Family Law/Domestic Relations
Consistent with its philosophy of offering a full range of legal services to the community, the Firm represents clients in all aspects of family law, including preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, representation in all aspects of divorce and paternity proceedings, including property division, child custody, visitation, grandparent rights, step-parent rights and the establishment, modification, and enforcement of child support and spousal maintenance. Our family law attorneys also advise and represent clients with respect to issues regarding alternative relationships, whether opposite or same sex, including preparation of domestic partnership agreements and providing estate planning for non-married couples. We also practice in juvenile court, representing clients in adoption, dependency, guardianship and parental termination actions. The Firm's lawyers act as mediators/ arbitrators to resolve family law disputes and are available to assist clients in a collaborative divorce.
Our family law attorneys strive to combine zealous advocacy with a recognition that marital and family disputes require a quick and just resolution on the most amicable terms possible. We strongly believe that bitter and protracted litigation in this area of the law, though sometimes unavoidable, is most often counterproductive and, especially when children are involved, leaves all parties unhappy and sometimes emotionally scarred. We thus encourage and work toward a fair settlement of domestic disputes whenever possible.
Areas of Expertise
Adoption and Severance of Parental Rights
Arbitration and Mediation Services
Community Property Law
Custody and Visitation Issues
Non-Traditional Family Law
Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)