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Becoming A Client Of The Firm

If you’ve never met with a lawyer before for any issue, you may be apprehensive about reaching out to discuss your most personal problems. This California family law attorney works with people every day who are in very difficult positions and cares deeply about what is going on in their cases. Gabbard Family Law is not here to judge you. This law office is here to help you get back on your feet and get ready to face the new challenges that you will experience after your case has been resolved.

The Los Angeles-based law firm of Gabbard Family Law has helped many people successfully resolve their California family law issues. Below is some general information about the first stages of the process, so that you can get a little more familiar with taking those initial steps in reaching out to us. If you want to know more about what this office can do for you, call 323-822-0500.

What You Should Bring To Your First Consultation

In a divorce or child custody dispute, you need to be thoroughly prepared for whatever may happen. To prepare the strongest possible case, you need to start gathering important information as soon as it appears your relationship or marriage is ending.

Some of the things that you should bring with you to your first consultation with us include:



Estimates of your spouse’s and your monthly gross income (before taxes)



Two years of tax returns


Pay stubs

Two months of your pay stubs or proof of income (if any)



Most recent bank statement (checking, savings, money market accounts)



Most recent statements for retirement plans



Most recent statement for investment accounts (stocks, bonds, etc.)



Most recent statements for all debts (credit cards, loans, etc.)


Real estate

List of real property in which you or your spouse have any ownership interest (if any)



Entity names and description of the type of industry of all business in which you or your spouse have any ownership interest (if any)

These documents can help determine some of the basic issues present in your case. This will also help guide our discussion and develop a strategy with you to help you prepare yourself for what will come next.

Should you then decide to retain this office to represent you, it provides a foundation to getting started on building a case for you. We will work together to decide which strategies best fit your circumstances.

What You Need To Know About Family Law In California

First and foremost, know that each case is different. Your divorce, custody dispute, or other legal issue is unique to you. No matter how terrible your friend’s divorce was or how simple your neighbor’s custody dispute was — you will have different concerns that matter to you, and the law may impact your case differently as well.

Additionally, your case will take a toll on your emotions. These are not easy things to simply move past. These are life-changing events. You need to make sure that you are making your decisions without letting your emotions take over. With the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, navigating through the process can be much less daunting.

Finally, family law in California has many areas where the judge is allowed to use his or her discretion to make a decision. To present the best version of your story to the court, you need an experienced attorney on your side to work with you throughout your case. It can help you come that much closer to obtaining your specific goals.


I’m so pleased with Attorney Gabbard’s handling of my divorce and financial settlement case. He gave me great counsel, dug really deep in researching similar cases, discussed the possible outcomes, and also kept me in the loop. I felt very comfortable with him. I highly recommend Attorney Gabbard.

Divorce Client

Hired Attorney

Honestly Nathan I feel like you are the Ninja of interstate custody cases or the interstate jurisdiction whisperer. I am very grateful for all you have done for me and Jacob. Nathan’s brilliant expertise and steadfastness guided us through some very tough stuff. A million thanks to him and to his firm.

Interstate Custody Jurisdiction Client

Hired Attorney

Nathan is the kind of attorney you can only hope is on your side of a child custody case. He walked me through every step of the process. He is a great lawyer, he cares, and he will argue your case until he is blue in the face. I would give him ten stars if I could.”

Child Custody Client

Hired Attorney

Nathan Gabbard is Brilliant. I am still speechless for what he has done for me. I have been in and out of court with my ex for 19 years, The back and forth battle between child support and spousal support was incredibly difficult . Retaining Mr. Gabbard was the best investment I have ever made.”

Post-Judgment Client

Hired Attorney