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California divorce lawyer, California mediation attorneyThe dissolution of a marriage is a stressful process for a family. While mediation is supposed to ease some of the difficulties associated with divorce litigation in court, sometimes getting both spouses to agree to mediation can present its own issues.

Deciding to use mediation is one of the first of many decisions you and your estranged spouse will have to make, so it is no wonder that it presents a stumbling block for many couples. If you believe that mediation is a good fit, but your spouse is not as sure, there are several things you can do.

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerIf you and your spouse have decided you want a mediator to handle your divorce, the first step you must undertake is selecting a San Jose divorce mediator. This is an important decision because it will set the tone for the entire process.

Determine the mediator’s style.

There are many styles of mediators. While there is no “right style,” there is a right fit between mediator and divorcing couple. Asking the mediator what his or her style is can help you pick a mediator. For example, some mediators guide the discussion by asking questions and making deferential comments, which allows the divorcing clients to reach their own decisions. Other mediators provide firmer guidance with proposals based on how a court would likely resolve the issue.

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerWhen a pet-owning couple goes through a divorce, which spouse retains custody of the animals can be a contentious issue. While many people consider pets to be part of the family, California law considers pets to be property.

California has many laws on child custody, but it has no laws that specifically govern what happens to pets when owners divorce. For this reason, a court will not rule on a custody agreement for animals the way it would if there are children involved. Instead, it may consider the pet to be an asset of the marriage, much the same way a car or computer would be considered.

Because of this, many people find that mediation is a better way to resolve pet custody issues. With mediation, the parties are not bound to treat their divorce the same way a court would. In mediation, a pet would not automatically be classified as property. Rather, a pet’s best interest and well-being could be considered. In a mediation, a pet would be treated as a member of the family who is also affected by the changes that come with divorce.

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerYour marriage is coming to an end. No matter how long it lasted, this portion of your life changed you. You built a life together, no matter the condition of it. Now you are returning to the single life but a little older, maybe some children, and maybe some items. To get there, all the life that you created needs to be systematically divided. For business owners, there is the additional duty to divide up the company. Will you go into your new life with or without a business?

Business Acquisition

There is no “one size fits all” solution to any property division during divorce. What works for one family will not function for another. Each household situation is as unique and different as a thumbprint. However, there are guidelines and stipulations that a judge would follow, should your divorce require litigation. Most of the emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the asset itself. In the case of a business entity, it is more than just who purchased it and at what point in the marriage it was acquired. Consideration is given to:

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California divorce attorney, California family attorneyDissolving a marriage is a complicated process. With emotions on both sides and an entire life to divide, the finality never can seem to come quickly enough. For some couples, the divorce process can take more than a year and thousands of dollars. However, there are methods available to avoid that worst case scenario. An increasing number of Americans are seeking to divorce through more amicable terms, such as collaborative law and mediation. These alternatives make dividing assets a much more pleasant memory, and there is a higher likelihood of getting what you want.

Property to Discuss

A large number of minute details join to create the life that you and your ex-spouse have together. The process of breaking it apart piece by piece is overwhelming and stressful to most who endure it. It is tough to ascertain where to begin. Many find it useful to have a checklist to complete. Assets you should consider:

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