Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation & Annulment
Persons ending their relationship commonly feel fear and anxiety. Experienced counsel can ease that tension with knowledge and compassion. Mr. Lepak is a certified family law specialist who has been providing genuine care and attentive legal services for over 30 years. He is readily available and endeavors to instill confidence and security for his clients during their time of need.
Nowadays, it is not uncommon for people to have children out of wedlock. Still, those couples have the same issues married couples do when it comes to raising children. In the event of disagreements regarding custody and/or support, Mr. Lepak is able to assist either mothers or fathers who are unable to resolve their differences absent professional input.
Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
Too often, disagreements are not handled appropriately, or someone is unable to control their affections or concerns for the other. We provide services to those who have been harmed and damaged by violence or inappropriate behavior, as well as defend those wrongfully or overly prosecuted.
Legal Consulting & Limited Scope Representation
Sometimes a party merely wants general legal advice on how the process works, or needs guidance on just one or a few particular issues. Perhaps behind the scenes consulting is requested, as a party handles a given matter. Maybe an attorney is only needed to argue at the time of hearing, or to provide counsel on the day of a mediation. Our firm is willing to provide selective services, specifically tailored to your needs.
During this joyous time of a couple’s merging, it’s wise to set ground rules for the celebrants in the event their partnership fails. Mr. Lepak has drafted many binding agreements that take into consideration all of the details as to how parties are to proceed forward in the event they choose to separate and move their relationship in a different direction.
After the commencement of a marriage, parties sometimes come to a later understanding regarding a division of their assets and debts or in connection with support issues. We help parties work through their fiduciary duty to one another in carefully crafting any agreement they want to reach.
Dividing custody is often promptly resolved. Other times, parties require Court intervention to settle matters. We will do our best to work toward resolution, but are willing to vigorously fight to achieve a custody result that is best for you and your loved ones.
The legislature has mandated obligations of support for spouses and their children. The Court has discretion in implementing those laws. You need experienced counsel who can best persuade the Court to set an appropriate amount of support for a reasonable duration.
About the FIRM
Mr. Lepak is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He received an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin in 1984, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1987. He was a partner at the former and preeminent family law firm of Trope and Trope LLP in Los Angeles.
Mr. Lepak is in his third consecutive year as chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section. He was also co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association for 2015-2016 and is currently on the Board of Governors for that Association. In 2019 Mr. Lepak received the prestigious President's Award for his efforts at the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Mr. Lepak frequently participates as a panel speaker for the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, speaking on topics ranging from trial preparation, mock trials, social media, spousal support, modification of orders, and demonstrative evidence. He has lectured to attorney and business groups on topics such as date of separation, dividing businesses, child support in high wage earner cases, and fiduciary duties owed between spouses. He lectured via live webcast for the Family Law Intensive Course (FLIC) offered by CEB/Continuing Education of the Bar on the topics of Professional Responsibility and Marital Property.
Mr. Lepak has been selected regularly by his fellow bar members for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Lawyers Southern California."