Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Sacramento Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

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Firm Overview

At Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, our experienced and caring divorce lawyers know that the issues you're facing are complex, difficult and emotional. However, we will do everything we can to help you divorce with respect, always consider the best interests of your children, make wise financial decisions and move forward in your life.

EXPERIENCE THAT MAKES A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
- Our divorce lawyers have over 125 years of combined family law experience, which far exceeds any other firm in the area. We're also exclusively dedicated to the practice of family law. It's experience that you can trust to make a positive difference for you, your family and your future.

IN-DEPTH UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE
- We keep current and up-to-date on the changes in the law and procedures. By regularly attending continuing education classes, all of our knowledgeable divorce attorneys far exceed the requirements required by the State Bar of California.

COMMUNICATION, CARING AND EMPATHY
- The law can be complicated, but our divorce lawyers have the seasoned communication ability to ensure that you're informed, prepared, aware of your options, and focused on making decisions that are in your best interests. We'll also treat you with respect and care at all times.

A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE AND RESULTS
- Our firm has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, and our partners have been named as Northern California "Super Lawyers" in Family Law each year since the award was introduced in 2004. We have also earned the highest rating from AVVO (10.0). These distinctions reflect our unwavering commitment to client service, and our ability to achieve successful results.

OFFERING YOU MORE OPTIONS FOR AN AGREEMENT
- We offer a wide range of options for our services, including (but not limited to): Limited Scope Representation, Litigation, Minor's Counsel, Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, and Document Preparation/Consultation time only. These options give you the freedom and flexibility to achieve an agreement that fits your distinct family law needs.

A TEAM APPROACH THAT PUTS YOU FIRST
- Our team approach gives you access to dedicated divorce lawyers and paralegals who are responsive to your needs, and ready to provide support every step of the way. Plus, our paralegals bill at reduced hourly rates from our divorce lawyers, and as such we can perform many tasks at an appropriate lower rate.

A NETWORK OF EXPERTS AND SPECIALISTS
- We have established relationships with financial, forensic and mental-health professionals (among others) who will help us prepare your case from every angle as needed. They will also partner with us in helping you successfully make it through your divorce and into your new life ahead.

The Sacramento family law and divorce lawyers at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP understand that your case is the only one that matters, and you need us to get things right the first time. Our attorneys, some of whom are Certified Family Law Specialists, offer over 125 combined years of experience in California family law.

Our practice of law is exclusively limited to family law matters.

If you are searching for an experienced law office for your pending divorce, contact the Sacramento family law attorneys of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP.

We stay current with California family law matters through ongoing continuing education and by maintaining memberships in several professional legal organizations, including:
American Bar Association - State Bar of California - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Sacramento County Bar Association - Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
- International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

To schedule a consultation with any of our attorneys regarding your family law matter, please contact us by e-mail at info@DivorceWithRespect.com or by telephone at 916-455-5200.
Main Office

Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
4740 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento  CA  95819

Phone
  • 916-455-5200
Fax
  • 916-455-6300

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30am to 5:00pm

Divorce Mediation
The family law attorneys of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP provide quality California family law and professional divorce mediation services as an appropriate alternative to a contentious court battle over marital property, spousal support, and child custody issues. In divorce mediation, the two parties agree to mediate a final settlement out of court with the assistance of a disinterested third-party mediator.

Our California family law attorneys are recognized throughout the Sacramento region as experienced, effective mediation professionals who understand that a court-imposed divorce decree often leads to further litigation – and legal costs – further down the road. Let us help you negotiate a mediated settlement that makes sense for all parties in your divorce dispute. Divorce mediation is a cost-effective way of starting your new life without looking over your shoulder.

Our experienced family law attorneys can fill two different roles in divorce mediation. First, they can be your consulting lawyer during mediation. Each side has the right to their own consulting attorney during the mediation process to whom they can turn with questions and for guidance. Second, Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP attorneys are qualified to act as the neutral divorce mediator.

If you are facing a contentious divorce, why not consider mediation, an alternative dispute resolution out of court? Contact the divorce mediation services attorneys’ office of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP to schedule an opportunity to talk to us.
To schedule a consultation with any of our attorneys regarding your family law matter, please contact us by e-mail at info@DivorceWithRespect.com or by telephone at 916-455-5200 or 866-860-2447.
Child Custody
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW WHEN ENTERING A CUSTODY DISPUTE
Understand the various types of custody and have a plan as to what will work best for your children.

