Our Areas of Practice

McVicker’s Family Law Mediation Center is dedicated solely to providing family law legal services. Family law is a broad term that encompasses all actions, matters and disputes relating to marital and non-marital relationships. Since 1993, Elizabeth McVicker has been helping clients through divorce, parentage and other family law matters.

Whether your legal issue is simple or complex, every move you make counts. McVicker’s Family Law Mediation Center is focused on thorough and timely planning, and strategy. At our firm, we know firsthand that as legal matters progress, plans may need to be altered. We constantly review your case to determine the best course of action. If and when a case is litigated, you will be in the best possible position for success. Below are the areas of our practice:

Mediation

When divorced parents cannot agree upon matters related to their children in the state of California, they will be required to go through the mediation. This is often the case for visitation or custody, yet it is not always required. The process of mediation itself is typically uncomplicated. Both spouses meet with a court appointed mediator. It is the mediator’s job to suggest constructive solutions that benefit both parties.

Mediation can result in a positive outcome, however if both parties are not willing to work with each other, the process can seem like a big waste of time and money. McVicker’s Family Law can prepare you for mediation and make sure that your goals are met. Being flexible doesn’t mean you have to give more than you are comfortable with. We can help you find a solution that protects your interests and meets all your needs.

Litigation

Negotiation is often the first step in resolving a family law dispute, but an amicable agreement isn’t always possible. In some cases, litigation is unavoidable, especially when one of the parties is not willing to negotiate in a kindly manner. When this is the case, going to court may be the best option. The judge can impose a sanction on any party that isn’t cooperating or is being deceptive.

We are prepared to advocate for our client’s rights in court, and protect the best interest of your family. Get the benefit of experience and skill from a family lawyer who has won many settlements. McVicker’s family law can provide compassionate service and assert your rights on all legal family matters.

Limited Scope Representation

Limited scope, also known as unbundled services, is when and a lawyer agrees that you handle some parts of the case and your lawyer handles others. This is a great option for those who may have trouble affording the costs of retaining a lawyer. This way you can effectively manage your budget by handling some parts of the case on your own. Limited Scope representation covers a range of services of your choice. Here are some examples of limited scope service arrangements:

  • You can hire a lawyer to represent you in court on certain issues such as child support or custody hearings, while you do everything else on your own.
  • You can hire a lawyer help you with more complicated aspects of your case such as discovery or legal research, while you do simpler things like preparing and filing forms.

Limited scope representation may not always be the best option if your case has a lot of technical issues or needs to be handled within a certain time frame. Since there is so much at stake, it’s recommended that you discuss your entire case with a lawyer before choosing limited scope services in case there is something you overlooked.