Almost everyone facing divorce would like to keep the process as "civilized" as possible. Trying to resolve your divorce without going through expensive litigation helps you save time, money and your health. In many cases, a negotiated agreement is very possible if both parties want to avoid court.
Alternatives to litigation can help you foster a civil relationship with your spouse and extended family when the divorce is over. At Silverman Divorce & Mediation Law, I will use all of my experience and resources to help you resolve your issues and achieve those goals at a reasonable cost.
These processes, known as "alternative dispute resolution" procedures or "ADRs," work well in uncontested divorces when two people want a fair division of their assets, income and liabilities. Interestingly, ADR is also very effective at resolving issues with a difficult spouse who is angry and vindictive, and may accuse the other, unfairly, of domestic violence.
Spousal maintenance: Agreements on spousal support require special legal language. Many people think they are waiving or capping the time or amount of support. Without having the proper terminology in the agreement, it is not valid.
Child support payments: Ending or modifying existing support agreements can increase or decrease the spousal support obligation when you might not realize it will.
Pensions, retirement accounts, real estate and mortgages: Transferring title to the house will not relieve you of liability to pay the mortgage. When the mortgage is still in your name and your spouse misses a payment, it will affect your credit and your ability to obtain a mortgage to buy another house. People also trade the market value of retirement accounts for other assets that have severe tax consequences.
Valuing and dividing businesses and professional practices: Business owners and professionals can avoid involving their business partners in expensive litigation and keep matters private.Perhaps most importantly, these procedures were developed and approved by attorneys and judges in California. I am a trained mediator and am often recommended by other attorneys to assist their clients going through a divorce. I will help you decide if this is the best option for you to resolve your divorce and can represent you at a mediation.
Together, these non-court procedures are called "alternative dispute resolution" processes, or ADRs. All are negotiation-type processes but each is different and serves a different purpose. Arbitration, mediation and collaborative law are the three most popular ADR processes.
I appreciate that you are unique and that a problem someone else had, might affect you differently than it did him or her. What solved the issue for that client, may not resolve it for you. Having an attorney who understands this is one of the most important reasons to hire one lawyer over another. Your lawyer should understand why something is important to you and why it is worth pursuing.
Because family law matters like divorce-related issues and spousal support, custody disputes and child support payments, and dividing property are highly emotional issues; having a caring and empathetic attorney by your side is essential. I also assist clients with drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements.
I can help couples file for divorce and avoid the bitterness and anger that normally accompany the adversarial litigation process. This will benefit your children and save you substantial professional fees.
I will assist you in coming to an agreement with your spouse on the terms of your divorce, draft the agreement and file the divorce settlement agreement with the court. Please contact me online or call me at 925-460-8000. I serve clients in Pleasanton, California, and the surrounding areas.
Discover how I have earned my reputation for legal excellence and helping people smoothly resolve divorce matters using these cooperative resolution approaches. For information on how I can assist you, please call 925-460-8000 or fill out the intake form on the "Contact" page to schedule a confidential consultation at Silverman Divorce & Mediation Law.