Family Law

Resolution of family legal issues requires discretion and sensitivity, in addition to expertise.

Best Law Firms 2024 badgeAt a time of major transitions and uncertainties, McManis Faulkner combines a supporting, caring approach with strong, seasoned representation to create successful outcomes for all involved parties.  In so doing, we provide the expertise and knowledge of a team of family law attorneys, rather than the single attorney most other firms offer.  

Over the course of our 40 years in the law, we have worked with clients on issues such as:

  • Marital and domestic partnership dissolutions
  • Separation disputes
  • Domestic violence and issues stemming from drug or alcohol dependency
  • Child custody, visitation and support
  • Spousal support
  • Valuation of property and division of assets
  • “Move away” and abduction issues (domestic and international)

We begin each engagement by providing clients with a comprehensive resource binder that helps explain the language of family law and guides them through the process. We listen carefully to the details of every case and apply our considerable legal skills and insights to analysis of the matter. From this process we craft effective legal options specific to clients’ circumstances.  Complementing our family law team are the firm's civil and business litigation attorneys. Together they provide a powerful combination of family law sensibilities and business acumen.

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  • Divorce

    Divorce can involve serious financial and emotional issues. McManis Faulkner attorneys understand that every issue in a divorce is important to everyone involved. We advise clients about the ways California divorce laws apply to their particular situations and work closely with clients to determine the dispute resolution process that is best suited to their case, including negotiation, mediation, and litigation in public court or before a private judge. When appropriate, we collaborate with other professionals, such as forensic accountants, business valuators, appraisers, and psychologists. Our ultimate goal is to obtain a fair, practical resolution while minimizing the emotional impact on the entire family.

  • Custody and Visitation

    Not knowing what their future holds can be overwhelming for children. At McManis Faulkner, our child custody lawyers realize the impact a divorce may have on children, regardless of their age. We also are mindful that parents need to maintain their ability to collaborate with each other now and throughout their children’s lives. Our child custody lawyers work with clients to protect their children and ensure their children’s needs remain at the forefront. We also work hard to make sure their lives are disrupted as little as possible by the legal process of divorce. There are many issues to consider, and our attorneys provide the counsel parents need to make informed decisions. For example, we work with clients to achieve a fair child custody agreement and visitation time schedule that is in the child's best interests and preserves a client's parental rights.