LAW OFFICES OF MARLA A. PLEYTE

805.770.7080     1035 Santa Barbara St., Ste. 7, Santa Barbara

831.331.8864     535 Monterey St., Hollister

Divorce Mediation

As an experienced family law attorney, Ms. Pleyte can be of particular assistance in mediating  a settlement of divorce and family law issues, including property division, spousal support, child support, child visitation and child custody.  As mediation is most likely to be successful when both parties have realistic expectations about their rights and obligations under the law, Ms. Pleyte's mediation services include an educational component to ensure that parties have a reasonable understanding of the law relating to the issues under discussion.  Such an understanding allows individuals participating in mediation to meaningfully evaluate settlement options and the advantages and disadvantages of various settlement approaches.    Flat fee mediation packages are available, or mediation services can be purchased by the hour.


Family Law Litigation

Ms. Pleyte offers clients a full-service family law practice.  She will aggressively pursue your best interests at all times.

Divorce & Legal Separation
Whether you are merely considering divorce and need advice about how the process works and what the impact will be on your children and finances or whether you want to file and serve divorce papers immediately, Ms. Pleyte will help you. She will be responsive to your needs and help you fight for the right result, including a fair division of assets and debts, custody of your children, and support.  


Support & Custody
Ms. Pleyte handles spousal support, child support, and child custody and visitation modifications.  If you are currently paying or receiving support and believe that a modification of the current support is in order, contact her for an analysis of your situation. Similarly, if your current custody or visitation arrangement is no longer working, she will be able to guide you through the process of seeking a modification.  

Premarital & Postnuptial Agreements
If you are contemplating marriage and want to protect your assets, you may want a premarital agreement.  Premarital agreements can help ensure that your assets remain your own, limit spousal support obligations in the case of divorce, protect your assets from the debts of your spouse, and make provision for the payment of household expenses and the sharing of income during marriage.  Similarly, if you are already married and want to designate ownership of assets in a particular manner, a postnuptial agreement can help you achieve that goal.