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Imagine a scenario where you, your spouse and both of your attorneys agree NOT to go to court. Collaborative divorce is like mediation in that it involves a commitment to achieving a negotiated solution. However, Collaborative Divorce provides greater support for clients by bringing together a team of professionals to assist the client in addressing the legal, emotional and financial issues.
In divorce mediation, the lawyer serves as the mediator, a neutral third party who facilitates direct negotiations between spouses. The mediator provides legal, psychological, and practical education on the issues to be resolved, and assists the parties in identifying all possible alternative solutions, and typically drafting a written settlement agreement that clearly address all of the issues which need to be resolved.
A pre-nuptial agreement or pre-marital agreement is a written contract created by two people before they are married. It lists all of the property the people own at the time of marriage, how they want to hold their assets during and in the event of a divorce, and how they want their earnings during marriage to be treated
Divorce coaching helps you stay focused, goal-oriented, and keep your priorities front and center. It helps you make your best possible decisions as you move through the process and create your new life. For clients with children, divorce coaching helps you create a positive co-parenting relationship with a shared focus on the needs of the children
A “qualified domestic relation order” (QDRO) is a domestic relations order that splits a retirement plan or pension plan and acknowledges that there is joint ownership in all or part of the plan due to marriage.
Estate planning is a process involving your family, other individuals, and in many cases, charitable organization of your choice. It also involves your assets (property). Estate planning addressing your future needs in case you ever become unable to care for yourself.
Child support is calculated using the California Child Support Guidelines. When determing child support, the court will consider the incomes of the parties, whether one or both parents is supporting another child, the amount of time spent with each parent. The guidelines permits a Judge to deviate the child support amount either up or down, if the court finds it is in the child’s best interest.
Child Custody & Visitation
When parents are feeling loss and guilt because they are no longer together for the children, it is often difficult to sort out what is truly in the best interest of the children versus how the parties want to move forward separately. When parents are trying to balance the emotional and financial concerns they have about their post-divorce parenting, it helps to have an experienced support team to sort things out.
Divorce not only terminates the legal relationship between two spouses, but also requires that any property between the two now be divided. Therefore, it is very important to know the difference between separate property and community property.
Spousal Support & Alimony
Spousal Support, also known as alimony, is the payment for the support and maintenance of a former spouse or partner. It can be provided either as a lump sum or ongoing payment for a specified period of time. Whether or not you will provide or receive support during or after marital separation or divorce is part of the divorce negotiation or court determination.
A trust is a legal document that will partially substitute for a will. With a revocable living trust, your assets are put into the trust, administered for your benefit during your lifetime and transferred to your beneficiaries when you pass away, all without the Court’s involvement. You will also name a successor trustee, the person who will administer your estate after your death or are unable to do so, in the trust.
A will is a traditional legal document that: 1) identifies people (or charitable organizations) who will receive your assets after your death, 2) nominates an execute who will be appointment and supervised by the probate court to manage your estate, pay your debts, expenses, and taxes, and distribute your estate according to the instructions in your will, and 3) nominate guardians of minors, if any.