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Divorce

sacramento-divorceDivorce is one aspect of family law where almost everyone needs a family law attorney. Very few people ever “want” a divorce, although that’s often what is said by one spouse to the other. Circumstances may make a person feel they have little choice but to obtain a divorce if they want to change their life or the lives of their children for the better. Consultation with a Sacramento Divorce Lawyer can help you decide whether or not divorce is the best decision for your family. Divorce affects over half of American families, and the statistic may be higher if you include the blended…

Child Custody

sacramento-child-attorneyYour children are our first priority! At the Sacramento Family Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC, we work with you to protect them and to ensure that their needs remain at the forefront of your Northern California child custody case. Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. Decisions regarding schooling, and medical and dental care, for example, are made by a parent with legal custody. In California, an award of joint legal custody is presumed, which means that the decision making is shared. If you share joint…

 

 

Child Support Establishment

child-support-attorneyAt the Sacramento Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC., we help minimize the emotion and worry many parents have about child support agreements and orders. We help our clients understand the reasons behind the child support laws, and how courts try their best to be equitable.

We know that child support levels affect both parties’ finances. We make sure your child’s best interests are...

Child Support Modification

child-support-modificationAfter a divorce agreement has been signed, it is sometimes necessary to make changes. But ex-spouses are seldom amenable to modifications. If you need a child support modification or other change to a divorce decree, you need a strong, experienced family law attorney in Sacramento.

Child support orders can be modified to meet changed needs in the parents’ or child’s life. Either parent can petition the court for a modification. The court will then determine whether there has been a significant and material change in circumstances either concerning the child’s needs or...

Spousal Support

sacramento-spousal-support1A spousal support award is not mandatory in dissolution or legal separation proceedings in California. Quite the contrary, courts have discretion (within statutory parameters) to deny spousal support altogether or to limit it in an amount and duration that reflects the ability of both parties to provide for their own needs. The propriety of a California alimony award (whether to order it and, if so, its terms) is judged broadly by the parties’ “circumstances” in reference to the standard of living established during their marriage and their respective needs and abilities to pay. The Sacramento…

 

 

Domestic Violence Restraining Order

A domestic violence restraining order is one of the most common types of restraining orders in California. A domestic violence restraining order (often referred to as a DVRO) is an order protecting someone from one whom you have a close relationship with and who is abusive. Most DVRO’s have direction as to what the person protected against can and cannot do to the protected person, including a distance that person must remain from the protected party...

 

 

Legal Separation

separation-sacramentoFor some couples, filing for legal separation instead of divorce is the preferred option. Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not end the marriage. It does, however, allow a husband and wife to legally separate and settle certain matters, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, child visitation, and division of property issues, as if they were getting a divorce. The Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC., will work with you to make decisions that will allow you to feel satisfied with the terms of your separation agreement. There are many reasons why spouses…

Prenuptial Agreement

prenuptial-agreementAlthough previously considered with much controversy, prenuptial agreements (often referred to as “prenup” agreements) are becoming more commonplace in California. They offer couples who are getting married the security of an agreement regarding such topics as child custody, spousal support and property distribution in the case of divorce or the death of one spouse. A California family law attorney can help you create a prenuptial agreement if this is something you are considering. You will find that an attorney’s advice and input on this matter will allow you to fully cover all…

Postnuptial Agreement

Most people are familiar with prenuptial agreements, and many probably are not aware of postnuptial agreements.

A postnuptial agreement is an agreement written between both spouses after the marriage has commenced. These agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements as they serve the same purpose, but the major difference is postnuptial agreements are made after marriage.

Postnuptial agreements assist both parties of the marriage to settle the couple’s affairs and assets in the event a legal separation or divorce occur. A postnuptial agreement must not only be signed by both parties, but in most jurisdictions it requires notarized signatures. These agreements are not only valid for...

