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Family Law

CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS

An Experienced Family Law Firm in Chico, California

Family law matters often involve sensitive facts, difficult legal questions, unpredictable emotions, financial issues and more generally, a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety about the future.

You do not have to face these challenges alone.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we are here to stand by your side and to see that you come through this difficult period in your life with a brighter future in sight. For a free consultation, call us directly at (800) TKO-4LAW or, if you prefer, contact us online and someone from our office will get in touch with you shortly.

We Have a 95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

While the majority of our family law practice is based in the Chico area and surrounding portions of northern California, our attorneys can provide quality legal services at reasonable rates anywhere in the state. Some of the various family law needs we can help you with include:

Our Approach and Resources Make a Difference

Our lawyers don’t follow a standardized process for resolving family law issues. We listen so that we can understand who you are and what you want to see happen. We then seek out ways to make the process work to meet those needs. Along the way, we will provide you with clear guidance on the legal issues and different options that are available at each critical juncture. At every point, you will have the knowledge to make the choices that are right for you and your family.

In terms of protecting your interests, our resources include decades of experience, a team of dedicated legal professionals, experienced investigators and highly-regarded experts. And when used correctly, these resources can make a tremendous amount of difference in the outcome of your family law matter — just as they have for many of our firm’s previous clients.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

To learn more about our family law practice and what our attorneys can do to help you resolve a particular issue, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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Divorce

CHICO DIVORCE ATTORNEYS

California Divorce Lawyers

Are you going through a divorce? An experienced attorney can help you through the process efficiently and effectively. At the Rooney Law Firm, we will work to see that you get the results you need to move forward with, and get control of, your life. That is the level of service that you deserve. You are not in this alone; we will guide you through the complex maze of litigation papers and court appearances.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Trials
E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted divorce attorney.

When you choose the Rooney Law Firm to handle your case, you will have more than 30 years of experience on your side. We are available to put our experience to work for people in Chico and throughout California. Our commitment to meeting the needs of our clients in divorce cases has earned our lead lawyer a spot on the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, an honor achieved by only a very small percentage of attorneys.

On the surface, divorce is a relatively simple process. In most cases, however, divorce is more than just the dissolution of the marriage. Typically, there is a multitude of other matters that need to be sorted through, including:

Our lawyers do more than simply follow the process. We care too much about your needs to do that. Instead, we get to know you. We learn about your needs and seek out ways to make the process work to meet those needs.

You deserve to know your options. We will provide you information about divorce and the alternatives, including annulment and legal separation. We will offer clear guidance about the different choices you will have to make along the way. You will have the knowledge to make the choice that is right for you.

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated divorce lawyer, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Mediation vs. Litigation - Which is Best?

DIVORCE MEDIATION VS. LITIGATION: WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?

Chico, California, Divorce and Child Custody Lawyers

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, one certainty is that your lives will change in profound ways. You have many decisions to make and priorities to set on the way to resolving important issues that may include child custody and parenting time, support and property division.

Among the most important decisions early in this process is whether to try to settle all the critical issues in your case through direct negotiations, divorce mediation or litigation. At the Rooney Law Firm, our attorneys can explain the differences between these approaches to getting through divorce and help you find the path best for you.

Divorce Should Be the End of the Battle, Not the Start of a New One

Although litigation may be the only way to protect your interests if your divorcing spouse is unreasonable, other options are available for couples able to work rationally toward solutions.

We are proven trial lawyers prepared to go the distance in any case, but we fully recognize how hard a drawn-out divorce and court battle can be on all parties involved. Sometimes getting emotional closure is more important than getting everything you possibly can.

