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Charles Berg Bauer

Child custody Attorney at Boise, ID

4.7   17 reviews

also known as Charles Bauer, Gravis Law PLLC

  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 44 years
    Washington - WA 41 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    All aspects of Children's cases, whether parental custody disputes, Grandparent custody cases, or and modification of existing cases or parenting plans. We provide careful case analysis and preparation for mediation in all matters.

    45 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    As a regional Divorce and Family Law Firm, we practice before the family courts in all Idaho Counties, as well as assisting clients from across the intermountain west, and beyond.

    45 years

  3. Family
    Family Law---including trials and mediation in all areas of family conflict, including non-traditional relationships, grandparent custody and guardianship, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts.

    45 years

  4. Appeals
    Over 40 years handling appeals in family law matters, 20 family law appeals argued to the Idaho Supreme Court and other appeals courts.

  5. Child support
    Over 40 years handling child support matters. Former contract Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare, Child Support Enforcement.

  6. Guardianship
    All aspects of Guardianship law for minors, as well as for disabled adults, including grandparent custody of minor children.

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    Over 40 years handling all aspects of prenuptial agreements for clients

  8. Probate
    Gravis Law handles all aspects of Estate Planning and Probate

Charles Bauer, a native of Moscow, Idaho, graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1979, and has received the “AV” rating, issued by the Martingale-Hubbell/LexisNexis Legal Directory, the highest rating an attorney can receive. He was the 2018 reciptient of the Idaho State Bar Association's "Award of Distinction" from the Family Law Section, and is a former chair of the Family Law Section.  He's written and lectured regularly on family law topics and issues for the Idaho State Bar's Continuing Legal Education programs around the state for over 30 years.  He taught Family Law and Community Property as an adjunct professor for the University of Idaho School of Law, Boise Campus, between 2012-2017.  He was a founding partner of the Boise Law Firm Bauer and French in 1992.  He joined Gravis Law PLLC as Managing Attorney of their Boise Office in September, 2018.  

