It is critical to understand that divorce litigation is highly contentious and can be expensive. Much of family law litigation involves discovering existing financial assets, calculating child support, assessing the needs for spousal support and making child custody determinations. At Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, we make every effort to resolve these disputes without going to trial, falling in line with California court rules that require participation in a mandatory settlement conference prior to bringing a case to trial. In addition, in Santa Clara County, Settlement Officer Conferences and Judicial Custody Conferences are typically set at the outset of a case, and can often narrow the issues that need to be tried before the judge. Our first objective in any divorce matter is to exhaust these available settlement options, which also include mediation, use of private settlement judges, and other forms of collaborative law.
However, we recognize that the animosity created by a divorce can often impede effective child custody, property division and alimony negotiations and, in those contentious cases, our team of family law litigators are well-equipped to prepare your case for trial from beginning to end. Experienced trial lawyers are uncommon in the family law field, but not at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri. Founding partners David A. Patton and Michael E. Lonich began their careers over twenty years ago as litigation attorneys and have continued to hone and finely tune their trial skills since founding the firm in 1994. Partners Mitchell T. Ehrlichand Gina N. Policastri, who both began their careers at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri over a decade ago, have become seasoned family law litigators in their own right. Both have met the rigorous requirements for family law certification with the California State Bar, one of which is the completion of at least five family law trials. With our broad litigation experience, we are able to develop effective and innovative courtroom strategies aimed at achieving our client’s objectives. In addition, our understanding of family law and the litigation process allows us to effectively evaluate when it is appropriate to appeal a divorce decision.
While there is significant pressure to settle divorce disputes, we understand that it is not always possible. At Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, we prepare all our cases for trial even as we work toward settlement. We have been through the fight and know how to succeed.