Practice Areas

FAMILY LAW

EXPERIENCED BAY AREA LAWYER HELPS SPOUSES AND PARENTS THROUGH LEGAL CHALLENGES

I opened the Law Offices of Sabi Mand to help people through the trying process of divorce and its related support, custody and visitation issues. I strive to help clients reach amicable resolutions whenever possible. But if litigation becomes necessary, I will be by your side as a dedicated advocate. Located in Newark and Santa Clara, I provide comprehensive guidance to families and individuals across Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

A KNOWLEDGEABLE ADVOCATE FOR FAIR DIVISION OF PROPERTY AND FINANCES

Whether your marriage ends on good terms or bad, it is vital to take stock of the property, assets and responsibilities to be divided between you and your partner in a divorce. I help clients with:

  • Mediation — Mediation can help divorcing couples save time, costs and stress. With more than 10 years of mediation experience, I am skilled at resolving disputes through this process.
  • Division of marital property — California is a community-property state, which means income or assets acquired by spouses during a marriage are usually divided equally between them. But each spouse’s individual property enjoys certain protections, and my goal is to ensure you keep what you deserve.
  • Alimony — A judge considers several factors in deciding how much spousal support should be paid and for how long. These include the length of a marriage, and the age, income and childcare responsibilities of each spouse.

To represent your best interests in a divorce case, I will examine the assets involved and take into account any aggravating or mitigating circumstances that could influence a judge’s decision.

ACCOMPLISHED LAWYER WORKS FOR FAVORABLE CUSTODY AND CHILD SUPPORT OUTCOMES

Establishing enforceable agreements for parents to share child-care and financial responsibilities helps provide children with security and addresses any special needs. I handle matters of:

  • Child support — In California, a detailed formula is used to calculate each parent’s financial responsibility to contribute to a child’s needs. The judge considers the income, benefits and expenses of each parent, along with other elements, to decide who pays child support and in what amount. I strive to achieve the best position for my clients in the child support decision.
  • Child custody and visitation — I help clients to assert their rights in disputes over physical custody, which determines where a child lives, and legal custody, which concerns decisions about how a child is raised. Typically, California parents must attempt to create a parenting time plan in mediation before a case can be brought to court.

When children are involved, protecting their best interests and enabling secure and supportive environments for them are among my top priorities.

If you need legal help with divorce, custody or alimony, contact the Law Offices of Sabi Mand in Newark or Santa Clara, serving clients in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. I speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

DIVORCE

GET HELP FROM A KNOWLEDGEABLE CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets. Law Offices of Sabi Mand is experienced in divorce law. I consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:

  • Child custody and visitation rights.
  • Child support.
  • Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets.
  • Division of marital debts.
  • Sale or possession of the marital home.
  • Spousal support and temporary support.

EFFECTIVE FAMILY LAW MEDIATOR 

Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. Law Offices of Sabi Mand can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement and healthy child custody arrangement.

SKILLED FAMILY LAW LITIGATOR 

Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, I successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. I am prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable trial outcome.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

DIVORCE MEDIATION

RELIABLE, COST-EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

Under the best of circumstances, divorce is a stressful process. When couples litigate issues before a judge, the emotional toll and the expense increase exponentially. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your divorce and reduce costs, while still achieving your goals for your future. For many couples, mediation is a useful tool for removing impediments to a settlement on important issues, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of marital property. Law Offices of Sabi Mand has the knowledge and skill to guide you through the mediation process toward a mutually acceptable, cost-effective resolution of your most contentious divorce issues.

MEDIATION OF ANCILLARY ISSUES CAN LEAD TO A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

The best way to avoid and control costs during divorce is to negotiate a settlement agreement of all the ancillary issues and present it to the court for approval. Even if you don’t achieve a complete agreement, you can settle most issues and hold the remaining points over for trial. When traditional negotiations fail to resolve disputes over custody, support or property division, many couples go to mediation. Mediation offers the following benefits:

  • Reduced costs.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Speedier than trial.
  • Protects parties from adverse court orders.

Mediation has proven so useful that several states have enacted mandatory mediation before the court will schedule a hearing. In states where mediation is not automatic, a judge may order mediation before placing the case on the court calendar.

HOW DIVORCE MEDIATION WORKS

Forms of mediation differ slightly from state to state, but in all jurisdictions an impartial third party, the mediator, meets with the spouses to work out a voluntary agreement. Over the course of several sessions, the mediator listens to the spouses, assesses the issues before them, and guides them toward a mutually acceptable resolution.

