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Ms. Renee Marcelle

Ms. Renee Marcelle

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  • Family Law, Divorce
  • California
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Bradley C. August 23, 2020
Awesome Attorney! A Winner! I cannot say enough great things about Renee Marcelle. Her approach, care, and teamwork are nothing short of "spectacular". She clearly is one of the most respected and experienced family law experts in Northern California. The care she has shown for me and my children shows that its not about just being another client but rather another member of "the family" with focus on reaching desired goals that primarily benefit my children. She spends most of her time working on the execution of a well thought out plan for success with less emphasis on billing. Renee's depth of experience saves time and money in the long run. Renee is a winner in every regard and I highly recommend her.
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30 years of practice experience in Divorce Law; 12 years of Real Property practice prior to that; Real Estate Broker 20 years. Corporate background; business valuations; division of property.

Years of trial experience, but love collaborative law and am a highly trained mediator.

Highly skilled with custody of children at once heartbreaking and often cruel. Serious trial experience with false sexual abuse allegations; true sexual abuse allegations.

Empathic, concerned, and compassionate, yet can draw boundaries because every minute I am engaged in your case; you will receive an hourly bill.

Trial lawyer Trained Child Counsel Mediator Collaborative Law Practitioner

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
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  • Child Custody
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    Up to one-half hour no charge for in-person or by telephone. The first hour may be 1/2 the usual hourly rate when you mention the 1/2 hourly rate consultation.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: #135643
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Virginia State Bar
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Seattle University School of Law
J.D. (1982)
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University of Washington
B.A. (1979) | Law and Justice
Honors: Cume Laude
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Professional Associations
Marin County Bar Association
former board member
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Community School Bond Oversight Committee (COC)
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Activities: 30M Refurbish Elementary & Kentfield Middle Schools
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Marin County Women Lawyers
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered
Q. Is contesting my divorce out of the question if I don’t have a lawyer?
A: One may contest a divorce with or without a lawyer. In California of course, it is a "no-fault" divorce state. Thus if one party seeks a divorce, the divorce will be inevitable, unless your partner changes their mind.

The disposition of assets and custody arrangements can be negotiated or if unable to agree, you may file a Request for Order for the judge to decide with or without counsel.

Upwards of 80% of divorcing parties do not use the assistance of counsel to solve their differences.

I believe all 88 CA counties have a no-cost self-help center at the courthouse. There one can make an appointment and gain assistance with and access to all of the judicial council forms necessary to go through the process. Some counties even have no cost mediation available. If your case involves contested custody cases, there is a Family Court Services branch of the court's family law department that assists parties in coming to agreements.

Because knowledge is power, I minimally recommend going to an experienced and recommended family law attorney for a consultation concerning the facts of your case. Many people leave money on the table or make choices they later regret. Seeking advice along your path of self-help is highly recommended.
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Q. If I file for divorce and my husband take 3 months to respond does that affect the 6 month waxing period
A: The 6 month and 1 day rule commences from SERVICE of the Petition for dissolution upon your husband. That establishes the first possible date for termination of the status of marriage. However since he responded to the petition it may take longer than that to finalize the issues in your case.
Q. Can I terminate my child’s father’s parental rights without having someone to adopt her (stepfather adoption)?
A: Mom, on the facts stated you have mentioned the 2 criteria for the termination of Parental rights. Lack of contact with the child and lack of any support.

A person willing to step into the shoes of bio dad is totally unnecessary.

The in and out of jail fact may mitigate against a termination of rights, but I would need to know more of the case facts to weigh in.
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Contact & Map
Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle
Suite 4B
914 Mission Avenue
Suite 4B
San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: (415) 456-4444
Fax: (415) 456-3383
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: emergencies and deadlines hours vary outside listed hours
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