California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerUnless you and your spouse experienced a brief marriage, have no children and no joint property, divorce litigation is not inexpensive. Even in an uncontested divorce, a couple must consider the cost of the filing fees as well as court costs. In an uncontested divorce where both parties approve the requests made in the divorce petition, court time may not be necessary, and the divorce should be official after six months. However, in instances where splitting spouses cannot agree upon the petition, the court gets involved which can increase the costs. Many seeking divorce search for a lower cost option leading a growing portion of the population choosing divorce mediation.

The Financial Truth of Divorce Litigation

In most scenarios of divorce litigation, there is the basic cost of each party with their attorney. In many more tangled matrimonial webs, there may be the additional costs of experts, such as those to determine who is best for providing for the children, appraisals, and business evaluators. The financial cost of going to court can easily reach into the five-digit range. The number increases exponentially if the two parties are unable to agree or emotions run high. Emotions left unchecked lead to an abundance of motion filings and, therefore, higher legal fees.

How Divorce Mediation Helps

Divorce costs your time as well as your money. Couples across the country are finding a lower cost in divorce mediation. Many litigation attorneys have an obligatory retainer fee per spouse used to cover many of the expenses which, once exhausted, will require another retainer fee or monthly cost installments. The cost of mediation from start to finish is often less than the cost of one single retainer fee. Mediation has other non-financial cost savers. This efficient method allows you to determine the outcome, rather than going to court and allowing a judge to decree what happens to your life. In a private room behind closed doors, no one will discover each minute detail of your marriage, and you can civilly agree on a solution that is mutually beneficial.

An Attorney Trained in Mediation

Divorce is a complicated legal subject matter, one not to be taken lightly. Using an attorney trained in mediation rather than a mediator with no legal degree will enable assistance in the delicate subjects accompanying divorce, including child custody arrangements, support payments, property division, and benefits division. If you would like to discuss your divorce with a San Jose, CA divorce mediation attorney, contact the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca today by calling 408-395-8822 to schedule your free complimentary consultation.

 

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