Beth M. Appelsmith

Beth M. Appelsmith

Resolving your family matters with compassion and empathy for more than 20 years

Firm Overview

Since 1986, attorney Beth M. Appelsmith has been helping clients in difficult family situations reach a positive place in their lives.

Beth Appelsmith provides experienced representation in all areas of family law to clients throughout Sacramento. In addition to traditional litigation, she offers alternative dispute resolution through mediation or collaborative practice. We believe that working to resolve disputes collaboratively without going to court helps protect children from the negative effects of divorce while allowing participants a wide range of settlement options, a confidential and respectful setting to resolve disputes, and control of the legal process. Contact us today to find out if the collaborative process is for you.

Working hard to ensure a bright future for you and your children:
Choosing a family law attorney is never easy. You want someone who is going to treat you with compassion and care while effectively advising you and advocating for your rights. At our firm, we help you move on with your life by working hard to resolve your family matters in a timely and cost-efficient manner. When you turn to us, you can expect:

-Cost-effective resolution. Litigation can be costly, not to mention stressful for couples and their children. Beth Appelsmith is a skilled attorney and mediator who can help to efficiently, effectively, amicably and respectfully resolve all issues involved in ending your marriage. We also practice Collaborative divorce, which uses a team approach as a gentler and potentially more cost-efficient way to sort out your differences and reach an agreement rather than litigating the matter before a judge.

-An attorney actively engaged in the profession. Beth serves on several boards of directors and is a member of many collaborative practice committees.

-Compassionate and respectful representation. With training in the emotional as well as the legal aspects of divorce and family law matters, Beth has the skills to help you get through what can be an almost overwhelming time in your life. A good listener, Beth has earned a reputation among her clients for being encouraging, supportive and kind. You can count on her to provide a comforting and well-reasoned presence in a difficult time. She has the fortitude, skills and experience to see you through your divorce.

Assisting you with family law, mediation and the collaborative process:
We can help you with:

-Family law. We represent clients in divorce, child custody, visitation and support matters, as well as adoption and paternity.

-Mediation. We help you to negotiate the best possible settlements outside of court, while preserving amicable relationships and minimizing conflict's negative impact on children. We assist you with drafting contracts that explicitly state all the terms of your agreement. In mediation, there is one mediator present who serves as a neutral liaison between the divorcing couple.

-Collaborative divorce. We help clients achieve lasting, mutually acceptable settlements through the collaborative process. In collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney and other professional team members. The team works together with the parties to reach an agreement based on the interests of each party. We address all the same concerns as those discussed during a traditional divorce, including child custody and visitation rights, asset distribution and spousal support, with a focus on maximizing the best possible outcome for each party based on their individual needs.

Main Office

Main Office
2315 Capitol Avenue
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95816






Office Information


Beth M. Appelsmith will represent your Divorce legal matters.

Full-service family law firm in Sacramento:
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption, experiencing the pain of marital conflict or facing another legal issue close to home, Beth M. Appelsmith listens to your needs, understands your concerns and helps you reach solutions to your legal problems.

Attorney Appelsmith has more than 20 years of experience serving families in Sacramento. We provide legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:
Child custody and visitation
Child support
Child support modification and enforcement
Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but when something goes wrong, there is a chance of substantial heartache. We assist families with the complex legal process of adoption, so you can feel secure about your child's future well-being.

Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. We help you establish fair and equitable spousal support so you can continue to live as comfortably as possible when your marriage has ended.

Child custody and visitation:
Almost every parent wants the best for their children. We can help you find child-centered solutions to prevent your children from becoming casualties of the divorce process. Both mediation and Collaborative Practice provide tools to strengthen relationships and protect children from trauma caused by adult conflict.

Child support:
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. We help ensure your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement:
Child support payments remain the same unless and until the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, we can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Throughout your divorce, we stand by you. We accompany you through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and parenting plans.

Mediation puts the decisions in your hands and can often provide more expedient, cost-effective and predictable results than a trial. We can help you obtain the divorce settlement that best meets your individual circumstances and needs using mediation.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements:
An appropriate relationship agreement can strengthen trust and prevent misunderstandings that can eventually lead to marital conflict and even divorce. We expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can provide guidance and alleviate stress, should you ever divorce.

Beth M. Appelsmith

Beth M. Appelsmith


Practice areas:
Family law

-California, 1986
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1987
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988

McGeorge School of Law, J.D.

Associations & memberships:
Sacramento County Bar Association (Family Law, 1991)
State Bar of California (Family Law, 1991)

Biographical details:
Member of Child Custody Subcommittee of Family Law Executive Committee; Member of Board of Directors for Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group. Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Member of Executive Committee of Minor's Counsel Section of Sacramento County Bar association, Approved by Sacramento Superior Court to represent children as Minor's Counsel in Family Law matters.


McGeorge School of Law
Juris Doctorate,