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Fighting for Your Family Since 1980
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What is Family Law?

What is Family Law?

The practice of family law includes representation in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support and visitation, spousal support, and the division of the property and liabilities of the marriage. The issues of child custody, child support, and visitation are also present in paternity and in non-marital child custody cases, which are a part of a family law practice as well. Guardianships of children by adults other than the parents of the children are sometimes needed. All types of adoption cases are a part of family law, including step parent, independent, and adult adoptions.

In addition to the above areas of law, a family law attorney should be able to help their clients with the other issues that most people encounter in their lifetimes. Therefore, our practice also includes the area of estate planning. Depending on a client’s needs, an estate plan can include a Will, Intervivos Trust, Durable Power of Attorney, and Emergency Medical Instructions.

Our clients may require assistance involving child support collection administered through the California Department of Child Support Services, as well as the handling of domestic violence restraining orders. We also prepare Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements to protect our clients in the event of a future dissolution of marriage.
Our practice routinely handles all of these areas of family law and we are ready to assist you with your individual needs.

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Do I Need A Family Law Attorney?

Has someone served you with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (divorce), a petition or motion to determine custody or other such orders, or any court document that is requiring you to be involved in the court process? If so, you may very well need an attorney.
In most instances, you didn’t ask to be in court, but someone else in your life, someone who you once thought you could talk to and trust, is now pursuing a court action. You have been served with legal documents, and your case has begun, even if it is not welcomed by you. At other times, you tried to work out the difficulty with the other person, but now they don’t respond or, if they do, they won’t compromise to make a decision you can both live with.
If you have been served with any of the above legal documents, you must file a written response with the court within a specific timeframe so your views and legal position can be considered by the Court. It is important that you act quickly to obtain help so your voice can be heard. You should not ignore the Court's deadlines and assume that if you do so, the conflict will go away. Instead, the case will proceed without your input, and you could be precluded by the court from ever being heard in this case in the future.
If there is no court case already on file, and your attempts to resolve your issues privately have brought no satisfaction, then you will need to file papers with the court to open your court case so you can get assistance.
If you are adopting a child that your spouse had from a prior relationship, you will probably also need to terminate the parental rights of one or more other individuals before being allowed to adopt the child. This process can be very complex. Each adoption is a unique situation. Therefore you should hire an experienced adoption attorney to help you with your case from the start. It is vitally important that all steps are completed correctly in the adoption process from the start, so your adoption is not at risk of being reversed in the future. Our practice has routinely and successfully represented clients in their adoption cases for many years.
In each instance above, I can help you make the best decisions available when you are facing difficult problems. The rules in Family Law are complex, and the Legislature has passed laws that are shaped by appellate cases, which tell a Judge how a particular situation should be decided. You need an experienced attorney who knows the law, as well as the cases that discuss the law, to help you get a fair ruling from the Judge or to help you negotiate a fair settlement.
A person cannot rely solely on the internet for case information, nor should a person judge what’s best for them based on what occurred in their friend’s court case. All cases and situations are different, even if they look the same on the surface. Most often, an experienced attorney is needed to help you make the best choices for you and the challenges you are facing.
Rich R. Myers has been practicing family law for nearly 37 years. Our practice is devoted to helping people get through the legal process and deal with the frustration, anger, and worry that family law matters often have.


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Rich Myers, Fresno Attorney

1300 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 3A
​Fresno, California 93711
Phone: (559) 227-1286
Fax: (559) 227-6700
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In Business Since 1980

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