Choosing a family lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Our clients have sought out our San Francisco family law practice in some of the most trying times in their lives. They are facing separation from a spouse or partner, divorce, conflicts over child custody, seeking or defending against domestic violence restraining orders, and dealing with the issues of child or spousal support.
If you are looking for attorneys who are true advocates, people who vigorously defend you and your children and meticulously research the laws affecting your life, contact our San Francisco family law office for a consultation. Being a true advocate means getting to know you, finding out about what keeps you up at night when you’re worrying about your divorce, separation, or child custody situation. It means giving you advice based on experience and research, a thorough understanding of the relevant law, and respect for your wishes.
Second only to the death of a spouse, divorce and marital separation rank as the most stressful life experiences that a person can have, according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Experience has taught us that divorce cases take many forms, and reducing the stress inherent in divorce means being able to successfully navigate each road. Some cases are mediated or negotiated from beginning to end, while others require some aspect to be litigated. Our San Francisco divorce lawyers are tough negotiators when necessary to achieve your objectives, and we are ready to litigate any issue that requires court resolution.
Nothing is more important than your children. When you are faced with a threat to your children’s safety and well-being, we will do everything in our power to protect them. We will take the time to learn every detail about your children’s lives, down to the minutiae of their daily schedules, in order to get to an outcome that is in their best interests. When appropriate, we will negotiate with the other parent to come to terms of a custody arrangement that works for the kids, but we are prepared to seek the court’s assistance and litigate in order to protect your children.
California law is the default whenever people get divorced in California. This may be to your benefit or your detriment, depending upon the particular circumstances of your case. Not everyone wants or needs a premarital agreement, but it always makes sense to find out whether you would be hurt or benefitted by California law before you get married. If you have children from a previous marriage, or you have significant property that you want to protect in the event of a divorce, getting a premarital agreement can stave off the threat of future litigation and can give you certainty about how your property will be handled in the event of a divorce.
Our attorneys are experienced in protecting our clients’ rights to a wide range of assets, including equity compensation, interests in partnerships and corporations, retirement savings, real estate and fine art, among others. Our work begins by understanding your assets and businesses, by listening carefully to your knowledge base about the asset and conducting discovery when necessary to acquire information about it from the other spouse. If you owned an asset or operated a business before marriage, we will help you trace your premarital contributions to the asset and work with our experts, such as forensic accountants and appraisers, to protect as much of your separate property interest as the law will allow.
The benchmark in calculating orders for child support is the California child support guideline, which takes into account the parental timeshare (time spent with each parent) and the incomes of both parents, from all sources. We represent clients to obtain orders for child support or defend against requests for child support when they are not warranted. We are experienced dealing with a wide array of complications that arise when dealing with child support orders, including difficulties enforcing an order or past due support.
In California, for marriages under ten years in length, there is a presumption that spousal support will last for half of the length of the marriage. For marriages over ten years in length, the outcome is often more uncertain, as the court does not have the power to terminate a spouse’s right to support at the time a judgment of divorce is entered. Our San Francisco divorce attorneys obtain orders for spousal support both through negotiation with the supporting spouse and his or her attorney or by bringing motions for support, when necessary.
“Liat is a person that you definitely want on your side. It is always comforting to know that you have a person who genuinely cares about the outcome of your situation, who is there if you need questions answered, and who can reassure you during those anxiety provoking moments. Dealing with a legal matter can be a scary venture for those of us unfamiliar with how it all works, and Liat guided me through rough waters with the utmost of professionalism and compassion.”-L.P.
“I cannot recommend Liat enough. She has an amazing personality combination which was exactly what I needed at the time of revisiting my child custody situation. A very sharp, smart, to the point and yet very compassionate person. I felt incredibly well taken care of, well guided and supported by someone who was in the driver’s seat when I couldn’t be. I recommend her wholeheartedly.”-Tamara M.
“Going through a divorce, I had no idea where to start. I heard “get a mediator!” “don’t deal with lawyers” “do it yourself” and may others. I’m so glad I found Liat to help me through the process. She explained very clearly what to expect. I found her to be incredibly easy to work with, honest, and flexible. She didn’t push her services on me…she explained my options and let me decide. Very glad I decided to let her help.”-Jason L.