We do not require a retainer. Fortunately, when the Pandemic hit us in March 2020, we had already been a paperless office for many years with two cloud based case management systems. However, the Pandemic propelled us to make many improvements to our client service protocols, retainer requirements, direct calendaring, electronic exchanges and remote systems being some examples. This has allowed our firm to concentrate more on client service and less on wasteful antiquated management systems. If you entrust us with your family law matter, you'll be in excellent hands.

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Modesto Family Lawyer

Family Lawyer Modesto, CA

Family Lawyer Modesto, CA - silhouette parent and child handsDiscussing your situation with a skilled and qualified family lawyer in Modesto, CA can shed light on your legal options. Finding the right family lawyer is critical if you want to obtain legal advice that will help you achieve your specific goals. While going through a legal matter related to family law can be a highly stressful experience, there is a lawyer available to guide you through every step of the way. Whether you are going through divorce, need to protect your parental rights, or have questions about child support payments, a family lawyer can assist you.

What can a family lawyer help me with?

Family law is a large practice area that covers many different situations and legal topics. A lawyer who specializes in family law can assist you with matters such as divorce, mediation, parental agreements, and other scenarios. They can assess your case, explain your legal rights, and help you understand laws that apply to your case. If you are going through divorce, they can also help you lower your costs and help you reach a solution that is fair.

When should I see a lawyer?

It is a good idea to see a lawyer if you are going through any kind of legal issue that you are not sure how to address. Many people believe that they can do all of the research on their own, but it still does not compare to hiring a lawyer who already has the knowledge and skills to help you resolve your situation. Do not wait until your situation becomes more complicated to see a lawyer and learn about your options.

Do I need a reason for getting a divorce?

Whether you need to report a reason for your divorce depends on the state you live in. States are either fault or no-fault states, but a few are a mixture of both. In no-fault states neither spouse has to provide a reason for why they are seeking a divorce. They can just fill out the necessary paperwork and take them to the court. In a fault-based divorce, some of the common reasons that that spouses provide are irreconcilable differences, adultery and betrayal. If you are unsure what the laws are in your state, talk to a family lawyer and they can give you an explanation.

Do I lose my parental rights if my ex-spouse remarries?

You do not lose your parental rights if your ex decides to remarry. The stepfather or stepmother will not gain any new parental rights under the law just because they marry your ex. In most cases, a stepparent does not have any legal rights at all to their stepchildren. A judge however may grant them limited rights in certain situations, such as if both parents have joint custody of their child. As the biological parent and custodial parent, you still get to make decisions regarding how your child is raised. If you are in need of a family lawyer in Modesto, CA like one at Attorney Bernie, don’t wait to schedule a consultation now so that you can learn more about legal services available.  

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"Bernie and his team have been incredible! Always responsive, professional, and, most importantly, ethical. Bernie's recommendations are exactly what I would expect from a professional in this field. He does not want you wasting your money on something a judge won't ultimately approve in court. In my experience, his team has tried to save me money where they could. I highly recommend him and his team. They will put in the time and effort to ensure you are well represented!"
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Modesto, CA 95354

(415) 688-2400