Since 1997, the Law Office of Nancy J. Stegall, APC has provided honest and compassionate legal representation to individuals and families throughout the Central Valley. Whatever the family law matter, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a smart and cost-effective resolution that minimizes the emotional impact on yourself and your children. We understand that every client’s situation is different: We take the time to understand your particular needs and objectives and tailor solutions accordingly.
Putting the families’ needs first…
To schedule a confidential consultation with lawyers Nancy Stegall call us at 559-237-6800 or fill out the Contact Form.
Specializing in the following Practice Areas
Divorce (Same-Sex/Registered Domestic Partners/Dissolution)
In addition to heterosexual marriage, our firm represents clients who are seeking a divorce in a same-sex marriage. California also recognizes Registered Domestic Partners as having the same rights as marital spouses. However, whether it is a gay marriage in California or a Registered Domestic Partnership, the dissolution raises unique legal questions involving the relationship of state to federal law in areas such as taxes, filing status and 401k/retirement accounts. Our attorneys can offer you knowledgeable counsel in this dynamic area of family law. Registered Domestic Partnerships can also involve heterosexual couples who are over the age of 62 years old. Registration is required with the Secretary of State and it is important to register legally if you want the same protections as spouses at the time of dissolution.
With help from the Law Office of Nancy J. Stegall, APC you can emerge from the divorce process knowing your rights and interests have been fully protected. We handle all stages of the process, including temporary orders, discovery, settlement and trial.
We help you understand the factors considered in determining child support obligations in California, and we will give you a realistic assessment of what you can expect.
In working with you to develop a custody or visitation plan, our attorneys place a priority on the best interest of the children involved, while protecting your rights as a parent. We also handle paternity cases and modifications to child custody.
Spousal support is granted on a temporary or long-term basis. The type of alimony and amount is awarded at the court’s discretion. We will help you understand the various factors that are involved in the court’s decision and strive to get you the best result possible.
A method of achieving divorce with dignity, the Collaborative Law process lets you put decisions regarding your divorce and your future in your hands, rather than in the hands of a judge. Our attorneys encourage clients to consider the many benefits of a collaborative law to divorce and other family law matters, such as adoption.
Our firm handles stepparent adoptions and independent adoptions. We are familiar with the emotional issues that can accompany an adoption for the biological mother and the adoptive parents. We can arrange counseling for our clients to help with these issues. We also handle all necessary paperwork and represent your best interests in all court appearances and other required steps in the adoption process.
We help with cases involving Child Protective Services (CPS) where the agency has stepped in to protect a child when allegations of abuse or neglect have been raised.
Guardianship proceedings involve a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or other non-parental party who seeks to gain custody of a child due to the death of a parent or the inability of a parent to care for that child.
We often recommend prenuptial agreements for people who are remarrying or who have significant assets. These contracts specify how property and assets will be distributed should the relationship fail to work out. Often, drafting these agreements in advance of a marriage can help the marriage remain intact.
For guidance from an experienced and dedicated attorney in your divorce or other family matters, call the Law Office of Nancy J. Stegall, APC at 559-237-6800 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation. In addition to meetings at our office, we offer phone consultations for people who are unable to come to our office, such as military servicemen, servicewomen and their families living abroad.
We are located in a safe and convenient location in downtown Fresno, within three blocks of the Fresno County Courthouse, and offer free parking. We are open 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday, with other times available by appointment. We accept all major credit cards.