Understand that custody issues can be resolved privately and informally with no court intervention in mediation, or the issue can be litigated in the court system. An attorney can help you decide which method would be best for your case.

Understand the role of the custody mediator if the case goes through the court system. The following is the typical process in what's called a "recommending county": First, the mediator is to attempt to assist you and the other parent in reaching an agreement on all parenting issues, i.e., legal custody, physical custody and a parenting plan. They will meet with both parents at the same time unless you specify to meet separately or a restraining order is in effect. If any parenting issue cannot be agreed upon by you and the other parent, the mediator will then provide the court with recommendations that he or she believes is in the best interest of the child(ren) on those issues where disagreement occurred. At a court hearing, the parents decide whether to request that the court adopt the mediator's report as a court order, or whether to set the issue for trial.

Have a plan written out as to what you believe the custody and parenting time should be and why it is a benefit to the children. This is where you include holidays and vacation time.

Take a look at the school district the co-parent will be or is currently living in. If the children are excelling in their current school and the co-parent lives a distance away, look into ways to ensure the children will have transportation and daycare if required. The goal is to try to keep stability in the children's lives.

Understand that different counties may have different rules regarding the court custody mediation process. In what's called a "recommending" county, the mediator makes recommendations to the judge including the contentions as well as agreements each parent has made. In some counties, the mediator only reports to the judge when an agreement is made. In such confidential or "non-recommending" counties, the custody mediator does not provide the court with any recommendations; rather, the mediator only provides the court with agreements reached between the parties.

If there are issues regarding negligence, incapacity of one parent or concerns such as domestic violence, make the mediator aware immediately.

The judge and mediator are there to insure a proper parenting plan is put in place for the children. They will have an impartial and complete view based off the information received, in part, by you as one of the parents. Therefore, be complete, coherent and prepared (even for compromises). Irrespective of the type of parenting plan you are seeking for your child(ren), it is important that you speak to a family law attorney knowledgeable in this area to answer your questions and discuss your legal options.
Collaborative Divorce

In collaborative law, each party has their own attorney. In the beginning of the process, everyone signs an agreement stating that they will negotiate with each other in the highest good faith and under no circumstances will go to court. If either party does decide to go to court, the process terminates and the attorneys must withdraw. Throughout the process, the parties and their attorneys work within set parameters to reach a settlement that is agreeable to both sides. By signing the agreement parties and their attorneys agree that all efforts will be made to resolve the conflict in a respectful and open manner. This includes the sharing of all documents and financial information, the discussion of the well-being of children and the sharing of experts. The contract also stipulates that if the situation cannot be settled outside of court, the attorneys will withdraw and each party will have to employ new representation. This is an added incentive for collaborative law attorneys and the parties to seek agreement between their clients.

Collaborative Law acknowledges both the financial and emotional aspects of divorce. The Collaborative process team approach brings divorce coaches (communication specialists) financial specialists, and child specialists (if appropriate) to assist the parties to understand the issues and make good decisions. The entire team focus is to support the couple in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution to all conflicts. Rather than airing differences in the public eye of the courtroom, the collaborative divorce process seeks to resolve the conflict in a more respectful and private setting.

Not all lawyers are trained as collaborative lawyers. It is important to ensure that when you choose a lawyer, he or she has been trained in the collaborative law process. Always ask about the type of training and their background in handling collaborative cases. After the contract is completed, a series of joint conferences will begin between the spouses and their lawyers. Often, the other neutral advisors or "specialists" will be involved to guide the parties through the negotiation and settlement process. The team is utilized by the parties to help them reach a settlement agreement. Once the couple reaches a settlement, the attorneys draft the agreements into a Marital Settlement Agreement. This document is then signed and submitted to the court for filing. If an agreement cannot be reached, each side's lawyer will withdraw and the case will proceed in court.

Professionals may be obtained, based on the particular needs of the couple involved, to resolve various issues. Unlike divorce proceedings that go to court, these specialists are unbiased toward one side or the other. The sharing of neutral specialists, instead of each side having their own, avoids excessive costs and the typical "battle of the experts" that can occur in the courtroom.

If children are involved, a child specialist may be retained to act as a voice for them to help the parents fashion a parenting plan that meets needs of the children. This person can also be helpful in assisting parents with tools to communicate with their children during this stressful time.