Agreeing to Enter Mediation Can Reduce Divorce Costs and Stress

Entering divorce mediation is a sound decision for divorcing spouses who disagree on key issues but believe compromises can be reached with the help of a neutral mediator knowledgeable in California family law and settlement techniques. Mediation can provide:

  • Detailed, mutually acceptable resolution of critical issues such as child custody, parenting time and division of marital property
  • Greater control over outcomes in comparison to leaving major family issues up to a judge
  • A more efficient, amicable and affordable alternative to divorce litigation
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Options for Getting Through Divorce

Is divorce mediation right for you? Does it have strong potential to save you money and enable you to get through your divorce without excessive debt or other adversity that could make your life difficult for years ahead? You can turn to a California family law attorney at our firm for sound guidance and honest answers based on many years of experience.

If you are looking for a Northern California divorce attorney you can trust to defend your interests, beginning with a consultation to discuss issues in your case and your options for resolving them, call or e-mail us at the Rooney Law Firm.
Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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High Income Divorce

HIGH INCOME DIVORCE
Depending on the cooperation of the parties, and complexity of property division, divorce can be a fairly straightforward process. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to effectively handle even the most complex divorce. Schedule a consultation with our divorce attorneys as soon as possible.
95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Trials

At Rooney Law Firm, we strongly believe that divorce should be the end of the battles, not the beginning of new ones. Divorce proceedings are usually accompanied by strong emotions such as frustration, anger and resentment. We strive to handle each divorce in an efficient, professional and confidential manner. Clients rely on our ability to maintain a calm demeanor while vigorously fighting to protect their best interests.

By working with business valuation experts, forensic accountants, tax experts and realtors, we will gain a clear understanding of the assets and debts that need to be addressed and separated. We can guide our clients through the process of divorce mediation in an effort to resolve as many disputes as possible without relying on the judgment of the court. If amicable resolutions are not forthcoming, we are fully prepared to aggressively represent you through trial litigation.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted divorce attorney. (800) 856-4529.

When the parties in a marriage have substantial or complex assets, it can become challenging to come to a satisfactory compromise regarding the division of assets and debts. With more than 30 combined years of experience handling a wide variety of practice areas, our lawyers are both skilled mediators and accomplished trial attorneys. Do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation at our firm.

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated divorce lawyer in Chico, Sacramento and communities throughout Northern California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Child Custody & Visitation

CHICO CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION LAWYERS

California Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys

For many people going through a divorce, determining child custody visitation and support are the most critical parts of the process. At the Rooney Law Firm, we will make certain that you are aware of your parental rights, responsibilities and options. We will offer you clear guidance about the choices that are available to you. We will work hard to do what is right for you and your child and your new family.

Right Attorney = Right Results
Our child custody lawyers offer free initial consultations. E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

At the Rooney Law Firm, you will find a team of attorneys who believe in doing things right the first time. All of our lawyers are first-time bar passers. This is important because we believe that your case should be done right the first time. We take great pride in this fact because the ability to take the test multiple times means that only about half did it right the first time around. We have more than 30 years of experience getting results the first time for people in Chico and throughout California.

In this state, the goal of the court is to make arrangements that are in the best interest of the child. But how does the court know what is in your child’s best interest? That is where we come in. We will design a legal strategy, hire investigators and retain experts to make it clear to the judge what is right for your child. We understand the different variations of legal child custody and physical child custody. We know how to find the options that are right for you and your child and/or children.

From the outset of your case, we can petition the court for temporary orders of restraint or custody. We attempt to resolve all matters amicably, but if a child custody battle ensues, we are here for you. Our commitment to the needs of our clients has earned us a 95 percent success rate in contested trials.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Child Support

CHICO CHILD, SPOUSAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT ATTORNEYS

California Spousal and Child Support Lawyers

If you are going through a divorce, one of your main concerns may be child, family, or spousal support. At the Rooney Law Firm, we understand the importance of seeing that any support order is fair. When you choose us to represent you, we will put forth every effort to see that they are. We are attorneys who get results.

Strong Legal Knowledge – Responsive Client Service

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation about child and spousal support.

