Practice Areas

Divorce & Legal Separation

Divorce is one of the most emotionally-charged life events as two people who promised to love each other for life see their marriage come to an end, often with a fight fueled by perceived or actual wrongs. No matter what your reason is for divorce, it can be useful to have an experienced divorce attorney [..]

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Paternity Actions

Courts legally determine the father of a child through parentage, or paternity, cases. While paternity is usually assumed inside of a marriage, establishing legal paternity is necessary to enforce key legal rights for unmarried persons. Why Paternity is Important for Mothers Under California law, a father is responsible for supporting a child whether or not [..]

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Modification Motions

During the course of a case, the court may make temporary orders based on the parties’ position at a fixed point in time. There are many circumstances where the temporary order ceases to be equitable for one or both parties. A court will grant a modification motion when the petitioning party shows a significant change [..]

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Annulment

An annulment is a legal ruling that a marriage never existed. This is different than a divorce because after the annulment is granted, you will not be treated as if you were previously married but as if you had never married at all. Annulments are available in a specific set of circumstances. The people who [..]

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Judgments & Marital Settlement Agreements

In California, the family court judge issues a judgment resolving all issues of the marriage. However, when the spouses are able to agree on one or more issues, the court will almost always adopt their agreement as part of its judgment. There are only a few sets of circumstances when the court will not give [..]

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Uncontested Divorce & Uncontested Paternity Action

When most people think about divorce and paternity cases, they think of lengthy, heated courtroom battles. While many divorce and paternity cases do turn out that way, there is no reason they have to. If both parties are in agreement about how to resolve the situation, they only need to complete the appropriate paperwork, reach [..]

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Post-Judgment Modification Motions

Once a divorce order is issued, there is a limited time within which it may be contested. Because the divorce judgment is intended to be final and both parties have already had an opportunity to present their evidence to a judge, a post-judgment modification motion cannot be used simply to reargue the case. Instead, specific [..]

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Restraining Orders

Domestic Violence Domestic violence is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, but unfortunately, it is all too common. More troubling is the fact that many victims fail to take action when they are abused or threatened — often because they’ve convinced themselves that everything is somehow their fault. If you [..]

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Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements

Premarital agreements, also referred to as Prenuptial Agreements are agreements entered into between couples in anticipation of marriage. These agreements allow the parties to create a roadmap for resolving their differences. Premarital agreements generally address issues such as property division and characterization, spousal support, and the division of property should the marriage come to an [..]

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