Services & Practice Areas

Domestic Relations law (often referred to as family law) is an area of law that deals with all aspects of family relations.

At some point in most people’s lives, they consider or use the services of an attorney to guide them in connection with domestic issues such as: domestic violence, child custody and visitation, children’s rights, child support, spousal support (alimony), separation agreements, marital property division (community property and separate property), paternity, cohabitation agreements, same sex relationships (Registered Domestic Partners), pre-marital (pre-nuptial) agreements, marriage, adoption, estate planning, estates and trusts, wills and will contests, probate, business and corporate issues related to such matters and other legal issues pertinent to the family.

At Law Offices of Marlo Van Oorschot, APLC, we are able to provide a full range of services directly and through our strategic alliances to assist you and your family when you need guidance the most.

Services

My firm is a practice dedicated exclusively to family law issues. We are highly experienced and well versed in navigating through the frequently emotional terrain of modern families and their legal problems. Today’s legal and court systems are more complex than ever, especially when it comes to family law. It is a widely held belief throughout the industry that many family law issues can be handled efficiently and effectively outside of the court system through the private mediation process. However, mediation is not the only avenue for dispute resolution, and, when necessary, I and my associates will stand and serve as a strong personal advocate and litigator for you in court.  

Attorney/Advocate

Not every divorce can be amicably resolved. When litigation is the parties’ choice, I have the ability to serve as your counsel. My practice has concentrated exclusively in Family Law since 1994 and I can help you if litigation is the path your divorce takes.

Collaborative Divorce Process

Our firm also provides services in the area of Collaborative Law (also referred to as Collaborative Practice, Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Divorce Process).

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Mediator/Neutral

I have years of experience and training to help achieve a peaceful dissolution of your marriage through mediation. I will work with you and your spouse so you have legal information about your matter and will work with you to facilitate an agreement.

By choosing mediation, you have chosen to take control of the outcome of your situation, rather than leaving the decision to a judge.

Consulting Attorney

If your case is litigated or mediated and you do not want full representation, you should consider a consulting attorney. I can serve in this capacity as well. It is critical you are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Consider having me there to help you understand the law and to negotiate and ensure your agreement is a fair one, using my services on an as-needed basis.

Practice Areas

I am a family law attorney. Since 1994, my practice has been dedicated exclusively to family law cases. And, when it comes to helping, guiding and advising you in your family’s legal issues, I will bring the full force of that experience to your matter. I’ve successfully represented both husbands and wives, mothers and fathers in all areas of domestic law negotiation and litigation. While the term “family law” encompasses a wide range of issues, the vast majority of them center around two main areas: dissolution of marriage (divorce) and child custody. In my legal career I’ve handled literally hundreds of cases covering all types of family law matters, from the basics to post-judgement issues, non-marital law related conflicts and parenting plan arrangements to the modification of existing orders, and more. Whatever your family law matter is, I’m certain that by working together, we can find a successful resolution.

Divorce

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional time. The challenges you face are often more difficult than any other you could encounter. Parents worry about losing custody of their children and divorcing spouses worry about losing the family home, uncertain financial futures and losing their own personal possessions.

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Post Judgment Modifications

While a divorce decree represents the final step in a divorce, the decree can be altered in certain circumstances, especially as to child support or child custody. These circumstances include a new job or a move by one parent to another state.

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Domestic Partnerships

California has taken a national leadership role in recognizing domestic partnerships and same-sex relationships. Under the law, couples who register their relationship as a domestic partnership are afforded most of the same legal rights and benefits that are available to married couples. This includes same-sex relationships involving adopted children.

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Men in Divorce

The modern family has been re-designed such that men are frequently the homemaker in the family. If not, then men have the traditional role of being the breadwinner while the women are the homemakers often responsible for primarily caring for the children.

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Women in Divorce

Today, women may have very different family roles than in prior generations. Women may be the homemaker, the breadwinner, or both.

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Property Division

While most people expect that they will have to divide marital assets and debts with their spouse in the event of divorce, the process of determining what is a marital asset, the value of the asset and reaching an equal division can be very complex.

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Child Custody and Visitation / Parenting Plans

It is important to remember that your child’s well-being is enhanced if you are able to maintain continuity in your child’s life. Your child will benefit if he or she is able to stay in a familiar home, keep existing friends, maintain a similar lifestyle, and feel the love and support of both parents and extended family. The guiding principal of this area of the law is what is in the child’s best interest.

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Spousal Support

When possible, ex-spouses are entitled to maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed during their marriage. I assist clients with determining the data for the temporary spousal support calculator and the nonformulaic process for permanent support.

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Child Support

While the formula to determine child support is set by law, the amounts entered into the calculation are often in dispute. Incomes and time spent with children must be factored in to determine a fair amount of child support. Those issues and special needs can become contentious.

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Paternity

A child has a right to support regardless of whether his parents were married. Similarly, an unmarried father has a right to have regular visits with his child.

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Premarital Agreements

Also called prenuptial agreements and antenuptial agreements. These agreements are often useful to define expectations in a marriage, as well as to protect assets for a spouse and their children from their previous marriage.

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