Facing divorce is one of the most stressful things one may experience in a lifetime. For many, the prospect of going through a lengthy court proceeding in which a judge has the final say is terrifying. However, not every divorce needs to happen in a courtroom in front of a judge. In California, there are legal options to finalize a divorce outside the courtroom, including mediation and collaborative divorce. The best way to handle a divorce varies according to each family’s specific circumstances. A Moreno family lawyer can help you pursue the best option for you.
One way that divorces can be resolved outside of court is through mediation. In this process, the parties and their attorneys meet with an impartial third party, called a mediator, who helps them talk through the issues and attempt to come to an agreement. A mediator is not a judge and cannot make decisions. Mediation may not be an effective solution in all cases, particularly if the parties are unwilling to compromise, or if there is a history of abuse. In some cases, you may be able to come to resolution on some aspects of your divorce through mediation, but need a judge to resolve other aspects of the divorce that remain in dispute.
Collaborative divorce is another option for those who prefer to settle matters outside of court. In this process, the parties and their attorneys negotiate an agreement, sometimes with the help of outside experts, like child or financial specialists. Not all lawyers are skilled in the practice of collaborative divorce. If you wish to pursue this option, make sure to find a Hemet family law attorney who is trained and experienced in collaborative law.
If you are facing the difficult challenge of divorce, the attorneys at Angeloff, Angeloff and Levine can help you determine the best way to proceed.