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Mediation: A Less Expensive, Less Contentious Alternate to Divorce Litigation

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California divorce lawyerThe divorce rate is so high and the cost of divorce litigation so expensive that there is in both California and the broader United States a divorce economy. Specifically, the divorce rate in California is a whopping 60 percent – twenty percent higher than the national average. The cost of divorce litigation is, at the low end, $40,000 per spouse.

In Orange County, 371 miles south of Los Gatos, attorney’s fees alone for 31 recent divorce filing ran on averaged an astonishing $150,000 per spouse. Not only that, but for each child custody evaluation flowing from the filings, California taxpayers picked up a $10,000 bill. If you are in the process of divorce or merely contemplating divorce and your head is now reeling from the potential financial toll, know that mediation is an alternative to divorce that has helped many Californians save both money and stress. With the help of an experienced Cupertino/Los Gatos divorce and mediation attorney, you can work to avoid costly litigation.

The Road to Trial Is Long and Costly

Trials are expensive, time-consuming, and stressful – three features that can turn an already stressful and emotionally draining divorce into a full-blown nightmare. Adversarial daydreaming may provide short-term gratification, but the long-term reality of dealing with opposing counsel, depositions, expert witnesses, custody evaluations, and more may prove regrettable. Often, after all the fighting and all the money spent, neither party is satisfied with the court-ordered settlement.

While California’s community property law governing the distribution of the marital economic community may appear simple and straightforward from a glance, it can become dizzyingly complex as grey areas and formality compliance issues surface around property thought to be either clearly separate or clearly part of the marriage’s assets and liabilities. In litigation, disputing ownership or responsibility for an asset or liability takes time and money.

Mediation Is Usually Far Less Expensive Than Litigation

Mediation can save you money and stress by allowing you to avoid the delay and legal formalities prerequisite to a trial. Moreover, working with an experienced California mediator can result in a mutually agreeable outcome and one that takes a less harsh emotional and psychological toll on you and your family. Please contact an experienced Los Gatos divorce and mediation attorney from Ventresca Law Firm at 408-395-8822. We service clients in the Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and San Jose areas.

 

Sources:

http://www.ocregister.com/2012/06/25/oc-divorce-rate-one-of-highest-in-nation/

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-custody.htm

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