James V. Sansone

James V. Sansone

Dedicated, Experienced, and Aggressive Santa Rosa Family Law and Bankruptcy Attorney Serving Clients Throughout California, including Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Lake County, Napa County, and Marin County.

Firm Overview

At the Law Offices of James V. Sansone, our Santa Rosa family law and bankruptcy attorney is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our clients. We offer a general law practice with concentrations in bankruptcy, family law, and juvenile dependency. We work diligently to provide quality legal representation and a high level of client service to each of our valued clients.

Attorney James V. Sansone believes that every person facing a difficult legal challenge deserves a dedicated advocate. He works closely with each of his clients to provide the personal service, accessibility and responsiveness they require. He vigorously protects the rights of his clients and works diligently to seek the most favorable outcome possible on their behalves.

Personal service is also a priority at our firm. When people face difficult legal challenges, they need a dedicated advocate who will take time to answer their questions, explain their rights, return their phone calls and keep them informed about the status of their case. Our goal in each case is to exceed customer expectations for quality legal representation and client service.

While our concentration is family law and bankruptcy, we also offer experienced representation in criminal defense, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant disputes and other general law matters.

In each matter we handle, we take time to listen to our clients and understand their objectives. We carefully analyze the facts and evidence at hand to provide the zealous representation our clients need and deserve. We feel strongly that our clients deserve a passionate advocate who is committed to seeking the best possible result on their behalf.

Attorney James V. Sansone leverages a decade of legal and financial experience to provide effective and compassionate legal support to clients throughout Santa Rosa, California, and the extended North Bay area. We invite you to call and experience The JVS Difference for yourself.

Main Office
Main Office
1260 North Dutton Ave. Suite 135
Santa Rosa  CA  95401-4643
  • (707) 542-5611
  • (707) 542-5655


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, a 1/2 hour
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Yes, Uncontested Evictions, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Criminal Defense, and Limited Scope Family Law Representation.
Hourly Rates
$225 - $275

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday - Friday; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Child Custody
We focus on aggressive representation to protect the best interest of your child from the outset. While we offer strategic negotiation and work towards mutual agreement, we are also prepared to take your case to trial when necessary.
Child custody laws are always shifting to accommodate the growing and diverse needs of American families. These cases are highly emotional and can be very difficult for both parties as well as any children involved. At the Santa Rosa, California, Law Offices of James V. Sansone, we use our family law experience to protect the rights of our clients and children involved in complex custody disputes.

We know that every family has different circumstances and requires a tailored approach to achieve a successful resolution. Our attorney will take the time to understand your individual needs, your children's special circumstances, and the potential challenges that may lead to dispute. We will review your options and help you determine the best course of action to protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

Our Santa Rosa child custody lawyer has several years experience in custody issues involving:

* Parenting time
* Child support
* Grandparents' rights
* Military families
* Parental relocation
* Parents in contempt of court orders
* Modifications or enforcement

Modifications Involving Child Custody Orders

As life goes on, you may encounter changes to your original child custody agreement. If you have encountered a significant change in circumstances that affects your ability to comply or makes your original agreement obsolete, we can help you protect your rights by seeking a modification. A modification may be in order if you have relocated for a job, you have suffered an injury, or if your child is in danger because of a drinking or drug use problem.
Child Support
Whether you are a working single parent or a primary caretaker, you want to make sure that you have the financial security you need after a divorce. We will take the time to assess your financial positioning and work to maximize your child support.
In California, many variables are considered by the court in developing child support, including each parent's income, the number of children in the family, and other unique family dynamics. The required child support level is set in the divorce decree and stipulation. However that amount is not fixed forever, and may fluctuate due to any number of circumstances.

