We offer flexible and customizable services for many family law issues, including mediation, divorce, limited scope, legal separation, premarital agreements, child custody, child & spousal support, property division, stepparent adoptions, and more. For family law, we cover the Greater Sacramento County region, including Sacramento family law (Natomas, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, etc.), Placer County family law (Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Granite Bay, Lincoln, etc.), El Dorado County family law (El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville, etc.), Yolo County family law (Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, etc.), Sutter County family law and Yuba County family law. We also draft California estate planning documentation.
Mr. Ginter has extensive training and experience as a family law attorney mediator. Mediation cases tend to be quicker and less expensive than litigation. Additionally, mediation offers many potential benefits, including 1) the ability for YOU to craft the case outcome (not a judge), and 2) to maintain privacy (courtrooms are public). Want to learn more about mediation? Watch our Family Law Mediation introductory video.
- Divorce or legal separation
- Child & Spousal Support
- Child Custody
There are many types of family law agreements...we help with them all. We can draft the agreements, negotiate the agremeents, and/or we can review agreements prepared by someone else. Each type of agreement addresses a different need, and they all have their own set of rules.
- Premarital Agreements (aka "Prenuptial Agreements")
- Marital Settlement Agreements
- Postmarital Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements (aka "Non-Marital Agreements")
Family Law & Divorce
There are many types of family law cases. We offer a multitude of services that are customized to fit YOUR needs and budget: Mediation and Collaborative Law are OUT-OF-COURT options. Partial Service (aka "limited scope") allows the responsibility for the case to be divided between you and the attorney (many options here), which typically means that your costs are reduced. Full Service is where we handle all aspects of your case, but is the most expensive. Or, you can choose to only involve us for either document review and/or consultations. Whatever you face, we have an option that suits you. The following are just a few examples of family law issues we cover.
- Divorce or legal separation
- Establishing or modifying child and/or spousal support
- Paternity (i.e., kids with no marriage)
- Stepparent or Adult Adoptions
There are many reasons people have documents for us to review: They want to keep costs down by handling the case on their own, they want a second opinion regarding a settlement they received from the other side, they have a Premarital Agreement that was prepared by another attorney, etc. As a general rule, we recommend that you ALWAYS have an attorney review documents 1) before you sign anything and 2) before you file anything with the Court. A document review could prevent a mistake that costs thousands (or more) and give you the peace of mind that you are making decisions that support your goals.
- Court Filings
- Premarital Agreements
- Settlement Agreements
- Letters or emails to the other side
Estate Planning is not something many people think about for a few reasons: 1) It is a fairly morbid topic (i.e., what happens when you become incapacited or die); 2) The "it-won't-happen-to-me" mentality; and 3) Estate Planning for many people is "important," but not "urgent," so we put it off. However, Estate Planning is critical for many reasons, and, despite a popular misconception, it does much more than distribute your property when you die. For example, did you know that a Will can appoint people to care for your minor children if you die? Did you know that a Durable Power of Attorney allows others to manage your finances if you become incapacitated? An Estate Plan is something EVERYONE should have, regardless of health and age. Don't wait until it's too late.
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Advance Health Care Directive
- Living Trust
Consultations are helpful for so many reasons and can be used in a multitude of ways: 1) You handle your own case, but meet with a famil law attorney or mediator to find our next steps; 2) You can obtain a second opinion on something you were told by an attorney or mediator, or from something you found on the internet (which is a minefield); or 3) Obtain a case analysis to determine what direction you wish to take. With consultation-only services, it is not necessary to retain us. Instead, you simply schedule consultations with us on an as-needed basis.
- Get feedback on your case
- Obtain a case analysis
- Get next steps
- Obtain a second opinion