Family Law

Comprehensive Approach to Family Law

p818265029-3 (1)The methods of resolving divorce and related family law problems are as varied as the problems themselves.  At the Law Offices of Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law we believe in fair and reasonable solutions that address all aspects of the situation – legal, financial, practical, emotional, and even spiritual.  When faced with the prospect of a dissolution of marriage (“divorce”), you may feel overwhelmed and overcome with fear and anxiety; let Attorney Allevato counsel you and create an  individual path for you through the myriad of potential issues which you may now face.

This all-encompassing approach to family law enables our clients to successfully look beyond the constraints of their immediate problems, and toward a better and brighter future for themselves and their families.  Attorney Allevato’s approach to family law is different and it allows us to obtain exceptional results on behalf of our clients.  We believe in working with you, the opposing counsel and party, and the judge to craft a fair and reasonable solution for everyone involved.  Contact our offices today to discuss your matter and concerns.

For a confidential consultation with Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law call (714) 832-1166 or contact us today online.

Effectively Resolving All Family Law Matters

Our firm represents clients in all types of family law matters, including:

Experienced Family Lawyer Handling Complex and Complicated Concerns

Many of our clients have had a net worth in the tens of millions of dollars.  Unfortunately, often one spouse has held the power and control throughout the marriage.  They have been able to hide assets, use other names and place funds outside the control of the other.  Our firm is able to locate assets that should be distributed fairly, utilizing professional assistance if necessary.   Alternatively, we are able to preserve your assets, and prevent your spouse from unfairly obtaining them; thus avoiding an inequitable division of your assets.

The founder of our firm, Attorney Sam Christopher Allevato has been a family law and divorce lawyer in California for more than 13 years.  He and his staff are dedicated to helping you resolve your family law problems in an effective and positive manner.  With our extensive experience, we are able to handle even the most complex and complicated family law matters.  Working closely with you, we will develop a plan and a legal strategy to achieve your goals while fully protecting your rights and interests.

While a person seeks a divorce because of what has happened in the past, we believe that divorce is really about our clients’ futures.  We seek to achieve fair and reasonable solutions to family law problems that create a positive way for our clients and their children to move forward.  Attorney Allevato works closely with you to develop an individual plan so that you can move on with your life in a dignified and productive fashion.  Contact our offices today to discuss your matter.

For a confidential consultation with Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law call (714) 832-1166 or contact us today online.



**Common Law or Marvin Action Attorney
California “palimony” law protects parties who have made agreements that create mutual and financial dependency in a relationship.
While common law marriage is not recognized in California, unmarried parties who cohabitate and have a relationship over long a period of time may have rights to financial support and property.  Unmarried parties can enforce promises of support or property rights through a civil court action rather than in family court.

These “cohabitation” actions are called often called Marvin claims, named after the case involving the late actor Lee Marvin.  The actor was sued for financial support by his long-term girlfriend Michelle Triola.  Ms. Triola sought financial support as well as a distribution of the assets that she and Mr. Marvin had accumulated during their long term relationship.

While the Supreme Court in Marvin expressly declined to treat unmarried cohabitants like married persons, the Court stated that agreements (including oral contracts) between unmarried partners should be enforced like any contract between unmarried people.

A Marvin claim must be filed as a separate civil action because it is not a family law matter. The statute of limitations (the period within which a Plaintiff must commence the action) for a Marvin claim will depend upon which legal theories are asserted. Applicable legal theories may include breach of express or implied contract, implied partnership or joint venture, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, constructive fraud, the imposition of constructive or resulting trust, and additional legal remedies.

When there is a breach of an agreement to share property and acquisitions equally, or to provide lifetime support, the injured party can seek redress through a Marvin claim.