Pierson Coats Palash & Paul LLP

Issues We Handle

Family law covers a broad spectrum of issues.   Regardless of the method you choose to reach agreements, or to resolve your disputes, we have decades of experience helping clients with:

  • Pre- and Post-Marital/RDP and Cohabitation Agreements.
  • Parentage and Co-parenting Agreements.
  • Separation and Divorce, including unwinding the following complex financial and custodial issues:
  • Identifying, characterizing, and dividing various assets: cars, executive compensation (stock options, restricted stock units, deferred compensation and perquisites), real property (residential and commercial), retirement accounts (pensions, IRAs, 401Ks), family owned and closely-held businesses, professional services practices (law, medical), partnerships, private equity and investments, patents, books, film, and artwork, (and yes, even the bunny-shaped trivets Aunt Tillie gave you as a wedding present.)
  • Establishing or modifying, child custody and visitation plans/orders.
  • “High conflict” child custody litigation, which often involves resolution of custody disputes through the use of a child custody evaluation and/or trial.
  • Establishing or modifying, child support, and/or spousal support orders.
  • Litigating jurisdictional disputes.
  • Obtaining domestic violence restraining orders.
  • Gathering information, either informally or formally through discovery (requests for documents, interrogatories, requests for admission, depositions).
  • Analyzing evidence with the assistance of expert witnesses (e.g. forensic CPAs, mental health professionals, vocational evaluators, financial planners).
  • We represent clients who pay support and those who receive it.
  • We represent clients who work and those who do not.
  • We represent mothers, fathers, and the occasional grandparent.
  • We practice in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.