Family Law

The Family Law Group at Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney LLP, led by Richard V. Hyatt, offers decades of expertise and dedication in providing clients with the most sophisticated legal advice in all areas of separation and divorce, including division of property, child custody and support, spousal support, premarital and post marital agreements, and mediation. The members of the Family Law Group will provide all services and coordinate every aspect of your separation and divorce. We will not only help you and your spouse reach an agreement that works for both of you, but prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement that the divorce court judge will approve.

Richard V. Hyatt is an experienced and respected family law mediator. As a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he is ranked in the top tier of his profession. Acting as a Judge Pro Tempore since 1988, and Settlement Conference Judge since 1989, he has the experience to negotiate and resolve all levels of issues in family matters. Legal expertise is critical to achieving settlement in complex financial and parenting issues that comply with California Law.

Pre & Post Marital Agreements

  • Negotiation, Drafting and Review of Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements

Division of Property

  • Marital Residence Issues
  • Business and Professional Practice Characterization and Valuations
  • Retirement Plan Distributions

Child Custody & Support

  • Litigation and Mediation of Child Sharing Plans
  • Move Away Cases
  • Determination of Child Support and Modification of Payments

Family Law/Dissolution of Marriage

  • Division of Property
  • Child Custody & Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Pre Marital & Post Marital Agreements
  • Mediation

Spousal Support

  • Determination, Calculation and Modification of Spousal Support


Divorce mediation is the most economical process to obtain a divorce. Your time and financial commitment will be far less than a contentious divorce.

Divorce mediation is a private and confidential process designed to help you and your spouse reach a solution. Both of you will meet with a neutral mediator and work through the issues until you reach an agreement that allows the two of you to go through with your divorce, without the expense of formal litigation.

Mediation is flexible and confidential. The mediator remains neutral, and advises both spouses about the law regarding their issues. This provides an atmosphere where each spouse is able to negotiate with each other, as they are working with the same base of information. The process takes far less time, and couples are able to negotiate an agreement that works for both parties.

Mediation involves the resolution of all legal issues in divorce, including:

  • Division of assets and liabilities
  • Property division
  • Spousal support
  • Child custody and support
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Tax consequences

Mediation Process
Mediation is a voluntary process, and you or your spouse can withdraw at any time. There are no secrets in mediation. You may, and are encouraged to have your own separate counsel to review and advise you independently throughout the process.

Mediation Works
The advantage of mediation is that it keeps you and your spouse in control of your own divorce, without conflict. This results in resolving your issues and allowing both of you to move on in less time, with less expense then fighting it out in court. Mediation is about working out differences with a knowledgeable professional.