Family Law

Alexsis Beach provides legal assistance to opposite sex and same sex spouses with marital dissolutions (divorce), and with modifications of child support and visitation.

I also help people who are starting a family using Assisted Reproductive Technology to make their intentions clear with sperm donor agreements and ovum donor agreements.

The same sex divorce process is particularly complex because of rapidly changing recognition of LGBT families. In California, a legal dissolution action (divorce) in court is required in order to terminate a state-registered domestic partnership. The California Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling allowing same sex marriage, the subsequent passage of Proposition 8, and the passage of SB54 providing state marital protections to same-sex couples married out of state, present further complications. The United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the constitutionality of Prop 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are expected in June 2013. I am very interested in the ongoing developments in LGBT family law, and strive to keep current in how to best protect all of my clients’ interests.

Call or use our contact page for a free phone consultation to see if I can help with your family law needs.