Practice Areas

Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody is often the most difficult area of family law because it involves trying to reach an outcome that is in the best interests of the children involved. Unlike other areas of the law, the two parties are both aiming for the same objective, the best interests of their children, it’s just that they [..]

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Child Support

The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s financial necessities are taken care of and that the child’s standard of living stays consistent with their pre-divorce care. California judges follow statutory guidelines when determining child support. These guidelines set forth a complex set of factors that take into account the total income [..]

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Marvin Actions

California law doesn’t recognize common law marriages and/or relationships where people lived together for long periods of time, so actions regarding these kinds of relationships cannot be brought in the family courts. People however who were living in these situations, or even shorter term relationships, can bring an action in a Sonoma County civil court under [..]

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Property Division

Property division in the Santa Rosa area follows California’s community property law. This law provides that in almost all situations, the assets acquired during a marriage are to be divided equally. The first difficulty that arises is determining which property belongs to the community, which belongs separately to one spouse or the other and which might belong [..]

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Restraining Orders

When domestic violence occurs, the courts issue restraining orders to bar the abuser from having further contact with their victim. Domestic violence includes threats or acts of violence against a spouse, child, or other member of the household, and restraining orders are issued when there is an immediate and present danger of domestic violence against [..]

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Spousal Support

One of the benefits of marriage is that both spouses can achieve a higher standard of living than they could have on their own. Often, this is accomplished by placing one spouse’s career first while the other spouse forgoes career opportunities to allow the family to move as required by the higher paid spouse’s job [..]

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