Family Law

family-lawMany family law processes can result in high-cost litigation and prolonged disputes. If your goal is to minimize the time or costs of a divorce or other family law action, we can help. Our family law practice is focused on successfully resolving family law disputes while remaining mindful of the costs and commitments of our clients. In the alternative, if your matter is complex and requires litigation, we are ready to protect your interests, and the interests of your family in court if need be.

Attorney, Rory Coetzee, offers the advocacy you need. Contact our Monterey / San Jose, California Family law offices now to schedule an initial FREE consultation regarding any of the following family law matters.

Contested and Uncontested Divorce:

Attorney, Rory Coetzee, has many years of experience handling legal separations and divorce in Northern California. His cases range from high-stakes disputes involving complex property division and spousal support to amicable, low-cost uncontested divorces. We offer our clients options in the methods used to arrive at settlement agreements, including negotiation, mediation and out-of-court settlement. When divorce litigation cannot be avoided, attorney, Rory Coetzee, is an aggressive advocate, who will focus on protecting your parental rights and financial interests.

Child Custody and Visitation:

Because of his extensive experience helping families with child custody and visitation matters, Mr. Coetzee is uniquely situated to assist you in developing a parenting plan that protects the relationship you cherish most — that of parent and child. We help families with modification of custody and parenting plans and with sensitive and complex move-away situations. We also accept grandparents' rights cases and other complex custody matters.

Child Support:

An initial child support order usually follows California's Child Support Guidelines. But situations change, children grow, and your initial support order may need to be modified. We can explain how state child support guidelines will apply to you, help you enforce a support order, and get money owed to you. We also defend parents who have been unfairly overcharged and those facing legal penalties for failing to pay support.


Establishing paternity of a child will trigger child support and a parenting plan to establish visitation or custody. Whether you are seeking to challenge or establish paternity, we have the experience and resources to secure your rights.

Domestic Violence:

Unfortunately, domestic violence in the form of spousal abuse or child abuse is not uncommon. Whether you are seeking a protective order (Restraining Order), or you have been falsely accused of abuse in the context of a divorce proceeding, we will provide prompt, responsive legal help to ensure that both you and your children are protected.

Domestic Partners:

The situation faced by same sex couples is unique and complex, but the steps to dissolution of a registered domestic partnership remain similar to divorce. We stay abreast of cutting-edge developments in California family law relating to gay and lesbian couples, same-sex marriage, and registered domestic partnerships.

Picking the Right Lawyer Is the First Step in Winning Your Case.
Contact our Monterey or San Jose office today to schedule a free thirty minute consultation with an experienced Monterey / Santa Clara County / San Benito, California family lawyer.

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  • Monterey Divorce Lawyer

    587 Hartnell Street
    Monterey, CA 93940-2822
    Tel: (831) 275-1191
    Fax:(831) 275-1197


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