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California divorce attorney, California mediation attorneyDivorce does not only affect the married couple that is splitting; it systematically changes the dynamic of everyone with any relationship with them. From the family members that must adjust to how to maintain communication without stepping on toes to the friends that must now divide their friendship between the two separate entities, the entire situation must be treated delicately. Arguably the most significant relationship to consider is that of the children. Some kids are better equipped to handle the struggle, however, at any age, divorcing parents can be life-altering. Mediation lessens the negative results encountered with divorce.

Effects on Divorce and Children

Countless studies have investigated the effects that divorce has on children. Although it is impossible not to have any lasting mark, the goal is to minimize the negative repercussions. Their little lives rest entirely in your hands, including their emotional and psychological well-being. Studies found the following effects:

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerEach dissolution of marriage is unique. No two are the same except for the end, where the two are no longer legally married. Some experiences are relatively quick and easy with minor emotional repercussions. Other divorces are extremely lengthy, causing shedding of an innumerable number of tears and expenditure of untold sums of money. The good news here is that the dissolution process can be tailored to suit your needs and circumstances. Together we can determine if mediation is a possibility or if divorce litigation is the only option.

Mediation

There are not many individuals that can drop a few thousand dollars without effect on their bank account status. For those who do not have money to spend unnecessarily, you likely are interested in saving some of your money if the outcome is the same. Therefore, it is illogical to skip straight to a divorce litigation option for divorce without first exploring other possibilities. One such option is mediation. We advise many of our clients first to consider this option for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is saving money. Remember, mediation in this sense does not mean the same thing as marital mediation, in which you are working to save the marriage. Here you are dissolving the union, just through an alternative setting. However, this path does not pan out for every situation. A few situations in which this may be beneficial, are:

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerA common myth exists that all divorce cases are gruesome. This outcome does not necessarily need to come to fruition. An alternative known as mediation is an excellent opportunity to divorce your spouse, yet accomplish the goal in a less emotionally and financially traumatizing manner. When an option to save time and money is available, it is worth consideration.

What Do These Terms Mean?

The standard road to divorce leads through litigation. Ultimately, after evaluating and listing assets, a judge reviews the items and distributes them accordingly, usually without consideration of the wants and needs of either party. The judge will determine what is best for the child, and those will be the standing orders for child support, visitation, and custody. The process is long and time-consuming, resulting in an unpredictable outcome.

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California divorce lawyer, California mediation attorneyWhen a marriage comes to an end, there are a wide variety of emotions experienced. Grief, anger, and anxiety of the unknown are just a few commonly expressed. While the two separating spouses are deciding how to arrange parenting time with the children and how to divide the assets, there may be another stress over the loss of control of the situation. When emotions run high, the “fight or flight” mode initiates and many people choose to run and let a judge do the dirty work. However, mediation is advisable for those seeking control over their situation.

Losing Control

Once you get in front of a judge, consideration is not typically given to the items you want and the arrangements you request. California is a no-fault state and no matter what happened during the marriage, these events will not be considered. The property splits into community property and separate property. The community property is then divided into two halves, regardless of feelings and how you came into possession of the articles. Judges are meant to be impartial and fair.

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California divorce attorney, California divorce lawsYour life is on the verge of significant change. You and the person who you have spent the last chapter of your life with are going your separate ways, bringing on a multitude of emotions. Excitement, anger, grief and happiness are all expected throughout the divorce process. Anxiety from the unknown will also keep many people up at night, especially leading up to the mandatory settlement conference.

What Is a Mandatory Settlement Conference?

A Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) is a judge-ordered meeting to try to reach an agreement between two opposing sides. It is not required of every divorce, as default cases and those that can come to an agreement will not find any use in an MSC. This session is for divorcing couples who are unable to agree on divorce terms and have not found full relief in alternative methods, such as mediation. Along with their attorneys, both parties will meet in one session, or multiple sessions, if needed, to reach an agreement on complex matters. A “pro tem” or temporary judge will oversee the discussion and will attempt to help the couple reach a final agreement. If MSC does not resolve the controversy, then a trial will commence the following week, and the judge will decide the terms of everything left undecided.

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