Family Law

A client-centric approach and a diverse background of experience and education is a winning combination for our clients. We want you to know you’re not alone. We are in your corner and will do everything in our power to help you come out of this difficult time with your head held high, ready to face the world and take your life back.

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Divorce & Separation

First things first: We understand this is a very difficult time for you and your family. We want you to know that we are in your corner and we believe that you deserve what’s right and fair. 

Divorce can be complicated, stressful, and ugly. Not to worry – we can handle even the most complex cases. Our areas of specialty include: 

  • Child Custody: This includes legal custody, decision making authority for the child; and physical custody, where the child spends his or her time.
  • Child Support: This is calculated based on a percentage of the physical custody and the respective incomes of the parents.
  • Spousal Support: This is calculated from a number of factors and based upon the standard of living during the marriage.
  • Division of Assets & Debts: This takes into account Community Property vs Separate Property, credits, and reimbursements.
  • Attorney Fees: One party’s need vs the other party’s ability to pay, this is based on a disparity of income. 
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Domestic violence

According to the California Family Code, abuse is: 

  1. Intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to another person; 
  2. Sexual assault;
  3. Placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury. 

Abuse is not limited to the actual infliction of physical harm — it can also be repeated attempts or harassment. 

Whether you’re seeking a restraining order, or defending yourself against one, we take these matters very seriously. Uncovering the facts and protecting your safety are our top priorities.

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Paternity

Paternity disputes arise among unmarried persons that have one or more children together. We specialize in the following areas of paternity: 

  • Child Custody: This includes legal custody, decision making authority for the child; and physical custody, where the child spends his or her time.
  • Child Support: This is calculated based on a percentage of the physical custody and the respective incomes of the parents.
  • Attorney Fees: Where there’s a disparity of income, courts take into account one party’s need vs the other party’s ability to pay. 
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Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements are contracts entered into between couples before they marry. A properly executed prenup can help protect your assets and income, and can circumvent default divorce rules, including spousal support.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about Prenuptial Agreements:

  • Prenups cannot cover child support or custody issues. 
  • Attempts to limit or waive spousal support are unenforceable unless the receiving spouse has his or her own attorney.
  • Prenups may be changed or revoked after marriage.