Practice Areas

Oakland-SF

Vanessa has devoted her entire legal career practicing family law. When you work with Vanessa, you get a counselor in every sense of the word. Vanessa is empathetic. She understands that divorce is an emotional experience for many and can be stressful. As your attorney, Vanessa will advocate for you, defend your rights and move your case forward. Whether in the courtroom or conference room, Vanessa has the skills and experience to guide you through the family law process.

Family Law is a complex area, combining your personal life and the law. Dealing with the many legal issues and considerations can be overwhelming and confusing. Vanessa will approach your family law matter with compassion, integrity and a focus on personal service. She understands what you are going through and know you need a strong ally to stand by your side.

Divorce Proceedings

An experienced divorce lawyer can make all the difference.  Vanessa offers the experience you need to get your divorce case resolved in the most efficient manner possible.   Vanessa recognizes and respects your need for information, as well as your need for practical advice and strategy planning. Vanessa will navigate you through the divorce process to […]

Parentage Actions

When individuals who are not married have a child together, it is necessary to formally establish the paternity of the child. Vanessa represents both mothers and fathers in parentage actions (also known as paternity proceedings). Some of the matters she handles on behalf of unwed parents include establishment of paternity, child custody disputes, parenting time […]

Domestic Partnerships Dissolutions

Vanessa represents domestic partners in the dissolution of his or her domestic partnership. The process to dissolve a domestic partnership is similar to the divorce process. Vanessa advises her clients on his or her rights, including child custody, partner support, child support, and the division of property. Vanessa works with her clients in reaching a […]

Modification and Enforcement

Divorce is meant to be final. But, some issues can be subject to future modification.  Modifying a court order is a complex inquiry. It may depend on whether the issue was resolved by contract or court order. There are other factors that are relevant as well. Even if parties are able to agree upon the […]

Pre-Marital Agreements

Premarital agreements are not only for the wealthy. Couples who are contemplating marriage are more frequently choosing to enter into premarital agreements for many different reasons. Although asset protection is a primary reason to consider having a premarital agreement, a well-crafted, comprehensive premarital agreement is a good way to avoid conflict and expensive litigation that […]

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

A domestic violence restraining order is placed against a person after an incident of domestic violence or after threats have been made toward a person. Incidents may include stalking, harassing, physical harm or the threat of physical harm. Restraining orders can be issued against a spouse, a former spouse, a girlfriend or boyfriend, the parent […]