At Fenchel Family Law, we are compassionate toward our clients because we know how challenging family law matters can be. However, we are also aggressive advocates who use our knowledge and experience to go after the best solution for you.
Experienced Attorneys Advocating For You
Divorce lawyer Valerie Fenchel has years of experience handling family law matters for people in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. As a former associate at premier San Francisco Bay Area family law firms, she knows how to handle even the most complex cases. As the lead family law attorney at our firm, she is a true advocate for her clients.
Ms. Fenchel knows the processes and procedures that will affect your case. She listens to the needs and concerns of her clients and does everything in her power to achieve their goals. She understands well the needs of parents who have found themselves facing difficult situations like divorce, child custody disputes and domestic violence matters. She will be on your side from start to finish.
After you set up an appointment, you will receive by email an intake sheet to fill out and return in advance of your consult. Filling out this intake sheet will give you the opportunity to start gathering together the information required to move your family matter forward.
You may schedule to have your initial consult in person, by phone, or over skype. While in-person consults usually are the most effective, we will always accommodate our clients’ busy schedules and their preference in the manner in which we communicate. If you wish to communicate remotely, please be sure to send us all the documents we require in advance of the consult to make the best use of our time together.
On the day of your consult, you will have the opportunity to share the entirety of your circumstances with your trusted counsel. Please bring with you all documents and information concerning your marital assets, your and your spouse’s incomes, and your last few years of tax returns. If you have any questions as to what information to bring with you, please call or email us. We are available to answer any questions you may have to help you make the most of your consult.
Here are examples of topics that may be covered during your initial consult:
Child Custody: If you have children, you will be advised as to the available parenting plans which may meet your children’s best interests and accommodate your unique family circumstances and scheduling needs. This is your opportunity to share any and all concerns you may have as to how custody will be determined. You will learn about the process the Court uses to determine custody and visitation as well as the alternative methods available for parents that agree to resolve custody and visitation by agreement.
Child and Spousal Support: You will be asked the necessary questions about your marital finances and provided comprehensive answers to your legal questions so that you have a clear understanding as to what you can expect to pay/be paid in child and spousal support, so that you may plan out your financial future.
Attorney Fee Awards: During your consult, you will be advised as to the California laws that may be applied to your case to secure payment of your attorneys’ fees from your spouse if your spouse makes more money than you. If you make more money than your spouse, you will be advised as to the California laws that may protect you from paying fees if your spouse behaves unreasonably and frustrates settlement.
Division of Assets: You will have the opportunity to provide all the information about your marital assets so that you may learn what assets will likely remain yours, and what assets will likely be deemed community assets and be equally divided by agreement or a court order. By the end of the meeting, you will have an action plan with clear deadline to assist you in accessing the financial resources you require to start living the life you deserve.
We challenge you to stop justifying staying in a bad marriage, and instead make that appointment with a family law attorney and seek that advice from the only person that you are literally paying to tell you exactly like it is and help you navigate your way to the life that you deserve.
At the end of the day, you are not a victim of your circumstances. If you don’t like the situation you are in, you have the power to change it.