Santa Maria Family & Marriage Law Attorney – Services:

Divorce 

Santa Maria Divorce & Family Lawyer, M. Marshall, protects and advances her clients’ rights and interests in the divorce process, hammering out a parenting plan for Shared Joint Custody and Visitation, or making certain that the spouse with the lesser income gets a fair and equitable Spousal Support arrangement. Mellanie helps clients throughout the Santa Maria area and beyond with all manner of family law proceedings, whether at the bargaining table ...

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Divorce Mediation

In a Santa Maria area divorce mediation, both spouses meet with an independent mediator who listens to their concerns and help them work toward an amicable agreement. Attorneys cannot attend the mediation sessions but we will thoroughly prepare our clients for their meeting with the mediator. This way, you will be prepared.You will know what to expect...

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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce or “Collaborative Law” is a private confidential meeting that might be concluded in one day in which both parties to a dispute and their collaborative attorneys and sometimes other professionals such as counselors, therapists, tax professionals come together committed to resolving a conflict using a cooperative rather than an adversarial approach.

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Spousal Support – Alimony

Alimony, also called spousal support or spousal maintenance, is money paid by one ex-spouse or domestic partner to the other after a marriage is dissolved. In the aftermath of a divorce, one household becomes two, and finances that may have been teetering before are often strained to the breaking point with the ...

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Child Support

Children have a right to have the financial support of both of their parents, whether their parents are separated, divorced, or were never married. Attorney M. Marshall is here to help our clients establish, enforce and when necessary, modify child support payments.Are you looking for a Santa Maria child support and visitation lawyer serving all of the Santa Maria area?
 

Shared Legal Custody and Visitation

Determining which spouse or parent will retain physical custody of the children is often the most emotional and contentious aspect of a legal separation or divorce. In most family cases, the court will seek to grant some form of joint custody.

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Out of State Child Custody

Family Law attorney M. Marshall represents both California and out-of-state residents in divorce and child custody matters. We understand the intricacies of the overlapping laws relating to divorce, child custody, and modifications.We can help you come to terms when one spouse is considering

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Property Division in Divorce

Complex issues usually come up when it’s time to divide cash, real estate, and personal property in divorce and at the actual divorce settlements. It gets even more dicey when property division involves a business, stocks, or a dispute regarding community

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Marital Home and Divorce

Do we Sell the Marital Home? – One of the biggest financial assets in any divorce is the marital home. Divorce and property division is always a major issue that needs to be agreed to.  if you purchased the house before the marriage, the house (or at least a part of its value) may still be considered marital or 

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Support Modification

California Family Court recognizes that personal circumstances change. People lose or change jobs, move, remarry, have a child with a new spouse…The terms of your child support, child custody, visitation and spousal support agreements will, however, remain the SAME, not recognizing these personal life changes

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Fathers Rights

California law recognizes that it is in the child’s best interest to have an ongoing emotional and financial relationship with both biological parents. Establishing paternity is the first step to achieving this goal and exercising ones’ Fathers Rights. During pregnancy, an unwed father’s rights are virtually non-existent unless they are voluntarily granted to the father by the mother. After a child is

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Pre Marital & Post Marital Agreements

Pre-marital agreements, sometimes called pre-nuptual agreements, can offer additional peace of mind and financial security to the prospective spouses by removing any anxiety or unpredictability regarding the future.

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Domestic Violence

Please contact us immediately if a member of your household or someone you have a dating relationship with has physically harmed you or is threatened to cause you physical harm.

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The Top Ten Divorce Mistakes

Santa Maria Divorce Attorney, M. Marshall wrote “The Top Ten Divorce Mistakes” for the Sacramento News and Review. Divorce is often an individual’s first significant brush with the legal system.

