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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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How Is Debt Divided in a Divorce?

There are so many issues to decide on when you and your partner are filing for a divorce. It’s hard to know what to consider first. But there is help available when you choose the collaborative divorce process. The collaborative process helps couples to stay away from litigated court divorces. Not only does it save time and money, but it also holistically works with the entire family while working toward a peaceful resolution. Often when our team begins to work with divorcing clients, the couple will ask many different questions, but the one we get asked the most often is […]

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Divorce and Holidays: How To Help Your Kids Through

Getting a divorce any time of the year can be hard, especially during the holidays. Did you know there is a divorce process that can help your family deal with the emotional turmoil that often occurs during the divorce process during the holiday season? When you and your spouse decide to utilize the non-litigated, non-adversarial, confidential approach called the collaborative divorce process, your family will be supported by a team of experts whose primary goal is to work together as a team to help you and your family complete the divorce process and move forward after your divorce has been […]

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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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What Property Are You Entitled To in a Short-Term Marriage?

When you first heard the wedding bells ring for you and your spouse, you felt your commitment to each other would last forever, for better or worse, right? Unfortunately, as you and your spouse shared a marital home, it quickly became abundantly clear that your marriage would not last and the best path forward would be to divorce. When couples divorce after being married for a short period, we often get questions regarding assets and property division. Here is what we often share with our clients about property division when the marriage has not been long-lived: From the first day […]