I have handled trials, depositions, mediations and emergency court appearances with great success over the years. With more than a decade of experience representing clients in a variety of family law and divorce matters, my goal is to zealously advocate for your rights and interests, both in court and out.
One of the most frequent issues to arise in divorce or separation situations are disputes over children. This is often a highly sensitive issue that can deeply effect your relationship with your children. There are many types of custody arrangements and parents must decide if they will share joint or sole legal and physical custody of their children. If they cannot agree, court intervention may be necessary. If urgent situations arise, an emergency request made to the court may need to occur. You can rely on the expertise of my firm to help guide youthrough this process.
Many issues need to be settled when a couple decide to get divorced. When you have an experienced attorney representing you, you will find it easier to get through this difficult process. Complicated issues can arise in a divorce situations, including parental relocation (referred to as "move-away" cases) and division of complex assets such as community-owned companies, pensions and investments. Allowing my firm to guide and support you in this process will ensure a better and more cost-effective outcome for you and your family.
Family law entails the completion of many forms and documents, often with diverse and confusing deadlines. My law firm provides a comprehensive range of document preparation on behalf of clients, including the drafting and filing of divorce petitions, paternity actions, restaining order requests or responses, guardianships, custody and support requests, and emergency motions to the Court. My office also has extensive experience drafting prenuptial agreements for couples contemplating marriage, as well as couples ending their marriage who seek the completion of a marital settlement agreement to address the issues of their divorce. My firm has the legal expertise necessary to handle whatever document preparation your situation may require.
It is essential for couples in committed same-sex relationships to be active in taking all necessary steps to ensure their rights are fully protected. My law firm successfully works with same-sex couples to assist with a wide range of legal issues, including the drafting of prenuptial agreements, dissolving a domestic partnership, resolving child custody disputes, and assisting in domestic violence situations. My firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services to same-sex couples so that I can better protect you and your interests.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are interested in obtaining a restraining order or emergency protective order to protect you or your family, my firm can provide you with the legal support and guidance you need. The firm also provides assistance to individuals who have been accused of domestic violence. If you are seeking help to fight against a restraining order that has been unnecessarily imposed against you, my law firm can assist you in successfully resolving the matter.
Family support is composed of child support and spousal support. Spousal support is sometimes known as "alimony." Many factors can effect the ultimate amount of support. It is essential that you have an experienced attorney on your side who understands the nuances of support law. Such an attorney can help you successfully navigate the compex legal rules, ambiguities and special circumstances that effect support awards. This firm represents individuals in all types of support cases, including cases in which the Department of Child Support has directly intervened. Representation by my firm can help you achieve the most beneficial results in your support case.
A guardianship is a legal proceeding in which an individual is appointed by the court to care for a minor child, often in situations in which the biological parents are unable to properly care for that child. I can assist you through the process of setting up a guardianship. Furthermore, if you are a grandparent being denied visitation with your grandchild, I can seek direct court intervention and advocate for your rights. Since grandparent rights remain a gray area of California law, representation by an experienced attorney is essential. I work hard to preserve the very special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Divorce mediation is an important option for couples willing to work in an non-adversarial manner with each other to resolve issues such as child custody, family support and marital settlement agreements. By facilitating mediation in a neutral fashion, my office can assist couples in deciding these important issues together. Mediation may not be appropriate for all situations, but when it is, it can help couples save time and resources by keeping the process out of court. I can help you and your spouse achieve a satisfactory and amicable end to your marriage. I successfully completed advanced mediation training for divorce mediators at the Northern California Mediation Center of Marin County.
Paternity actions are pursued to determine who the biological father of a child is. Because paternity can effect child custody and child support matters, it is essential to have representation by an experienced attorney to help you successfully resolve your case. Whether you are a mother wishing to establish paternity or a father wishing to prove your biological relationship to a child, my law firm can help advise you on your options and advocate for your rights in all legal proceedings.