Financial experts, such as appraisers, accountants or financial advisors assist in determining valuation of assets, planning and executing financial transactions between the parties.
Divorce coaches, sometimes referred to as "communication specialists," help the parties to communicate effectively and productively. Although each person has his/her own divorce coach, the process is "transparent" and there is often open communication between the divorce coaches and the rest of the team, which allows the team to work together for the benefit of both parties. Since good communication is imperative in effectively reaching amicable agreements, the importance of a divorce coach cannot be overemphasized.

The success of the collaborative law process depends upon the parties' commitment to it. Children and the effect a highly conflicted divorce has on them, is an important factor to consider in determining whether collaborative law is the right option for you. The process is often less costly, less time consuming, less stressful and more informal than a courtroom. Collaborative law focuses on problem solving, rather than the emotions of the conflict and the typical "winner take all" mentality.

Statistics show that upwards of 90% of collaborative law divorce cases end with a successful resolution. One must realize however, that before taking the collaborative law path, it takes two willing parties to consummate the agreement. If a spouse is unwilling to negotiate in good faith, the chances of a successful resolution can be greatly diminished. The most important decision to be made after the decision to divorce is the choice of the most appropriate dispute resolution process. Both spouses should explore, consider and discuss the options and reach a joint decision.
Child Support
HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED?

California law provides that both parents have a general obligation to support their minor children, both natural and adopted, whether or not the parents were married. Child support can be requested by one party from the other through an action for dissolution, legal separation, nullity, paternity or a domestic violence action.

In general terms, child support is based upon the incomes of both parties, which parent has custody and how much time the non-custodial parent has with the child or children.
Once the information is collected, a computer program, used by both attorneys and judges, calculates support.

Child support is always modifiable and may be changed when either party's financial circumstances change or there is a change in the custody or visitation schedule. The revised law effective July 1, 1992 in most cases dramatically increased the level of support being ordered. A consultation with an attorney utilizing the computer program will give you an idea of the possible increase or decrease in the amount of support you are paying or receiving.

ENFORCING PAYMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT
Once you have obtained a valid order for child support, you may enforce the payment for the support in several ways.

The best method of enforcing support payments is by wage assignment. California law now creates a mandatory and immediate wage assignment in connection with all support orders. A wage assignment will be ordered at the time the order for support is made. It is then provided to the payor's place of employment. The employer is required by law, without repercussion to the employee, to honor the wage assignment and deduct the child support from the payor's salary or wages.

Besides a wage assignment, other methods of enforcing the payment of support include placing liens on property, obtaining security deposits, contempt proceedings, etc. It is advisable to consult with an attorney, since the viability of these options depend greatly on individual circumstances. If you cannot afford to consult with a private attorney, the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) will enforce support orders for parents receiving public assistance benefits. DCSS will also enforce non-aid cases although they currently do not have the same priority. For that reason, many people enforce support orders themselves or seek the assistance of a private attorney.

To learn more about child support in California please contact the family law lawyers at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP via email at info@divorcewithrespect.com, via phone at (916) 455-5200, or toll-free at (866) 860-2447

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

At Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, our experienced and caring divorce lawyers know that the issues you're facing are complex, difficult and emotional. However, we will do everything we can to help you divorce with respect, always consider the best interests of your children, make wise financial decisions and move forward in your life.

EXPERIENCE THAT MAKES A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
- Our divorce lawyers have over 125 years of combined family law experience, which far exceeds any other firm in the area. We're also exclusively dedicated to the practice of family law. It's experience that you can trust to make a positive difference for you, your family and your future.

IN-DEPTH UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE
- We keep current and up-to-date on the changes in the law and procedures. By regularly attending continuing education classes, all of our knowledgeable divorce attorneys far exceed the requirements required by the State Bar of California.

COMMUNICATION, CARING AND EMPATHY
- The law can be complicated, but our divorce lawyers have the seasoned communication ability to ensure that you're informed, prepared, aware of your options, and focused on making decisions that are in your best interests. We'll also treat you with respect and care at all times.

A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE AND RESULTS
- Our firm has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, and our partners have been named as Northern California "Super Lawyers" in Family Law each year since the award was introduced in 2004. We have also earned the highest rating from AVVO (10.0). These distinctions reflect our unwavering commitment to client service, and our ability to achieve successful results.

OFFERING YOU MORE OPTIONS FOR AN AGREEMENT
- We offer a wide range of options for our services, including (but not limited to): Limited Scope Representation, Litigation, Minor's Counsel, Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, and Document Preparation/Consultation time only. These options give you the freedom and flexibility to achieve an agreement that fits your distinct family law needs.

