Keen, Creative Advocacy In Family Law Matters
Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP has been a respected name in family law for more than 50 years. Characterized by sophistication, depth and experience, our family law lawyers provide unparalleled representation with an innovative, practical and problem-solving approach. As one of the largest family law practices in the Bay Area, we are equipped to offer a range of services tailored to meet the personal needs of our clients from our offices in Menlo Park and San Ramon.
From traditional litigation to alternative dispute resolution, we handle all types of cases, including those that involve private judges, mediators and collaborative law specialists.
Our Mission: Providing Exceptional Representation
Our dedicated team of family law lawyers is committed to providing exceptional legal services and empathetic guidance to families going through an emotional time. We work closely as a team to create a personal approach for anticipating and resolving client problems efficiently, whether they are complex financial and custody matters, or more straightforward dissolutions.
The supportive environment we create in our office provides our clients with training, education and encouragement to support them not only during the stressful time during the pendency of their case, but also as they move forward to handle the additional issues once their case has concluded. Our firm also offers services for highly sensitive matters where confidentiality and privacy is critical and a private judge may be needed. We are widely recognized for earning and maintaining the respect, confidence and goodwill of our clients, team members, colleagues, the courts and the community.
Types Of Cases We Accept In California
Family law cases involving substantial business or real estate issues can be handled in-house by one of our experienced business attorneys. The same is true of complicated litigation issues, which can be handled by one of our more seasoned litigators. Because each case can present a variety of issues, every member of our legal team diligently works together to represent clients in all aspects of family law, including:
- Marital dissolution/divorce/legal separation
- Property characterization and division
- Tracing separate property and commingling of separate with community property
- Characterization and division of grants of equity such as stock options, restricted stock, cryptocurrency tokens, etc.
- Custody and parenting time
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Premarital and post-marital agreements
- Domestic partnerships
- Cohabitation agreements
- Domestic violence
Utilizing The Right Resolution Method For Each Case
Every case is different. For this reason, we are skilled in all of the following options:
Litigation: Although used as a last resort, litigation is often necessary in complicated cases. Our family law attorneys are prepared to handle cases in public court or before a private judge, always bringing sound judgment and intention to the table. Our ultimate goal is settlement, even after litigation has commenced, and we often reach settlement after interim issues have been resolved.
Settlement: Many family law cases can be settled without litigation. This is the preferred resolution and it utilizes various processes, many of which are described below.
Mediation: A mediator is a neutral third party who attempts to reach a settlement between the parties. The parties involved can request to have their attorneys attend some or all of the mediation sessions as additional support on complex issues.
Collaborative law: Collaborative law is a voluntary process that helps create an open, cooperative environment to reach a mutually beneficial settlement. It is designed to minimize conflict and requires a good faith effort from all parties to address everyone’s issues with respect and consideration.
Private judges: Private judges are an attractive option for family law clients whose legal matters require confidentiality and/or a speedier trial process or more extensive case management. Private judges can provide private settlement options, as well as litigation options, if a trial cannot be avoided. Private judges conduct trials, which are similar to public court but offer a more efficient process for the parties involved. Many parties prefer private judges because it can be a less structured and more private option than the public court litigation process.
Request a consultation with the family law attorneys at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada by contacting us today.