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Reviews  

  • “M. Marshall provided me carefully researched legal advice and then followed through with a pragmatic approach to solving a very complex family court legal matter. She is also a pleasure to work with.” —Sergio D Arden-Arcade
    Sergio D

    Sergio D

  • “I could not be more pleased. Everyone I talked to at Mellanie’s law firm was incredibly polite, helpful and professional. Though I had moved to an adjoining state I just could not be there as it was just too expensive for me to miss work and the cost airfare and lodging to appear at the hearings. Ms. Marshall said she’d make all appearances and make my case as if I were right there, I hired Mellanie over the phone and it could not have gone more smoothly. The opposing counsel was known for being ruthless, but Mellanie was not ruffled and prevailed far more than I could have ever expected with a whole team of lawyers. I would hire her again without hesitation, but I think I’ll remain single for a while and will not likely be in a similar bind ever again.” —Jerry F Nevada
    Jerry F

    Jerry F

  • “Mellanie has delivered everything she promised and more for me and my 2 children. She has been the family law expert that I needed and stayed within my budget. I would recommend her to anyone with a family law or child custody issue.” —Tonda S. Elk Grove
    Tonda S.

    Tonda S.

  • “My ex-wife filed a modification trying to change school districts, custody and requested a significant increase in spousal support. Because the stakes were so high, Mellanie recommended a sit-down conference (much like a mandatory mediation I attended before the divorce was completed a couple years back). The 4-way meeting was with ex-wife, ex-wife’s lawyer, Mellanie and me to get to the bottom of what they really wanted. My ex’s attorney tried to bully us (and I was nervous – scared) but Ms. Marshall explained to him like a seasoned professor speaking to a clueless freshman student) that we are happy to negotiate in a fair manner –or– we can take it to court where she predicted to them that Mellanie was confident we’d prevail and will even seek to recoup attorney costs for a frivolous action. They stood their ground and we were going to litigate, but the following Monday they contacted us and all but folded but for a token extra 2 days change per month in our shared custody plan. No change of schools, and though I was making a little more money, they dropped the support demands too. While I hope you never face divorce or the years of continuing fallout, if you do find yourself needing a family law attorney with err, umm, ahh ‘Mama Grizzly legal skills…’ call M. Marshall in Old Sac.” —Dan W San Ramon
    Dan W

    Dan W

  • “Mellanie and her staff always made time to listen to my concerns. Getting through a divorce is very stressful and having someone to listen and answer my concerns helped a lot. M. Marshall protected my rights and got me what I wanted (but doubled I’d get) in property settlement and custody. Thank you Mellanie!!” —Kathleen M Santa Maria
    Kathleen M

    Kathleen M

  • “I was very pleased with Mellanie’s professionalism, her willingness to resolve my case quickly and for a reasonable cost. My divorce was very complicated with a number of lawyers involved and Mellanie was always cool, prepared, and was able to keep focus of my personal objectives while cutting through all the needless crap the other lawyers were shotgunning us with. I can’t imagine how any other lawyer could have done any better, or resolving my legal mess any quicker. Her legal fees were very reasonable. I highly recommend her.” —Paul G Folsom
    Paul G

    Paul G

  • “Mellanie is a consummate professional and one of the most patient, meticulous, and thorough attorneys I have ever dealt with. I recommend Mellanie without hesitation to anyone interested in hiring a divorce lawyer.” —Ryan G. Santa Maria
  • “I never really expected to get the outcome I did. Mellanie and her staff just made it all happen! I was forced to take my now ex-husband to court to modify the parenting time and to get joint custody of our 4 year old. Ms. Marshall asked me what I wanted and she delivered –in spades. Mellanie or her paralegal always got back to me within 24 hours, and I know how busy she is. M. Marshall’s legal team is the to be highly recommended –considering the circumstances.” —Joan B Rancho Cordova
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    Joan B

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Santa Maria Family Law & Divorce Attorney M. Marshall, is skilled at understanding complex legal problems and developing effective strategies for resolving them. If you are seeking an experienced divorce and family law attorney to represent you in a Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, Support Order Modification. Domestic Violence situation, Restraining Order or other Family Law matter, you can rely on M. Marshall’s solid experience and record of success.

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