A TEAM APPROACH THAT PUTS YOU FIRST
- Our team approach gives you access to dedicated divorce lawyers and paralegals who are responsive to your needs, and ready to provide support every step of the way. Plus, our paralegals bill at reduced hourly rates from our divorce lawyers, and as such we can perform many tasks at an appropriate lower rate.

A NETWORK OF EXPERTS AND SPECIALISTS
- We have established relationships with financial, forensic and mental-health professionals (among others) who will help us prepare your case from every angle as needed. They will also partner with us in helping you successfully make it through your divorce and into your new life ahead.

Hal Bartholomew

Mr. Bartholomew, a native of Elk Grove, California, received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California, Davis, in 1968
and his Juris Doctor in 1971 from the same institution. Formerly a partner for
15 years with the law firm of Desmond, Miller, Desmond & Bartholomew, he
co-founded the firm of Bartholomew & Wasznicky in 1989. He is a retired
captain in the United States Army Reserve and is a licensed real estate broker.
In addition to membership in the California Bar, he is admitted to practice
before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and the
United States Court of Claims. Mr. Bartholomew is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as well as the International Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers, and is certified by the State Bar of California as a Family
Law Specialist.


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND



  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of
    California, Davis, in 1968

  • Juris Doctorate from University of California, Davis, School of Law, 1971

  • Admittance to the California State Bar in 1972

  • Retired captain in the United States Army Reserve

  • Licensed real estate broker

  • Partner for 15 years with the law firm of Desmond, Miller, Desmond &
    Bartholomew

  • Co-founded the law firm of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP in 1989 and
    limits his practice exclusively to family law

  • Certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist since
    certification commenced in 1980

  • Service as fee arbitrator for the Sacramento County Bar Association

  • 2007 Eureka Award Collaborative Practice California


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS



  • Served on the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California,
    1994-1997

  • Advisor to the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of
    California, 1998

  • Past Chair (1993), Vice Chair (1992), Treasurer (1991), and Secretary (1990)
    of the Family Law Section of the Sacramento Bar Association

  • Life Member of the Academy of Family Mediators

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

  • Certified Mediator, AAML

  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

  • Member of the American Arbitration Association panel of arbitrators

  • Member of the Conference of Lawyer Mediators

  • Member of the Northern California Mediation Association

  • Member of the American Bar Association and its Family Law Section

  • Member of the State Bar of California and its Family Law Section

  • Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section

  • President and Co-Founder - Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group

  • Secretary (2007) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial
    Lawyers (AAML)

  • Treasurer (2008) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial
    Lawyers (AAML)

  • President (2006 - 2008) - Collaborative Practice California

  • Director (2006 - ) - Collaborative Practice California

  • President (2010) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial
    Lawyers (AAML)

  • Super Lawyer 2004 - 2010


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT




  • President of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, 1998-1999 (over 500
    members)


  • Fellow, Rotary Club of Sacramento

  • Paul Harris - Rotary International

  • Selected as Elk Grove Citizen of the Year, 1997-1998 (an award his father
    received 40 years previously)

  • Member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento (Board of Directors 1992 and 1993)

  • In recognition of his service to Parks and Recreation in the Elk Grove area,
    Mr. Bartholomew received the California Parks and Recreation Society District II
    Citizen Award in 1994 and is being honored by having a 44 acre sports park in
    his name completed and dedicated in August 2010

  • Served (from 1987-1994) as commissioner of the Sacramento Local Agency
    Formation committee (LAFCO)

  • Chair (1990-1993) of the Sacramento Local Agency Formation committee (LAFCO)

  • Director of the Elk Grove Community Services District from 1985 through 1994

  • Past President and Vice President of the Elk Grove Community Services
    District

  • Director of Elk Grove Parks & Recreation District (1976-1985)

  • Director of the Sacramento County Special District Association Chapter

  • Past President of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce

  • Past President of the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento #1

  • Past Commissioner of the Elk Grove Softball Association

  • Past Chair of the Elk Grove Recreation and Park District

  • Board of Home Field Advantage of Elk Grove (1991- 1998; President 1992-1994)

  • Life Member of the Elk Grove Historical Society

  • Active in the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce participating as
    several-time team leader and delegate of the Capitol to Capitol Community Task
    Force to Washington, D.C., as chair of the Agri-Business Committee, as delegate
    and team leader for the State Capitol visit, as a member of the Leadership Class
    of 1990, and in various other Chamber activities

  • Served on a number of community boards, including Bereavement Network
    Resources of Sacramento, the Golden Empire Health Planning Council, Advisory
    Council to the U.C. Davis Extension Paralegal Certificate Program, the Visiting
    Nurses Association, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, Golden West Track and Field
    Association, and the Citizen Advisory Commission on General Revenue Sharing.

