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Divorce Alternatives in California

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerWhen a couple determines divorce is necessary, often the idea of a long and drawn-out divorce litigation trial immediately comes to mind. Although a significant portion of the population turns to this divorce option quickly, most of the time this is because they are unaware of the other options available. In California, it seems everyone is looking to find a way to make divorce not only more affordable but also less traumatic. One such option is known as divorce mediation.

Alternative Methods to Divorce

There are multiple methods available for divorce options; each is a bit different from the last, but all have the same outcome: divorce. With these options, it is likely you will find an option that best suits your end goals. These methods are:

  • Mediation: A cost-effective method for negotiating terms of divorce without involving a court, allowing two individuals to reach results that best suit their needs. 
  • Collaborative Divorce: Less expensive than litigated divorce, this methodology incorporates multiple experts to assist divorcing couples in finding the underlying problems in a relationship and discovering the real needs during the divorce settlement. 
  • Arbitration: Often confused with mediation. However, this court-ordered methodology is bound to many of the same constraints of divorce litigation. 
  • Litigation: Traditional divorce where both sides hire attorneys and go to court, allowing a judge to determine the outcome of all aspects of their lives. 
  • Do-It-Yourself: Through the use of the internet, many couples are choosing to divorce online, filing papers without the utilization of an attorney, often creating a much larger and more expensive legal disaster to deal with later.

A Look at Mediation

Mediation is becoming one of the more popular methods to divorce with California, and upon an investigation into its benefits, it becomes easy to see why. The only downfall is that this methodology does not work for every situation and requires a level of willingness to negotiate. Mediation does not have to be the only solution; you may choose to try mediation and negotiate a few terms of the divorce and whatever you feel you need a judge to decide for you can go to divorce litigation. Divorce has become a multi-faceted process that is customizable to suit your needs. The benefits of mediation include:

  • You determine the outcome of your divorce,
  • Less expensive and less time-consuming,
  • Not as traumatic for children and family members,
  • Confidential,
  • Less stress, and
  • Positive results.

Is Mediation Right for Me?

Once you determine divorce is best for your family, it is beneficial to discuss your situation with an attorney. Working together as a team, you increase the possibility of making your desired outcomes a reality. Attorney Benita Ventresca has over 35 years of experience in family law, including divorce mediation and litigation. We can assist you through this stressful time and aid in finding a solution that works best for your situation. If you are interested in exploring your plans with a Los Gatos, CA divorce attorney, contact the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca today at 408-395-8822 to schedule your free initial consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1226.htm

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