Moving Forward With Mutual Respect

Ambrose Bierce called divorce "a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries." That commitment to civil discourse is key to Cheryl A. Sena's method. As a certified family law specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the San Francisco area, she understands how to dissolve a marriage while emphasizing mutual respect.


Oftentimes, one person feels that the court should award a larger amount of the retirement assets or other property to him or her because the other party was "at fault." That will not occur. California is a no-fault divorce jurisdiction, and it is mandated to divide up the community property without taking into consideration the issue of who was responsible for the breakdown of the marital relationship.

Of course, that does not mean it will be easy. Ending your relationship can be a difficult and stressful process. Having an experienced and committed lawyer like Ms. Sena representing and advocating for you can make the difference between getting a divorce and surviving a divorce.

"With your help, I filed for divorce and was able to get full custody of the children, as well as support. We even got the court's permission to move back to my parent's home in the Midwest. I've been working with my own therapist and learning how to be a good parent and a strong and powerful woman. Thank you so much!" - M.G., Chicago, Illinois


Divorce is the process of ending a marriage, determining what, if any, amounts of community property exist in the family and dividing the assets accordingly. In addition, divorce can entail making orders regarding child custody and visitation. The divorce process can also result in orders for spousal support/alimony and/or support for a child or children.

Navigating this entire process can be emotionally, psychologically and financially complicated. As your divorce attorney, Ms. Sena can reduce the stress you face. She will assist you in reaching resolutions that reflect the needs of your family and comply with California law. As necessary, she will also collaborate with psychologists, financial experts, valuation experts, investigators and other professionals to assist and reach a fair resolution.


Cheryl A. Sena will not recommend litigation as an option until it becomes absolutely necessary. This means you can rest assured that your resources will be spent wisely and every effort will be made to resolve the matter in the most economical and amicable manner possible.

If you believe a divorce is in your future, whether or not you have discussed it with your spouse, we encourage you to learn about your legal rights. Request a free initial consultation by calling Sena Family Law at 415-906-2556, or email us today.

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