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Gravis Law PLLC
1661 W. Shoreline Dr.
Suite 200
Boise, ID, 83702
Bauer and French 1992-2013
1459 Tyrell Lane
Boise, ID, 83706
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4.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Mel | January 24, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best child custody lawyer
I hired Chuck and went from every other weekend visitations to sole legal and physical custody. It didn't happen over night, and it took diligence and perseverance from both of us and I couldn't have done it without his representation. I have had many lawyers in the past and it's truly hard to get a lawyer who has in-court experience, and my custody battle.was ferocious. My ex never would agree to mediation and this is when a top of the line lawyer is truly necessary. If you ever have a biased home study evaluation done, go directly to Chuck.
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Posted by Kevin | June 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best decision I made.
In the nearly 2 years we have worked with Chuck we learned what a caring and honest man he is. He didn't tell us what we wanted to hear nor did he ever try to over inflate our expectations. When we talked with Chuck he always listened and asked questions. He also took notes of anything we had concerns about. He talked us back to reality when we had a hard day in court, and always made sure we knew what the next step was or what to expect. He always pushed to show our side of what was going on and made sure our concerns were voiced. Whenever we reached out to him he was always available even during covid, on the weekends or even after we finished. He would check in on our kids and how visitations went. His invoices are straight forward so you always know what you are paying for. His staff is always as caring and friendly as he is. He was highly recommended to us and he lived up to that recommendation and so much more i would not hesitate to recommend him. Kevin M and Xana C
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Posted by Randy | December 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Personable
Chuck has conducted my divorce and custody case with expertise, concern, and spontaneous requests to include successful representation through the Supreme Court. I would highly recommend him for any matter concerning family court. He is the best!
Posted by Aaron | July 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Counsel
From the first time I met Charles, I was given a sense of confidence knowing he was going to fight his hardest for me and my daughter. I was never late I finding out anything, even if it required a phone call on the weekend on his personal time! I highly recommend Charles and the staff at Gravis Law
Posted by Charlie | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Chuck listened to my complicated problem, asked questions until he had all the facts straight, then got to work! He and Donna always responded quickly and answered my questions clear and straight. I couldn't be more happy with the results Chuck provided.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial consultation. He gave me lots of useful information. Easy to communicate with, has years of experience, somebody I believe would be good to work with.
Posted by Nick | September 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
I hired Charles Bauer to handle my divorce on the recommendation of a colleague who had been quite happy with him some time ago. While my ex-wife and I did not end up going to trial, we did have a few legal tussles along the way to a settlement. She, and her attorney(s), were fairly aggressive in demanding certain things from me -- in the form of money, custody of our son, and more generally, a settlement that suited her. Chuck was a good guide through these various exchanges. He acted as a voice of reason for me, when my inclination was to respond emotionally. The one time we did go to court (to deal with a couple of petitions filed by my ex), he did a great job. In the end, she and I settled. However, the post-settlement has been almost as tumultuous as the period between filing and settling, and Chuck has been just as effective in handling my responses to what seems to be a continuous stream of demands from my ex. I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Dustin | July 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Charles Bauer gave me hours at an extra discount, throughout my case, while communicating his actions and why. Charles gave me multiple consultations, some free and a couple at 1/3 price, before asking to be retained, after explaining the most likely outcomes to me. I am very happy with Charles Bauer. Recommended.
Posted by Brandon | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Modification
Mr. Bauer was very helpful in litigating a custody modification for me. His work was thorough, and he promptly responded to any questions I had about my case. His staff was also very helpful in getting me any information I needed. I would recommend Mr. Bauer and his law firm to anyone needing help with a family law case.
Posted by Cris | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A++ Lawyer
Charles Bauer is not only a lawyer but a real caring, honest and straight forward human being. His communication on every issue is super fast for someone in his position and with his work load. He's the type of lawyer that won't just tell you what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear. If not for his kick in the butt I might just be squabbling over something I didn't need too. I live in Iowa and needed to hire a Lawyer in the state my child lives in and got it wrong the first time....I switched to Charles and if he lived in my home state of Iowa I'd have him over for dinner for the amazing job he's done. If your looking for someone who will tell you the truth...honestly what you need to hear and will get the job done...he's your guy.
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Posted by Jim | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choosing Charles Bauer as my Attorney was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
From the first day that I walked into Chuck's office I recognized him as a compassionate and caring professional. Throughout my entire divorce process, Chuck was always there for me to answer questions and to provide well thought out advice. His entire team was friendly and also quick to help with any questions or requests. This was my first time, and hopefully last, that I ever needed the services of an attorney. However, if I ever require help from a legal professional Chuck would be the first person that I would call.
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Posted by Brin | August 29, 2014
I'm a client for life!
I cannot say enough great things about Chuck and his team. I came to him at my absolute wits end after a breakup with the father of my twin 18 month olds. We were in a stalemate over custody and I was terrified of what the end result would be. Chuck's legal knowledge is unparalleled. It seemed the entire law library was stored neatly in his head. Because of this he can come up with solutions on the fly. He never pushed me in a direction that I didn't want to go, and helped me come up with creative solutions in a very sticky case. On a personal level he was incredibly encouraging and supportive. He answered all of my many, many questions (often after hours and on weekends via e-mail) with the highest level of patience and understanding. He got me exactly what I wanted in my case. My children are safe because of him. I am not sure there is any greater compliment I can give than that. I will be recommending him to absolutely everyone I know.
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Posted by Jessica | June 12, 2013
I recently retained the services of Charles Bauer to handle my divorce/custody case. He is extremely knowledgeable and gets the job done! It was a terrifying and scary experience, but having Mr. Bauer on my side gave me an incredible advantage because of his experience, reputation, and genuine concern for his clients. He was able to get the results that I so desperately wanted and I highly recommend anyone facing a divorce or custody battle in court.
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Posted by Bobbi | October 1, 2012
Practicing Law With Integrity
As a client of Bauer and French, it has been my experience that Chuck Bauer and Maggie Ryan are extremely knowledgeable about the laws, aggressive in court, and genuinely cared about me on a personal level while handling my case. I would recommend their services to anyone facing a divorce/child custody battle because you can rest easy knowing that they are working hard to insure you will be legally protected and that they will make the best interests of your children their number one priority!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charles Bauer
I want to thank Chuck Bauer for helping me in long Family court case. From the beginning he was on the ball and very helpful not only explaining everything in detail but always reminding me that what was going on in the present moment would not be forever. When matters are taken into Family court there really is no win for anyone. I am happy with my results and would recommend him to others in need of his service. Again Chuck- Thank you for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was able to achieve Coustody of my children. I did a lot of the legwork on my own to cut down costs. I'm personally not sure how my attorney would be at trial because I wasn't able to experience it. I can say that he made sure he covered most everything to get the best outcome for me.
Posted by Suzanne | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly unorganized and not detail oriented. I had to review and second guess what I was told because there were repeated errors. Doesn't follow through to meet promised deadlines, seemed overwhelmed. I should have followed my gut and changed attorneys.
Response from Charles Bauer May 29, 2019
I regret that your experience with us was not favorable; my goal for many years has been to listen carefully to any concerns which a client may have, so they can be addressed properly as the cases are being resolved. As the other reviews suggest, I have reason to believe I've been mostly successfully meeting this goal for nearly 40 years of practice.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-295 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Gravis Law PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Bauer Ryan Family Law
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Bauer & French
  • 1992 - 2013
  • Attorney at Law---Partner
  • Bohner, Chasan, Walton & Bauer
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Lyons, Bohner, Chasan & Walton
  • 1983 - 1988
  • Partner
  • Stoppello, Bauer & Merris
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Frank Stoppello
  • 1979 - 1981
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  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Principia College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts cum Laude
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Carr v. Pridgen 157 Idaho 238, 335 P.3d 578 (2014)
  • Finding of contempt reversed
  • Rodriguez v. Rodriguez 150 Idaho 614, 249 P.3d 413 (Ct. App 2011)
  • Trial court decision reversed
  • Doe v Doe 149 Idaho 669, 239 P.3d 774 (2010)
  • Affirmed
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  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Family Law Section, Idaho State Bar
  • Section Chair
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Family Law Section, Idaho State Bar
  • Executive Council
  • 1994 - 2008
  • Opera Idaho
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 1992 - 2002
  • Idaho State Bar, Advocate Editorial Advisory Board Committee
  • Chair
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Hays Shelter Home
  • Board of Directors
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Idaho Law Review
  • Board of Editors
  • 1978 - 1979
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Family Law Award of Distinction
  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • For Dedication and Service to the Family Law Section
  • Idaho Family Law Section, Idaho State Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Idaho State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 1999
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  • Family Law Handbook, Third Edition 2011
  • Child Custody Law and Practice
  • 2011
  • Navigating the Shoals of Family Law Cases
  • Child Custody Law and Practice
  • 2009
  • The Advocate, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Relocation of Children -- An Update
  • 2002
  • The Advocate, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Relocation of Children After Divorce
  • 2001
  • Idaho Law Foundation
  • Idaho Family Law Handbook
  • 1998
  • Family Law Section, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Child Custody Jurisdiction and Practice
  • 1998
  • Idaho Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Idaho Family Lawyer
  • 1992
  • Idaho Law Foundation
  • Community Property Law of Idaho
  • 1982
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Speaking Engagements

