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Times arise in life when you need supportive legal guidance. Fawne Gray Attorney at Law welcomes the opportunity to assist you with your family law matters. Our office strives to provide thorough, competent service while being sensitive to the stress your situation may be causing you.

Whether you need assistance with a divorce, legal separation, child custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, domestic partnership dissolution, domestic violence issues, or are in need of a premarital agreement, we can develop a personalized plan of representation for you. Our practice also offers mediation services and collaborative practice as alternatives to the traditional adversarial process for resolution of dissolution, legal separation, child custody/visitation, and support issues.


In California, a dissolution is a divorce. California is a "no-fault" divorce state, meaning there does not have to be a finding of fault (i.e. infidelity) by either party to obtain a dissolution of marriage. There is a six-month "cooling off" period in California before a judgment of dissolution can be entered. The six-month waiting period does not begin running until the other party is personally served or accepts service of the Petition for Dissolution.

Many clients believe that once the six-month period passes, a divorce will be automatically entered. However, this is not true. Getting a judgment of dissolution in California requires numerous steps. Obtaining a judgment of dissolution in California can be very difficult; however, the attorney at Fawne Gray Attorney at Law can handle all necessary documentary requirements as well as negotiations to achieve a final judgment.

Legal Separation

Many people believe it is necessary to file a request for a legal separation in order to be considered legally separated — this is not true. Filing for a dissolution along with other acts, such as moving out of the family home, creates a legal separation. In determining whether a couple has separated pursuant to current case law, the parties must demonstrate a mental intention of separating, i.e. "I want a divorce", combined with a physical act, such as moving out and filing for dissolution or legal separation.

If you are not sure you want to be divorced or you have significant health problems, filing a legal separation may be a better alternative to filing for a dissolution. Call Fawne Gray Attorney at Law today to discuss your options and determine whether legal separation may be a better alternative to filing for dissolution.

Modification of Custody & Visitation

Children grow and change, as do parents' circumstances. If you would like to modify your current custody and/or visitation orders, the attorney at Fawne Gray Attorney at Law can assist in evaluating whether or not it would be appropriate and beneficial to modify your custody and/or visitation orders. Upon retaining our firm to assist you, our attorney will prepare all necessary legal documents, prepare you for court ordered mediation, and represent you at a hearing. For further information, call Fawne Gray Attorney at Law at (916) 345-1414 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable family law attorney in Chico.

Child Support

Pursuant to the California Family Code, all parents have a duty to support their children. If you are looking to establish a child support order of modifying your child support obligation, please contact our office for a child support evaluation. Determining the amount of child support due pursuant to California guidelines should only be handled by a legal professional. There is software available for calculating child support; however, knowing how to properly use the software and knowledge of the law is essential in properly determining child support. There is no substitute for legal assistance when properly determining child support.

It is also important to note that, in California, a child support order is only modifiable by court order, whether achieved by agreement or court process. A verbal agreement between two parents to withdraw a request for child support that has already been court ordered will not protect the paying parent from owing child support arrears. To properly protect yourself as the paying parent, a properly prepared legal document will need to be submitted to court for processing to enforce the agreement to modify support. Any agreements made by parents on this issue can be handled out of court and the attorney at our firm can assist you in this process. Call Fawne Gray Attorney at Law today at (916) 345-1414 to set up your free consultation.

Spousal Support

California law provides for the support of either spouse under certain conditions upon separation of a marital couple. Requests for spousal support can be complex, and mistakes made early on in a dissolution or legal separation can affect your right to spousal support in the future. It is important to speak with a legal professional before making decisions related to spousal support. Fawne Gray Attorney at Law can assist you in the establishment or modification of spousal support orders. Call our firm today at (916) 345-1414 for your free consultation with our Chico family law attorney.

Stepparent Adoptions

California allows stepparents to adopt their stepchildren under certain circumstances. If your child's mother or father has been absent from their life for more than one year without providing for their support, that parent's rights may be terminated to allow the adoption of your child by their stepparent. Making a decision to adopt any child is a big step and should be carefully planned. Call Fawne Gray Attorney at Law today at (916) 345-1414 for a free consultation regarding stepparent adoption.

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