Family Law

Based in Sacramento, California, The Law Offices of Dianne M. Fetzer assists clients throughout Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma, Solano, Contra Costa, Napa & Yolo Counties with complex dissolution of marriage and divorce, child custody, property and business divisions, adoptions, and retirement issues.  For answers to some common questions related to family law, please see our FAQs page.

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

We understand that divorce can be one of the most difficult situations a person may face.  Our goal is to guide our clients through this entire process, focusing on protecting their rights and interests and obtaining the best possible result, whether in or out of the courtroom.  Our experience extends to all types of divorces, ranging from dissolutions involving minimal property and debts to highly contentious disputes involving difficult tracing of extensive assets and multi-million dollar businesses. 

Property and Business Division

Although California is a community property state, meaning that nearly all property acquired during a marriage is divided evenly, it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling property divisions involving large, high-income estates and businesses.  At The Law Offices of Dianne M. Fetzer, we have handled numerous cases involving these complex issues, and work with experts who can accurately value the property.  We also have a wealth of experience in matters involving the division of retirement plans, including cases arising from years of unpaid retirement benefits. 

Child Custody

In many divorce cases, the most difficult issue is that of child custody.  Firm principal Dianne M. Fetzer takes a particular interest with children and enjoys helping families reach amicable agreements that allow both parents to be involved with their children.  However, we also have extensive experience handling contentious custody disputes, and passionately fight for our parents' rights in the event that litigation proves necessary.  We have also handled matters involving grandparent rights and move-away cases resulting in custody modifications. 

Child Support and Spousal Support

Under California law, a person has a duty to provide financial support to his or her spouse and children.  In determining both spousal and child support amounts, the courts consider a wide range of guidelines and factors, making it critical that you work with an experienced attorney who can advocate for a fair support order.  Ms. Fetzer is committed to fighting for the rights of her clients regarding spousal and child support, whether that involves coming together to form an amicable agreement or litigating the matter in court.

Paternity

When the paternity of a child's father is in question, it can have a significant impact on child support and custody arrangements in a divorce.  We assist both mothers and fathers with establishing paternity, through either California's voluntary Paternity Opportunity Program or court proceedings. 

Adoptions

We regularly assist our clients with the adoption process, including step-parent and private adoptions.  Although this process is a happy occasion for many families, it can also be contentious when a biological parent refuses to consent to the adoption, which would terminate his or her legal rights related to the child.  Using our experience handling these matters, we can prepare for any problems that might arise and help ensure that the adoption proceeds as smoothly as possible. 

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

As a Certified Family Law Specialist licensed through the State Bar Board of Specialization, Ms. Fetzer has the knowledge and skill to successfully resolve your divorce, child custody, or other family law matter.  To schedule a consultation, contact The Law Offices of Dianne M. Fetzer today.


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