  • Familiy Law Course, U. of I. Boise Campus, Spring Semester, 2015
  • Adjunct Family Law Faculty, University of Idaho College of Law
  • 2015
  • Seminar of the Idaho Law Foundation
  • Handling your First or Next Child Support Case---Estaablishment and Enforcement
  • 2014
  • Navigating the Shoals of Family Law Cases
  • Child Custody Law and Practice
  • 2009
  • Child Custody in Idaho
  • Panel on Child Custody in Idaho
  • 2009
  • Financial Aspects of Divorce
  • Family Law Practice Panel
  • 2008
  • Idaho Law Foundation
  • The UCCJEA and How It Affects Your Practice
  • 2000
  • Idaho Law Foundation
  • Ethical Issues for the Family Law Practictioner
  • 2000
  • Idaho Law Foundation
  • Representing Clients in Interstate Custody Disputes
  • 1999
  • National Business Institute
  • Domestic Law in Idaho
  • 1991
  • Legal Education Institute
  • Family Law in Idaho
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is highly respected in the legal community. He was my professor in community property and is a very skilled and talented lawyer and professor for whom I have a great deal of respect. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and I highly recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charles Bauer's many years of experience and his knowledge of the law is second to none! Charles is a very successful and accomplished Family law attorney and I highly recommend him to any potential client in need."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He can help you with your case."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and would recommend Mr. Bauer to anyone looking for a quality family law attorney."
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