Family Law

Family Law around Upland, CA, can be too complex to understand without help from a skilled legal team. For this reason, we urge you to come to Law Office of Stephen Gassner with any questions you have. No matter what kind of family law issue you may face, you can obtain fast and accurate answers from our team. We want to make it convenient for you to get advice from skilled professionals, so we offer easy scheduling and courteous service.

Families may go through a variety of problems that call for legal guidance. If you are in a dispute with a relative or you can’t come to a fair agreement with your former spouse, we may be able to help. During our time serving the community we have taken on cases involving practically every aspect of family law. We have resolved divorces, 3-party paternity cases, complex appellate matters, and domestic violence claims. You may, rest assured that we are up to the task of advising you. Our team is courteous and gives personalized attention to all of our clients.

Family Law is the bundle of laws that govern family relationships. The most common Family Law matter is a Divorce (dissolution of marriage in California), or Marital break-up. But Family Law also includes Paternity (a lawsuit to establish or deny a parental relationship), Adoption, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support (alimony), Guardianship (custody to non-parent), Juvenile Dependency (parents unfit), Restraining Orders (parties violent), and Division of Marital (and non-marital) Property and Debts, Grandparent Visitation, Step-Parent visitation, and Conservatorships.

Numerous other fields of law practice are adjacent family law, such as probate, lawsuits between family members, criminal prosecutions for domestic violence, and even bankruptcies that happen while a divorce is in progress. (Yes, that happens too).


Nobody will tell you when to break-up with your spouse! But you do deserve honest and straightforward legal advice about how to manage your affairs during the run-up to a divorce. You may benefit from legal advice about divorce, even before the final decision is made to get divorced. Marital rights can be won and lost while you wait and remain in denial about your former partner's intentions. In fact, the opposite can also be true as well. You might win marital rights while your Partner remains in denial about your intentions. If your decision depends upon an analysis of the legal issues, then you should consult a family law attorney. Decisions made early in the process may have long-lasting psychological or financial effects that are difficult to resolve later. Going into the process with full information can be important to preserve your standard of living.

We are routinely called-upon to fix broken cases that were messed-up by prior attorneys. Though we would love to tell you the stories, our clients lives are confidential. We cannot!

You may prefer to obtain advice on these topics from a Psychologist, Clergy, or other personal advisor. They might help you choose your lifestyle, your attitude, what (or who) to take with you upon you new journey, and may help address the significant life issues that accompany a marital break-up. But Lawyers are unique, insofar as that we focus upon preserving your rights to your children, your income (or the other spouse’s), your property property, your home, perhaps your business and investments, and in the end – your sanity. If there is one thing we have learned over the years, it is that life moves forward, and the better oriented you are to the things that happen or might happen, the easier yourpath through the divorce might be.

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