  • Frequent instructor for the continuing education of Certified Public
    Accountants

  • Taught courses on divorce and divorce mediation at the Sacramento campus of
    National University

  • Lectures for the California Continuing Education of the Bar

  • Instructor for two courses in Family Law for the U.C. Extension Paralegal
    Program (1991-1998)

  • Teaches courses on divorce rights and divorce mediation for Family Service
    Agency, The Effort and Learning Exchange

  • Teaches courses on divorce rights for the Center for Fathers and Families

  • Served as President, Elk Grove Incorporation 2000, leading the effort to
    make Elk Grove a city, successfully passed in March 2000


PUBLICATIONS



  • Co-Author of Child Custody, a Practical Guide for Parents

  • Co-Author of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants
    Education Division texts of Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions (1985-1989);
    Advanced Tax Problems of Marital Dissolution (1990-1998); and Tax
    Consequences of Divorce (1999-2007)

  • Co-recipient of 1999 Award for Outstanding Course Materials by the
    California CPA Education Foundation




* The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


Diane Wasznicky

Ms. Wasznicky received her undergraduate degree in psychology, sociology and law from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1977. A native of Massachusetts, she moved to California in 1977 to attend law school at the University of California, Davis, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1980. In 1989, she co-founded the firm of Bartholomew & Wasznicky, specializing in Family Law. She is certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Sociology and Law from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Juris Doctorate from University of California, Davis, School of Law
Admittance to the California State Bar in 1981
Co-founded the law firm of Bartholomew & Wasznicky in 1989 and limits her practice exclusively to family law
Certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist in 1987
Served on the Senate Task Force on Family Relations Courts
Co-founder and facilitator of the Sacramento Custody Discussion Group (1983 - 2008)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Sacramento County Bar Association since 1993
Served as elected member of the State Bar Conference of Delegates Executive Committee (1996-1999)
Chair of State Bar Conference of Delegates Executive Committee (October 1999 to October 2000)
Served on Board of Directors of the Sacramento Women's Network
Served on Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento
President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento
President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, 1992
Served on Board of Directors of the California Women Lawyers for 3 years
Co-founder and former President of the Sacramento Area Feminist Legal Services
Co-founder and facilitator of the Sacramento Custody Discussion Group for attorneys, Judges and mental health professionals
Served as Chairperson on the Voluntary Legal Services Program of the Sacramento County Bar Association from 1985-1989
Served as Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association in 1989
Appointed member of State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (2000 - 2003)
Legislation Chair, FlexCom (2001 - 2003)
Advisor, FlexCom (2003 to present)
Appointed member of California Judicial Council Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee (2001 - 2004)
Liaison to Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee for FlexCom (2004 to 2009)
Appointed member California Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (currently President from 2010 - 2012)
Member of Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section Custody Sub-Committee (1994 - present)
Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
Chair of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Minor's Counsel Committee (1998 - 1999)
Legislative Coordinator for ACFLS Board 2009
Chair - ACFLS Family Law Reform Committee (Elkins) (2009 - 2011)
President-Elect of ACFLS - (2011 - 2013)
Member of the American Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the California Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member, Sacramento County Bar Association Delegation to Conference of Delegates (Chair 1993 - 1996 and 1997 - 1999; currently Chair, Family Law Sub-Committee of Delegates 2003 - present)
Member of the Sacramento County Children's Counsel Section (Chair, 2006 to present)
Member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 1987

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Teaches courses on child custody and child support for the Learning Exchange, Family Service Agency, and YMCA
Lectured on Family Law in California Continuing Education of the Bar programs
Organized and participated in a number of community-oriented Family Law panels sponsored by Feminist Legal Services, Women Lawyers of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS
Co-Author of Child Custody, a Practical Guide for Parents
Areas of Practice:
Custody & Visitation
Child Support
Divorce
Family Law
Bar Admissions:
California, 1981
Education:
University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California


Honors and Awards:
Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2012

Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2011

Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2010

Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2009


Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2008


Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2007


Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2006


Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2005


Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2004
Education
  • University of California at Davis School of Law
    Juris Doctor

Stephanie Bamberger

Ms. Bamberger, a native of North Carolina, spent her childhood in North Carolina, California, and Virginia while her father served in the United States Marine Corps. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1993. She moved to Sacramento in 1996 to attend law school and received her Juris Doctor in 1999 at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Bamberger joined WEAVE as the Staff Attorney in 2001 and became the Managing Attorney in 2005. She joined Bartholomew and Wasznicky in 2009. A member of the California Bar, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (federal court).

