Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I... more
Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I have a calling to spread the word to folks that there are alternatives to going to court. There are alternatives like mediation, collaborative law and cooperative law. People in our firm, and myself, had to take extra training, often at substantial expense and in other states, to be able to offer those alternat... view profile
Michael obtained his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in... more
Michael obtained his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science from San Diego State University. He commenced his legal education at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA. While completing his legal studies Michael worked for San Diego County Public Defender's Office and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office obtaining a balanced perspective fr... view profile
I provide representation for clients in a variety of divorce and family law disputes.... more
I provide representation for clients in a variety of divorce and family law disputes. My office is geared towards settlement and negotiation, although I am an aggressive and effective litigator for my clients when necessary. My areas of focus include Divorce, Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support/Alimony, Division of Community Propert... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation and protect against paternity fraud.