Mediation can speed your divorce process, reduce your stress and control costs. Law Offices of Sabi Mand helps clients throughout California realize the full benefits of mediation.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

CHILD CUSTODY

RESOLVING ISSUES VITAL TO YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE 

Child custody is one of the most difficult issues a parent faces during divorce. Law Offices of Sabi Mand is dedicated to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment. Drawing on many years of experience, I represent families in California in all aspects of child custody and visitation, including:

  • Primary and joint custody arrangements.
  • Visitation rights.
  • Grandparent visitation.
  • Modification of custody and visitation orders.
  • Enforcement of orders.
  • Decisions related to religion, education and upbringing of the child.

Law Offices of Sabi Mand is committed to helping you maintain a meaningful relationship with the child you love.

RELIABLE COUNSEL PROVIDES ADVANTAGES IN MEDIATION

Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, couples can often set aside hostility and agree on key decisions affecting their children. Mediation can be a highly-effective tool for parents to preserve their children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the turbulent process of divorce. Mediation takes some of the stress out of child custody conflicts and puts important child-rearing decisions in the hands of the parents rather than the court. I meticulously develop mediation strategies that carefully guide the negotiating process toward healthy resolution.

SKILLED LITIGATION IN FAMILY COURT

In some cases, litigation is necessary to protect a child’s best interests. When one parent refuses to compromise or expresses hostility toward the other parent, negotiations fail. Sometimes a parent may even pose a danger to the child’s well-being. In these cases, litigation is the most appropriate forum for establishing parental rights. My firm’s methodical approach to litigation enables you to feel confident that your children are protected, and your parental rights are secure.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

CHILD SUPPORT

SKILLED ATTORNEY DEDICATED TO YOUR CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING

Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. Law Offices of Sabi Mand is experienced in all family law matters. I help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment. Drawing on numerous years of experience, I help parents:

  • Understand child support guidelines.
  • Negotiate child support through mediation.
  • Litigate child support issues.
  • Enforce child support orders.
  • Modify child support orders.

In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. I methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.

WORKING WITHIN AND BEYOND CALIFORNIA CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

California law establishes general child support guidelines. I help you understand the basis of these guidelines and how they apply to you. I am committed to achieving the best possible financial solutions within the guidelines. That begins with using the discovery process to compel a full, truthful financial disclosure, so the court can calculate basic child support with accurate data. Affluent couples must often deal with issues beyond basic child support, such as payments for private school tuition, sports and enrichment activities. I help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.

Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree — their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. I can guide the process toward equitable solutions.

ENFORCEMENT AND MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT

If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. I guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.

Of course, financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. I help you petition expeditiously for a modification to avoid undue hardship.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT / ALIMONY

FAMILY LAWYER ASSISTS DIVORCING COUPLES WITH SPOUSAL SUPPORT 

When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the California courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. At Law Offices of Sabi Mand, I have extensive experience guiding clients in divorce actions involving alimony. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, I offer skilled counsel in ensuring an equitable result.

Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At Law Offices of Sabi Mand, I know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, I always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY EXPERIENCED IN NEGOTIATING AND LITIGATING ALIMONY AGREEMENTS 

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, California judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.

In California, different types of alimony include:

  • Temporary alimony. This type of alimony provides support during the divorce action, which may include attorney fees and relevant litigation costs.
  • Rehabilitative alimony. Rehabilitative alimony helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
  • Reimbursement alimony. This type of alimony is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. It may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.
  • Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need, especially in a long term marriage, of 10 years or more. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.

I work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your situation.

ADVOCATE STRIVING FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND 

At Law Offices of Sabi Mand, I represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who will be required to pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. I can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing alimony agreement.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

MODIFICATION

NEWARK LAWYER ASSISTS CLIENTS SEEKING CHANGES IN CHILD SUPPORT, CUSTODY OR ALIMONY

All families change over time. As their needs and goals change, legal action may be necessary to make sure that existing court orders evolve to meet new family requirements. What was suitable to the parties at the time of the divorce may no longer work as jobs change, children age and parents remarry. Law Offices of Sabi Mand helps families obtain appropriate modifications to child support, child custody, visitation, time sharing and alimony. I also address relocation issues when parents move into or out of California.

Modifications of child custody or time sharing, child support and alimony often require proof to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. Substantial changes can be as simple as a greater financial need or increase in income, or may include a change in your child’s environment or time sharing.

I SERVE AS AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR FAMILY

I advocate for your rights in court to help you get the child support and child custody modifications you and your children need, and guide you through the often difficult procedures to get results. I also help families with domestication of foreign or out-of-state judgments, assisting them in obtaining court orders that ask the State to treat an order from another state as its own. Domestications for matters like child support and visitation can be especially useful when families with children move into or out of the state.

I PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH INDIVIDUALIZED LEGAL ASSISTANCE

When you bring your modification case to my firm, I review your goals with you. Then I examine the existing agreements between you and your ex-spouse or child’s parent. Together we set realistic, achievable objectives to bring before the California family court judge. Whether you are seeking an adjustment in your spousal or child support, are looking to adjust your visitation schedule, or are attempting to become the primary custodian of your children, I can help.

I take action for you as fast as the California family courts allow. I take the time to work closely with you to understand your unique circumstances, goals and concerns.

Contact the firm today

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

SKILLED CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY MANAGES LEGAL ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION FOR PARTIES WHOSE BREAKUP IS AMICABLE

While divorce is never happy, spouses who agree on issues such as child custody and property division make the process easier in many ways. Still, there are legal requirements that must be satisfied even in an uncontested divorce. At Law Offices of Sabi Mand, I handle the details and formalize the mutual agreement of the parties.

DEDICATED COUNSELOR WHO PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE ADVICE TO CLIENTS WHO HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT

Even when couples believe that they agree on all aspects of their divorce, complications can arise. I will make sure that you are ready and able to move forward after reviewing issues such as:

  • Adherence to state laws on child custody and support arrangements.
  • State requirements on jurisdiction, divorce grounds and length of residency.
  • Whether all relevant financial information is known by both sides.
  • Potential debts and future obligations that might be covered in the agreement.
  • Provisions for current and future benefits such as pensions, insurance policies and retirement accounts.

Though many couples are motivated to seek an uncontested divorce to avoid a lengthy legal process, I will make sure that no relevant matter is missed as you look to start a new chapter in your lives. Information that gets overlooked when the marriage is dissolved might have negative consequences that cannot be undone.

CALIFORNIA LAWYER ENABLES BOTH SPOUSES TO EMERGE FROM DIVORCE CONFIDENTLY

When you and your partner have reached a consensus, I will finalize the marriage dissolution quickly and affordably. Choosing not to haggle over small matters is usually a wise decision, and I can make sure that you are not taking any undue legal risk as you execute your amicable breakup.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

PRENUPTIAL & POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

LAWYER DRAFTS ENFORCEABLE MARITAL AGREEMENTS

Law Offices of Sabi Mand works with couples who wish to establish the terms of a settlement agreement either before or after they are married — in the event that they later decide to divorce or legally separate. While these kinds of agreements are often frowned upon by society, working out a prenuptial (premarital) agreement before marriage or a post-nuptial agreement after the fact can be very practical.

Working out the terms of a potential settlement in advance — especially if your joint and separate assets are complex and/or vast — allows you and your significant other to decide for yourselves how you wish your assets and debts to be divided.

Even though you are working on your agreement as a couple, it is important that each of you has his or her own family law attorney to represent you and your interests while protecting your rights. You will also want to make sure that your agreement with your fiancé, fiancée, or spouse is drafted correctly in the event that you do get divorced or become legally separated. Premarital and post-nuptial agreements are legal contracts that are enforceable by law and can prove challenging to contest later.

TERMS OF A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT 

A prenuptial agreement addresses in specific terms many matters, including the following:

  • Who gets what assets in the event that you decide to end your legal union.
  • How finances and assets will be handled during the marriage.
  • Spousal support terms.
  • Any business ownership issues.
  • What to do with your estate in the event that one of you dies.
  • The handling of gifts, inheritances or trusts.
  • Benefits and disability and insurance coverage.

A comprehensive prenup can help avoid disagreement or conflict later on.

TERMS OF A POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT 

Married couples who have decided to create post-nuptial agreements are considered fiduciaries of each other, and they are therefore required by law to provide each other with full disclosure of all information and issues pertaining to the drafting of the post-nuptial agreement. The terms that can be settled by a post-nuptial agreement are similar to the ones included in a prenuptial agreement.

CHALLENGING AND ENFORCING PRENUPTIAL AND POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS 

In the event that you have signed a prenuptial or a post-nuptial agreement that you now wish to challenge because your spouse did not disclose all of his or her assets or debts, you were unfairly pressured into signing the agreement, or you were deceived into signing the contract, I will help you challenge the terms of a defective prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement and, if necessary, litigate your matter in court.

I also represent clients who wish to enforce the terms of their prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement that a soon-to-be ex-husband or ex-wife may now wish to contest.

Contact the firm today 

Call Law Offices of Sabi Mand at 925-984-3365 or contact online to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney in Santa Clara or Newark, California. We speak English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.