Choosing a Method that Suits Your Needs
There are a variety of methods that a couple can choose when separating.
The most significant choice they can make when determining the
distribution of assets, debts, and
child custody arrangements is whether to pursue their goals in a harmonious manner or
in a legal battle. If you are in the early stages of a
divorce, it is crucial that you consider all of your options and make a decision
that is best suited to your situation.
In some cases, divorcing couples are able to come together and sort out
their differences in a collaborative manner. This method is what is known as an
uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are typically preferred over long, drawn out battles
in court, as they can be solved in a much quicker and less expensive manner.
If you have children, pursuing an uncontested divorce can be a wonderful
gift as it minimizes the emotional turmoil they experience and keeps the
door open to an amicable relationship in the future.
Unfortunately, not all couples are able to see eye to eye when determining
the terms of their separation. In a
contested divorce, divorcing spouses each retain their own representation and hash out their
differences in court. Once both sides have had a chance to present their
arguments, a judge will make a decision that carries the weight of law.
This is the most common type of divorce.
For couples who want to keep their divorce outside of court,
mediation is a desirable option. A mediator acts a third-party that evaluates the
situation and attempts to guide the divorcing spouses towards a desirable
outcome. Mediators do not make any decisions on behalf of the divorcing
couple, but simply guide them in the right direction while facilitating
healthy communication. In order for mediation to be useful, both spouses
must be willing to participate.
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Regardless of the method you choose, it is imperative that you retain trusted
representation to protect your rights at every step of the way. At Hanson,
Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our highly skilled Riverside divorce lawyers
can use their 50+ years of collective legal experience to help you reach
the most amicable solution possible for your situation. As shown by our
Board Certification in Family Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, we have the invaluable knowledge you need to get you through this difficult time.
To find out more on how we can help,
contact our office or call us today at (951) 687-6003!