With more than 30 years of experience on our side, the attorneys at the Rooney Law Firm know how to help you. We are available to put our experience to work for people in Chico and throughout California. Our commitment to the needs of our clients has earned us a 95 percent success rate in contested trials. We want to make your case a success:

  • A child support formula determines the amount your child receives. This formula primarily considers the amount of time each parent spends with the child and the amount of income each parent receives. A variety of other factors can also be taken into account, including children from other relationships, medical conditions and more. We will work hard to see that child support payments are fair.
  • Spousal support, also known as alimony, is usually based on a formula. Typically, there is some discretion for the judge. Usually, the judge will take into account such factors as a person’s income, a person’s ability to move back into the workforce and more. We will stand up for you to see that spousal support payments are fair.

When you choose our firm, we will make it clear that we are here for you. We will listen to your needs from the outset. After all, meeting your needs is our primary goal.

For a free initial consultation about spousal and child support with a dedicated family law attorney,e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Property Division

CHICO PROPERTY DIVISION LAWYERS

California Marital Property Division Attorneys

As you proceed through your divorce, one concern that will most likely arise is about the division of marital property. Most people’s home is their biggest asset. You have the right to want to preserve your possessions as you move forward with your life. The lawyers of the Rooney Law Firm can help. We understand the laws that govern marital property division. We will maximize the retention of assets and not your debt.

Right Attorney = Right Results
For a free initial consultation about marital property division, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people in Chico and throughout California. We bring a high level of dedication to every divorce and family law case we handle. That dedication has earned our lead lawyer a spot on the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, an honor achieved by only a very small percentage of attorneys.

California is a community property state. That means that marital property and debts is subject to a fifty-fifty split between the parties. Property acquired prior to the marriage, inheritance and some gifts received during the marriage, may not be subject to this division, but requires a property characterization analysis.

The rules that outline marital property division seem simple, but they can quickly become complicated. Even though the court requires full disclosure of all property, assets still may be hidden. Disputes may arise over the nature of different property. Our lawyers have a strong financial background and can sort through these matters. We will carefully examine your case and develop a legal strategy designed to take care of your immediate needs and establish long-term results.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced marital property division attorney.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Modifications

CALIFORNIA MODIFICATION ATTORNEYS

Helping You Obtain Modifications to the Terms of Your Divorce

What’s the single most common mistake most people make when they want to obtain or challenge a divorce modification? The answer is, waiting too long to talk to an attorney.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we help people deal with the new changes and challenges life can bring by helping them to obtain child custody, visitation and support modifications. If you live in the Chico area or Northern California, our attorneys can help you as well. To schedule a free consultation, call us directly at (800) TKO-4LAW (toll free) or contact our offices online and we will get in touch with you shortly.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Each of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in contested civil trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney has been included in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, an honor achieved by only a very small percentage of lawyers nationwide.
Making Your Case

If you want to modify a divorce-related agreement, you need to be dealing with a substantial change in circumstances such as a layoff, or an illness or a new job that would significantly benefit your children but also require you to relocate. If you have such a real need or reason, you can obtain a post-divorce modification by negotiating with your former spouse or by going directly to court and asking a judge for the modification you want.

In either case, getting the help of an experienced attorney early on will be extremely beneficial. The same holds true if you’ve been asked to negotiate a change informally or have received legal notice that your ex-spouse is seeking to have the court modify an existing order.

We are known for achieving outstanding results through negotiation and aggressive representation at trial. Just as important is our commitment to understanding your needs and seeking out ways to make the process work to meet those needs.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

To discuss your unique situation with an experienced attorney or learn more about the process you have to go through to obtain a post-divorce modification in your area, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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Restraining Orders

CHICO RESTRAINING ORDER ATTORNEYS

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California

A restraining order (sometimes referred to as a protective order) is a powerful legal tool created to help victims of domestic violence by severely restricting the actions and movements of their abusers.

