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If you are facing a family law matter, never underestimate the importance of having an experienced family law attorney who cares. The attorneys at Merrill, Arnone & Jones (MAJ Law) take time to understand what you are going through and your goals with the case.

Our Santa Rosa Attorneys will be there to listen when you need to discuss ongoing matters. Consultation and honesty are important when discussing your case.

Michael J. Fish is an alumnus of University of California Hastings College of LawContact Family Lawyer Michael J. Fish

Michael Fish has counseled clients on matters as diverse as family law (divorce, child custody and support); real estate development; business entity formation, operation, and termination; acquisitions and sales of businesses; attorney-client fee disputes; FINRA arbitrations and estate planning.

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When you have questions about your family law case, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your lawyer to answer them. We are always available by email and will answer your calls in a timely manner.

Our family law attorneys always approach matters with an eye towards amicable resolutions, knowing that the courtroom is the last place you want your family to be.

But we concurrently provide zealous representation and do everything possible to get the best results.

Family Law cases carry with them the most difficult decisions regarding child custody, spousal and child support, and the division of assets and debts.

Our attorneys will guide you through the process and offer the compassionate and competent legal representation you may need during this difficult time.

We will work closely with you through the process to educate you about your rights and options and to ensure you that you understand what you can expect going through the process.

We will be here with you every step of the way to achieve the best possible outcome.
 

Frequently asked questions and answers on Family Law in California

 

What is the job of a family lawyer?

A family lawyer is a licensed attorney that manages legal issues between members of the same family. These family law matters may include divorce, adoption, guardianship, and emancipation. Family attorneys can also be responsible for overseeing family estates, monitoring mediation sessions, and offering legal advice.

What is included in family law?

Subjects matters commonly falling under family law may include termination of legally recognized family relationships and ancillary matters, divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, child custody, child support and alimony awards.

Is California a mother or father state?

Custody rights of parents do vary from state to state. Historically, courts favored mothers when granting custody, however, California courts tend to focus more on the health, safety and welfare of the child.

How old does a child have to be to decide which parent to live with in California?

A California court must listen to a child who is 14 years or older unless the court determines that it is not in the child’s best interest to speak on his behalf.