Practice Areas

The divorce process can be an overwhelming experience with much room for frustration, anxiety and stress. Often, participants are uncertain of what the future holds for themselves, their children and their property. The attorneys at Dinnebier & Demmerle will assist you in navigating the challenging contours of the entire divorce process. You will work closely with the attorney and staff in confronting the unique aspects of your case.

Legal Separation
At times, a couple may desire to maintain their marital status due to religious beliefs, insurance needs, or other unique circumstances. If you believe you are in such a situation, Dinnebier & Demmerle will assist you with the issues of support, custody and division of property.

A marriage may be deemed invalid from its inception either due to procedural flaws or legal impediments. If you believe your marriage lacks the proper procedural requirements of formalization or was induced by fraud or force, you should discuss the matter with an attorney.

Prenuptial Agreements
A Premarital Agreement is essentially a contract between a spouse and his/her fiancé which provides for a desired financial outcome of a future divorce. This can be significantly different under California law without a Premarital Agreement. Two areas that are commonly addressed in Premarital Agreements are the parties’ rights to community and separate property, and placing limitations on potential spousal support. Our firm is one of the top law offices in the county in drafting, reviewing and negotiating Premarital Agreements. We also specialize in litigated cases concerning the validity of Premarital Agreements.

Child Custody and Visitation
Parenting time with your children should be one of the most rewarding parts of your life and is critical for the development of your children. Nevertheless, the divorce process can cast doubt and uncertainty on the issue of which parent will have custody of the children and which parent is allowed to make decisions for the children. The attorneys at Dinnebier & Demmerle will assist you in resolving all issues concerning the physical and legal custody of your children and assist in establishing a custody and/or visitation schedule.

Child Support
Your children need the benefit of both parents’ appropriate financial support. Whether a support order is required, a modification is needed, or arrearages need to be calculated and enforced, the offices of Dinnebier & Demmerle are experts on the matters. We have substantial experience with California’s complex child support guidelines whether you are potentially paying or receiving child support.

Spousal Support
Spousal support can be a critical issue in any marital dissolution. When we represent someone who is entitled to spousal support, we will pursue a plan to make sure that the recipient will be financially secure as possible. When we represent a potential payor of spousal support, we take all actions necessary to minimize both the amount and duration of support.

Division of Property
Whether it is the family home, financial accounts, business interests or other assets, your property interests, separate and community, need to be preserved and protected. The attorneys at Dinnebier & Demmerle have experience with all types of property issues that may arise.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can have long-lasting consequences that impact every aspect of the lives of those involved. Victims of domestic violence experience feelings of fear, anguish and insecurity. Those with allegations of domestic violence against them face potentially harsh results if a court finds that domestic violence occurred. Your children may also be adversely affected. At Dinnebier & Demmerle, we provide legal services for both victims of domestic violence and those who have been improperly accused of domestic violence. We seek to restore a victim’s sense of security through the use of long-term restraining orders, visitation orders, move-out orders, and any other means provided by the court. We also vigorously defend those who have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence.

Sometimes it is necessary to determine whether or not a party is the parent of a child. This is necessary to determine whether or not that parent should have custody and visitation rights with the child and to determine whether or not it is appropriate for that parent to pay or to receive child support. Our firm has significant experience in representing parties to paternity determination cases.