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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerDivorce is emotional and stressful for everyone in the family, children included. Many times, children internalize their emotions and wrongfully blame themselves for the divorce. Thoughts such as, “I was bad, so my parent left us” or “They did not love me anymore either” race through their still forming minds. As adults, we know better, but it is tough for children to comprehend that the decision did not come as a result of anything they did, or did not, do. Additionally, if you share an infant child, the first year is imperative for long-term bonding. New studies show that overnight stays for children whose parents are divorced have essential benefits, leading many parents to change their child custody arrangements.

Old Beliefs

For a substantial length of history, it was the idea that younger children, especially under the age of two, suffer emotional damage by staying overnight with noncustodial parents. Psychologists believed that this time apart leads to the breakdown of consistency, trust, and security leading to irreparable harm to the parent-child relationship. Researchers concluded that infants and toddlers needed to understand that you were there for them, every time, without question to build a healthy and lasting bond. They thought that a routine of sleeping in the same place every night with the same routine built trust and a sense of security, promoting better sleeping habits and enhancing self-soothing capabilities.

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerDivorce does not need to be a long, drawn out, or traumatic experience. Most people have enough stress in their daily lives that the thought of divorce is overwhelming. The idea of standing up in public forum senselessly arguing every minute detail and dirty secret is not appealing for most couples. The apprehension forces many unhappy couples to stay together creating more damage to the family dynamic and emotional state. Another option is divorce mediation. Here, issues are civilly discussed behind closed doors, resulting in a long-lasting solution on which everyone can agree.

Who Is Best Suited?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” method to divorce. In some situations, the property lines and boundaries are so complicated that it takes an expert to sort out property distribution. In other cases, the parties have not spoken in years, and there is no unity to untangle. Circumstances are different under each roof, requiring various alternatives to divide a marriage or a domestic partnership. Divorce mediation works best for:

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerWhen you face divorce proceedings with your spouse, you have options on how you may go about the process. First, the least expensive and least stressful alternative for many couples is divorce mediation. However, this option is not appropriate for all cases. The good news is if you attempt mediation and the process is unsuccessful, your case is still eligible for a hearing in front of a judge. At this point, you give up all maintenance of power, and the judge has the capability to order whatever they see fit on all aspects, from property distribution to child arrangements. Is the judge’s determination “the end” or are you able to revisit the decision?

Options for Appeal

Dependant on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be eligible to appeal the decision of the court. Meaning the verdict did not go in your favor, and you would like to have it reexamined in some way. Three different motions for civil appeal include:

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerDivorce mediation is an opportunity for you and your spouse to meet with a neutral third-party to assist in reaching an agreement with an issue regarding divorce arrangements. Mediation is an excellent opportunity as a divorce alternative with many unique benefits not available through traditional divorce litigation. However, in the complexity of the divorce environment, there are different methodologies to complete the same outcome (a divorce). Divorce mediation can originate through court mandated orders or through privately seeking legal counsel.

Private Mediation

Did you know that it is possible to divorce amicably? Rather than opting to go to court, which has the proclivity to become more like a battle ring, many couples now choose to seek other forms of divorce. One such option is divorce mediation. If requested on your fruition, this option avoids ever stepping foot into a courtroom, where, not only do you do not have any input on the outcome of the proceeding but the findings are available for everyone to search. Other benefits of privately seeking a mediator include:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_property-division_20170314-152211_1.jpgCalifornia is one of the many no-fault divorce states, meaning that no grounds for divorce are required to exist other than one party believing the marriage is beyond repair. Fault states are no longer common and the ones that still require grounds for a divorce require the couple to prove that a spouse did something wrong. In these situations, the faulty party suffered during litigation, especially with property division and custody concerns. Which of the divorcing parties is to blame no longer plagues courts in no-fault divorce states.

How does the court divide the community property?

If fault does not exist, how does one side “win” a divorce litigation case? In states such as California, there is no clear “winner” or “loser”. Even if evidence of adultery or abandonment are brought to the attention of the court, legally this evidence is irrelevant to the case and is not typically considered in the division of community property. A judge determines what is “fair and equitable” by considering all of the debts and assets within the community property, the property attained during the tenure of the marriage. What community property assets and debts is the question. The community property and debts are equally divided between the parties.

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