We handle complex cases,
High net worth estates, and
Challenging legal issues

If you have decided to pursue divorce, or have been served with divorce papers, you very likely may be apprehensive, confused, frustrated or worried about your future.  We know these feelings.  We have been there.

For the last nearly 14 years, Chavis Law Firm APC has been committed 100% to family law exclusively.  We are sized optimally for clients to receive individual one-on-one attention and detailed, thoughtful, well-managed representation.  You will not be passed around among receptionists, paralegals, or associates.  You will not be supporting a super structure.  Michelle will personally handle your case and be the one you talk to and work with.  Clients have her cell phone and may call or text when they need it most, 24/7 – 365.

Complex divorce cases have volumes of documents, are subject to numerous statutory and judicial deadlines, require legal research and preparation of briefs, involve discovery including various Subpoena’s, Document Demand’s, Admissions, Depositions, Interrogatories and many types of motions, hearings and trial. These matters require creative and sophisticated approaches and demand more than simply dividing things into his and hers. Knowing this, we have established relationships with experienced experts and we work as a team with forensic CPA’s, appraisers, psychologists, vocational evaluators, tax specialists, brokers, private investigators and other attorney’s who specialize in complex cases.

Although every situation is unique, there are typical sources of conflict common to many high net worth cases such as:


  • Businesses, corporations, LLC’s, professional practices
  • Real estate investments
  • Foreign assets
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Stocks and options
  • Mergers, refinances and bankruptcies
  • Patents, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, royalties
  • Trusts and asset transfers
  • Sole-proprietorships and cash-based businesses
  • Unique personal assets—cars, jewelry, artwork
  • Employee benefits, options, deferred comp, buy-outs
  • Co-mingling inheritances
  • Hidden assets
  • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial agreements

What Our Clients Say

“I was in need of an attorney and didn’t know who to turn to, who can I trust?  She attended to my legal matter as though I had been a client for years.”
M. Dove
“Michelle is smart and savvy, like a dog with a sock, and is a light at a dark time.”
“Michelle is experienced and intuitive, masterful really.  So glad I found her when I did.”
“this testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.”

Court Areas We Serve

Chavis Law Firm APC is available for your confidential consultation within the following areas:

  • San Diego County
    * Vista and Downtown locations
  • Orange County
    * (South OC and Beach Cities)
  • Sacramento
  • Placer
    * (Roseville and Auburn only)
  • El Dorado County
    * (Placerville only)