids have is irreplaceable. The 2015-16 season is over, but we are already thinking of next year.  The students are very excited to prepare over summer in anticipation of the new fact pattern, and are working hard to prepare for the County competition in March 2017.  

The enthusiasm of the participants gets better and better each year, so check it out if you can. 


I co-hosted a talk radio show "The Business of Life" with The Coach, Ron Tunick. It's been a while since we were on together since the Coach is taking a break.  I hope to back on the air soon.

Also listen to me on KBBY 95.1 FM, KHAY 101.3 FM, The Vibe 103.3, KDAR 98.3, Rewind 95.9, KVEN 1450 AM, and Live 105.5 FM

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