KZST Sonoma County Family Law Attorney Elissa Urlik helps clients involved in divorce, custody battle, and domestic violence disputes. She acts as an advisor to her clients, but will also aggressively fight for the best interests of her clients and for any child involved in the matter. Attorney Urlik has over 25 years of legal experience and has practiced law since 2004.
She was certified as a Family Law Specialist in 2001 and focuses exclusively on the area of family law. Prior to moving her practice to Santa Rosa, she was a founding partner at her firm in Alameda County. Elissa can represent family law clients in Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, San Francisco and Alameda Counties.
Practice areas include:
Sonoma County Divorce and Legal Separation
Paternity and Parental Rights
Domestic Partnership Issues and Dissolution
Grandparent Visitation Rights
Child Custody and Custody Modification
Child Support and Spousal Support
Support Modification and Enforcement
Property Division and Complex Financial Issues
Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements
Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
Minor’s Counsel (Child’s Attorney)
Elissa volunteers within the court system as a Settlement Conference Panelist and has been a member of numerous family law committees, including Sonoma County Best Practices, Sonoma County Bar Committee, and a part chair of the Family Law Committee. She is a current member of the Family Law Rules Committee and Family Law Education Committee. She is extremely familiar with the operation of the local courts, the rules and regulations, and the resources available to clients. She has a strong commitment to our local community and is focused on finding the best resolution possible within the court system for all of her clients.
Elissa assists all clients using her skills in negotiation to reach agreement where possible, and is a highly knowledgeable and prepared litigator when it is clear that a case must be resolved within the court system. Elissa also offers her services as a mediator for couples and families whose needs are better suited to an environment of focused negotiation and cooperation.
As a Family Law Specialist, I am keenly aware that entering into the family law system can be a stressful and trying time for you and your family, and that your family law issues impact you on a very personal level. The collective goal of my entire office is to support you through what is often a highly stressful experience. As a client, you can expect compassion, empathy, strength, understanding, and support, as well as superior legal knowledge, with clear direction and information about the legal process. You are intimately involved in the decision-making process for your case. I will provide advice on the law and legal strategy, but my office will always hold you and your family as our highest priority. You can rely on our honesty and integrity in this confusing time. I am also knowledgeable about the issues that often confront families, such as alcohol and drug abuse or dependency, child or spousal abuse, and financial constraints and worries, and I am able to provide referrals to additional resources that can provide support. My office utilizes electronic communication extensively so that you are better able to quickly provide me and my staff with information, or to express your concerns, and receive a timely response.
Making the decision to change a situation involving your family, or reacting to a spouse or significant other’s decision to divorce, can be overwhelming. I will first listen to you to find out what is most important to you. I can provide you with information about the law and all options that are available so you can make informed decisions about your future and that of your family. I can guide and support you through the legal process to make the best decisions possible in your specific circumstances. Finding a family lawyer can be challenging when you are confronted with so many urgent decisions to make, but my office is available and ready to help you through it.
Please call my office at (707) 284-9626 to set up an appointment at your convenience. If you are simply exploring your options, you can schedule a consultation so I can provide immediate, short-term advice and information. You may also meet with me for a second opinion on your case, or to retain my office to serve you immediately and fully in your legal action. Appointments are typically made during the weekday, but early evening and weekend appointments are also available.
I look forward to answering your questions and to serving you as you work toward resolving your family’s legal issues.