Often, couples who do not agree on the terms of their divorce still wish to avoid the expense of litigation. They also do not want to risk the serious legal, financial or child custody consequences of making a mistake in a "do-it-yourself" divorce.
There are other options — good, creative solutions that are less expensive than litigation and less risky than do-it-yourself divorce. Plus, you do not have to forgo having the advice of an experienced Pleasanton family law attorney to help you through. You can call me at 925-460-8000 to arrange a consultation.
If you and your spouse agree to allow me to mediate your divorce, you will have the benefit of my 45-plus years of legal experience guiding you and your spouse to an agreement that works for you and your children. You can still hire an attorney to review the agreement if you wish and still spend significantly less than going to court.
With more than 45 years of trial experience, I can represent you in an arbitration. An arbitration is an out-of-court procedure in which a neutral person hears each party's side of the case and makes a decision. I have also served as a neutral arbitrator in many cases.
Through this voluntary, non-adversarial process, lawyers and clients are encouraged to discuss the issues and share information. Both parties have agreed that they will not go to court. If they wish to do so, they will have to hire new lawyers.
Two attorneys negotiate without hidden agendas and agree to cooperate.
With these alternative methods of resolving your divorce issues, you do not have to choose between cost and quality. Additionally, when you keep your divorce out of the courts, you retain the most control over the outcome, which is especially important when determining custody and support.
You know your children better than anyone else. A judge or jury will rely on guidelines set by the legislature that are in no way personalized to your family's situation
Silverman Divorce & Mediation Law, with offices available in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and San Ramon, California, serves clients in the 580-680 corridor, The East Bay and Tri-Valley areas and Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Please call me for a free initial phone consultation at 925-460-8000 or contact me online.