Glossary

a marriage can be dissolved in a legal proceeding in which the marriage is declared void, as though it never took place. In the eyes of the law, the parties were never married. It is available only under certain limited circumstances.
action requesting the court to determine the legal and physical custody of a child or children. May be between natural parents and other parties such as grandparents.
payment of money for a child in a divorce, paternity, or family support act proceeding. Support includes health care, and may include educational and childcare expenses.
modern, gentler sounding, term for divorce, officially used in California since 1970 and symbolic of the no-fault, non-confrontational approach to dissolving a marriage.
legal dissolution and formal termination of a marriage.
may include legal or physical custody situations where the parties share the responsibility for their child(ren) pursuant to court order or judgment.
A marriage-dissolution system whereby divorce is granted without the necessity of one of the parties guilty of marital misconduct.
a written contract between two people who are about to marry, setting out the terms of possession of assets, treatment of future earnings, control of the property of each, and potential division if the marriage is later dissolved.
(formerly alimony) is money to be paid in a divorce, separate maintenance, or annulment case by one spouse to the other for the support of the recipient spouse.
when the defendant is not going to try to stop the divorce and there are no issues for the court to decide about the children, money, or property.

REVIEWS

– Darlene W.

I have had this firm represent me through a divorce and Roger Kosla has really been great. My case was to be a slam dunk until my husband turned it into a nightmare. I am very pleased with the way Roger has handled everything that has come at him in my case. Excellent firm!

– Darlene W.

2016-05-26T02:26:57-07:00

– Darlene W.

I have had this firm represent me through a divorce and Roger Kosla has really been great. My case was to be a slam dunk until my husband turned it into a nightmare. I am very pleased with the way Roger has handled everything that has come at him in my case. Excellent firm!

– David M.

This firm went way above the call in regards to my case – attorney Ken Torkelson is a fantastic lawyer with lots of wit and experience. I would call them first anytime in the future when the need arises. And will refer this office to all my friends and family with their needs.

– David M.

2016-05-26T02:35:16-07:00

– David M.

This firm went way above the call in regards to my case – attorney Ken Torkelson is a fantastic lawyer with lots of wit and experience. I would call them first anytime in the future when the need arises. And will refer this office to all my friends and family with their needs.

– Heather A.

Fantastic! Robert has been an incredible help during a very stressful, constant custody battle.  He's always been there to answer the phone and provide advice, drastically lowering my stress level and anxiety.  He was right, it takes a little time, but our court arrangement is finally both in the best interest of my son and fair to me.

– Heather A.

2016-05-26T02:39:24-07:00

– Heather A.

Fantastic! Robert has been an incredible help during a very stressful, constant custody battle.  He's always been there to answer the phone and provide advice, drastically lowering my stress level and anxiety.  He was right, it takes a little time, but our court arrangement is finally both in the best interest of my son and fair to me.

– Brent

I have used Bowman and Associates for a number of issues including custody, business legal advice and DUI. Robert Bowman is an excellent, caring attorney. He takes the long view on custody and business issues, provides sound advice, and works tirelessly on my behalf. I will continue to use Mr. Bowman and his team of attorneys and legal staff for many years to come.

– Brent

2016-05-26T02:40:28-07:00

– Brent

I have used Bowman and Associates for a number of issues including custody, business legal advice and DUI. Robert Bowman is an excellent, caring attorney. He takes the long view on custody and business issues, provides sound advice, and works tirelessly on my behalf. I will continue to use Mr. Bowman and his team of attorneys and legal staff for many years to come.

– Laurel K.

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about this law firm!  Of course, we're happy and relieved we won our case and the judge granted our civil harassment restraining order. Every person I came in contact with at the firm was friendly, professional and always always helpful.

– Laurel K.

2016-05-26T03:44:59-07:00

– Laurel K.

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about this law firm!  Of course, we're happy and relieved we won our case and the judge granted our civil harassment restraining order. Every person I came in contact with at the firm was friendly, professional and always always helpful.