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Is a "Friendly Divorce" Possible in California?

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amicable divorce in california, Santa Clara County divorce lawyerDivorce does not have to be a knockdown, drag-out fight. There is a common misconception that all divorce is ugly and bitter, between two people who absolutely despise each other and have no idea why they even married in the first place. While, this does occur occasionally, many times it is a somber time where two people who genuinely cared for each other just could not make forever happen, at neither parties fault. For situations such as these, there are amicable divorce options.

"Amicable" and "Divorce" Really Do Belong Together

Divorce litigation can be timely and costly. You have spent an untold amount of time being at odds with your partner. No one wants to cope with having months and potentially years of arguing as an added stressor just to have things end. If you are capable of a civil conversation with each other, you can opt to work together for a common goal. Think of the divorce as a "peace treaty" to negotiate rather than how you can hurt the other person. If both can agree on terms, both parties win in the long run. If both sides can agree on all terms, both can save money in court fees as well as have everything processed sooner with little to no courtroom time.

The Options

You have three options available if you are seeking a friendly divorce. These include:

  • Uncontested Divorce:  This occurs when either there is not a response to the divorce documents served. This also occurs when both parties can come to an agreement. This can be on issues such as property, child custody, or spousal support.

  • Negotiation: Negotiation is exactly how it sounds. You are negotiating the terms of the divorce. Topics can include those previously mentioned, but you may also want to consider the long-term cost of owning a house, reconsider retirement plans as well as health and dental insurance for yourself and any children involved. During negotiations, an arbitrator will be present (a lawyer or a judge) to help the process along.

  • Mediation: Mediation is another form of negotiation and finding a compromise. During this, a third party is present to be the mediator. It is nonbinding and can be done together (the spouses and the mediator) or one on one. Yet, the outcome is the same, to have a compromise on all aspects of the dissolution.

Divorce can be very nerve wracking, and you may be unsure of what steps to take. It can be beneficial to have someone who is on your side that is caring and compassionate, yet knows the legal system and can guide you through it successfully. If you are thinking of divorce and are looking for an experienced Los Gatos, CA divorce attorney, the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca would love to be the phone call you make to get the assistance you need with the devotion to your case that you desire. Call us today at 408-395-8822 to schedule your free initial consultation. We have clients in Los Gatos, San Jose, and throughout Santa Clara County for 35 years.


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