Law Office of Melinda Gomez

OLD Areas of Practice

Legal advice and advocacy for all of your family law needs.


Pre and Post-nuptial agreements

Due to California being a community property state in order for people to avoid the set legal presumptions need to enter into a formal agreement with their partner/spouse to memorialize their agreement, whether by way of a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement.  There are many legal implications as well as options that need to be assessed and understood before entering into such an agreement.Our office can educate you as to your options while guiding you through formalizing the agreement.    

 


divorce (Dissolution)

Our office works to demystify the complicated court process and legal requirements set out in the California Family Code with an eye towards putting your family in the best possible position for the years to come.                                                                                                               

    



mediation

If you want to avoid court and the high cost, emotionally and financially, of litigation then meeting with an impartial mediator may be the right choice for your family.  Our office can serve as an impartial mediator to help guide the parties as they represent themselves through the court process and work to aid them in reaching a resolution with the practical understanding of what litigation is actually like.

Frequently Asked Questions about Family Law Mediation.

Top 10 Reasons why Mediation is Better than Litigation.


spousal support

Often times spousal support is a major concern, regardless of whether you feel you need spousal support to move forward or fear you have exposure to pay spousal support.  Our office can help you to understand the law, your options, and establish a plan to resolve your spousal support issues with an eye towards your future.



litigation

Sometimes the issues facing you and your family are not able to be resolved, due to various issues, without going to court.  When needed and you feel it is appropriate for your future our office can work with you in and out of court to obtain the best possible outcome on a wide breadth of family law issues.

 

 

 


paternity (parentage)

 Our office works to demystify the complicated court process when you are faced with ending your asserting your rights as a parent. We focus on helping you through the process while understanding the requirements set out in the California Family Code with an eye towards putting your family in the best possible position for the years to come. 


child custody and visitation

Understandably child custody and visitation issues are often times a client's biggest and most important concerns when they come to us about their case.  We understand how difficult and confusing it is when trying to sort out custody and visitation issues.  Our office can help you to understand your legal rights as well as options while we advocate for you in relation to your most prized "possession". 


 Guardianship

Unfortunately, sometimes a situation occurs in a family where there is a need for a non-parent to step up and stand in when a parent is unable to. When this happens the legal process is called a Guardianship. A Guardianship allows a 3rd party, family member or non-family member, to be given the legal authority to act in the roll of the parent to make the day to day decisions for the child and permit the child to live with them without immediate concerns that the parent will come over one afternoon and simply “take back” the child.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence issues often have a far reaching impact on family law matters.  They can affect child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, and issues related to attorney fee awards.  These issues can be brought before the court in a general dissolution (divorce) or parentage (paternity) matters as well as in a stand alone action by way of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.  Regardless of how it is brought before the court it is important to have someone to advocate on your behalf who understands these issues as well as the broad impact that they may have in your case.


Adoption

Adoption is often a joyous event for the new family unit which is sought to be affirmed by way of a court order. An adoption is a process by which a non-parent can be ordered to permanently have all legal rights and responsibilities over a child that the child’s natural parents once had. In this process the legal rights to the child of the natural parents are terminated and they no longer are entitled to make decisions regarding the child nor are they responsible for the child.

child support

Often times financial issues such as child support are a major concern, regardless of whether you feel you need child support to move forward or fear you have exposure to pay child support.  Our office can help you to understand the law, your options, and establish discuss a strategy to move forward with resolution of your child support issues with an eye towards your future.


Step-parent adoption

Our office can help assist in legally formalizing the family unit that exists by virtue of a marriage in obtaining court orders that a step-parent can adopt the minor child. As with any adoption the court will conduct an investigation as to the proposed adoptive parent, step-parent, as well as the natural parent and the existence or non-existence of any relationship with the minor child. Once/if a step-parent adoption is granted the natural parent will no longer be entitled by law to make decisions regarding the child nor will they be legally responsible for the child.