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Family Law Legal Services You Can Trust

Having a family can be a great and fulfilling part of your life. Our family law attorneys and professionals offer counsel at all stages of a family’s transition, from formation through dissolution. If you are experiencing a family law issue, our team of family law attorneys and mediators are here to guide you through the entire process.

What Is Family Law?

Family law is the legal practice area which encompasses all matters involving families. It focuses on issues involving family relationships including pre-marital, post-marital, cohabitation, divorce, child custody, support, and domestic violence.

In many cases involving family issues, emotions can run high and having an experienced family law attorney by your side can help ensure you are properly represented and protected during the legal process.

Our experienced family law firm has provided clients with proven legal strategies and advice in both family court and alternative dispute resolution. If you need legal representation or a mediator in a family court case, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our family law attorneys in San Francisco or Sacramento.

Family Law Practice Areas We Provide You

The California family court system oversees a wide range of family law issues. The attorneys and meditators at Lewellen | Strebe Family Law Firm can create a legal strategy that covers one or many of the areas. To learn more about a specific legal area, click on the links below or contact us for a free initial consultation.

Divorce and Legal Separation

If you are considering a divorce or legal separation or your partner has served you with legal papers, knowing your rights, the legal process, required legal forms, and timelines can be the difference in obtaining a favorable outcome.

These are time sensitive issues which usually require immediate attention. Your ability to effectively manage a family law matter in the beginning will set you on a trajectory of success or failure. Lewellen | Strebe’s divorce attorneys have the experience, sophistication, and knowledge to evaluate and guide you through the divorce process, no matter how complex the issues.

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Spousal Support
  • Premarital and Post-marital Agreements

Child Custody, Support, Visitation:

When parents divorce or separate there are many legal, logistical, and financial factors that can impact the whole family. Determining the best situation for the custody and support of your child can become very emotional and contested.

Our attorneys have helped parents come to favorable agreements through pre-trial mediation and established strong legal strategies when needed. When an agreement can’t be reach through mediation, the family court system will get involved to determine what will be in the child’s best interest 

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Child Visitation
  • Paternity / Parentage

Domestic Abuse:

Domestic abuse matters resulting in restraining orders are handled in criminal courts and family law courts. They can proceed concurrently or independently. Lewellen | Strebe family law attorneys prosecute and defend cases under the Domestic Violence Protect Act (DVPA) in family law court. Domestic abuse cases under the DVPA are significantly different from a prosecution in criminal court.

In addition to the significant substantive and procedural differences between them, child custody and support can be determined in a DVPA case in family law court, unlike in a criminal court. Unlike many family law attorneys, Attorney Michael Strebe has a focused trial practice on domestic abuse cases in family law court. He is known for his zealous advocacy in complex domestic violence matters, both seeking and opposing orders sought under the DVPA.

  • Domestic Violence Protective Orders

Interstate and International Family Law:

Family law differs across the 50 states and in countries around the world. At the Lewellen | Strebe Family Law Firm we have collected an unique expertise and experience in interstate and international family law services.

When such a family law dispute arises, especially involving custody, it is imperative that you act quickly and knowledgeable. You can rest assured when you choose the have our team represent you, our strategy will take all local laws and requirements into account from the beginning

  • Interstate Family Law
  • International Family Law

Mediation:

Mediation is the preferred method of resolution in many California family court cases. There are many advantages to resolving issues through mediation including lower costs, quicker timeline, confidentiality, and mutual understanding.

At Lewellen | Strebe, we are mediators who help parties negotiate a settlement in their case in a supportive, empathetic, and neutral environment, not representing either party. Our sole role is to act neutrally and help the parties resolve their case expeditiously.

  • Mediation

Modification / Set Aside of Court Orders and Judgments:

The law allows for prior court orders and judgments to be set aside or modified under certain circumstances. This is often a complex procedural process that requires the proponent to make a specific showing under the applicable laws.

Modification and set aside rulings are often difficult to obtain given the legal requirements involved. Our attorneys have the legal acumen to properly handle these difficult issues and provide you with a winning strategy.

  • Mediation