Trusted Divorce and Family Law Attorneys Committed to Helping Families in Santa Rosa, California


Family-LawAttorneys Carolyn McBeath and Kathleen Smith have been working with clients and their legal needs as it relates to family law for a combined total of 32 years.  We have dedicated our practice solely to family law and related issues as a team since 2006, with each of us working in family law as solo practitioners prior to that time.  With our primary focus always being what is best for the children, our goal is to assist our clients in achieving their individual goals while maintaining an empathetic and professional relationship with all involved parties.  Clients successfully moving forward at the end of this process means we have successfully done our job.

What makes McBeath & Smith stand out from other firms the practice Family Law in your area?

We work as a team in our firm.  While each client will have a primary attorney, in order to support the goal of resolving our client’s issues in the most effective and efficient manner, we consult with each other to map out legal strategies and direction.  Having practiced almost exclusively in Sonoma county throughout our legal careers gives us the hands-on knowledge of local rules and procedures, allows us to be familiar with the practice methods of our opposing counsel, to be familiar with our family law judges, and to be knowledgeable about which experts will be best-suited to provide us the necessary information for our clients’ particular situations.  It is the goal of the state of California and the California judges to settle cases rather than to litigate cases.  This is where we start – conflict resolution.  If these measures are unsuccessful, then we will litigate the unsettled issues for our clients.  It is our education, knowledge, experience and skills which are our basis for advocating complex family law issues for our clients’ unique circumstances – this is what we do.

What drove you to practice Family Law?

We both are very committed to helping families through the difficulties encountered when their lives are disrupted by the changes which occur when dealing with the types of issues we see in family law.  Particularly, we want to do what we can to help lessen the impact of these cases on our clients’ children’s lives.

What do you find most rewarding about practicing Family Law?

There are many ups and downs in the family law arena – sometimes it seems like there are more downs than ups.  But when we see the positive changes in both individuals and families resulting from finalizing a legal process and allowing them to move on, it is such an emotional boost for both the clients and for us.  It is a reward to the heart.

Contact us at 707-569-0912 for a consultation.