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What does ‘Family Law’ mean and what are some of the possible issues in this area?

The Family courts in California are courts of general jurisdiction. A court of general jurisdiction is a court with authority to hear cases of all kinds – criminalcivilfamilyprobate, and so forth.. Family law issues are heard before the Family court. Issues in family law refer to issues falling under the California Family Code. Issues falling under this code section are, but are not limited to:
  • Marital Dissolution (e.g., Divorce) and Legal Separation;
  • Some Domestic Violence cases;
  • Availability and propriety of attorney fees in family law actions;
  • Child custody (both legal and physical);
  • Child support;
  • Spousal support (e.g., Alimony);
  • Domestic partnerships;
  • Division of property.

Where is the family court located in Santa Clara County?

The Santa Clara county Family court is located at 201 N. 1st st., San Jose, CA 95113.

Is my case complicated and, if so, how my choice of attorney help?

In general, most cases do not make it to trial. However, a tactical attorney (not just aggressive or passive) can be vital in obtaining a good result in settlement negotiations leading up to trial. George Washington famously said

“If we desire to secure peace, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” (1793)

In any type of litigation, preparation for hearings, settlement negotiations or trial is key. An attorney you believe in will argue on your behalf by the most effective means, in order to obtain your desired outcome. This is the optimal scenario heading into any family law matter.

The possible issues in a case also affect how complicated the matter can become. High-value asset division, property character assessment, custody matters and other family law issues require zealous advocacy by your attorney.

My approach is to bring my experience, background and abilities towards dealing with opposing counsel, the judge ,and the any complicated issues that may arise in order to achieve a positive outcome for my clients.

How do I know if I need to retain an attorney? How do I speak with you?

Many attorneys charge their hourly rate for an initial consultation with a prospective client. I offer a free one-hour consultation to prospective clients in order to see if I am a right fit for them just as much as I consider whether the client is a good fit for me. I often encourage my clients to take their time in retaining myself or any representation as the decision is one that can have a big impact on their day-to-day lives and legal matter.

My free one-hour consultation is confidential regardless of whether I am retained as your attorney or not. Fill out the information on the contact page, or send an email in order to schedule an appointment.


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