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Family Law


Divorce changes the landscape of all families it affects. Divorce does not discriminate and affects couples married a short time, those together for decades, those with children and those without. The bottom line is that the impact of divorce is long-lasting.When you are going through a divorce, you will need to confront any number of issues, including spousal support, child support, custody and visitation, division of property and retirement accounts, and responsibility for debts incurred during the marriage. Numerous laws and statutes apply to each of these issues.To preserve your rights and protect your interests, seek counsel from the qualified lawyers at Renshaw & Associates. We have decades of experience and are committed to helping our clients through the difficult process of divorce. Clients throughout Ventura County and Southern California trust our firm to handle all types of divorce and related family law issues, including:

  • Legal separation
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Move-away orders
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division
  • Domestic violence
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Tax consequences of divorce

The Right Approach For You — Santa Barbara And Ventura County Family Law Attorneys

Each divorce case is as different as the individuals and families involved. We maximize results for clients by applying an individualized approach guided by a thorough understanding of what clients need and how they hope to resolve the issues.

If litigation is required, we routinely take cases through trial, providing strong advocacy and sound recommendations. Where a cooperative approach is possible, we still remain firm in our effort to protect our client and get the best possible result.

Ventura County Child Dependency Lawyers

The family law attorneys at Renshaw & Associates also have substantial experience representing parents in dependency court when children have been removed from the family home. Our dependency attorneys are among the most experienced in Ventura County, having successfully litigated numerous cases in this unique area. We will provide you with guidance and support in dealing with government agencies and make certain that the agencies deal with you fairly and promptly.

Ventura County Guardianship Lawyers

Situations sometimes arise where one or more individuals believe that a minor child is not safe, not being properly cared for or not thriving in their current living arrangements. In those situations, someone may ask the court to appoint him or her as the legal guardian of the child until the parents can properly care for the child. The family law attorneys at Renshaw & Associates are extremely experienced in representing parties on both sides of this delicate dispute and will provide you with the highest-quality advice and representation if you have to confront these issues. Whether you believe a guardianship is necessary or you have to defend against an attempt by someone seeking a guardianship over your children, call us at Renshaw & Associates for a free consultation regarding the legal arguments for and against guardianships.


As a parent, you know the importance and priority your children have in your life. When a divorce or other family law dispute threatens the happiness, well-being, security or safety of your children, you must take steps to protect them. Custody issues can include determining a fair and appropriate visitation schedule for your children, who should have primary custody and whether a parent with primary custody should be allowed a move-away order allowing that parent to move from the area with the children.Always looking out for the best interests of our clients and their children, we are the law firm of Renshaw & Associates. Our California firm provides exceptional advocacy and counsel through family law matters and all types of child custody and visitation disputes:

  • Custody determinations and conflicts
  • Visitation time, rights and problems
  • Visitation or custody modification
  • Domestic violence
  • Other family members’ rights regarding time with children (stepparents, grandparents, etc.)
  • Child support

Santa Barbara And Ventura County Visitation Attorneys

No matter what type of custody or visitation arrangement is at issue, California courts always put the best interests of the children first. Courts consider other factors as well, such as the lifestyle of the parties, each parent’s ability to care for the children, and mental health or chemical abuse. If any of these issues apply to you or the other parent, you need the experience of Renshaw & Associates to address them.

We represent both mothers and fathers engaged in conflicts regarding children. Most times, these issues go hand in hand with a pending divorce. Many cases, however, involve unmarried parents or other family members. We can help parents, stepparents, grandparents or other relatives with an interest in maintaining a meaningful relationship with a child.

Our Ventura County child custody attorneys are skilled litigators, negotiators and counselors at law. We walk clients through the process of any custody or visitation case, explaining the timeline and what to expect, and stand up for you in court throughout the process. Most cases result in joint legal custody, while primary physical custody is often given to one parent with varying levels of visitation given to the other parent. In some cases, parents share 50/50 custody. Every case is different, however, and we are prepared to represent your interests to pursue the results you seek.



Child support in California is governed by state guidelines. These guidelines provide a starting point for parents to determine how much child support they will pay or receive based on each parent’s income, ability to provide support and time spent with the child. With an experienced and skilled Ventura County child support lawyer, the guidelines are just that — a starting point.At Renshaw & Associates, our lawyers represent parents on both sides of child custody and support matters. We provide knowledge and education to clients in terms of what to expect when paying or receiving child support. We help clients understand the guidelines and additional factors we can use to leverage their position in seeking to increase or reduce child support payments.

The guidelines set forth a mathematical tool to compute child support, accounting for incomes, number of children, custody status, tax filing status, type of employment, job expenses and more. Many parents think determining child support is simple. In some cases, it can be. The guidelines, however, do not account for more specific details and information. That is where we step in to make sure the full account of your situation is considered before a judge makes a final determination.

When circumstances change over time, we assist clients in seeking or responding to child support modification requests.

Santa Barbara And Ventura County Spousal Support Lawyers

Spousal support is a crucial component in many divorces, for those seeking support or those who must pay. We work to obtain a fair result and we act aggressively on behalf of clients in either position.

Spousal support determinations involve factors and calculations similar to child support, but, as with child support, there are often factors that can be considered in determining how much and how long support must be paid.

Factors courts consider include:

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Standard of living while married
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Children
  • Earning capacity and past or present employment
  • Length of the marriage

Spousal support can be temporary or long term. We can help you assess your situation and, when necessary, obtain a modification as your ability to pay or your need for support changes.


Domestic violence is traumatic for all involved. Victims may suffer physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse. Children may be taken from their homes or prevented from having contact with a parent. Those facing allegations must contend with both criminal and family courts as they fight criminal charges and consequences involving their families.

California takes domestic violence situations seriously. Whichever side of the case our clients find themselves, we are prepared with effective and aggressive representation. We represent victims and the accused throughout Ventura County, Santa Barbara and Southern California. Because our firm offers both family law and criminal defense services, we are in the best possible position to address domestic violence as it intersects with these areas of law.

Victim Advocacy — Santa Barbara And Ventura County Protective Order Attorneys

Abuse, threats and violence are never acceptable. When they happen within a family, it is even worse. Our Ventura County domestic violence attorneys pursue protective orders (restraining orders) and custody and visitation modifications for our clients who are the target of such abuse. We help them gain the immediate legal protection they need and pursue criminal charges if necessary. Our goal for victims is to protect them and their children from future abuse and help them obtain safety and security.

Defending Clients Accused Of Domestic Violence

Just as being the subject of domestic violence can be a traumatic experience, being wrongly accused of such violence can have serious negative repercussions for the person accused. A domestic violence conviction carries serious penalties in California, such as jail, loss of contact with your spouse and children, probation and required therapy. If you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, we will thoroughly investigate the facts of your situation. In cases involving false allegations due to a pending divorce or other family law conflict, count on us to tell the whole story from your perspective.

Call Now For A Free Consultation

Your first consultation is always free. Contact us at 805-666-0966 or fill out the online form. One of our lawyers will be in touch as soon as possible. Off-site, evening and weekend appointments are available

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