In most cases, a request for a temporary restraining order will be granted the very same day — even if the alleged abuser isn’t notified or present in court.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we help victims of domestic violence help themselves by getting both temporary and permanent restraining orders issued by the courts. If you live in the Chico area or anywhere in Northern California, our attorneys can help you as well. For immediate legal help or a free consultation — call us directly at (800) TKO-4LAW (toll free) or contact our offices online and we will get in touch with you as soon as we possibly can.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Each of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in contested civil trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney has been included in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, an honor achieved by only a very small percentage of lawyers nationwide.
The Truth About Domestic Violence

The term “domestic violence” includes more than just acts of physical violence. It includes actions such as violence against family pets, threats of violence, emotional or psychological cruelty, harassment, privacy invasions and stalking as well. Domestic violence isn’t limited to just violence between a husband and wife either. It can occur in virtually any type of relationship.

The most important truth to recognize is that you don’t deserve this and that there is a way to put an end to this cycle.

We are here to stand by your side. We will make certain that you are aware of your rights and options. We will offer you clear guidance about the choices that are available to you. And we will work to see that you get the results you need to move forward with and regain control of your life.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

To discuss your specific needs with an experienced attorney or learn more about the process you have to go through to obtain a domestic violence restraining order in California, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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Temporary Restraining Orders

TEMPORARY ORDERS OF PROTECTION LAW FIRM

Chico, California, Domestic Violence and Harassment Attorneys

Are you involved in a dispute with your spouse, domestic partner, ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, or someone else in your household? Do you feel threatened and in need of legal protection — or has someone obtained a restraining order against you that you believe is unjustified?

In any such situation, the best way to protect yourself, your family and future is to hire a lawyer who knows the court system and all your legal options. Our Chico law firm’s decades of successful work resolving both family law and criminal law matters make us an excellent resource whether you are a victim of domestic violence or someone accused of abuse or threatening behavior.

Decisive, Efficient Legal Action to Protect Your Safety and Future

At Rooney Law Firm, we will empathize with you, work to understand your immediate and long-term concerns, and apply extensive experience to actions such as:

  • Obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) to increase your security while awaiting a hearing and more lasting solution
  • Navigating all procedures necessary to obtain a “no contact” criminal protective order (CPO) while your active domestic violence case is in progress
  • Negotiating modification of an emergency protective order (EPO) to a “no negative contact” order if you and your spouse or partner wish to continue living together
  • Defend you against imposition of a permanent restraining order and against all allegations of abuse, stalking or harassment that could impact your freedom, family relationships, the outcome of a divorce or child custody dispute and other aspects of your life
Representation Informed by Knowledge of Criminal Law and Family Law

Our supervising litigation attorney Michael Rooney’s experience includes handling of many felony domestic violence cases in his time as a public defender. While we fully understand law enforcement’s and our courts’ prioritization of actions that stop and prevent abuse, we also know that one side of the story often goes untold. You can turn to our firm for compassion and a balanced, skilled effort to get the best results possible for you.

Questions About Temporary Restraining Orders?

Fast action to get qualified counsel could be critical whether you are the victim or the accused. Dealing with your situation on your own could put you at a serious disadvantage. If you need help with any legal issue involving a protective or restraining order, call (800) TKO-4-LAW now or e-mail us to request a free initial consultation.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Fighting Child Abuse Charges

FIGHTING CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

If you are accused of child abuse, it can quickly feel like the entire world is against you. Even though it is not uncommon for these accusations to be fabricated or embellished, you face devastating consequences if convicted. You need an experienced attorney who can carefully examine your situation and develop an effective strategy for your defense.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted family law attorney. (800) 856-4529.

The Chico child abuse defense lawyers at Rooney Law Firm have more than three decades of combined experience protecting clients from dramatic and life-long consequences associated with a conviction. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can minimize your exposure to consequences and help you move toward a long and productive future with your child.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Trials

Child abuse defense cases can be more complex and stressful than other criminal defense cases. These cases will commonly go through criminal court, dependency court and family law court. A finding in any of the three courts can affect your ability for custody and visitation. Essentially, you will have to fight three cases at the same time. It is crucial to have an attorney on your side who has experience in a variety of practice areas. We have the expertise, ability and resources necessarily to effectively defend you from these charges and protect your rights.

