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Is a California “No Court” Divorce Right for You and Your Family?

It’s a question that is not easy to answer. There are so many shades of gray, and it’s rarely a cut-and-dry decision. There’s a lot involved in deciding which divorce method to choose. We suggest researching all of the options before you decide. Here are the 4 divorce options that are available to you and your spouse if you live in California: Traditional negotiation/litigation Collaborative Mediation Pro Se divorce Today, we will explore the first two options. A traditional litigated court divorce is often costly. It takes a great deal of time to finalize. When it’s all completed, the family […]

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Surviving the Holidays During Your Divorce

“Tis the season to be jolly,” couldn’t be further from the truth because you and your spouse are divorcing during the holidays. Divorcing during the holidays can be extremely difficult, especially when you are in a hotly litigated court divorce that pits you and your spouse against each other and leaves your family in tatters, and you an emotional wreck. But did you know there is a better way? A way that works with an interdisciplinary group of professionals who are committed to working through your divorce in a non-adversarial method, without going to court. A collaborative divorce supports your […]

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Why Waiting to Divorce When the Kids Are Older Isn’t Always What’s Best for Them

We have seen this scenario play out way too often in many families – the couple stays married for the children’s sake. They feel that holding the marriage together will help their children. However, the reality is children can be hurt more often when this occurs. Divorce is hard, there’s no doubt about it, but subjecting children, no matter their age, to a high-conflict marriage for years on end can be harmful to children, and here’s why: Children grow best in a stable and structured environment, no matter their age Constant emotional turmoil makes children feel they are the reason […]

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Nesting… Is It Right for Your Family?

Have you and your spouse finally decided that your marriage needs to be dissolved? You may be overwhelmed with all the choices you have to make, including deciding on what divorce method to use. Both of you may feel that you would be able to co-parent your child, but you are unsure what that would look like and what it would involve. Both of you may be looking for a way to resolve your issues peacefully and respectfully.  If so, the collaborative divorce process may be the right process for you. A collaborative divorce allows couples to work through their […]

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What is a Collaborative Divorce?

Divorce is often filled with roadblocks and detours, there can be so many gray areas that need to be worked through, and it can be financially and emotionally draining. But did you know there is a process that looks at the family as a whole? The goal is to help couples divorce amicably, co-parent together and keep the family unit intact for the future by not pitting couples against each other in a bitter court-litigated divorce. It is called a collaborative divorce. Let’s dive into the process to learn more about it. In a traditional court divorce, you will often […]