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California divorce: Choosing the right approach

Dissolving a marriage can be a complicated endeavor that affects each individual differently. Those facing these issues in California may wish to pay particular attention to how they approach their divorce cases. By properly preparing and choosing the process that best suits the circumstances, divorcing individuals may be better able to work through their proceedings in the most efficient manner possible.

When it comes to deciding on a divorce process, parties may be able to avoid litigation by utilizing mediation, cooperative divorce or collaborative divorce methods. Each of these methods have their pros and cons, and they often require at least a modicum of amicable feelings between the divorcing parties. If the situation is likely to be high-conflict, these more compromise-based methods may not prove as effective.

With mediation, individuals work with an outside party that helps keep negotiations on track while the divorcing couple work to come to settlement terms themselves. Cooperative and collaborative divorces allow each party to obtain legal counsel and work through the negotiations with the assistance of their attorneys. These methods still allow for an avoidance of courtroom litigation.

If working through a divorce with as little conflict as possible is the goal, interested California residents may wish to gain more information on alternative dispute resolution options. By becoming more knowledgeable on these methods, parties may be able to choose the route that best suits their cases. Experienced attorneys can offer sound insight into these legal paths and could potentially assess the specific details of a case in order to offer advice on which methods may prove most beneficial.

Source:, "Navigating divorce by using a business mindset", Mark Scott, Jan. 1, 2017

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