Shelley Crandell
Laura Bohler
Alisha Sikes
Lindsay Torgerson
Thomas Shields
Nichole Buchanan

Our values drive us every day.

When you engage us, you don’t just get a family law attorney, you have someone on your side. Here’s what you can expect from our team:

  • WE LISTEN. We want you to feel heard, and what you say is important.
  • WE RESPOND. When you contact us, we get back to you on a timely basis, usually within 1 business day.
  • WE ADVISE YOU. We tell our clients what to expect and provide our best advice on how to prepare.
  • WE FOLLOW THROUGH. We do what we say we will do.

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Wine Country Family Law, P.C. Client

Everyone I Worked With at Wine Country Family Law was Amazing!

"Lindsay Torgerson helped me navigate an uncomfortable process with ease, kindness, and professionalism. I'm so grateful to her for her outstanding attention to detail and confidence in guiding me through. Thank you!"

No matter what we practice, we care about you from the start.

We can help protect you and your family’s interests from the first moment you hire us. We have vast experience with family law cases involving complex assets and business issues.

What Makes Wine Country Family Law, P.C. Unique

With so many options to explore as you choose a family law attorney, why choose Wine Country Family Law? Our team has been built with real people in mind. We looked at what struggles clients face as they go through a divorce, and we asked ourselves what those people need more than anything. This may be one of the most difficult times in your life, and we genuinely want to minimize your stress as much as possible.

That’s why we have a firm commitment to client service. We are here to listen. We are here to be supportive. We are here to keep you informed by responding quickly to inquiries and concerns. When you choose us, you can rest easy knowing that everything we do is in your best interest. We never yield simply to avoid a long legal battle if you haven’t yet gotten what you want. Our goal is to walk away from every case knowing that we secured the best possible outcome for our client, whether that means handling a case in court or settling it outside of court through alternative dispute resolution methods.

When you choose Wine Country Family Law, you’ll feel like a partner in your case, giving input, getting regular updates, and being as involved as you choose to be.

Family Law

Many family law matters can be filled with emotion, which is why we’re here to help. With offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Ukiah, we conveniently provide services in divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and more. 

  • Divorce: Over the years, we have honed our family law skills to better serve the clients who are facing one of the most devastating choices they’ll ever have to make: divorce. We provide assistance with contested divorce cases, amicable divorces, and legal separation.
  • Mediation: Our focus on mediation highlights our commitment to doing what is right for each client. Not every divorce case has to be fought in the courtroom. If both partners are willing to compromise and work together, we believe that mediation can be a suitable and healing option.
  • Child Custody: For clients in custody disputes, we take extra care with their cases. This is the most important part of parents’ lives, and everything we do must be in the best interests of the child and our client. Whether you’re seeking full custody, a joint custody arrangement, or visitation that fits your schedule, we can help.
  • Child Support: Child support is a child’s right—every child should be supported by both parents. Whether you need a child support order that allows you to take care of your child or you need an adjustment to accommodate income changes, let our team guide you through this process.
  • Alimony: Spousal support is awarded in a number of divorce cases, especially if one partner left their career to become a homemaker and stay-at-home parent. However, getting the alimony you deserve—or avoiding paying too much—can be challenging. We look at the numerous factors involved in alimony cases and use them to fight for you.
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Financial Issues

Our goal is to listen to your situation, ask questions, and really help you decide the best next steps. We understand the best path for you is going to be dependent on your situation. Contact us today to see how we can help. Learn how we help our clients with finances.

Common Questions That We Receive:

How is Property Divided in a California Divorce Proceeding?

California is a ‘community property’ state, which means all property in a...

California is a ‘community property’ state, which means all property in a marriage is either considered ‘community’ (belonging to the couple) or ‘separate’ (belonging only to one spouse). Community property typically includes all the property the couple acquired together during their marriage. Whereas, separate property denotes property that was separately acquired by the spouses before their marriage or after their separation. It can also refer to gifts or inheritances received during the marriage.

Unless a prenuptial agreement states otherwise, community property is divided equally in a California divorce case, and each spouse or domestic partner will retain their separate properties.

How Much Does a Divorce in Sonoma County or Mendocino County Cost?

The initial court filing fee is $435, although this number can vary...

The initial court filing fee is $435, although this number can vary slightly from case to case. Other expenses, such as hourly rates for attorneys and additional court fees, vary widely from case to case. The total cost will also depend on whether or not the case is contested and if the couple has to bring in additional professionals such as forensic accountants, appraisers, custody evaluators, etc., throughout the divorce proceedings.

Uncontested divorce cases can be relatively simple and inexpensive, as all the couple has to do is sort out the paperwork and work out agreements. The general rule of thumb is the longer you have to spend in court, the more money it’s going to cost you.

What’s the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody?

The decisions made on behalf of the child or children’s welfare, which...

The decisions made on behalf of the child or children’s welfare, which generally include education, healthcare, extracurricular activities, religious activities or institutions, travel, and living arrangements, are considered legal custody. Physical custody, on the other hand, denotes the parent with whom the child or children spend a significant amount of time.

Request an initial consultation to see how we can help.

Don’t let concerns about your current family situation erode your quality of life any longer. Take action now and contact Wine Country Family Law for your initial consultation. We’re here to help you get on the right path.

Make an appointment today to visit our Santa Rosa, Petaluma, or Ukiah divorce, family law office. Or, feel free to schedule your consultation by phone or video conference.

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We know how important it is that you choose the right attorney for your needs, and we truly want to earn your business. Everyone on our team is deeply committed to serving our clients. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to any case we accept. What serves as the ideal custody arrangement for one divorcing couple may be lopsided and unfair for the next divorcing couple.

That’s why we take the time to listen. We ask questions and listen to find out what you want from your case. We build our strategies around what you want and consider that in accordance with the bounds of the law. We will work our hardest to create the best possible outcome during negotiations or litigation with your wants and needs in mind the entire time, and consistently communicating with you to make the right call.

From start to finish, we believe that working with us will minimize your stress and help you get through a difficult time with your peace of mind intact. Yes, you’re facing challenges—but this, too, shall pass. And we’ll be with you as it does.

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