Life goes on after divorce, with the circumstances of the parents and needs of the children often changing dramatically over time. If the income of one party increases significantly due to a promotion or onset of wealth, we will work on our client's behalf to obtain a fair child support modification. Likewise, if the income of a responsible party decreases for whatever reason, we can often obtain a modification. Not every change in income or in life circumstances will warrant a child support modification from the court, but having an experienced and dedicated attorney on your side can make all the difference.
Our office understands that family law matters have a long-term impact on not only your life but also your family's life. That is why we take a strategic and compassionate approach focused on long-term solutions that protect your rights.
Deciding to divorce may be one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever make. The end of a marriage can be an emotionally challenging and frightening prospect. Attorney James V. Sansone leverages a decade of legal and financial expertise to care for the needs of his valued clients throughout Northern California. Always there and always on your side, Sansone is your trusted resource, offering the guidance you need to make the hard decisions'”those with the potential to limit the emotional and financial harm to your future and your children.

No two divorces are exactly the same, so our staff takes considerable care to understand the particulars of your unique situation before offering the advice you seek. We can assist with all aspects of the divorce process, including:

* Prenuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements
* Spousal & Child Support
* Child Custody & Visitation
* Domestic Violence
* Post-Decree Modifications
* Enforcement of Court Orders
* Termination of Parental Rights

Every situation is unique, so we take a personalized approach to ensure the best possible solution for our clients. While working towards a mutual agreement can be beneficial, we are also prepared to take any case to trial to achieve desired results
At the Santa Rosa Law Office of James V. Sansone, we take a strategic and compassionate approach to our family law practice, focusing on long-term solutions that protect your rights and the welfare of your family. We review each case thoroughly, aggressively champion your interests and work towards lasting, advantageous solutions based upon your goals.

Navigating family law issues can be confusing and upsetting, with looming concerns about high-stakes issues such as children, finances and the future. When faced with divorce, everything you have in life can be placed at the discretion of a judge: your children, your business, your house, your relationships, your life savings...

Whether dealing with a large estate or a simple one, your concerns deserve professional attention.

Based in Sonoma County, California, the Law Office of James V. Sansone has built a reputation for delivering favorable results to clients with complex family law issues. Our Santa Rosa law firm represents clients seeking legal representation for:

* Divorce

* Legal Separation

* Property Division

* Terminate of Parental Rights

* Stepparent Adoption

* Child Support

* Spousal Support

* Post Decree Modifications

* Enforcement of Court Orders

* Prenuptial Agreements

* Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

* Domestic Partnerships

* Guardianships

* Juvenile Dependency

Proper planning and the continuity of effective legal advice by Santa Rosa Attorney James V. Sansone can help reduce costs, resolve your case, and more importantly, help eliminate your stress and anxiety.

Achieve the closure you need to move your family forward into the next chapter in your lives.
In today's troubling economic climate, it has become more commonplace than ever to fall behind on your financial obligations. Whether you are swimming in high credit card debt or fallen behind on your mortgage, bankruptcy may help.
Overwhelmed with Debt? You Have Options!

If you are swimming in unmanageable debt, you are not alone. Any number of life changes, setbacks or financial mistakes can leave a person unable to pay their bills. The notion of filing bankruptcy can be a frightening reality to face, and yet it can also be the very thing that ends the fear, anxiety, worry and stress many people live with everyday under insurmountable financial burden.

Are you:

1) unable to make your minimum monthly credit card payment?

2) using your credit cards to pay off other credit cards?

3) several months behind on your mortgage and unable to catch up?

4) facing foreclosure on your home?

5) missing car payments?

6) paying so much in monthly credit card payments that you cannot pay basic living expenses such as food, utilities and transportation?

7) facing repossession of your car or other belongings?

8) being harassed by creditors?

If you answered yes,to any of the questions above then bankruptcy may be an option for you.

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which people who cannot pay their bills can get a fresh financial start. The right to file for bankruptcy is provided by federal law, and all bankruptcy cases are handled in federal court. Filing bankruptcy immediately stops all of your creditors from seeking to collect debts from you, at least until your debts are sorted out according to the law.