Professional Background
Associate in Arts, Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts in English from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Admitted to the State Bar of California
Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Affiliations
Member of the State Bar of California and its Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento Standing Committee, Family Law Executive Committee
Past President of the FBI Sacramento Citizens' Academy Alumni Association

Bar Admissions:
California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
Education:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
JD


Brevard College, Brevard, NC
AA


Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
BA
Major: English


Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of California and its Family Law Section
Member


Member Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member


Sacramento Standing Committee, Family Law Executive Committee
Member


FBI Sacramento Citizens' Academy Alumni Association
President
Education
  • McGeoge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    Juris Doctor
  • Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
    BA, English

Mary Molinaro

OF COUNSEL

Ms. Molinaro is a California native and Woodland resident. She is a local Woodland business owner and is also involved in several Woodland area community activities. Ms. Molinaro was admitted to the California State Bar in 1990. She is certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist and is of counsel with Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from University of California at Sonoma
Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Admittance to the California State Bar in 1990
Joined the law firm of Bartholomew & Wasznicky in 1992 and limits her practice exclusively to family law
Certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist in 1996
Became partner of Bartholomew, Wasznicky & Molinaro LLP in 1997
Active in the Sacramento Superior Courts Pro Per Clinic and Mediation Programs
Actively involved in representing minors in court appointed cases
She has completed 40 hours of mediation training
She has completed Collaborative Negotiation training
Completed the American Bar Association Section of Family Law's intensive eight-day advocacy course, further enhancing her skills and competence as a trial lawyer
Became of counsel with the firm in 2006

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Secretary (1998); Treasurer (1999); and Vice Chair (2000); Chair (2001); and Past Chair (2002) of the Sacramento County Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee
Assistant Legislative Chair (2003 - 2004); Legislative Chair (2004 - 2005); Vice-Chair (2005 - 2006); Chair (2006 - 2007) and Advisor (2007 - 2008) (2009 - 2010) of the Family Law Section of the State Bar (FlexCom)
Editor Emeritus of the Family Law Counselor, a monthly publication of the Sacramento Family Law Section designed specifically to provide family law attorneys current information on family law issues
Board of Directors Sacramento Collaborative Group (2008 - 2010)
Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
Member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership class of 1995
Member of the American Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the California Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member of the Yolo County Bar Association
Member of the Sacramento County Children's Counsel Section
Member of the Sacramento Area Custody Discussion Group
Member of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento
Member of the California Association of Legal Mediators
Member of the Sacramento Collaborative Group
Member of the International Group of Collaborative Negotiators
Member of the California CPA Education Foundation
Member of the Sacramento Minors' Counsel Committee

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Has taught courses on divorce, child custody and child support for the Learning Exchange, Family Service Agency, and YMCA
Has taught divorce options workshops through the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group.
Has been active participant in Sacramento County Family Law Pro Per Programs
Sponsors Minors' Counsel training workshops
Initiated and oversees the Kobayashi Award, an annual award recognizing individuals who make significant contributions in the area of family law
Initiated and sits on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Children's Fund, a private non-profit corporation designed to provide financial assistance for children in family law cases
President & co-founder of Strive2Free, a non-profit organization dedicated towards building awareness, assisting victims, & eradicating human trafficking.

PUBLICATIONS
Co-Author of Child Custody, a Practical Guide for Parents
Editor in Chief of the Family Law Counselor
Divorce and dissolution
Child custody and visitation
Spousal support
Child support

Year Joined Organization:
1992

Areas of Practice:
Child Support
Custody & Visitation
Divorce
Family Law

Bar Admissions:
California, 1990

Education:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1990
J.D.
Education
  • McGeoge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    Juris Doctor , 1990

Erika Ramazzini

Born in Stuttgart Germany, but after residing over forty years in the area, Ms. Ramazzini considers herself a native of Sacramento. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California at Davis, with Pi Sigma Alpha honors and her Juris Doctor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. While in law school, Ms. Ramazzini earned an American Jurisprudence award for Regulation of Financial Institutions, obtained finalist status in the International Moot court competition and served on the International Moot court Honors Board. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989 and is further admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for both the Northern and Eastern Districts. Ms. Ramazzini has focused her practice in the Sacramento area.

