Ventura Mediation Attorney
Advantages of Mediation in Divorce
Divorce or legal separation can be a very difficult process for the entire family. The typical adversarial divorce can easily generate more hard feelings between the two soon-to-be ex-spouses. Property valuation and division of debts, child custody and visitation, and spousal support or separate maintenance issues are the most common areas where disputes can take place. Going to trial over disputed matters is expensive, and puts your fate in the hands of the court which can mean neither of you are happy with the outcome. Even a couple who are determined to work out their own agreements can come up against a difference of opinion which seems impossible to resolve. An experienced Ventura mediator at our firm has found that mediation is a very useful tool to resolve issues.
The Benefits of Mediation
Mediation has many benefits. This process can be engaged in for divorce, or while preparing for a legal separation. The two people meet with a neutral third party whose purpose is to assist them to communicate and reach an agreement which fits their desires outcome. When there are children to be considered, the two parents will likely have an on-going relationship for many years to come. Since the entire family can be taken into account and all aspects discussed thoroughly, mediated agreements are far more likely to be adhered to by both parties. The agreements which result are legally binding and arrived at more quickly than waiting on a court hearing for a determination. A skilled mediation lawyer at our firm works to assist the two parties to achieve a wholly satisfactory outcome with agreements that are specifically tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of the family.
Many couples prefer the privacy of mediation as opposed to airing their differences and details of their personal lives in a courtroom. If you wish to maintain control of your agreements and keep your issues out of the courtroom, talk to a mediator at Negley Law, APC.
Collaborative Approaches to Divorce
Divorce does not always have to be a nasty and stressful experience, with the right legal representation, your divorce can be as quick and painless as possible. A collaborative law attorney can assist you in coming to terms with your situation when dissolving your marriage. If your marriage ended in neutral terms a collaborative law attorney can guide you through the painless process of legally divorcing. If each participant in the marriage is aware of what they want, in terms of custody, alimony, or any other shared assets that came as a result of the marriage, an attorney can present a “participation agreement” without the need of any further legal action.
It is important to note, if a collaborative divorce is not successful, the collaborating attorney cannot represent either party in future proceedings.
Though collaborative law is typically associated with divorce it is also used for any number of legal issues regarding couples. This form of law is extremely popular as it can come to be more financially responsible. In addition, through a collaborative law process the proceeding is more civil and can separate loved ones from the possible problems associated with family legal situations. This especially remains true regarding children within the family you might want to separate from the situation.
Keeping Your Case Out of Court
Keeping your case out of court is important for a number of reasons, first and foremost is that divorce litigation has become one of the most expensive ways of ending a divorce. It is a time-consuming process that requires paperwork, each party’s legal representation, and possibly court time. Divorce litigation doesn’t always result in the need to stand in front of a judge, however, and there are cases in which seeing a judge is necessary for an ultimate verdict on the results of the divorce.
While our lawyers are always prepared to take this route, if the need arises, it is also a preferable alternative to settle your divorce in another way. Our attorneys at Negley Law, APC understand that a straightforward and thorough divorce is not always in the cards, however, there are low cost alternatives to divorce that are quicker and cheaper than the standard method, such as arbitration, mediation, and collaborative forms of law.
Lower Cost Alternatives to Divorce
A divorce consists of many different factors, one of which is the cost of a full divorce. California can also be one of the most expensive states in the country to receive a divorce. A California divorce can cost upwards of $15,000 when you are childless and can be upwards of $20,000 when children are involved.
One of the root causes of this is that divorce takes an extremely long time to complete because of the simple fact that two parties cannot come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce. In many cases the timeline for completing a divorce can be anywhere from close to a year to a year and a half. In this time frame one spends a lot of time and money going back and forth trying to find the perfect divorce agreement; however, there are alternatives.
Don’t Spend More than You Have to, Contact Us Today
At Negley Law, APC, our seasoned attorneys have the skill and knowledge to assist our clients in the best possible outcome. It is never recommended to resolve your divorce without legal assistance, as this can lead to even more complications down the road. If you are considering alternatives to divorce, contact our attorneys today to review all of your legal options.
Do you have issues in your divorce or your legal separation which need to be resolved? Contact a Ventura mediation attorney at our firm and find out how we can help.