Most individuals or married couples who file bankruptcy will choose either a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 a €œwage earners plan.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, most unsecured debts (i.e. credit cards, medical bills, utility bills) are eliminated. Notable exceptions include student loans, certain taxes, child support, and credit card debt incurred up to 90 days before filing the bankruptcy. The basic idea in a chapter 7 bankruptcy is to discharge your debt in exchange for giving up property, except for "exempt" property which the law allows you to keep. In a significant amount of cases, most property will be exempt. But property which is not exempt is sold, with the money distributed to creditors.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also called a wage earner's plan, enables individuals with regular income to develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under this chapter, debtors propose a repayment plan to make installments to creditors over a period of three to five years.

Bankruptcy Litigation

Our staff offers bankruptcy litigation guidance to creditors and lenders interested in protecting their accounts from discharge during a debtor's bankruptcy proceeding. We also defend creditor litigation against the debtor.

Family Law & Bankruptcy

The financial impact of divorce is often devastating. Spouses who shared assets and income during a marriage are forced to divide assets and live on a single source of income. For many individuals, the only way to deal with the financial challenges posed by divorce is bankruptcy.

If you are contemplating divorce, in the process of getting divorced or recently divorced, the assistance of a knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyer can be an invaluable asset.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our objective is to set a new standard for quality, affordable legal services, by extending an exceptional level of experience, personal attention and timeliness, at a price that cannot be matched by large or specialized boutique firms.

We refer to this as "The JVS Difference," and it is our duty to ensure that our clientele experience and benefit from our pledge to quality assurance, without compromise based on compensation.


Let's face it, quality legal services have a well-earned reputation for being downright expensive. So much so, that many of those who need these services most are turned away, or simply too apprehensive to seek the professional help they require.

James Sansone, sole practitioner of JVS Law, is an experienced attorney with a different breed of business savvy. While many Sonoma County law firms rely on costly advertising campaigns, flashy billboards and phone book covers to drive business, JVS gains the majority of our clientele though referrals from satisfied clients and friends in the community. And while others are spending large sums of money on over-inflated staffing and extravagant office buildings, JVS maintains a modest executive office suite and relationships with a carefully selected team of expert independent contractors, including highly-trained associate attorneys and paralegals. This "lean and mean" low-overhead business model translates to substantial cost savings-the bulk of which are passed along to JVS clientele.

What does this mean for you?


At JVS Law, our clients receive the same level of sophistication and expertise found at the costly large and boutique firms, at hourly rates that are below the Sonoma County median.


We do everything possible to make professional legal representation affordable, by providing competitive rates and flexible payment options.


Integrity means everything at JVS. You can rest assured, knowing you're case is being handled by an aggressive, yet compassionate professional, whose mission is to provide an exceptional level of experience, personal attention and timeliness- without compromise based on compensation.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Most of my cases, approximately 75%, get settled through an alternate dispute resolution (ADR)process. However, these cases normally don't start off down the ADR road. They start off, like most family law cases, confrontational. While I consider myself a litigator, which is my strongest quality, and my firm has a reputation for aggressive litigation, I will be the first one to recommend some from of ADR, for the right case. I also am willing to work, behind the scenes, with a client who is engaged in mediation to ensure they are getting a fair shake.

Is Mediation An Option for You?

You always worked hard, took care of the children, and managed the household. When your husband was away from the home, you trusted him when he said he was working.

But recently you discovered that your once loyal spouse has a lover and you want to file for divorce and get what you deserve.

Or perhaps you’re marriage has simply devolved into petty fights. You fight over who forgot to return the milk to the refrigerator or about who was supposed to make the bed in the morning.

If any of these scenarios seem familiar, then you are probably not a candidate to resolve your divorce with mediation.

But if you don’t have children and you and your spouse still like each other, then mediation is a better option for separating your assets and moving on with your lives.

You Can Save Money with Mediation

A mediator is a neutral third-party, which can be a lawyer, who assists couples in reaching agreements as they separate their community property.

Mediation has become an increasingly popular alternative to divorce lawsuits. In fact, in 1998 California's legislative branch revised the California family code to accommodate consumers' desire to have a more affordable divorce option.

