Resolving Family Issues Through Collaborative Law

Going through divorce, custody issues or some other type of family dispute is never easy. You may be concerned about the expense, the heightened emotions and the potential for conflict. For many people, collaborative law represents a strong alternative to litigation. Your lawyer can provide invaluable guidance and assistance throughout the process.

If you are interested in what collaborative law can do for you, talk to me, attorney Marsha Baucom. I have focused my career on family law since 1991, and have found collaborative law to be a successful alternative to litigation for many people.

What Is Collaborative Law?

Under California law, collaborative law involves parties to a dispute agreeing that they will not litigate, but will instead resolve their differences through mediation. Each party's lawyer also agrees that they will not pursue litigation. In fact, if the parties decide to litigate, they must seek new legal counsel. Typically, the parties bring in experts to resolve child custody, property division, child support and other pressing issues.

Collaborative law, as its name implies, is a more cooperative form of law. Generally speaking, it is a more dignified way of resolving legal issues. As a judge will not be involved in your case, you and your spouse have full control over reaching agreement and moving forward. In addition, collaborative law, while not inexpensive, is usually less expensive than litigation.

Once You Have Accepted Your New Reality, Collaborative Law Can Work For You

There are two parts to every divorce. There are the legal parts of divorce and the psychological parts of divorce. Coming to terms with the end of your marriage, and mourning this loss is the psychological part of divorce. This is not an easy process, and can take many months or longer for some people. If you and your spouse have both processed the end of your marriage and accepted your new reality, collaborative law can be an effective way to resolve any remaining issues.

On the other hand, if you and your spouse feel anger or resentment toward each other, collaborative law may not be your best option. I will carefully examine your situation and help you understand whether collaborative law is right for you.

Contact The Law Office Of Marsha Baucom

Call my Santa Ana law firm at 714-426-9575 for a free telephone consultation. You can also reach me through my online contact form.

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