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What Is Limited Scope Representation in a Divorce?

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Los Gatos divorce lawyer limited scope representationA divorce can be costly in many ways. For example, your out-of-pocket living expenses will go up, at least in the short-term, as you pay for a separate residence and all the costs associated with moving and furnishing your new home. You may also be thinking ahead to years of child support payments and other child care costs, as well as saving for retirement as a single person rather than as a couple. 

In order to net the highest value from your division of property and minimize the cost of the divorce proceeding itself, you might consider handling some aspects of the divorce yourself. Rather than pay for a “full service” attorney for both spouses, you might want to consider limited scope representation, also known as unbundled legal services.

Typically, a divorce lawyer will handle all legal aspects of your divorce from start to finish. This commonly includes:

  • Organizing documentation on income and assets
  • Negotiating the terms of your divorce with your spouse or their attorney
  • Advising you in mediation sessions
  • Preparing all court filings, including the initial filing, requests for temporary orders, and the final marital settlement agreement 
  • Appearing for you or representing you in court

In contrast, limited scope representation involves a written agreement between you and a lawyer which spells out which parts of your divorce case the lawyer will handle and which parts you will handle. 

Here are a few examples of how this division of labor might work out:

  • You and your spouse agree that you can work out most of your parenting plan on your own, but you want an attorney to review your final plan, point out any areas where you should be more specific or plan for certain contingencies, and help you calculate child support payments.
  • You and your spouse have agreed on most aspects of your division of property, but you need a lawyer to help you with some of the more complicated pieces, such as the best way to deal with retirement accounts or the valuation of a business.
  • You want a lawyer to prepare certain court documents for you, but you will file them yourself and appear at any court hearings without the attorney’s representation.

Consult a Los Gatos, CA Limited Scope Divorce Attorney

If you want to minimize the cost of your divorce by handling some of the tasks yourself, limited scope representation may be an option to consider. Contact a Los Gatos divorce lawyer who offers limited scope service. Attorney Benita Ventresca has decades of experience in divorce law and is devoted to helping families resolve their legal issues while minimizing emotional battle scars. For a free consultation, call 408-395-8822.

Sources:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1085.htm

http://www.scscourt.org/self_help/family/lsr.shtml

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