Mediation is definitely less costly than a lawsuit as long as the parties agree to amicably reach agreement on how they will separate their assets.

How to Work with a Mediator

The first step to finding a lawyer to mediate your divorce is to find someone who isn't a friend or colleague of one of the spouses. To be effective, mediators need to be impartial otherwise only one of the parties will benefit. It's also important to find a mediator with whom you feel comfortable.

The mediator will expect you to be able to communicate openly and honestly, despite what can be an emotional situation.

Mediation works best when both parties communicate well with each other and can easily agree to an outcome.

Even though you elect to resolve your differences through mediation, it is still important to hire a family law lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed during the mediation and help you to determine what might constitute a fair settlement. Without this additional review of your assets, you might settle for less than you should.

A lawyer can also inform you of your legal rights and options, coach you through the negotiations, help you to come up with settlement ideas, and assist with the preparation of final paperwork.

James V. Sansone

Our founding lawyer, James V. Sansone, provides caring and dedicated legal assistance to clients throughout Santa Rosa, California, and the extended North Bay. Prior to starting our firm, Mr. Sansone worked for a Northern California law firm, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office and Redwood Credit Union. His experiences in these positions gave him the passion needed to form our law firm, which is committed to integrity, professionalism and highly personalized legal representation.

Attorney Sansone is committed to offering an affordable alternative to large firm practices which sometimes lack the flexibility to tailor billing arrangements to accommodate the needs of the average person. His enthusiasm for the law, compassion for his clients and vigorous representation has helped many of his clients find effective solutions to difficult legal challenges.

Founding attorney James V. Sansone provides caring and dedicated legal assistance to clients in Santa Rosa and throughout the North Bay. Prior to starting his own firm, Jim worked for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, Redwood Credit Union, and a Sonoma County law firm.

Jim Sansone offers an affordable alternative to large firm practices which sometimes lack the flexibility to tailor billing arrangements to accommodate the needs of the average person. He believes in aggressive litigation but not in unnecessary work disguised as aggressive litigation. Jim's work leads to results for his clients rather than resulting in simply spending his clients money. His enthusiasm for the law, compassion for his clients, and vigorous representation has helped his clients find effective solutions to difficult legal challenges.

Jim enjoys hiking and cycling with his wife and two young daughters. He works off stress at the gym and likes to relax with a good drama starring Al Pacino or Robert De Niro. As a father and a child of divorce, he understands that in a custody fight, there is no winner and the loser is always the child. He advises clients that you gotta love your kids more than you hate your ex.

Jim was on the committee for the Santa Rosa Relay for Life and for several years has sponsored the Survivor Brunch for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
  • Bar Number: 244671
    California , 2006
  • Empire College School of Law
    Juris Doctor, Cum Laude , 2006
    Empire Law Review, Editorial Board Member; California State Legislature Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award; Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility
  • University of San Francisco
    B.S. Economics , 2001

James K. Carroll

Jim Carroll brings a varied background to the practice of law. As a Sergeant in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division and as a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves, he developed discipline, leadership skills, and an understanding of people, all of which have been key to his success in business.

His business experience, in turn, as well as his background as an Accounting major at Sonoma State, help him understand complex financial matters in bankruptcy and family law. And owning and operating small businesses for years brought him an understanding of the challenges business people face.

While studying at Empire College School of Law, Jim worked as a paralegal, learning the laws practical side as well as its theoretical side. He also volunteered at Legal Aid, learning family law first hand and helping low-income individuals assert their rights.

The common thread running through Jim's seemingly diverse achievements is service to others. Whether serving his country in its Armed Services, serving customers in business, or serving clients as an attorney, Jim brings the same dedication and giving spirit.

In his spare time, Jim coaches the Little League baseball team one of his children plays on, and enjoys playing golf and exploring the wine country with his wife.
  • Bar Number: 289064
    California , 2013
  • Empire College School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2011

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