Whether the injury is from punishment that had no intention of actual harm, or from innocent accidents that were embellished to include parental abuse, it is important to protect yourself and your relationship with your child. A skilled attorney can examine your situation and honestly advise you on the best course of action, and your options for success.

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated child abuse defense lawyer in California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Paternity

PATERNITY

Whether you are attempting to establish or disprove paternity, we recommend having a skilled attorney on your side. California paternity laws can be complex, and our knowledgeable lawyers can guide you through this potentially emotionally exhaustive process.
95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Trials

At Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 combined years of experience handling a wide range of family law matters and can effectively guide our clients through even the most complex legal and scientific processes. E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted divorce attorney. We pride ourselves on keeping clients aware of the different stages of the legal process.

Chico Establishment of Paternity Lawyers

Paternity typically involves using a DNA test to establish the legal identity of the biological father of a child. If you are a new father who questions whether or not the child is yours or you are an unmarried parent wishing to establish custody, visitation or support for your child it is important to contact an experienced attorney.

It is important to remember that the establishment of paternity carries life changing aspects for all involved. Many times, a single mother seeks to establish paternity in order to receive child support from the biological father. Paternity, however, also gives the biological father rights to custody and visitation. Contact our office to learn more about your options and the obstacles you might face.

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated divorce lawyer, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Adoptions

CHICO ADOPTION LAWYERS

Child Adoptions in California

Adoption is a momentous, life-changing event. You’ve thought about it a lot. You’ve discussed the pros and cons. You’ve spent a great deal of time researching it. And now you’re ready to take the next step.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we respect the investment our adoption clients have already made and put forth every effort to make each adoption process a success — providing high quality child adoption services at reasonable rates for families in Chico and Northern California.

We handle both open and private adoptions, as well as stepparent and relative adoptions. And we are available to represent both adoptive parents and birth mothers and fathers. To schedule a free consultation, call (800) TKO-4LAW (toll free) or contact our offices online and we will get in touch with you shortly.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Each of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in contested civil trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney has been included in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, an honor achieved by only a very small percentage of lawyers nationwide.
Quality Service With No Surprises

When it comes to child adoptions, surprises are generally a bad thing. We understand that and are careful to make certain that we have all of the information and paperwork in order. As our client, you’ll also know what your options are at each stage of the process and have the information you need to make the right choices for you and your family. Last, we would like to mention that our practice also helps with terminations of parental rights and the establishment of legal guardianships.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For answers to any other questions you may have about child adoption in California or how we can help make your dreams a reality, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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Stepparent Adoptions & Termination of Parental Rights

STEPPARENT ADOPTIONS AND TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

The joining of loving parents with a child in need through adoption is one of the most joyous occasions in family law. Reinforcing family bonds through stepparent adoption is something that the entire court system takes pride in. Contact our firm to discuss your unique situation in greater detail.

At Rooney Law Firm, we have handled adoptions when a divorced parent remarries or a stepparent adopts a child born out of wedlock. Clients appreciate our extensive experience and our detailed understanding of family law. E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted family law attorney.

Chico Termination of Parental Rights Lawyers

In order for a child to be adopted, the first step in the legal process is the termination of parental rights. This can be a complex and lengthy process, and it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. Any time a child has been left by both parents or sole parent in the custody of another person for six months or longer, or if the noncustodial parent has left the child in the custody of the other parent for one year or longer, termination of parental rights is a relatively straightforward process.

It is not uncommon for a noncustodial parent to challenge the termination of parental rights. In these instances, we will carefully examine the situation and the parental history to make our case as effective and compelling as possible. We understand the nuances of adoption law and can guide you through this process in the most efficient manner possible.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Trials

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated family law attorney in California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Grandparents' Rights

GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS

The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is vital to the growth and development of the child. Unfortunately, grandparents do not retain specific visitation rights after a divorce in California. It is crucial to retain an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and vigorously fight to protect your relationship.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a trusted family law attorney. (800) 856-4529.

