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Suzanne N. Boucher

Practice Areas

When complicated family law issues arise, I will be ready to provide an aggressive, skilled, and knowledgeable representation to guide you toward a successful resolution.

Complex Divorce And Property Division

I am experienced in handling the wide range of property issues that arise in the course of a divorce, including:

  • Identification, characterization, valuation and division of real and personal property and other assets
  • Tracing of separate property assets, even in long-term marriages
  • Division of stock options, restricted stock units and other executive compensation
  • Division of complex retirement plans, including deferred compensation and defined benefits
  • Valuation of businesses and other entities, including medical, dental and law practices, accounting firms, product manufacturing companies, construction firms and technology startups
  • Validity and enforcement of pre and post-marital agreements
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Strong Legal Representation Throughout Your Case

As your attorney, I will work with you to resolve your case matter as quickly and efficiently as possible advocating for your rights and best interests at every step. We will make every effort to reach an agreement and try to settle the dispute outside of the court at first. If this is not possible, however, as a successful litigator with proven results, I will aggressively and relentlessly pursue your interests in the courtroom.

Call 925-933-1500 to discuss the particulars of your divorce and how Suzanne can assist you. Or, if you prefer, send a message online, and she will respond promptly.

Child Custody And Visitation Disputes

I am a certified family law specialist and represent parents in all aspects of custody and visitation matters including but not limited to:

  • Establishing and modifying child custody and visitation orders tailored to the best interest of the children depending on their age and other developmental issues
  • Resolving disputes related to custody parenting plans
  • Child relocation/move-away cases, representing the parent asking to move with the child or the parent trying to stop the child from moving
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Advocating For Your Best Interests

As your attorney, I will work with you to obtain the most favorable outcome to your case – and one that is in your child’s best interest.  I have a network of professionals in a variety of fields, including mental health experts to assist with issues relating to the children. I have experience working with private judges and mediators in cases that need more personal and immediate attention. With the assistance of these experts and my extensive knowledge of California family law, I will negotiate on your behalf and work toward resolution outside of court.  I understand that amicable resolution isn’t always possible, and I am also prepared to aggressively fight for you in court.

Don’t wait to get the experienced representation you deserve. Call 925-933-1500 to arrange for an initial consultation to discuss your custody matter. Or, send a message online using the form on this website, and Suzanne will respond promptly.

Child Support Matters

Legal issues concerning children and finances are often complicated and stressful. I have over 25 years of experience throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties and I handle even the most complex child support matters including but not limited to:

  • Establishing child support orders — This includes determining the amount of the payment pursuant to the state child support guidelines, establishing temporary support orders while the divorce is pending.
  • Determination of all sources of income available for the payment of child support.
  • Determination of a party’s ability to earn and/or ability to pay child support.
  • Modification of child support — If circumstances for either parent have changed, or the needs of the children have changed, support payment amounts can be modified.
  • Enforcement of child support — For delinquent or disputed child support payments.
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An Experienced Advocate On Your Side

With 25 years of experience in the California family courts, I have built a reputation for being an aggressive advocate for my clients. With a comprehensive network of well-respected experts built over time, I am known to utilize every resource at my discretion to build strong and complete cases. As a seasoned attorney, my first and foremost objective has always been to help resolve matters amicably, quickly and as efficiently as possible outside of the courtroom; otherwise, litigate it to the fullest extent and aim to achieve the most favorable result possible for my clients.

Call 925-933-1500 to discuss your case or send an online message using the form on this website. Suzanne responds promptly to all messages.

Spousal Support

Spousal support can be one of the most complicated and confusing aspects of a divorce. Many factors must be considered in determining the amount of temporary or permanent spousal support, (or alimony), to be paid. As an experienced divorce attorney, I understand and have advocated for either spouse.

Spousal Support can be addressed in the following ways:

  • Temporary spousal support to maintain the status quo during the divorce until all of the issues relating to the division of property and child custody and visitation are resolved.
  • Permanent spousal support taking into account all relevant factors that must be considered by the court.
  • Spousal support in long-term marriages lasting 10 years or more.
  • Disputes regarding the ability to work, the need for retraining or vocational assessment, and the amount and sources of income available to pay spousal support.
  • Issues relating to the validity and enforcement of pre and post-marital agreements containing the provision regarding spousal support.
  • Modification and/or termination of spousal support based on a material change in circumstances.
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A Skilled Advocate For Complex Legal Matters

As a certified family law specialist, I have dedicated my practice to difficult and complex family law disputes such as spousal support. I have extensive knowledge of the local family law court, attorneys, and access to industry experts who can assist in building a strong case.  As a seasoned attorney, my first and foremost objective has always been to help resolve matters amicably, as quickly and as efficiently as possible outside of the courtroom; otherwise, litigate it to the fullest extent and aim to achieve the most favorable result possible for my clients.

Suzanne’s office is centrally located in Walnut Creek, allowing her to assist clients throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Call 925-933-1500 to discuss your case. Or send an online message, and she will get back to you promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

In what areas of family law does Suzanne practice?

As a certified family law specialist with an extensive litigation experience, I focus on complex divorce and family law cases involving property division, business valuation, real estate, and complex custody and support matters.

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What is a Certified Family Law Specialist and how does that differ from a regular lawyer?

The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization certifies attorneys who demonstrate a high level of experience in all family law matters, including litigation. Attorneys must pass an extensive written exam, similar to passing the bar but focused entirely on family law and be recertified every five years.

Where in California does Suzanne practice family law?

My office is located in Walnut Creek, and I represent clients across Alameda County and Contra Costa County.

What if I’ve moved? Can Suzanne still represent me in legal matters?

Yes, I can still represent you in California family law matters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties even if you have moved out of the state.

What are the benefits of hiring a solo attorney?

Clients benefit from priority personal attention and unfettered dedication in case handling. I take pride in promptly responding to all messages and emails and work with my clients directly throughout from the initial contact to the final resolution of their legal issue.

How do I find the right attorney for my case?

It is vital to have a good relationship with your attorney and to establish a high level of trust and confidence in your attorney since you will most likely be divulging sensitive information that you may not have shared with your spouse or others.
To this end, I make an effort to be selective in the cases I choose to accept, not only for their complexity but also on the comfort level and the rapport established with the client. Contact me to discuss your case and see if I can be of help.

To this end, I make an effort to be selective in the cases I choose to accept, not only for their complexity but also on the comfort level and the rapport established with the client. Contact me to discuss your case and see if I can be of help.

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