Russo & Prince, LLP was established in 1994, and Partner Brenda Russo has been a practicing attorney since 1986.
Our family law attorneys practice solely family law - divorce, legal separation, nullity, child custody, child custody mediation, minor's counsel, support issues, property division & valuation, step-parent adoption, guardianships, grandparent visitation, contested paternity, establishing parentage or paternity, and same-sex legal matters (including second parent adoption, establishing parentage, and domestic partnerships). We also have a well established history of providing effective and compassionate mediation and collaborative divorce services in all family law and custody matters. Attorneys Brenda Russo and Shannon Elms are members of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group. Attorney Brenda Russo also offers Private Judging in all family law matters. See our website for more information about whether one of these options may be right for you.
A Message from Attorney and Founding Partner Brenda Russo:
I have served a large portion of my career in representing children on a court-appointed basis in both family law and juvenile dependency matters. I approach the practice of family law with strong consideration on issues regarding how children are handled and treated in the court process. One of my most basic beliefs is that child custody disputes are not best resolved by the court, and that other methods of dispute resolution are typically best for most families. Such other methods include private mediation and collaborative practice with other skilled professionals (often referred to as Collaborative Divorce).
In this practice, we strongly believe that children should not be required to bear the burden of their parents' failed relationship. We share a strong commitment to obtaining child-focused resolutions, and clients are encouraged to do likewise.
Although we strive to keep children out of court to the extent possible, we are nonetheless aware that these processes require that both parties are behaving reasonably. This is truly not always the case. For this reason, I, and my colleagues, are prepared to do whatever may be necessary to assist our clients in protecting their best interests and achieving the best possible outcome. This often means advocating for our clients in court, and taking our cases to trial when that will achieve the best resolution. I, and the wonderful family law attorneys with whom I have the pleasure of working, have many years of experience handling family law trials on a diverse range of complex and novel legal issues. We bring this experience to the table at every stage of the litigation.
We do not release our clients' names due to confidentiality.
$100 for the first 30 min initial consultation appointment in family law matters. Free consultation in all criminal matters.
All family law services are billed hourly. Criminal cases may be retained for a flat fee.
Please contact our office at your convenience to discuss our hourly rates and requested retainer.
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
My primary area of practice at this point in my career, is related to child custody and divorce. I chose this area of practice over the course of many years of working with families and children in the court process, and coming to a point of recognizing how harmful that process can be for those involved. My goal as a child custody and family law practitioner is to obtain the best results for my clients -- while simultaneously serving what I hope to be the best interests of their children. In this way, it is always my goal to minimize the harm that parental conflict and unwarranted litigation can have on families, spouses, and children.
Pro per litigants should take steps to become informed regarding their legal rights, as well as how to navigate their court proceedings. However, it is also important to be very careful concerning what sources of information to trust, because there is an abundance of misinformation disseminated on the Internet, through acquaintances, and even by various legal sources.
Unfortunately, I do not review pro per documents. Pro per litigants may contact the Family Law Facilitator's office for assistance.
We do not provide this service.
Prior to opening the Law Offices of Russo & Prince, I ran Legal Services for Children in Solano County with my former law partner.
Throughout my years of practicing law involving families and children, I have come to recognize with absolute clarity that, taking child custody issues into court is often not the method of resolution that benefits families or children. On the contrary, for many reasons, taking child custody issues into court is often extremely harmful and costly to all involved. As a result of having many years of experience litigating custody disputes in the court system, I recognize the flaws in the system as it relates to children and families. In this time, I have gained a great deal of insight into the value of skilled mediation as a method of resolving custody disputes. Having been trained as a mediator, and after having worked with many families in an effort to resolve issues relating to how to share custody of their children, I am often amazed that most people still find their way into the court as a means of resolving custody issues, rather than into the office of a competent mediator. I believe that my understanding of how and why the legal system is ill- equipped to deal with families and children has given me a strong awareness of how and why mediation, in most cases, is the preferred method of resolving child custody disputes.
Skill, experience, compassion and commitment.Personal interests:
Although we are dedicated to advocating for our clients in all manner of contested family law litigation, we also specialize in experienced mediation services in family law matters.
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