California Family Law

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:

•    Adoption
•    Alimony
•    Child custody and visitation
•    Child support
•    Child support modification and enforcement
•    Divorce
•    Mediation
•    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.

Contact a Sacramento family law attorney you can trust

Call Beth M. Appelsmith at 916-239-2315 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney.

Contact Us

If you think non-litigated divorce is for you, call 916-239-2315 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.


Our Office

  • Sacramento Office


    2315 Capitol Avenue
    Suite 100
    Sacramento, California 95816