Family lawyers do not get the respect they deserve. In terms of the potential breadth and complexity of issues which they face, family practitioners work in one of the most, and perhaps the most, exacting and demanding areas of concentration in the law. Under California’s community property laws, every item of marital property presents a host of challenging issues. Not only must the family practitioner worry about the characterization and valuation of each asset, he or she often must consider future tax consequences involved in various items of community property. On top of that, support and custody issues involve different considerations, in which a human relationship—as distinct from a discrete event—is the subject of the litigation.

Elia v. Elia (1997) 58 Cal App 4th 415, 418 n.2

Certified Family Law Specialists have received distinct designation as experts in their field according the The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. The founders of Forester Purcell Inc. — Neil M. E. Forester and Matthew K. Purcell — have earned this designation through meeting requirements that go far beyond just practicing law. Neil and Matt have:

  • Passed the Family Law Specialist Bar Exam
  • Been recommended by judges and other attorneys
  • Experience and rigorous training in all areas of family law
  • Participated as lead counsel in all facets of family law trials
  • Committed to ongoing education and recertification

Only a small percentage of California lawyers are certified specialists in their area of practice.

This high level of public commitment to excellence in the practice of family law extends beyond their clients. Neil and Matt have dedicated time to pro bono representation and to serving in organizations dedicated to family and children’s well-being.

Family law is a highly technical field. Make no mistake, retaining a certified family law specialist is money well-spent, and will save you trouble, time and expense over the long run.

Forester Purcell handles matters including:

  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Spousal and child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Domestic violence, DVROs
  • Property division
  • Business valuation issues
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Guardianships
  • Juvenile dependency
  • International child custody
  • Domestic partnerships and dissolutions
  • Trials, litigation and appeals
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