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California divorce options

The decision to divorce is typically not one that a California couple takes lightly. However, once the dust settles and it is clear that divorce is the chosen option, the type of divorce is important. This decision is often based upon the type of relationship the couple has been able to maintain and the issues that still must be decided upon.

Perhaps the divorce with the least amount of conflict and cost is one that is considered uncontested. In this scenario, the couple is able to come to a mutual agreement regarding property division, custody, child support and any other items that need to be addressed. Then, the legal document can be created by legal counsel and presented to the court for final approval.

On the other end of the spectrum is the litigated divorce. In this scenario, the husband and wife are unable to agree on all the details. They are unable to come to terms on how property should be divided or possibly how child custody and child support should be arranged. Under these circumstances, each individual will want to be individually represented with each attorney seeking the specific outcome and settlement that his or her client desires.

Somewhere in between these two extremes is the possibility of mediation. In this case, a third attorney – acting as a mediator – acts as a go-between both parties. This individual's primary focus is to bring the two sides together and reach an agreement without the need for litigation.

Each divorce brings with it its own unique circumstances. It is important to keep in mind the current relationship between the husband and wife as well as the one that is desired once the divorce is finalized. As a California couple is deciding which type is best for their particular situation, they will each want to seek legal advice to determine the best manner in which to proceed.

Source: al.com, "Considering divorce? Consider your options", Stewart Welch, July 5, 2016

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