Rooney Law Firm is largely recognized as the first law firm in the county to regularly bring grandparents into a divorce mediation when discussing visitation and parenting time. We realize the importance of this relationship and focus our attention on doing what is in the best interest of the children. In many situations, this requires a careful study of the past relationship of the children and grandchildren. If you have been regularly visiting them each week for the last several years, the court is likely to order that the schedule is maintained for the benefit of the children. Our lawyers can have a more detailed discussion regarding your specific situation through a free consultation at our office.

Grandparent Custody in Chico

In many severe situations, it is possible for grandparents to not only seek visitation rights, but actually gain guardianship of the children. If the children are living in a situation that does not foster growth and development, the court can examine the possibility of granting custody to other family members. We have extensive experience guiding clients through processes such as this. Do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

For a free initial consultation with a dedicated family law attorney, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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Spousal Support

CHICO SPOUSAL SUPPORT ATTORNEY

Determination of spousal support in a California divorce is not achieved by way of a strict formula as is the case with child support. Rather, a number of factors go into the decision by a family law judge to order spousal support, including the following:
  • Ability to maintain marital standard of living in light of earning capacities
  • Contributions to other spouse’s education, training, etc.
  • Supporting spouse’s ability to pay
  • “Needs” in light of marital standard of living
  • Parties’ assets and debts
  • Duration of marriage
  • Employability of custodial spouse considering the impact on children
  • Age and health of the parties
  • History of domestic violence
  • Tax consequences
  • Relative hardships
  • Goal of self-support
  • Spousal abuse conviction (mandatory factor for support reduction/termination)
  • Other “just and equitable” factors

Each of these factors leaves room for persuasive argument except length of the marriage. If you are approaching a California divorce, you are wise to seek vigorous legal representation to protect your long-term financial interests:

  • Seek spousal support if you need and deserve it.
  • Prevent an order that you pay spousal support when your wife or husband can, in fact, support herself or himself.
  • Limit the amount or duration of spousal support that you are ordered to pay.
  • Exchange spousal maintenance for some element of property division that is more important to you and/or your spouse.

Talk to a Chico spousal support lawyer who will be honest with you and will advocate zealously on your behalf.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our northern California alimony attorneys at Rooney Law Firm work together to review all factors in your California divorce or separation that may influence a family law court in your favor or in your spouse’s favor. We prepare to present vigorous arguments on your behalf aimed at achieving a fair outcome that protects your best interests.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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Retirement Benefits & Divorce

CHICO DIVISION OF PENSION LAWYER
As you prepare to divide assets in your California divorce, the question of retirement benefits as an asset may have the most far-reaching impact on your financial future. Long after the divorce is complete, a fair property division settlement may mean that your retirement years are more amply or more sparsely funded by way of the pensions and other retirement income that you have accumulated at the time of the divorce.

Division of retirement income may be achieved through a QDRO (qualified domestic relations order) that provides for separate payout streams from your pension or 401(K) funds when you begin to draw on these assets around the age of 65. As in the case of spousal support, the decision to divide or not divide of retirement funds may be used as a bargaining chip in connection with other assets that may need to be distributed between the two of you when the divorce is finalized: real estate, investment streams, business ventures, stocks and bonds, vacation home, boat, vehicles, collectibles, antiques or heirlooms, for example.

Make sure that your family law attorney vigorously guides and directs you in enforcing full disclosure of assets by you and your spouse. Some assets are not readily apparent, but may make a great difference in the long run. For example, is your wife or husband in negotiation with a business partner regarding a business venture that they plan to start in the near future? This business interest may not be noticeable to many observers — but may, in fact, be a marital asset.

Talk to a divorce and family law attorney at Rooney Law Firm about retirement benefits and your California divorce — and about how to protect your long-term financial interests when splitting retirement assets figures into your property settlement.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

As you approach your Chico division of pension, attorney skill and vigor may make a large difference in the outcome. Investment in your future now can prevent financial disaster down the road.

