Your Child Has A Bright Future. We Help You Remain A Part Of It.

When a couple with children ends their relationship, the custody of their children can become an extremely contested matter. Each parent thinks that he or she is the best person to care for the child, and finding any sort of an agreement can be impossible if the parties are focused on what they think is right.

At the law offices of Kathleen J. Smith, we help parents involved in child custody disputes concentrate on what is best for the children. Putting aside your feelings is something that is not easy, but we will help you understand the steps needed for an agreement that works for all parties involved.

Call 707-387-0668 to discuss your specific situation with an experienced attorney. From offices in Santa Rosa and Sonoma, we serve clients throughout the surrounding area.

Helping You Remain An Important Part Of Your Child's Life

The prospect of losing time with your children can be terrifying. When you work with us, we are going to help you learn more about the process. We want to make the entire ordeal easier for you. We will explain the child custody laws in California and discuss how things work inside the courtroom. Any time you have questions or concerns, we will be there to help.

We assist with all issues related to child custody and support, including:

  • Determining the amount and mechanisms for payment of support
  • Reaching an agreement on an initial child custody determination
  • Guidance on how to tell your kids about the divorce
  • Helping you find a parenting time plan that allows you to express your specific wishes
  • Modifying any existing custody or parenting time plan that needs to be revisited after a change in circumstances

You may have a very specific plan in mind for your case, but if your case ends up in the courtroom, the judge will make a decision based on what he or she believes to be in the child's best interests. You and your spouse may be very unhappy with the result in that situation.

The only way to really have any input into what happens is to work together, but we know this is not always going to be easy or even possible. Whatever path your case takes, we will be ready to help you protect what is most important to you, using more than 20 years of experience handling California family law cases.

Learn More About Your Parenting Time Options

We are focused on creating custody and parenting time plans that last. To talk to us about the options available in your case, please call our office or send us an email to schedule a consultation.