In order to remain current on all substantive issues relating to Family Law, Ms. Ramazzini regularly attends many hours of Family Law Continuing Education Courses.

Ms. Ramazzini dedicates herself to understanding both the legal principles as well as the inherent emotional dynamic in each family law case. By applying this combined approach, she better achieves the balance required for effective representation in family law matters.

In addition, Ms. Ramazzini works on childhood education issues in the community through the San Juan Unified School District. She has served on the Executive Board of Carmichael Presbyterian Preschool, is an active Executive Board member and past President of the Parent Teacher Organization for Del Dayo Elementary school, has overseen a privately funded budget of $136,000.00, acted as liaison between faculty, parents and administration and implemented technology and library programs for Del Dayo School. She has a lengthy tenure as a Member of the School Site Council, and has overseen the drafting and implementation of the District School Improvement Plan. She has advocated at District meetings and forums on issues affecting wide scale District decisions, including school reconfigurations and closures. Ms Ramazzini is also on the Executive Board of the Arden Middle School PTA.

Professional Background
Bachelor of Arts Political Science from University of California at Davis
Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to U.S. District Courts: Eastern and Northern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations
Member of the State Bar of California, Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento County Bar, Family Law Section
Education
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    Juris Doctor
  • University of California at Davis
    BA Political Science

Lezley Watts

Ms. Watts understands that divorce is an extremely difficult transition in a person's life and feels strongly that professional, honest, and compassionate representation can help empower clients during this process. She continues to expand her legal education by regularly attending trainings covering diverse topics in family law and staying current with recent developments in family law.

Ms. Watts, a native of Oklahoma and member of the Choctaw Nation, spent her childhood moving around the country due to her father's career and is currently a resident of Roseville. Ms. Watts received her undergraduate degree in political science and pre-law from the University of Arizona. She moved to Sacramento to attend law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2009. While in law school, Ms. Watts was awarded the Sacramento Bee Legal Scholarship and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Choctaw Nation Scholarship. She also held a number of externship positions dealing with Native American affairs, such as working under the tribal advocate at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Upon graduation, she began her legal career by clerking for a family law attorney in Sacramento. Ms. Watts was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009 and has since practiced at Bartholomew & Wasznicky.

Professional Background
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law from the University of Arizona
Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Admitted to the California State Bar
Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Affiliations
Member of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division
Member of the California State Bar, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Association
Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Former Editor of the Family Law Counselor, a monthly publication of the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section

Bar Admissions:
California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

Education:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
J.D.


University of Arizona
B.A.
Major: Political Science/Pre-Law


Published Works:
Editor, Family Law Counselor, Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section


Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member


American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Member


California State Bar, Family Law Section
Member


California State Bar, Young Lawyers Association
Member


Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Education
  • University of Arizona
    BA Political Science/Pre-Law
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    Juris Doctor

Lana Shearer

Ms. Shearer, a native of Northern California, spent her childhood in Linden, California and moved to Sacramento California in 1990 to attend California State University, Sacramento. She graduated with honors in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Shearer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1998. Prior to Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, Ms. Shearer practiced in the areas of family law, insurance defense, land use, and employment law. Finding her true passion was family law, Ms. Shearer decided to concentrate solely on family law and joined Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP.

Ms. Shearer regularly attends trainings and seminars covering diverse topics in family law in order to stay current with recent developments.

A member of the California Bar, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (federal court).

Professional Background
Associate in Arts, San Joaquin Delta Jr. College, Stockton, California
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, California
Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California
Admitted to the State Bar of California
Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Affiliation
Member of the State Bar of California and its Family Law Section
Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section

Areas of Practice:
Family Law
Insurance Defense
Land Use
Employment Law

Bar Admissions:
California

Education:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
Juris Doctor


San Joaquin Delta Jr. College, Stockton, California
A.A.


California State University, Sacramento, California
B.S., Bachelor of Science


Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of California and its Family Law Section
Member


Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
Member
Education
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    Juris Doctor
  • California State University, Sacramento, California
    BS Criminal Justice

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