Our criminal defense team is prepared to work together to review all of your and your spouse’s expected retirement income. We can give you reassurance that you are getting a “fair deal” with regard to pensions and other types of expected retirement assets.

California Retirement Benefits in a Divorce: Lawyer Choice Matters
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Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the briefe-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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Move Aways

CHICO MOVE-AWAY CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER

When the primary custodial parent in a divorced or separated parent scenario wishes to move out of the area — perhaps out of state or to a different area of California — that parent has a burden of proof that the move will be in the child’s best interests. Disrupting the relationship between the child and the other parent by removing that child from the geographical area is not a minor matter and must be approached thoughtfully and sometimes creatively.

A primary custodial parent may have very “good reasons” for proposing a move-away:

  • Real estate market issues such as foreclosure resulting in loss of the home in the area where the child has lived with that parent
  • Job changes: promotions, transfers or job loss and beginning a new job in a different location
  • Family considerations, such as a need to move closer to elderly parents who need assistance or care
  • Educational needs: a parent’s plan to begin graduate school, for example, or a desire to move the child closer to a desired private school

Other factors that should be taken into account include the following:

  • Proposed parenting plan changes to accommodate the move-away while preserving parenting time for the other parent
  • School, sports and extracurricular activities
  • Friendships and location of extended family
  • Relative safety of the proposed new location
Contact a Chico Move-Away Child Custody Attorney

Are you a primary custodial parent seeking a modification of your child custody order that will allow for a desired move out of the area?

Are you a noncustodial parent wishing to block or modify a proposed move-away by your child’s other parent?

Whichever side of the equation you are on, it is important to work with a child custody lawyer who will make the effort to understand your needs, wishes and motives — and take into account your child’s best interests as well as financial considerations when legal fees are taken into account.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our family law attorneys are ready to review all relevant factors in your child move-away matter. If we represent you, we will advise you at all times with your child’s best interests as the overriding factor and help you pursue the most favorable outcome that takes into account your unique circumstances.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the briefe-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

Avoiding Massive Debt After Divorce

HOW TO AVOID EXCESSIVE DEBT DUE TO DIVORCE

Chico Family Law Lawyers for Protection of Your Financial Future

Whether you have substantial wealth and property or only modest assets, divorce almost always represents a major financial turning point. Unfortunately, many people who go through divorce in California find themselves in dire straits once their cases are settled, for reasons such as:

  • Inability to deal effectively with a family home that is seriously “under water” due to the widespread decline in real estate market values all across California
  • Excessive borrowing to cover the costs of divorce litigation, which can mount quickly in complex and intensely disputed cases
  • Failure to account for the increased living expenses that come with establishing separate households, the impact of child support and other financial aspects of life after divorce
  • Financial decisions that have substantial debt and tax implications, such as short sales of marital homes that leave one or both parties to deal with deficiency judgments
Offering Alternatives to Divorce Litigation and Sound Economic Guidance

Our experienced Northern California divorce attorneys believe it is essential to work closely and collaboratively with our clients. We do not encourage aggressive, costly litigation when more collaborative and cost-effective approaches such as divorce mediation can work. You can trust us not only to answer your financial questions thoughtfully and honestly, but to anticipate the costs and implications of key decisions.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we do everything possible to help you plan for life after divorce, with avoiding divorce debt that could be crippling near the top of our priority list. Our decades of experience helping people achieve their goals involving children, property and other issues is invaluable, and we can call on a range of professional resources for specialized counsel on real estate, accounting and tax matters.

Divorce is difficult enough on a personal level without worrying that you may face serious financial distress and even need to file bankruptcy afterward. It is critical to be able to make choices with confidence that you understand their financial implications, and we are dedicated to helping you do exactly that.

Schedule a Consultation: (800) TKO-4-LAW or (530) 690-5233

To discuss your specific needs and legal options, including various paths for resolving your divorce without incurring overwhelming debt, please call or e-mail our accomplished family law firm today.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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