Family Law

The firm’s Family Law practice is supervised by our managing partner, John D. Hodson, CFLS, AAML.

Mr. Hodson is the first and only family law attorney in Solano County’s history to be elected a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is also Solano County’s only AV-Preeminent rated family law attorney, and Solano County’s only perennial Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2005.

A retired Air Force judge advocate with hundreds of trials under his belt, Mr. Hodson has been honored as Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year.  He serves on the AAML National Legislative Committee, the AAML Northern California Chapter Board of Managers, the Editorial Boards of the Association of Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) Specialist and the State Bar of California Family Law Section Family Law News journals.  He is a past Education Director, Legislative Director, and Secretary of the Board of Directors for ACFLS, and a Past Chair of FlexCom, the State Bar of California Family Law Section Executive Committee.  He currently serves as a member of the California Judicial Council’s Family & Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, and is a well-known educator of lawyers and judges throughout California on family law topics.

In his practice, Mr. Hodson serves as litigants’ counsel, but also as private judge, superior court judge pro tem, arbitrator, mediator, minors’ counsel, special master, discovery referee, and is trained in Collaborative Practice.

Our firm’s family law attorneys stay abreast of current law and developments through extensive continuing legal education. We all exceed the minimum educational standards set by the State Bar.  We assist clients in a wide variety of family law matters, and we regularly collaborate on cases so that our combined experience and expertise enhances our representation of clients in Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) and Legal Separation, Establishment of Parental Relationship (Paternity), Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Guardianships, Stepparent Adoptions, Contempt Proceedings, Post-Judgment Enforcement actions, Mediation, Arbitration, and other Domestic Relations matters.

We are a no-nonsense law firm, committed to providing our clients with knowledgeable, pragmatic, ethical and efficient legal representation. We tell our clients the truth, we do our best to explain substantive and procedural law in understandable terms, and we guide clients through what can be a very stressful, slow, and sometimes expensive legal process.  We do our utmost to conserve our time and our clients’ resources within the limits of practical realities and the law.  We gladly provide information, education and advice about our clients’ rights and options to guide them through difficult legal matters with confidence.

Every client’s case is planned with that client’s specific needs and factual situation in mind. We encourage civility among lawyers and litigants, and do our best to maintain civil and respectful relationships, especially when parties will continue to raise children together.  Our first choice for our clients is always negotiation and settlement, and we are well-experienced to accomplish settlements. That said, if a case cannot be resolved, we offer trial experience second to none in the area.

Hodson & Mullin’s friendly, very experienced, compassionate, and highly professional family law staff is committed to helping our clients through difficult situations.

We cannot always give you the answers you like; but we can always give you the correct answers and sound advice to help you make realistic decisions.  Give us a call!

John D. Hodson

Stephan Montagna