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Sometimes life happens, mistakes are made, trust is broken, and for any number of reasons we find ourselves choosing a divorce. It is at this point in time that we should carefully evaluate choices, plan and choose wisely.
While divorce may be inevitable, the way you divorce isn’t. The process you choose is the second most important decision that you will make as you begin to transition your family from what it was to what it will be.
It has been said that roughly 50% or more of all marriages end in divorce. Non-marital relationships fail at similar rates as well. But the emotional devastation that often occurs with the breakup of a relationship doesn’t have to be. That is where Collaborative Practice lives.
Divorce is a problem to be solved, and not a battle to be won. Don’t be seduced by the hourly rates that divorce professionals charge. They mean nothing! The process decisions that have to be made, and the return on your investment in divorce professionals is a better place to be focused on. Don’t be fooled!
Collaborative Divorce is the family centered process for families in transition. If there is such a thing as a “Christian Divorce”, it might just look like this.
How is a divorce like a journey through rough waters? Imagine that you and your spouse are about to undertake such a journey and are faced with deciding between two methods of travel.
A collaborative divorce is an extended negotiation between the two spouses, with the aid and counsel of their respective attorneys, and, as needed, other professionals such as a financial planner, a child advocate, and a mental health professional acting as coach for each spouse.
Problems confronting a litigated divorce are made worse in Southern California because of congestion of the family courts with the large number of divorce cases.
In both mediation and collaborative divorce, the parties maintain control and make all the decisions, instead of relying on a judge or court commissioner to do so. Issues are resolved much sooner, at a far lower cost, and with much less stress.
Joint or sole custody may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and other factors that include 1) the preference of the child, 2) the desire and ability of each parent to allow an open and loving relationship between the child and the other parent, 3) the child's health, safety and welfare, the nature and contact with both parents and 4) the history of alcohol and drug use. Marital misconduct may be considered.
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